Back in December, we covered Bellevue’s in-house ChCMS that they released as open source. In fact, it is currently the only open source CMS that is targeted at churches. The product itself doesn’t have as many bells and whistles as some of the other CMS’s we’ve covered. But at the same time, services like Firefox and WordPress show the potential in Open Source.
Tony Morgan sat down with the people behind BvCMS and asked them a few questions:
TONY: What’s in it for other churches?
- Churches receive the ability to control the future development of the church management system. No longer is a church dependent upon a proprietary vendor whose decisions are oftentimes motivated primarily by financial gain.
- The system is designed by users for users.
- The danger of being abandoned by a company due to any number of reasons is mitigated by having the source code to the system. Should the original developers discontinue the project anyone can continue to improve the project with the available source code.
Especially as you consider moving to a web-based solution, remember that the viability of the company is a very real concern. If you’re not interested in a desktop solution, perhaps something like BvCMS is an option that should be considered.