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Out in The Open: Why Open Source Website Design is Doing So Well

Posted by Herb Tieger on Apr 11, 2017 3:01:00 PM

The Benefits of Open Source Web Design

Open source website design has been a fan favorite in the developer community for many years. The freedom and lower costs associated with open source web design have also been a powerful motivator for many businesses to maintain an open source strategy. Proprietary information, when it comes to websites, seems to be falling behind the times as more web designers find the benefit of working out in the open. Here are just a few reasons why open source websites seem to be doing very well for themselves.


Free Resources

Given the amount of open source templates available on website builders such as WordPress and Drupal, it's really no wonder why open source websites are doing well. Developers are willing to share their code for free, making it easier and cheaper to build something successful. Businesses can benefit from the low-cost resources, as well as individuals, freelancers, and hobbyists. The internet is for everyone, not just those who have the financing to build a better web page. The open source community is so responsive that the very need for a design or a feature will challenge someone to provide a solution for it, rather than it being created only in exchange for money. This builds a better internet for everyone, businesses and customers alike, and helps the community grow organically.


Shared Insight and Collective Learning

 If you have ever had the chance to learn something from a forum or group of intelligent thinkers, you understand the value of the shared insight and collective learnings of the open source community. Issues of quality and security are quickly identified and solved because users have access to the code and can make modifications to solve problems and then share their experience with others so that the issue is not an issue for someone else. Consider the moto of Linux founder Linus Torvalds, "Given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow." That collective intelligence is what makes open source web design so appealing.


Freedom and Flexibility

 The freedom and flexibility of open source websites mean that your business can create exactly what you are looking to design, and therefore communicate the exact message you want to share. Open source software allows businesses to customize per their own vision, requirements, and timetable. The users are in control and can make their own decisions with a worldwide community of developers eager to help. You also have a greater amount of flexibility in terms of what software or devices you use to develop your website, making the process much less resource-intensive and more in control.


Overall, as open source software is not proprietary, it doesn’t have the same constraints and limitations in terms of customizing the code that an owned Content Management System might have.  This means that the sky is the limit when it comes to configuring and customizing your website to get the functionality you need at a price you can afford.


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