If you’re considering updating your current recruitment agency website or are a start-up recruiter and aren’t sure what type of website you need, then take a read of this blog because we explain (without loads of tech speak) what the difference is between an open source website (eg WordPress) and a specialist website (such as FXRecruiter).
Firstly, what’s the difference between a specialist system and open-source system?
A specialist system is closed source – this means that the developer owns and controls it from a tech perspective. The quality of these systems can vary – a good specialist system will keep your website safe and secure and will give you complete control over your site’s content.
We will talk about this later.
An open-source system is something like WordPress. WordPress is built for general use and doesn’t have recruitment in mind. Whilst it has developed some plug-ins that are tailored to the recruitment market and something that many start-up recruiters end up going for because they think that a specialist system is out of their budget. It isn’t, and at Reverse Delta we offer some great solutions for start-ups – you can see more on this blog.
Open-source websites are easier to hack!
Before we delve into this issue, it’s worth noting that 96% of websites on the internet (there are 1.7 billion live websites as we write this) are open-source. Therefore, hackers spend a lot of time trying to hack WordPress simply because there is a bigger opportunity for them – by learning to hack WordPress they can target a huge number of businesses. And it’s often unclear as to where the responsibility lies – with the developer? Or the developer of the plug-in?
What about ongoing support, maintenance and updates?
Open-source technology is designed to make website design accessible for everybody. However, it’s worth doing your research into the longevity of your open-source web developer. Are they working from their bedroom (many do)? If they present you with a ‘too good to be true’ offer, then it is probably because they are aiming to build up a portfolio, possibly haven’t got enough industry knowledge and credibility and could potentially fold their business when they realise how hard it is to succeed. You need to make sure you’ve got maintenance and support in place to update and maintain your plug-ins.
Who will you contact about your website then? (NB: if you ask this question, an open-source designer will say they have contacts they work with. Truth is, nobody wants to work on somebody else’s code).
Your specialist website will last longer!
For the reasons explained above, an open-source website will be cheaper. If you go down the route of using a reputable company who are experts at building closed-source technology, you’d have invested more initially so you’ll want to keep the site for longer.
A specialist system should have a CMS (content management system) which will allow you to be in control of the content changes your recruitment agency will inevitably need to make. For example, is it likely that your recruitment agency will grow? Will you open another office or start up in a new sector? And what if some of your team move on or new starters join? These are all easily managed by you in your CMS if you have a specialist system – which will allow you to keep your site up to date in a cost effective way.
We’ll be honest with you; we don’t want to make content updates to your site – we want you to be able to do that as and when you want to! What we do want to do is all the back office techy stuff (we get quite excited by this) – backing up your website, virus scanning, preventing hackers, keeping your client and candidate data safe, working on integrating your recruitment website with your CRM and ATS. Integrations with WordPress are quite tricky – ours are written and ready to go and are being used by lots of our customers. This is where a specialist recruitment website provider can add value – not updating your team pages!
Why wouldn’t you want to work with a recruitment expert?
We’ve already mentioned that WordPress does have some plug-ins for recruiters that your web developer can use, but you would need to teach them about recruitment and invest time in making sure they can talk your language and understand your systems. Surely it’s more cost-effective to work directly with a specialist recruitment web designer, who can guide you through the tech process AND integrate other systems with your website to save you even more time and more money? You can find out more about the benefits of integrating your website with your internal systems here.
Why Reverse Delta?
We pride ourselves on making sure we don’t blind people with tech speak when we meet them, because we want you to know and understand the product that you’re buying in to. Many web companies talk to their customers in a language that they won’t understand, so we think it’s important to set out the pros and cons for each client to make sure that we support you to get the best possible tech for your recruitment agency!
If any of the following are important to you, then Reverse Delta is the obvious choice for your recruitment agency website:
- A dedicated support team available during your office hours
- Unlimited warranty of fixes
- A website that’s regularly backed up
- Virus and security scanning
- Technical upgrades and maintenance
- A technical agreement with clear lines of responsibility defined
If you want to know more about the benefits of a proprietary system and how it can help you to grow your recruitment agency, then I promise that I’ll go through it all and keep the tech talk to an absolute minimum!