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Open Source Solutions
Blue Water Media offers open source development solutions that are tailored to our clients' individual needs. Our experienced Washington DC developers employ open source software, CMS systems, applications, and scripting to meet the demands of our clients. Our open source solutions offer peerless security, functionality, and the unmatched flexibility that is the hallmark of open source.
From the applications we build to the systems upon which they run, we use open source solutions to avoid limiting the freedom of our developers and, more importantly, the freedom of our clients to upgrade and manage their site. Unlike most proprietary software, open source solutions from Blue Water Media do not trap our clients into an expensive closed-source environment because open source software's source code is available to everyone.
The open source development solutions, applications, and software that Blue Water Media employs include the Linux operating system, Apache web server, MySQL database and PHP and Ruby programming languages.
Some of the many advantages of open source software include:
- Freedom: Open source means freedom to our customers - It means they can upgrade, migrate, or export their applications to other vendors and software solutions. We've seen too many business owners get trapped into aging, costly, proprietary closed systems. These closed systems restrict owners from upgrading or migrating to other systems and force them to continue doing business with disastrous vendors.
- Flexibility: Your website should not be constrained by software. Open source software can be infinitely tailored to meet your business requirements. You don't have to wait for a vendor to add features that you need since there is a huge open source community that is constantly developing extensions, add-ons and upgrades. If none of the existing extensions meets your needs, Blue Water Media can develop customized solutions.
- Cost: Open source software is typically available for free. Which means we can offer more affordable solutions and allow you to focus your budget on developing the customizations and enhancements that will address your business demands and set your website apart from the competition.
- Reliability: Because open source software's source code is freely available, we do not have to rely on obtaining support from software authors. Open source harnesses the collective wisdom, experience, and expertise of the open source community of thousands of developers that constantly improve the software and ensure that users' needs are met. Most open source developers create software because it's what they love to do. By its nature as a labor of love, the open source community offers solutions that are of the highest quality.