Umbraco open source CMS: why open source is good for your business
Umbraco is an open source CMS, just like popular programs such as the Firefox browser or the operating system Linux. “Open source” means the core program is free and anyone is allowed to edit it to fit their specific needs.
If you’ve always worked with licensed software, provided by big software companies, you might be a bit apprehensive about choosing an open source product. After all, it sounds a bit “rogue” and nerdy, doesn’t it? Can you trust such a product?
The answer is: yes, absolutely. In fact, open source software is often far more dependable, flexible and cheaper than its licensed counterparts. This is certainly true for the Umbraco CMS.
10 reasons why an open source CMS is superior to a licensed product
1. You don’t pay licensing fees
Umbraco as a program, just like any other open source software out there, is completely free to use. “But what about the Red Hat packages for Linux?” you might ask. Well, those are adaptations of the open source software in a specific done-for-you package. In reality, you’re just paying the developers, NOT the creators of the software.
These kind of packages are also available for Umbraco, but you certainly don’t have to buy them. Which leads us to reason #2…
2. Pay only for what you need
As the software is freely available, you can ask an Umbraco CMS developer to simply implement the parts you need. You don’t have to pay him to implement components you’re not going to use anyway. This level of flexibility is often not available with licensed software, which requires you to buy (and often implement!) the complete software package.
3. You’re never stuck with a single developer
Because open source software is freely available, you’re never stuck with “licensed” developers. If, for whatever reason, you’re not happy with your software developer’s work, you can switch to another one.
In the case of Umbraco it’s often a good idea to look for an Umbraco CMS developer that’s certified as a Gold Partner. These are companies that are endorsed by the creators of Umbraco. If a business makes it into the Gold Partner program, you can be sure they know what they’re doing.
4. It’s super-flexible
Umbraco is build specifically to be flexible to your needs. Ever heard a software developer say “I’m sorry, it can’t do that”? Rest assured that’s not going to happen with an open source CMS like Umbraco.
It can do anything you want it to do. From easy-to-use content management system, to a platform for online gaming or a basis for e-commerce. The possibilities are endless.
And don’t worry about whether flexible software can also be solid: Umbraco is based on Microsoft’s ASP.NET platform. In layman’s terms, that means it’s inherently less prone to bugs than PHP-based systems.
5. It grows along with your business
Ever had to buy a completely new content management system for your business, because it had become outdated? Or because you needed a couple of functions that simply weren’t available for that specific piece of software?
Umbraco can be outfitted with an endless array of plugins, that service your every need. If you need new functions added to your website, that’s possible. Want to change the way things work, because your market has changed? Can do.
6. It’s constantly being updated
Licensed software has a limited team of developers backing it up. That means updates will come at a slow pace (or sometimes not at all!). An annoying bug in the program can trouble for a long time.
Umbraco has an enthusiastic online community of programmers. Since they all have free access to the source code of the program, updates are constantly being uploaded. The software developer implementing your Umbraco CMS never has an excuse not to update your system!
Would like to know more about what Umbraco CMS can do for your business?
At Burada Inc, we’re specialised in implementing and supporting Umbraco. We’d love to sit down with you and talk about how Umbraco can help YOUR business get organized and more efficient. Contact us if you’ve like to talk to someone about your business.
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