Bitrix Releases List of Top Ten Open Source Content Management Systems Pitfalls

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Analysis from customers’ and web developers’ perspectives confirms that open source content management systems contain drawbacks in comparison to hybrid-licensed solutions.

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Bitrix, Inc., a technology trendsetter in business communications, has compiled a list of the ten major pitfalls of free open source (FOSS) content management systems (CMS) from a customer’s and web developer’s perspective (download whitepaper). The weaknesses listed are natural, if unfortunate, outcomes caused directly or indirectly by this licensing model that diminish its viability in meeting real-life business requirements.

Free open source software is highly-publicized as a cost-effective alternative to proprietary software, delivering value in flexibility and true ownership. However, customers and web developers should take into consideration a number of drawbacks that limit online business opportunities, reduce web projects effectiveness, and pose security, legal and performance-drain threats.

The ten FOSS CMS pitfalls list includes:

  •     Developer lock-in
  •     Hidden costs and questionable TCO
  •     Lack of out-of-the-box functionality
  •     Usability drawbacks
  •     Questionable web security
  •     Highly competitive market
  •     Support shortcomings
  •     Market prejudice of medium and large enterprises
  •     Platform dependence
  •     Legal complications

The FOSS CMS pitfalls accentuate the advantages of hybrid licensed software – an alternative software licensing approach that successfully combines the assurance of pure proprietary solutions and the openness of open source solutions. As a result, hybrid licensed software allows reduction in web project cost and time-to-market, while delivering more user-friendly and secure business applications.

Bitrix Site Manager is illustrative of how a hybrid-licensed CMS (rated one of the world’s most popular commercial CMS by W3Techs) can solve FOSS drawbacks. It enables web developers to increase development performance, quality, security, and customer satisfaction while attaining the status of a trusted technology advisor among clients. At the same time, the solution provides a more productive environment for customers, letting them reduce the TCO of their content management system, increase business visibility, and streamline e-commerce and e-marketing activities.

Learn more details about FOSS CMS pitfalls and hybrid-licensed CMS advantages in a dedicated white paper.

About Bitrix, Inc.
Bitrix is a privately-owned company developing an advanced business communications platform to bridge SMBs with their customers (Internet), partners (Extranet) and employees (Intranet). Founded in 1998 and headquartered in Alexandria, VA, Bitrix is rated #3 most popular commercial CMS by W3Techs with 50,000+ installations and 6,000+ partners worldwide. Localized into 13 languages, the company’s products are distinguished for their pioneering technology, hybrid-licensing approach, unique security features, performance and ease-of-use.

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