Open Source is Great But Use With Caution

November 29, 2012

Do you ever get one of those annoying pop-up windows when you are browsing the Internet that says, “Warning! Your machine has been infected with a virus! Click here for a free virus scan!” Well-informed Internet users know that this is a ruse to download spyware or a virus on your machine. Sadly, not everyone is aware of this and end up infecting the poor computer. This metaphor relates to the open source community. Developers have a plethora of free technology at their hands via the open source community, but unless they know the correct software to choose it can be as bad as downloading a virus. Business 2 Community caught onto this idea in “Replacement of Decade Old Web Technologies by Open Source CMS.”

When searching for an open source web content system, it is necessary to choose the best one for your needs. The author states:

“In this way, you need to be much cautioned while choosing the most suitable open source content management system for your business website. Thus, if you like to install the most suitable CMS in your official website, you need to understand the specific competency of each freely available open source content management system.”

The article outlines four systems: WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, and Magento. Each has its own perks, WordPress is best for blogging, Joomla for making Web sites with lots of features, Drupal is the most search engine friendly, and Magento is for commerce.

However you decide to use these open source web content management tools, you need to take into consideration how easy it will be to make the data findable. If your goal is to create a popular Web site, a tool that does not pull in the Web traffic is not worth using. Do the research and find out which works best. Do not forget that these Web sites, while they do have programmed search applications, might not be up to the task if you have large amounts of data. It might be best to try a trusted IVP like LucidWorks and its powerful search clients for enterprise, Cloud, and Big Data.

Whitney Grace, November 29, 2012

Sponsored by ArnoldIT.com, developer of Augmentext

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