Closed& Proprietary benefits only the software provider
In the early stages of the industry, and continuing still today, some software providers were closed, and proprietary. This was –and is–primarily a method to exert and maintain account control, by making customers dependent upon the software company . If you have an Open Source website, you can make changes to it yourself with a web editor program.
Closed is More Expensive
Today, there are some website providers who still control accounts by forcing customers to come to them to perform any changes or updates to the site. They use proprietary Content Management Systems (CMS) to control access to the site . This way, they get to charge fees to clients who need to make any changes. Given the fast pace of business these days, most organizations need to relatively frequently update their sites. If they have a closed site, making changes becomes very expensive and time-consuming.
Organizations that are being victimized by closed, proprietary websites can save money and increase the effectiveness of their web sites by switching to Open Source technology. While it may seem difficult to walk away from a site into which money has been invested, the future savings available and the advantage of controlling your own destiny make the change worthwhile–the sooner, the better, in fact. You deserve to work with a technology partner that values your interest, rather than seeks to trap and control you.