About open CMSs
Open CMSs are part of the broader open source movement, a movement that lends itself to sharing, and to building a community. Salsa Digital, as part of our commitment to all things open (, , and ), embraces the significant potential and benefits of open source. Open source CMSs have been playing a large role in delivering benefits to many organisations since the inception of ‘open source’ back in the late 1990s.
Why open CMS?
Open source software technologies, such as open source CMSs, create an even playing field across the globe for software development and innovation. Whereas proprietary/licensed software development and innovation is most often located outside Australia (e.g. Silicon Valley or low-cost offshore regions) open source technology can be enhanced and developed by members of the particular open source community, anywhere in the world.
Open CMSs deliver many benefits including:
Reduced costs for web development (no license fees, plus reduced costs through the use of existing components contributed by the community)
Global and active communities, global and active adoption
Collaboration and knowledge sharing with diverse people from different locations around the world coming together to solve problems, create new features, etc.
Minimised vendor lock-in (and the unfortunately too common ‘$ proprietary liability’)
Reduced risks (code has already been tested and used)
Some of the specific benefits of the open source CMS Drupal are:
Enterprise-grade website CMS with sophisticated content publication workflow capabilities
Highly maintained and secure by an active and global community
Open source with no license fees
1M+ global community contributors
Strong worldwide adoption across government and enterprise
Winner of several global open source CMS awards
Drupal and Wordpress are the two most commonly used CMSs at Salsa, because of their many features and benefits. Our developers like them because they provide an open, modular and extensible framework to make building sophisticated sites easy. Our clients like them because they enable them to manage rich content among publications teams in sophisticated ways...plus they’re very affordable compared to proprietary systems.
Looking at government applications, GovCMS (a Drupal-based whole-of-government digital platform designed by government for government) enables government to deliver great digital content and great digital services in a way that’s easy and intuitive to access and digest. This has flow-on effects for citizens, such as:
Reduced web development costs for taxpayers
Improved usability (through the community of components)
Better site accessibility (templates are W3C compliant)
Responsive sites (templates allow for viewing on desktops, tablets and smartphones)
Open CMS and open government
Who’s using open CMSs?
Open source CMSs are used by a host of governments and organisations around the world, including:
In addition, there are nearly 200 government websites in Australia currently using the Drupal distribution that’s been customised for Australian government, GovCMS. These agencies include:
Department of Communications and the Arts
Department of Finance
Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA)
Australian Passport Office
Royal Australian Air Force
Victoria’s Department of Premier and Cabinet
SA Department of Education
Brisbane City Council