Open source services are the biggest boon for any business in this connected generation. With many companies operating partially or wholly on the internet, and the others relying heavily on digital media, like their website, to communicate with their past, present and prospective customers, your space on the internet becomes even more crucially important. The following 5 points will explain how the open source realm can be really beneficial for you.
Open source services can get just as much done for you when compared to their proprietary counterparts, if not more. For example, there is absolutely nothing in terms of functionality that ASP.Net can do and PHP cannot. On the contrary, the latter holds many advantages over the former. In fact, many of the most popular impressive websites in the world have been built using open source software, like Facebook on PHP, Twitter and GitHub on Ruby On Rails, The Economist on Drupal, and Harvard University on Joomla.
Most open source software is free of cost, and the paid ones are available at very modest prices. This brings down the overall development cost considerably. All you really need to pay for is the efforts of the web designers and developers, and other services like search engine optimization and social media optimization. Even many resources like templates, themes, plugins, and other extensions are available completely free of cost, and that too very high quality ones.
There is a huge open source community all over the world. As a matter of fact, every particular technology has its very own dedicated community that is responsible for regular releases of the software and for maintaining discussion forums and help topics. Should you ever get stuck during or after the development process, or if you would like to know the ways and means to make the most out of your software, you are free to ask for help. There is also a lot of knowledge and research data available on the internet for every technology, including documentation, FAQs and video tutorials.
There is a lot of resource available for open source technology in their repository. Those resources include plugins, extensions, modules, themes, templates, and other add-ons which make your website interactive and attractive and add a great deal of good looks and functionality to it. As mentioned earlier, most of these resources are available for free, and others are very modestly priced.
Perhaps the most important that open source services grant you is freedom. You don't need to choose a particular extension if you want to choose another. You don't have to choose a particular hosting just because the company you bought the software for specifically asks you to buy their own hosting or else you cannot develop the website (as is the case of some proprietary technologies). Moreover, you are free to modify, add, edit or customize the core code of the software as you like, since it is made available to you.
Choose open source services to give your business software a huge boost.