CMS (Content Management System) software runs more than thousand business websites per day. CMS websites are user friendly having attractive designs, customizable themes, plugins having different functionalities. etc. The biggest question is in everyone’s mind in this digital era, that why should we develop our business websites in CMS (Content Management System)? Is it safe? Is it for long term? or is it free? Let’s find out.
Normally, there are two types Content Management Systems are being used by developers.
1. Open Source CMS
2. Proprietary CMS
Which one is better? Which one is stronger? Why should we choose one of these CMS platforms?
Open Source vs Proprietary CMS
If we take price option in our mind, Open Source CMS is best than Proprietary CMS. In an open source CMS platform, the source code is freely available for modification. Development and modification process can be done by any developer in free or by some paid developer. Basically, open source CMS is free.
Proprietary CMS is also known as closed source CMS. In this CMS platform, the source code is fully compiled and not easily and freely available to development process. Development and modification process can only be done by the manufacturer of the product. No one else can modify the source code. Proprietary CMS is not free. Its license fee is charged.
Some of the most important open source content management system platform are
- WordPress (PHP)
- Joomla (PHP)
- Drupal (PHP)
- DotNetNuke (ASP.NET Freeware)
- Typo3 (PHP)
All of the above platforms are free and ready to build websites. You can change the source code whenever and however you want.
Some of the best proprietary content management system platform are
- Kentico (ASP.NET)
- Telerik’s Sitefinity (ASP.NET)
- SiteCore (ASP.NET)
- Autonomy TeamSite (Java)
- Ektron (ASP.NET)
Above platforms and not free. Their licences are paid. You cannot change the source code of these platforms.
Now let us discuss about the framework and security of the above content management system platforms. Most developers choose open source platforms rather than proprietary. It does not mean that open source is more secure than proprietary . Due to large vulnerabilities, everyone has eye on open source to find out the issues to modify them. Paid developers can fix the issues in these platforms.
In case of updating process, proprietary are updating only once after quality engineers verify their safety. But in open source , updates are available most of the time. You want to update by yourself or want to set an update timing, be careful. One single line of code can ruin your whole project. Only experienced and paid developers are eligible to update these features.
Keeping all these points in mind, you have to choose which one is better? Open source CMS or proprietary CMS? Please put your valuable comments below in the comment box.