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 your organization creates a custom experience for your business workflow and your customer experience using standardized code modules.
An entire community of responsible global developers and leaders supports open source code 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 the base code's features and improvements every year. This involvement benefits companies with thousands of websites and simple websites that serve very niche markets that use the code.
Customizability and data sovereignty are the two biggest reasons to use open source software to power your digital experience platform. 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 remain in control of your company and customer data. Open source runs on the principle of peer production, decentralizing software control and encouraging open collaboration worldwide.
Generally, open source software has a vast ecosystem of fully maintained tools and plug-ins that enhance and integrate as needed. The scale and approach of flexibility in open source are critical differentiating factors 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 open source, you have complete data and code sovereignty. Most software-as-a-service platforms own your data, leaving you little to no control over what they do with it. Also, you don’t own the core code with SaaS platforms, so changes are challenging, if not impossible.
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.