SiteViz vs Open-Source: What is the Difference?
There are many free open-source content management solutions (CMS), such as WordPress or Drupal, and an endless number of free ready-made designs that can be used to dress up any website. So why pay a web design and development company to create a website using a solution like SiteViz? The answer can be broken down into three key, yet broad points, the advantages and disadvantages of an open-source CMS, the distinct advantages of SiteViz, and the backing of a company like Global Reach.
Pros and Cons of an Open-Source CMS
Open-source content management solutions appeal to businesses for a number of reasons. One reason is that their source code is available and developed in a public collaborative manner and can be used by anyone for free. Free themes and plug-ins are a big draw as there are many to choose from to customize your website. This makes the implementation cost lower and the start-up time faster compared to designing a website from scratch. However, free and fast is not always better - in fact, it is quite the opposite.
WordPress and other open-source content management solutions have several universal pitfalls users are apt to encounter. Free, easily available themes mean that your website design is most likely being used simultaneously by hundreds of other companies. Relatedly, since it is freely available on the internet, the software’s blueprint can be seen by anyone, including potential website hackers who can exploit its vulnerabilities. Plugins also present a myriad of other problems including:
- No universal coding or quality assurance standards.
- Incompatibility between themes and plugins.
- Constant updates may be incompatible with the current site, causing breaks throughout and even a total website crash.
- If a crash or break does occur, there is no guarantee of how long and how much it could cost to correct any issues, even if there is an experienced support team standing by to provide help.
What Makes SiteViz Different?
SiteViz combats all of these regular pitfalls of open-source software, giving it a significant advantage over them. The benefits of a proprietary system far outweigh the benefits of an open-source system for a myriad of reasons.
Any customization offered by open-source software can be done with SiteViz but with guaranteed security and 24/7 support. With an experienced web development team and a rich library of module options, we will create a website that will match your unique aesthetic and marketing needs. We continually apply security and other infrastructure software updates to minimize the possibility of a malicious attack. If anything ever goes wrong with your website or you want something changed, our responsive support team will handle it for you.
This combination of features ensures that we offer our clients the most cost-effective solutions that cater to their exact needs. We provide a predictable and low total cost of ownership over time, compared to open-source content management solutions. When it comes down to it, the generic, impersonal aspects of open-source software simply can not beat SiteViz and the team behind it.
A Customized, Personalized Partnership
Global Reach Internet Productions strives to maintain a cooperative ongoing relationship with all of our SiteViz Clients. Our development team provides ongoing maintenance to enhance the functionality and security of any code we have developed. To that end, we invest more than 2,000 hours in development every year in support of our product enhancement strategy. This strategy includes:
- Evaluating new technologies.
- Improving existing functionality.
- Developing and incorporating additional features.
With SiteViz, you can make changes to your website content whenever and wherever you want. Through an intuitive interface, you can build an unlimited number of pages with multiple layout options and flexible formatting. Throughout the entirety of the process, you can rest assured that your website is secure, supported, and top-of-the-line.