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7 benefits of using an Open Source CMS

16. January 2010 17:19

With both large and small organisations turning to open source content management solutions (CMS) including high profile websites like Whitehouse.gov, we look at the some of the benefits of using an open source CMS.

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  1. No propriety license fees - More development time and money can go on creating a beautiful website than on the CMS.
  2. High quality and stable software - Many hours of development have gone into building open source software by a community of skilled and dedicated programmers.
  3. Safe and secure - Generally if security holes are discovered software patches for open source software are released very quickly.
  4. Customisable - Because the source code is accessible, there are always plenty of plug-ins contributed by the community to add functionality to open source CMS.
  5. Large communities - Generally open source projects have a large active community who can help you solve problems.
  6. Source code is freely available - Should you ever need to tinker with the core software you have access to the code.
  7. Not locked into a single vendor - Other developers can easily extend or update your website should you ever need to.

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