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3dcart

5 Ratings

LightCMS

2 Ratings

3dcart

5 Ratings
Score 6.4 out of 101

LightCMS

2 Ratings
Score 7.8 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

3dcart

3dcart is well suited to getting a site up and running quickly with shopping cart capabilities. The merchant account set up was easy and there are inventory and shipping capabilities, as well. It is a very powerful tool for a small business without full time IT support on staff. While I did not have many products, it seemed like a merchant with a large inventory would have to spend a great deal of time on setting up the store

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.

Feature Rating Comparison

Online Storefront

3dcart
7.0
LightCMS
Product catalog & listings
3dcart
8.0
LightCMS
Product management
3dcart
8.0
LightCMS
Branding
3dcart
6.0
LightCMS
Mobile storefront
3dcart
6.0
LightCMS
Product variations
3dcart
8.0
LightCMS
Website integration
3dcart
7.0
LightCMS
Visual customization
3dcart
6.0
LightCMS

Online Shopping Cart

3dcart
9.0
LightCMS
Checkout user experience
3dcart
9.0
LightCMS

Online Payment System

3dcart
8.0
LightCMS
eCommerce security
3dcart
8.0
LightCMS

eCommerce Marketing

3dcart
7.5
LightCMS
Promotions & discounts
3dcart
10.0
LightCMS
SEO
3dcart
5.0
LightCMS

eCommerce Business Management

3dcart
8.0
LightCMS
Custom functionality
3dcart
8.0
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

  • Strong shopping cart capabilities, with all types of promotions and discounting capabilities. Easy to set up the promotion and implement the campaign.
  • Integration with our email provider to be able to segment buyers based on timing of purchase.
  • Easy to use blog, was able to set up each post simply and create SEO/Meta tags associated with each post.
  • Products set up was easy and there are options for categories and classes to make setting up the store easy.
  • Easy to use for someone with no programming skills.
  • 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.

Cons

  • Using images on the site and in the blog was a cumbersome process. The upload was easy enough, but finding and using the image after upload was terrible. The navigation of the images was difficult and there were no sort functions.
  • For a simple site without the need for a log in admin or shipping, these functions and capabilities were not easily hidden or removed. You needed to have a programmer go into the code to remove them. For a tool like 3dcart, it seemed to be something they could have taken care of with check boxes in the settings.
  • While expected, the templates available were very basic and simple. To enhance the look of your site, you will need a programmer or pay for the premium templates.
  • 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.

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

Selected 3DCart based on price point and ease of getting started. Gave a two week free trial to make sure I could get it set up. Seemed easier than other options and had room to grow if I need more capabilities. It also integrated with QuckBooks, FaceBook and Auth.net which were all part of the package right from the start.
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.

Return on Investment

  • Enhanced customer service with ticket system.
  • Was able to quickly set up shop and get started on the web.
  • 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.

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