Comparing Open Source CMS Products with Convio CMS
Open source software is distributed under a licensing agreement that allows the source code to be shared, viewed and modified by other users and organizations. Open source CMS software, Drupal in particular, has gained a higher profile in recent years and has been adopted by the nonprofit community with varying results. On the surface, the big difference is perceived to be cost. Since open source software is free, organizations with limited resources are often attracted to this model. However, total cost of ownership (TCO) of open source software is often as high, and sometimes higher, than commercial software like Convio CMS.
The table below summarizes some of the issues to consider when making a decision between an open source CMS or Convio CMS.
Software licenses are free. However, TCO can equal that of proprietary systems. There are many hidden costs relating to:
Pricing is under the Software-as-a-Service model, whereby a monthly fee is paid to access the software via a web browser.
Service and Support
Relies on online community support via forums and blogs. No guarantee of timely or responsive service.
Software can be modified and extended by users. However:
Convio CMS is upgraded with new enhancements and features every month. Major new innovations include:
Often, relatively poor usability:
Software not developed in a controlled environment:
Convio is, and always has been, the market leader in information security among vendors to the nonprofit sector.
Integration with CRM
While Convio is working within the Open Source community to improve the level of integration with Open Source CMS using the Convio API, there is no integration with CRM systems like Convio Online Marketing as part of core products, and integration often requires installing plug-ins or developing custom code.
Convio CMS offers very strong integration with Convio Online Marketing, including:
Convio CMS is the nonprofit leader
Convio CMS is a full-featured content management system built specifically for nonprofit organizations with advanced website needs, and multiple content contributors. For this reason, it powers the most visited and sophisticated nonprofit websites in the country.
We encourage you to take a close look at Convio CMS when considering your organization’s content management requirements. However, if after you’ve evaluated Convio CMS and concluded open source is a better fit for your organization, we have made it as easy as possible to integrate open source CMS with the Convio Online Marketing platform.
Using Open Source on the Convio Platform
The Convio Online Marketing platform provides support to open source CMS technologies in the following ways.