What is Open Source?
Open Source approach to the design, development, and distribution of In-Portal, offers full accessibility to its source code. In-Portal is a Free Open Source Software. What this means in practical terms is that you can download In-Portal for free and customize it for any purposes with full access to all of its source code. Furthermore, you can use In-Portal for free for commercial projects – for example, building a website for a client. In-Portal is free to download and customize so you and your clients wouldn’t have to worry about having access to the code or obtaining any special licensing.
Advantages of Open Source
The biggest advantage of the Open Source model (besides being free) is that the decisions and the direction of the software are determined by the entire In-Portal community with everyone sharing ideas, concepts and even the resulting code. This allows for more productive and efficient collaboration between users and developers of the software, where members of the community get access to the entire knowledgebase of features and code that can be easily integrated into any project. For example, if you need a certain feature, other members of the community may already have a solution for you. If not, you can vote to have one developed.
Disadvantages of Open Source and In-Portal’s Solution
Many businesses have been avoiding Open Source software in fears of lacking adequate customer support. With commercial software you often get access to premium support services that can come to assistance when and as soon as it’s needed. With Open Source software the assistance usually comes from fellow community members that may not always be as reliable as a commercial-grade support.
In-Portal offers the best of the both worlds of Open Source and Commercial software. In-Portal is Open Source so it is free and driven by the community. However, at the same time it is also backed by Intechnic – a reputable web development company that has been in business for over ten years. Premium support from Intechnic is available for purchase should you ever need it. Funds from support services also get reinvested back into the community (which is a win-win situation for everyone).
Peace of Mind
With In-Portal you can have peace of mind that your business is safe. Should your business require help, you can always count on a team of professionals that will come to your assistance if and when you need it. At the same time, you can enjoy all the benefits of an Open Source approach without having to worry about extra costs.
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