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Open Source Vs. Closed Source CMS Systems

Open Source Vs. Closed Source CMS Systems

Posted by Bill J

Mar 25, 2020

The internet is the largest resource in the world.

Yet, there are so many precautions you have to take to protect yourself online.

Did you know that a ransomware attack happens every 14 seconds?

Or that 64% of companies have experienced a web-based attack, with 43% of them being small businesses?

Whether you're using the internet to buy something online or build a website, you have to be careful.

Particularly, this is all the more true if you have a website.

Many business owners opt to use open source content management systems (CMS) like WordPress to build their website.

Although WordPress currently powers 30% of the internet and is the most popular CMS available, there are significant risks you take on if you use this platform.

This all has to do with WordPress being an open source CMS.

You're probably wondering, “what is an open source CMS and how can it impact my online security?”

To help you make the best decision that will keep your website secure, we'll compare an open source CMS like WordPress to our closed source CMS.

But first, let's break down what a CMS is.
 

What is a CMS?

A content management system, or CMS, is a web-based software or application used to create, organize, modify, and manage digital content.

For example, if you want to create a blog, you can use the popular CMS WordPress.

WordPress allows users to create blog posts, edit them, and post them online.

This is how a CMS works.

Think of it as a database for modifying all of your digital content.

You can also use a content management system to develop a website.

WordPress famously made this possible many years ago, allowing users to create web pages the same way they would make a blog post.

As a business owner, you have the choice of creating your own proprietary content management system, use WordPress, or give Optuno a try.

For the sake of saving a ton of money and the headache of finding the right developer, using a commercial CMS is your best choice.

However, you absolutely have to consider which type of CMS you want to move forward with.

With that said, let’s explain what an open source CMS is so you can make the distinction.
 

What is an Open Source CMS?

An open source CMS is an application that has an “open” source of code that can be accessed by virtually anyone.

WordPress is an example of an open source CMS.

Anyone can view and derive the source code from WordPress.

For example, if you build a website on WordPress, you can access tons of plugins to enhance it.

These plugins can be modified by anyone, posing serious security risks for your business.

If you were to download an infected plugin produced by a hacker, you could be giving this individual direct access to your website.

Unfortunately, this is one of the consequences of using WordPress to build your website.

As great as the platform is, WordPress has been the victim of countless cyberattacks in the past.

In fact, WordPress accounted for 90% of all cyberattacks from all content management systems.

Luckily, there is a safer alternative.

A closed source CMS, like FICMS™ which is powered by Optuno, may be the best choice for you if you’re having second thoughts about using WordPress.
 

What is a Closed Source CMS?

A closed source CMS is a web-based application that has a “closed” source of code.

Unlike an open source content management system, only the developers have access to the main line of code.

This means hackers will have a real hard time gaining access to your website, unless one of the hackers is a developer acting as a double agent.

Trust us, that never happens.

At Optuno, we use our own proprietary content management system called FICMS.

All of our websites are built using this CMS, giving these sites bullet-proof security with our state-of-the-art system.

Nonetheless, we aren't the only company that provides a closed source CMS.

If you have your website designed by a web development agency, you'll be getting the same thing if they don't rely on WordPress to build your website.

The problem is, you're going to pay several thousands of dollars for a quality website built from scratch.

Why would you pay all of that money when you can have the exact same website designed for a low monthly price?

To recap, let's go over the benefits of both open source and closed source content management systems so you can make your own decision.
 

What are the Benefits of an Open Source CMS?

There are undeniable benefits of using an open source content management system.

If there weren't, then there would be no reason why WordPress would be as popular as it currently is.

Here are just some basic benefits of using an open source CMS.

  • Flexible Software - An open source CMS provides the freedom to get the most out of your website. For example, WordPress provides plugins to make your site better.
  • Outstanding Support - Since open source software can be accessed by anyone, large communities can form, full of expert developers that can modify the software and support users.
  • Numerous Available Resources - Open source software like WordPress has incredible communities that provide resources for users to improve their sites.
  • While these are some helpful benefits, closed course software is more ideal for any type of business wanting to prioritize their security.


What are the Benefits of Closed Sourced CMS?

As we said, closed source software offers impeccable benefits, which include:

  • Smaller Learning Curve - Business owners who use an open source CMS often spend countless hours trying to learn the system. This isn't true for people who use a closed source CMS, which means less work for you.
  • Personalized Support - If you are experiencing a problem with your CMS< you can count on receiving direct support to solve your issue.
  • Improved Security - Closed source content management systems can only be modified by its team of developers, meaning fewer hacking opportunities.

Do these benefits sound lucrative to you?

If so, then we've got just the offer for you.
 

Which is Better?

Let's cut straight to the chase.

If you want to build a secure website and receive the same level of support, you're better off choosing a closed source CMS.

However, don't select just any ordinary closed source CMS from a website development agency.

Optuno is the perfect tool to have your dream website designed for you.

To learn more, give us a call at 1-888-678-8662 to speak to a member of our sales team about receiving a custom-build website.

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