The customization you want, with the control your business needs.
Open source commerce uses the most up-to-date development practices and thrives on innovation. This means you can invest in a platform that grows with you, fits your custom business needs and keeps your customer’s data safely in your care and control.
One front-end tool, endless destinations.
Open source commerce development means that your organization gets to create a custom experience for both your business workflow and your customer experience, using standardized modules of code. Open source code is supported by a community of responsible global developers and leaders to provide a development framework and starting point for everyone's use.
At Acro Media, we take being an active part of open source solutions seriously. We invest in the open source community and donate thousands of hours to features and improvements every year to the base code. This benefits not only massive companies with thousands of websites but simple websites that serve very niche markets that use the code as well.
The two biggest reasons to use open source software to power your digital experience platform are: customizability and data sovereignty. Open source runs on the principle of peer-production, decentralizing control of the software and encouraging open collaboration, worldwide. Open source as a fundamental concept is license free, and available to the general public. That means you can customize it to match your business needs, and you remain in control of your company and customer data.
Generally, open source software has a huge ecosystem of fully maintained tools and plug-ins that enhance and integrate as needed. The scale and approach of flexibility in open source is a key differentiating factor when compared to other solutions.
Your partner in open source technology.
We are a digital commerce agency that integrates into your business. A true ally, building on-demand open source solutions to match your company’s needs.
Reasons to choose open source development.
Complete development control.
Do-ocracy. If you need a custom-built feature and you show up with resources to make it happen, you get to make all of the decisions.
With software-as-a-service platforms, you don’t own the core code, so changes are very hard to make, if not impossible. Also, most SaaS platforms will own your data as well. With open source, you have complete data and code sovereignty.
100% custom-fit to needs.
No more being stuck with generic templates, boring user journeys and weak content management. Open source provides robust customization capabilities and 1000’s of developers to lend a hand.
Integrations? Not a problem.
With robust development tools available, sophisticated APIs, plugins for multichannel publishing, and a track record of continuous innovation — open source allows you to integrate your systems for connected data and process automation.
Open source vs. proprietary software
Proprietary software is administered, maintained and published by corporations and businesses whose main interests are profits and maintaining control over the code and use of their product. It can be restrictive and expensive.
Only the original authors of proprietary software can legally copy, inspect, and alter that software. In order to use proprietary software, users have to agree that they will not do anything with the software that the software's authors have not expressly permitted. (Think about the EULAs you have to agree to in order to use Adobe, Microsoft or Apple products.)
Open source software offers no such restrictions. The authors make the source code available for anyone who would like to view, copy or alter it. Open source incorporates a belief that code is only made better by sharing and learning. Further, anyone who alters and shares a program with others must also share that program's source code without charging a licensing fee for it, keeping it free to use and modify.
Open source software is inclusive: there is a community of users and developers in the people who produce, test, use, promote, and ultimately affect the software they love.