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LightCMS

2 Ratings

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LightCMS

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AllProWebTools

It works very well for my cooking business.
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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

Sales Force Automation

AllProWebTools
9.1
LightCMS
Customer data management / contact management
AllProWebTools
9.1
LightCMS
Workflow management
AllProWebTools
9.1
LightCMS
Quote & order management
AllProWebTools
9.1
LightCMS

Marketing Automation

AllProWebTools
9.1
LightCMS
Lead management
AllProWebTools
9.1
LightCMS
Email marketing
AllProWebTools
9.1
LightCMS

CRM Project Management

AllProWebTools
9.1
LightCMS
Task management
AllProWebTools
9.1
LightCMS
Billing and invoicing management
AllProWebTools
9.1
LightCMS

Customization

AllProWebTools
9.1
LightCMS
Custom fields
AllProWebTools
9.1
LightCMS

Platform

AllProWebTools
4.5
LightCMS
Mobile access
AllProWebTools
4.5
LightCMS

Security

AllProWebTools
LightCMS
8.0
Role-based user permissions
AllProWebTools
LightCMS
8.0

Web Content Creation

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

Web Content Management

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

Pros

  • The CRM holds all of my contacts and it is already integrated with all of my other tools.
  • The Email Management system is already integrated with all of my other tools. This means that I do not have to download CSVs and upload them to a separate email program everytime I want to send out an email blast.
  • I can take payments in the same system that has my email marketing and CRM. This means that I can create tags and send different email campaigns depending on if I have received payment or not.
  • The website hosting means that I can use the same software to update my blog and gallery of food pictures.
  • I can sell tickets to my cooking classes from the same software that manages everything else that I do in my business.
  • I use the task manager that is built in to remind me of things I need to do. I really like that it is tied into my CRM so I can tag tasks to specific clients.
  • The built in timecard system allows me to "clock in" to whatever client that I am working on so that my time and hourly rate are automatically calculated for me. My invoices are sent automatically on the first of each month.
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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

  • QuickBooks Integration
  • More email templates
  • They do not have an app
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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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Alternatives Considered

I used to use Microsoft Excel to organize my business - but it got pretty crazy pretty fast.
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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

  • It just makes it easier for me to track what is going on in my business.
  • I like having everything in one place, instead of a bunch of different programs.
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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

AllProWebTools

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Required
$195*
1.  per installation
AllProWebTools Editions & Modules
AllProWebTools
Edition
Base + Website Hosting
$101
1. per installation
Additional Pricing Details
Starting price of $10/month for unlimited user accounts. Provides website hosting, task manager, blogging, password manager, office chat, and the WorkFlow Timeline. Setup fee covers up to 10 hours of personal training and data import from other software programs.

LightCMS

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