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5 reasons we love open source Unleashed Technologies has robust experience working with open source technologies, such as Drupal, WordPress, Symfony, and Magento. In celebration of Valentine's Day, we’re sharing the reasons we love open source!

1. Community of Contributors

Open source content management systems, such as Drupal and WordPress, have large communities of contributors dedicated to the advancement of the platforms. These pools of talented, diverse contributors provide countless benefits to users of the open source platform. Working as a collective group, community members identify errors, provide solutions, develop modules, and share valuable training resources

 2. No License Fees

Perhaps the most known benefit of open source technologies is the lack of a price tag. Open source platforms, such as Drupal, can be utilized without paying a license fee. Rather than spending budget on expensive license fees for the right to use a software, those monies can be utilized for developing custom features, strengthening security, and other enhancements. 

3. Customization

Websites are not “one size fits all”. Websites need to be customized to meet goals of branding, functionality, and user experience. Open Source systems allow for advanced customizations fueled by the constant contributions from the community of developers. With proprietary systems, sites are confined to the available features. There’s no need to submit a feature request with open source platforms, as whatever you need can be built into the system.

4. Rapid Updates

With such a large user pool, bugs and security issues don’t go unreported for long in open source. When issues are identified, community members work to provide a patch quickly. Staying on top of frequent updates is important to ensure optimal performance and security. However, you’re not relying on the presiding company to address bugs and concerns as you would be with a proprietary CMS.

5. Wide User Base

It's no surprise that open source platforms make up the majority of sites on the web. WordPress leads the pack, supporting over 60 million sites. Drupal is used by large and influential groups, such as The Economist, CVS Health, and General Electric. The communities of these platforms are just as expansive. For example, Drupal boasts a community of over 1.3 million members.
 
 
We LOVE open source technologies here at Unleashed Technologies. Contact us today if you’re interested in learning more about how your organization can leverage the benefits of WordPress or Drupal.