Author: Mark Boos.
Associations for professionals need to offer their members a wide range of services to develop their professional skills. Organisational Intranets are an important medium that many associations use to communicate, interact, offer e-learning courses and encourage participation in events.
Advanced services like these used to be only be attainable by the larger organisations due to high tailor made costs. But not anymore! Open source content management systems such as Joomla and WordPress enable all associations and organisations to create a complete member portal at relatively low costs.Using open source software to create a member portal has many benefits. including: significant lower cost, continuity, configurable, adding custom functions and security measures.
The member portal based on open source can be even combined with closed source solutions like Microsoft with single sign-on.