Open Source CMS, For or Against?

If you happened to be a web developer, you’ll know what I mean.


There’s this big account that landed on my door step. They wanted me to redesign their Content Management System. The problem is, I have never used the CMS they mentioned.

Any laymen would see a 5 digit job a jack pot. Not me.

Here’s the problem.

  • I have to buy the CMS license in order to tap the design
  • It’s in ASP, a programming language I don’t speak often
  • I need to learn the workflow of the system, it take days
  • I am now a one man show company, no more full-time man power
  • I have bigger account to manage, my hands are tied behind my back
  • I have to deliver to them by 15th March 09

The best thing about selling your own CMS, is you know the system up-down-left-right and the customer is tied to you no matter what. Pretty convenient huh? Don’t take this the wrong way, but that’s how Chinese do business. Always have you on the hook.

Kind of like the cobbler, who’d tell you, only he knows how to repair your sole.

Back to the main question, should I take this oppurtunity to thicken my pocket? Or let it slip and stay complacent with my current state? Whichever way, I despise closed-source CMS, kinda like a closed mind, blind and ignorance.

Oh well. So much for being the web developer.

ps: Like always, back to work Ed. No dilly dally.

pss: In case you wonder the motive of this post, none. Just a personal rambling and a window to express uneasiness.

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