Open Source CMS - Quick Read


Written by Dynamic Presence - July 1, 2017

Why the Rising Hype

Sharing is caring and that’s what it’s initially about. Since open source is crowd-sourced, web projects move faster. Open source community with active collaboration equates to accelerated development and cost-saving.

At the same time, increased vulnerabilities and requires regular monitoring.

The Bad Thing

The pros are also its cons.

  • Open source means the source code is readily available to all, including blackhat hackers. Every second, mass deployed bots are on the prowl to sneak in through these visible loopholes.
  • While open source works out-of-the-box for general use, any addons or customization may impact website performance. eg. Self-hosted security scanners in shared hosting environment.
  • Website performance optimization (WPO) is necessary to greatly reduce bloat and for an active life cycle (scale up)

Good To Know

In Sucuri 2016 Q1 report, the 3 CMS platforms most being affected are WordPress, Joomla and Magento due to negligence and lack of knowledge.

.. brings about serious challenges to the internet as a whole as it introduces a large influx of unskilled webmasters and service providers responsible for the deployment and administrations of these sites.

This assessment is amplified in our analysis, which shows that out of the 11,000 infected websites analyzed, 75% of them were on the WordPress platform and over 50% of those websites were out of date.

For Joomla and Drupal, the percentage of out-of-date software was above 80%.

Google currently blacklists close to 20,000 websites a week for malware and another 50,000 a week for phishing.

And most webmasters are unaware their sites’ security have been intruded and compromised.

Takeaway

Going ahead with an open source CMS can be a double-edged sword. Invest in a managed CMS maintenance service.

The contract should also include site security continual measures and speed optimization.