When developing any website, be it a simple blog, an interactive fan page for a band you follow, or an online store – one must at some point decide whether to develop the site utilizing a content management system (CMS) or develop a site from scratch using an open source platform.
Your decision will greatly affect the speed at which you launch, the design of your site, and the features available to your site. I’m not an engineer and I don’t plan to build a huge engineering team to manage my online stores, so I always use pre-existing, template based platforms such as Shopify to launch my store quickly and get to profitability fast. Although I stay away from open source platforms, that are many pros to using them as well.
We’ll explore both below, and answer the question, “To Open Source, or Not to Open Source?”