Matt Brooks

Why open source is the best solution for a CMS

If you are planning a new website, one of the most important issues to consider is which Content Management System (CMS) to use.  A CMS allows you to control and manage the content within your website, without the need to be going backwards and forwards to your website agency for any content edits you wish to make.

There are essentially two types of CMS: open source or a proprietary custom built system.  There is certainly a place for both, and much of it will come down to your individual requirements.

Evaluating content management systems can be an overwhelming task, particularly if you are unfamiliar with the technical aspects that you need to consider. To help you along, we’ve identified five reasons why we believe open source to be the best option as a Content Management System, and why it remains the most popular choice for many businesses:


With open source, the client is not locked in to working with the agency who built the website. They have the option of moving it to another server, if required, and can take full ownership of managing and editing content themselves once the website is live.


An open source solution can be configured and adapted to meet the individual needs of a business without any huge cost implications.  So long as requirements are clearly outlined from the outset of the project, an experienced web developer can install modules to build suitable functionality, including; storing visitor information within a database, creating custom content types such as interactive features, and can also be used to build more complex websites.


An open source CMS will grow with the needs of your business and your online marketing strategy.  However, it is still important, that you outline all your website requirements at the early stages of a website project, and consider how your business might expand in the future.  For example, if international expansion is likely, you may want to consider a ccTLD, subdirectory or a subdomain to make sure your international web presence is correctly implemented – and these need to be discussed from the outset so that the infrastructure can be easily scalable as your business grows.

No need for programming knowledge

Most website administrators require an easy-to-use interface that doesn’t require extensive programming abilities to publish and maintain content.  Most open source CMSs provide a WYSIWYG editor (What You See Is What You Get), allowing you to edit content with the need for code. User permissions can also be assigned at various hierarchical levels according to what content type they want to edit.


An open source CMS offers a range of robust protection for both the website and the visitor.   24/7 monitoring means that any ‘holes’ are discovered and resolved quickly, and security updates are provided on an ongoing basis so that the software is protected from any malicious attacks.

Most businesses or websites do not require the need to have an expensive, and often, inflexible proprietary CMS built, which can be expensive and restricting.  An open source is a popular and recommended option for most businesses.

We’d be happy to answer any questions you might have about which Content Management System is best suited to your needs.  Simply contact our digital team to find out more.


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