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a cms for everybody?

Posted by Raimondo Fanale • Tuesday, August 15. 2006 • Category: CMS

Simply... don't exists, in contradiction with the title of my same post. My experience as developer or system integrator, and several projects developed for freelances or content-applications-solutions providers or companies honestly do not allow me to say that "a cms" it is for everybody.

If I want to build a small commercial website using a cms, I know that most of the pages will probably be static. I have looked hard at Joomla and I believe it is great solution for many people but not for everyboy. It offers the ability to create add-ons and extensions. And now even a very big provider ( NetFirms) launches this software in their control panel.

Joomla! offers feature application framework allowing create add-ons and extensions as dynamic form builders, business directories, document management, multimedia galleries, forums and chat software, and calendars.

And now the question is: why not the same (as Netfirms) with the italian providers?

Open-source is business model. In the 21st century web technology market, it is the open source sofware that has the greatest long-term strategic advantage because the open source business model relies on shifting the commercial value away from the actual products and generating revenue from the ancillary services like systems integration, support, tutorials and documentation. It cuts down on essential research and development costs while at the same time speeding up delivery of new products, patchs and services.

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