What does Open Source mean and why should I care?
Glad you asked. Open source is important to FTMG because we are big on contributing to the support and continued development of all the platforms we choose to use and support our clients with. (it also doesn’t hurt that these systems and frameworks are completely free to download and use either)
The definition of Open Source as provided by Wikipedia:
Open source describes practices in production and development that promote access to the end product’s source materials. Some consider open source a philosophy, others consider it a pragmatic methodology. Before the term open source became widely adopted, developers and producers used a variety of phrases to describe the concept; open source gained hold with the rise of the Internet, and the attendant need for massive retooling of the computing source code. Opening the source code enabled a self-enhancing diversity of production models, communication paths, and interactive communities. Subsequently, a new, three-word phrase “open source software” was born to describe the environment that the new copyright, licensing, domain, and consumer issues created.
The bottom line on open source is this
There is no software cost and these platforms are supported by active developer communities that are upwards of 500,000 people large each and growing every day. This means that there are always people working on ways to improve and extend your platform and improve your website functionality and that is time you never have to pay for. This also keeps your website accessible and easy to maintain and update for programmers as well. Which means that no matter who ends up working on your site, finding the technical talent to take care of what you need is never very difficult. Check out some of our recent website development projects to see what I mean.
Interested in an open source website?
You came to the right place! FirstTracks Marketing Group is an expert website developer and designer in both Joomla and WordPress open source platforms. The platform selection is always based off of what your functionality needs and goals are for your website. Both are affordable flexible solutions that can meet any online development idea you can come up with. Give us a call at 603-924-1978 or fill out our website development request form and we can get started talking about how we can transform your online real estate into something you can manage and your customers will want to come back to over and over again.