Did you know that the three most popular content management systems are run on open source software? It’s true! Drupal, Joomla, and WordPress all use open source software to power their frameworks and give end users software for free or nearly free.
Meanwhile, developers take advantage of the fact they can go into the source code of the frameworks and create their own products to work with these popular programs. The end result is a seemingly endless selection of themes, plugins, and widgets that simply work when you install them onto the software framework. And if it doesn’t? You can go back to the well and find something that does. It’s just that easy.
Open source software offers the same benefits as closed source software with an additional angle: Developers tend to support their work for far longer than closed source software providers. That means you get the security and comfort of knowing you can keep using something that works perfectly for your needs for as long as you’d like. Why? Because you can always find someone to work on the code even if the original developer has decided to stop supporting their software.
With open source software, you can keep your software up to date, never worry about obsolescence, and don’t have to keep learning how to use new programs because a developer doesn’t want to support its older products. Check out the infographic below to learn more about how open source software has changed the way people build websites.
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