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  • By Bryan Archer (CTO)
Bryan Archer (CTO)
According to a recent study, the total costs of using an open Source CMS typically outweigh the total costs of using a more sophisticated platform such as Sitecore CMS.

When introducing a new CMS, the software costs typically account for 5% of the total implementation costs. Open Source Content Management Systems typically have higher ongoing costs, which usually results in higher total expenses over the life cycle of the CMS.

“too often the temptation is to focus on the cost of the software. In the real world, that software cost is almost always the least significant portion of TCO (Total Cost of Ownership).”

Sean Breen, founder and CEO of agencyQ, a digital marketing agency headquartered in Washington, DC believes this is down to a number of reasons:

“Implementation, support, maintenance, organizational acceptance and adoption costs are almost always higher [when dealing with open source software]. This gets to the heart of the problems we have seen with open source CMSes: poor documentation, minimal or non-existent support organizations behind them, no cohesive training and user adoption programs.”

We urge you to read the detailed study that will bust many of the myths surrounding the use of open source Content Management Systems, you can download a copy here:

“The Siren Song of Open Source CMS: Should You Listen?

So, it seems that despite the higher initial software costs, over the long term, Sitecore could prove to be more cost effective than systems like Drupal. On top of this, Sitecore will also help to boost sales through the use of powerful built in tools such as A/B testing and website Personalisation.
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