Open source software has become a force of its own and has overtaken closed source software in some surprising areas. Joomla, Drupal, and WordPress have made it easier than ever to build websites that look good and don’t require a lot of effort. Governments, nonprofits, and even bloggers have benefited from open source content management systems. Why? Because they’re easy to use, easy to design with, and are supported by developers for far longer than closed source software. And if a developer stops supporting their own code, there’s always the possibility someone else is familiar with it and can make changes.

Imagine putting up a website with a few clicks of a button and getting to work on entering content within a few hours. Sound impossible? Think again! All content management systems come with thousands of templates and plugins that take very little knowledge to install. Someone who wants to create an e-commerce site can do so with the right template and plugins from their credit card processor. From there, it’s a matter of putting in pictures and descriptions. The cost to set up a site like this is minimal, but the end result looks expensive. And users get support from developers, updates to the templates and plugins, and access to a huge database of knowledge from people who share their experiences using a specific template or plugin.

Read on to the infographic below to learn more about these popular platforms and how they benefit everyone regardless of their website building skills.

Benefits of Open Source