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3dcart

6 Ratings

LightCMS

2 Ratings

3dcart

6 Ratings
Score 7.1 out of 101

LightCMS

2 Ratings
Score 7 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

3dcart

3dcart works well for small to medium size businesses that want to take care of their own website and product uploads and have the time to stay on top of inventory management. It does not work as well for a business who wants to just "turn it on" and forget about it unless they are able to integrate their POS system with 3dcart to manage inventory.
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LightCMS

LightCMS is perfect for 90% of websites out there. It has all the basic modules like calendars, photo galleries, news/blog, or forms building built in. Small businesses to mid-sized businesses are perfect for LightCMS.We use other solutions when the requierments for the website include a lot of third party integrations or custom modules. As a hosted CMS it has the same limitations as others with server-side development.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Online Storefront

3dcart
7.3
LightCMS
Product catalog & listings
3dcart
8.0
LightCMS
Product management
3dcart
8.0
LightCMS
Bulk product upload
3dcart
10.0
LightCMS
Branding
3dcart
7.0
LightCMS
Mobile storefront
3dcart
7.0
LightCMS
Product variations
3dcart
8.0
LightCMS
Website integration
3dcart
5.0
LightCMS
Visual customization
3dcart
8.0
LightCMS
CMS
3dcart
5.0
LightCMS

Online Shopping Cart

3dcart
8.0
LightCMS
Checkout user experience
3dcart
8.0
LightCMS

Online Payment System

3dcart
9.0
LightCMS
eCommerce security
3dcart
9.0
LightCMS

eCommerce Marketing

3dcart
8.0
LightCMS
Promotions & discounts
3dcart
8.0
LightCMS
Personalized recommendations
3dcart
7.0
LightCMS
SEO
3dcart
9.0
LightCMS

eCommerce Business Management

3dcart
6.8
LightCMS
Order processing
3dcart
8.0
LightCMS
Inventory management
3dcart
5.0
LightCMS
Shipping
3dcart
7.0
LightCMS
Custom functionality
3dcart
7.0
LightCMS

Security

3dcart
LightCMS
8.0
Role-based user permissions
3dcart
LightCMS
8.0

Web Content Creation

3dcart
LightCMS
9.1
WYSIWYG editor
3dcart
LightCMS
10.0
Code quality / cleanliness
3dcart
LightCMS
9.0
Admin section
3dcart
LightCMS
9.0
Page templates
3dcart
LightCMS
10.0
Library of website themes
3dcart
LightCMS
10.0
Mobile optimization / responsive design
3dcart
LightCMS
10.0
Publishing workflow
3dcart
LightCMS
8.0
Form generator
3dcart
LightCMS
7.0

Web Content Management

3dcart
LightCMS
7.3
Content taxonomy
3dcart
LightCMS
4.0
SEO support
3dcart
LightCMS
7.0
Bulk management
3dcart
LightCMS
8.0
Community / comment management
3dcart
LightCMS
10.0

Pros

  • SEO - 3dcart is built in such a way that even if you do no SEO work at all, as long as you use the meta description wizard on each page or product you wind up still searching pretty well in Google.
  • Product uploads - Product uploads are easy to do with 3dcart's .csv import/export feature. No need to struggle with messy simple and variable uploads like on WooCommerce, 3dcart takes the guesswork and hassle out of uploading different product types.
  • Media uploads - Media uploads are quick and simple and the uploader always works.
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  • LightCMS provides all the major functionality 90% of sites need. It keeps out of its own way by making these solutions intuitive and simple and not trying to solve every problem for everyone which would over-complicate the tool-set.
  • This is the easiest to use CMS we have ever seen. I tell my client's that if they can make a Facebook post, they can manage their website, and it's true. Their UI is so easy and keeps getting easier to use. Untrained users get it in minutes and are able to manage their sites without our help.
  • LightCMS's code is simple and light-weight. Sites are fast and the CMS doesnt get in the way of performance.
  • You can do almost anything you want (except server-side programming) with LightCMS. So, we can create any design we want and it works great with Light CMS's tokens and editable regions concept (which is also simple to implement.)
  • Constantly upgraded and fixed, the product is 1000x better after 10 years of working with it, but is still simple and not bloated.
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Cons

  • 3dcart does not connect to many of the POS systems my clients use so we need to manually update inventory daily/weekly.
  • There are many modules available to do many different things, but it makes you feel like you are being tickled and died to death to get the site to do exactly what you want. Also can be confusing if you don't know what you actually need.
  • It's a little difficult/confusing to upload products with multiple variations - ie: color and size - especially if there are multiples colors and multiple sizes.
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  • While keeping it simple is LightCMS's thing, some of the elements/modules could use deeper options or control for advanced users.
  • Some content, such as calendars, cannot have data exported/imported easily.
  • Support was amazing 10 years ago. We openly talked about how awesome they were... it isn't as good as it once was, but is still way above almost every support of other CMS systems we have used.
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Likelihood to Renew

Not applicable - as a franchisee, the franchiser took over the web site and shopping cart capabilities, so I no longer need the tool. But I would recommend it.
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Alternatives Considered

I found 3dcart to be the most cost effective and easiest to use for my smaller to medium sized business clients.
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We have looked at hundrends of CMS's and LightCMS is a perfect entry-level system for most of our small to mid sized clients. LightCMS's feature set is less complex than almost every other system and the actual interface is miles ahead of most other CMS systems. It's simply thought out better. It lacks sensibility and an API as well as other advanced features many more expensive or more DIY systems have, but the simplicity makes up for it.
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Return on Investment

  • 3dcart has enabled my clients to quickly and easily get up and running with an online store giving them an almost immediate ROI.
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  • While I always think the price could be cheaper, LightCMS is incredibly inexpensive if you consider the costs of hosting, support, and upgrading is all included.
  • As part of their partner program, we are able to control client accounts from our master account, making moving between clients easier and supporting them faster which ultimately makes our labor costs better.
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Pricing Details

3dcart

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

LightCMS

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details