Web development companies design open source applications for diverse usage and for a lot of other usages too. There are certain principles that go behind the development of open source applications with some of them being free redistribution, inclusion of source code, imperative modifications, zero discrimination and single license allotment.
Open source web applications have a very intriguing quality about them. They are free applications that get released under special licensing terms which make the core coding viewable and can also be edited by the user to suit his needs. The author creating these applications has the right to release it for free distribution where it can be further worked upon by programmers. Open source applications are meant for numerous usages.
The capital can be kept down by a lot of margin. The evolving software is again an added advantage. Features can be implemented at a rapid pace and resources can be pooled in. When one is short on cash and has to get modifications done on the source, he can do it himself on these open source web applications. One is not tied to a single vendor from whom the application is developed. Since the code is open source, it can be modified and handled by anyone.
There is a flip side to these opensource web applications developed by web development companies and offshore software development companies. Very similar to commercial applications, some of the open source web applications have this tendency to die quickly.
Programmers lose interest in them and sop developing them further leading to stagnation and eventual annihilation. Offshore outsourcing companies making these applications often receive complaints regarding support issues. Online bugs often keep invading these applications time and again forcing the buyer to constantly call the vendor. If the vendor is not available, then the buyer might have to pay someone to get rid of the bugs.
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