People often stay away from open source software because of the perceived risk that comes with code anyone can inspect. It’s a logical argument, but it’s not necessarily a good reason to not use open source. Open source coders are always looking for security flaws and finding ways to fix them so they can make a name for themselves in the world of coding. And coders flock to open source software because they can build upon an existing framework without having to deal with roadblocks thrown up by a major name developer. In fact, many major websites are built on open source software primarily due to the fact that there’s no need to get around trademarked code.

Drupal, WordPress, and Joomla are all major software platforms used by millions and are all created from open source code. In fact, WordPress is the most downloaded content management system on the market. WordPress became popular because it’s easy to use, has countless free plug-ins, and thousands of templates both free and paid. Joomla and Drupal are also content management systems and have features that are similar to WordPress.

All of these open source software systems are popular for various reasons; the least of which is that they’re free or almost free. They come with developer support to help users get past issues, are easy to use, and users can make the platforms fit their needs with little effort. Read on to the infographic below to learn more about these popular platforms and how they’re here to stay.

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Mirko Humbert

Mirko Humbert is the editor-in-chief and main author of Designer Daily and Typography Daily. He is also a graphic designer and the founder of WP Expert.