The term “open source” generally means software that can be modified and shared because the underlying code that the program is written in, is open to be seen and modified by anyone who would like to contribute to that particular piece of software.
Open Source software is also often referred to as “free software” but the term can be a little misleading, as it’s usually meant to imply free as in “freedom” not necessarily free as in no money. Although, it is true in many cases that there’s no charge to use open source software. There is of course the cost of hosting, installation, customization, maintenance, etc.
Here’s a good article that explains more on open source software.
All of that having been said, our development team is well seasoned in deploying, hosting, customizing, maintaining & securing a broad range of excellent and stable open source solutions – tools that can help you achieve more with your brand’s total online presence.
What can we say about WordPress?
Well, we just love WordPress!
WordPress is our go-to, “no-brainer” solution for deploying modern, stylish, responsive, powerful, scalable – and secure – websites.
We proudly develop with WordPress because it’s proven time and again to be an effective, dependable open source tool.
Fun Fact: WordPress was online long before Facebook & Twitter!
WordPress is relied upon every day by literally hundreds of millions of users including small-business, corporate, educational, governmental and non-profit organizations from around the World, even some very well known Fortune 500 companies and Ivy League Universities.
A few notable brands using WordPress:
WordPress is by far the most popular CMS system in use today:
(Yes, you read that right..)
And we can put WordPress to work for your growing brand, too.
West County Media can help you grow with consolidated services — Everything in-house from Domain Registrations and Transfers, to Consulting, Training & Design, WordPress Website Bundles and advanced WordPress Website Hosting.
We’ll help you take your WordPress Website to the next level with Professional WordPress Security, WordPress Performance, and WordPress SEO/SEM for almost any existing WordPress website — hosted on our servers, or yours.
Mautic is an incredibly powerful, open-source Marketing Automation tool to take you beyond simple drip email marketing campaigns. Mautic integrates email, SMS, social, visitor tracking, A/B split-testing, and more — and all of this power is now available as a free, self-hosted solution.
Before there was Mautic, the only other options for Marketing Automation were a handful of extremely expensive SaaS (Software as a Service) tools that cost upwards of ten thousand dollars a month or more just to access. Now, thanks to Mautic, you can host your own.
Roundcube is an open source, self-hosted webmail application for easily accessing your domain-based email accounts from a web browser (eg. firstname.lastname@example.org)
Roundcube’s Basic Features include:
> Privately Hosted
Since Roundcube is hosted privately on your own web server and can be accessed securely from a web browser or mobile device, it offers a reasonably more private webmail and email-data management alternative to what’s being offered by many other popular and free, yet not-so-private email service providers.
> Searchable Email
Powerful, fast email search capability to save you time by enabling you to quickly locate important saved emails, without having to look through each folder and message one-by-one.
> Address Book
Simple, effective address book functions to save all of your important contact information. Supports multiple contact categories/sub-categories, multi-field types, and more.
> Multi-Identity Support
You may want to use different email addresses for your website or business, without having to actually set up and use many different email accounts. There is an easier way – with multi-identity support.
This way you can have multiple “identity emails” like:
With all of them routed to-and-from your primary email
account – (eg. email@example.com)
Roundcube is free and open source software subject to the terms of the GNU General Public License.
Need help choosing the right open source solution? Just contact us.