Open source software

What is open source software?

Open source software is software whose source code is available for modification or enhancement by anyone. You can get the software for free because you dont need to pay a license fee.

The use of open source software and tools have been a huge contributor to the success of the growth of websites.

The most popular uses the LAMP stack of products-

Linux – is a Unix-like computer operating system used on computer servers

Apache – has been the most popular web server software in the world

MySQL – the most widely used database server in the world offering SQL databases

PHP – is a widely-used open source general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited for web development It is estimated to be used on around 80% of all websites that use a scripting language.

The LAMP stack of products work together to create dynamic and comprehensive web sites that are as good or better than its rivals and usually at a much cheaper cost.

The main advantages of this software is:

1. Released under General Public License (GNU) which is provided with a free software license and full source code is provided.
2. Uses the LAMP stack and cloud computing environments – from simple to more complex server environments.
3. Its fairly simple to install.
4. The software has all of the essential features that you need to run a CMS/ecommerce/shopping cart/online retail website.
5. You can modify the website and enhance its functionality using the pre-existing add-ons or using a software developer.
6. As they are so widely used you are not locked in to one hosting provider or software developer.
7. There is a large number of skilled professionals that can support the website and they can be located anywhere in the world.
8. You are not locked in to any provider and the website is portable and can be easily moved to another provider.
9. There are a lot of web hosting companies that offer the LAMP stack and it can be quite cheap to get started.
10. It has allowed small & medium sized business to sell online with easy access to great software at a reasonable cost.
11. Open source gets great support from the IT community which continues to enhance and improve open source software.

PHP experts has worked with the following popular open source software – wordpress, zencart, oscommerce, drupal, magento and limesurvey. Contact us to find out we can work with you on your website.

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