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Acquia

39 Ratings

LightCMS

2 Ratings

Acquia

39 Ratings
Score 7.7 out of 101

LightCMS

2 Ratings
Score 6.9 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Acquia

How much money do you have, and how much support do you need?Those are the biggest questions that you need to ask yourself when determining if you want to procure Acquia services. The cost for us was low compared to paying our own employees to run the type of system provided to us by Acquia. But the cost would be much higher for non-enterprise customers who are just looking to have their sites hosted for them. In the end, you get what you pay for - world-class Drupal hosting backed by highly effective customer support.
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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

Security

Acquia
8.9
LightCMS
8.0
Role-based user permissions
Acquia
8.9
LightCMS
8.0

Platform & Infrastructure

Acquia
8.5
LightCMS
API
Acquia
9.0
LightCMS
Internationalization / multi-language
Acquia
8.1
LightCMS

Web Content Creation

Acquia
7.4
LightCMS
9.1
WYSIWYG editor
Acquia
8.0
LightCMS
10.0
Code quality / cleanliness
Acquia
8.8
LightCMS
9.0
Admin section
Acquia
7.8
LightCMS
9.0
Page templates
Acquia
8.0
LightCMS
10.0
Library of website themes
Acquia
6.0
LightCMS
10.0
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Acquia
7.0
LightCMS
10.0
Publishing workflow
Acquia
7.8
LightCMS
8.0
Form generator
Acquia
6.1
LightCMS
7.0

Web Content Management

Acquia
8.5
LightCMS
7.3
Content taxonomy
Acquia
8.0
LightCMS
4.0
SEO support
Acquia
9.0
LightCMS
7.0
Bulk management
Acquia
7.7
LightCMS
8.0
Availability / breadth of extensions
Acquia
9.1
LightCMS
Community / comment management
Acquia
8.5
LightCMS
10.0

Pros

  • The platform is optimised for Drupal and it leaves the developer to concentrate on the website itself and it's functionality.
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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

  • Stable platform, optimised to Drupal best practices for performance.
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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

Acquia10.0
Based on 8 answers
Fast, reliable and tailored to Drupal.
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Alternatives Considered

We evaluated multiple content management solutions, and Drupal was the best fit for our needs.
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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

  • Completely negated any dev time troubleshooting the platform, freeing us up to develop the website.
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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

Acquia

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
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