Open vs Closed source software.
After doing a whole lot of research on these terms I’ve come to find definitions that actually better help me understand their meanings. All computer-based programs are created using source code, which is the “technical blueprint that tells a program how to function.” Open source software (OSS) is “available for the general public to use and modify from its original design free of charge.” Closed source software (CSS) is when “the source code is not shared with the public for anyone to look at or change.”
A common example of open and closed source is Android vs Apple. Android uses an open source, allowing developers to alter areas they wish, whereas Apple on the other hand restricts developers from accessing particular aspects whilst developing programs.
There are some differences between open and closed source software with the main being price. OSS is usually free of charge, only charging for additional functions, whereas CSS requires payments which vary in price.
A benefit of OSS is that everyone has control over modifying the site’s design. CSS is beneficial for beginners as they are already designed, therefore giving those who are new to sourcing an easy set up.