The world wide web has grown tremendously over the last decade, there are millions of websites getting launched each month. Whether it is a small startup or a big enterprise, everybody wants an online presence. This has in turn created a massive market for various technologies which can be used to fulfill the need for the online presence. Developers are trying out various web platforms to make their web applications more robust and scalable.
The two major types under which most of these technologies can be classified are – Open Source and Proprietary or Paid.
Any business which is reviewing the web platforms to be used for their new website or to upgrade their existing ones should wisely analyze the differences between these two types to ascertain what fulfills his or her needs best.
There are various open source technologies available such as WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, encart, OScommerce, PHP, Ruby, Ajax etc. which are suitable for almost all business types. Open source tools are readily available and unlike paid technologies, such tools do not require any license for using them for development purposes.
Open source technology allows users to develop a websolution by using various functionalities and components which are freely available on the internet. There are lots of advantages from developer’s perspective as well as from business perspective if you opt for open source tools, few of them are discussed below.
Cost: Open source tools can be obtained for free, you can download them directly from the internet. There are no licensing fees associated with it, even the upgraded versions of the products are made available free of cost making it very cost effective strategy for web development solutions. Because these technologies are freely available to the development community as well, there are many exponents of open source technologies allowing one to source from this vast pool of service providers also drives the cost down.
Flexibility: Another major benefit of Open source technology is that the source code is highly customizable. This technology has a unique ability to modify existing software so there is tremendous scope of improvement and enhancements as and when the business demands. Open source platform allows you to easily integrate server, service and applications.
Security: Nowadays viruses, malware and trojans have become very common entities, servers are getting hacked all the time. This causes equal threat to adopters of either kind of technology type. Again though, because of the wide spread adoption of open source, there are more quick resolutions available on the World Wide Web community thereby making the Open Source technology the preferred partner.
Customer care: For all types of customer support, when working with a proprietary technology one needs to depend on the company to provide the support when needed. Whereas in open source version, you can get 24×7 online customer support. The online community is extremely active in technical field, you can post your query in any related technical forum and get a solution instantly. There are also extensive training material and tutorials available online which you can refer.
So if you wish to start a new web development project or update the current one, it is advisable to consider all these points. It is also important to study your own needs and ensure the solution will meet the current and future requirements easily and in most cases Open Source technologies will be your best bet.