Amaxus CMS (discontinued) vs. LightCMS (discontinued)

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Amaxus CMS (discontinued)
Score 3.0 out of 10
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Amaxus was a commercial PHP-based content management system from Box UK, an agile software developer and consulting company. It provided an enterprise-level web content management system used by large brand and agencies. It is known for a focus on usability. The product has been discontinued.N/A
LightCMS (discontinued)
Score 6.1 out of 10
N/A
LightCMS, from NetSuite, was a cloud-based content management system for building websites and eCommerce storefronts. It is designed to be used by individuals, non-profits, and small to medium-sized businesses. The product has been discontinued.N/A
Pricing
Amaxus CMS (discontinued)LightCMS (discontinued)
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Amaxus CMS (discontinued)LightCMS (discontinued)
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
Amaxus CMS (discontinued)LightCMS (discontinued)
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
Amaxus CMS (discontinued)LightCMS (discontinued)
Security
Comparison of Security features of Product A and Product B
Amaxus CMS (discontinued)
9.0
1 Ratings
10% above category average
LightCMS (discontinued)
8.0
1 Ratings
2% below category average
Role-based user permissions9.01 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Web Content Creation
Comparison of Web Content Creation features of Product A and Product B
Amaxus CMS (discontinued)
7.4
1 Ratings
3% below category average
LightCMS (discontinued)
9.1
1 Ratings
17% above category average
WYSIWYG editor5.01 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Code quality / cleanliness6.01 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Admin section6.01 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Page templates10.01 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Library of website themes8.01 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Mobile optimization / responsive design10.01 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Publishing workflow8.01 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Form generator6.01 Ratings7.01 Ratings
Web Content Management
Comparison of Web Content Management features of Product A and Product B
Amaxus CMS (discontinued)
7.3
1 Ratings
1% below category average
LightCMS (discontinued)
7.3
1 Ratings
1% below category average
Content taxonomy7.01 Ratings4.01 Ratings
Availability / breadth of extensions10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Community / comment management5.01 Ratings10.01 Ratings
SEO support00 Ratings7.01 Ratings
Bulk management00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Platform & Infrastructure
Comparison of Platform & Infrastructure features of Product A and Product B
Amaxus CMS (discontinued)
6.0
1 Ratings
25% below category average
LightCMS (discontinued)
-
Ratings
Internationalization / multi-language6.01 Ratings00 Ratings
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Amaxus CMS (discontinued)LightCMS (discontinued)
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Score 9.9 out of 10
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Medium-sized Companies
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Score 9.5 out of 10
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Score 9.5 out of 10
Enterprises
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Score 9.0 out of 10
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User Ratings
Amaxus CMS (discontinued)LightCMS (discontinued)
Likelihood to Recommend
3.0
(1 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Amaxus CMS (discontinued)LightCMS (discontinued)
Likelihood to Recommend
Discontinued Products
Amaxus is well suited as a development platform and content management system for companies who have a dedicated, experienced development team because it has such complex functionality. It is not well suited for companies whose main content updater will be a person with limited development experience, because it is so hard to learn and understand how to use.
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NetSuite
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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Pros
Discontinued Products
  • There is a lot of flexibility and power with what you can do.
  • The client has a lot of power to make changes on their own without needing a development team.
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NetSuite
  • 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
Discontinued Products
  • There is a huge learning curve for developers. All our new website builds were going beyond the timeline because of the learning curve.
  • It is very complex and teaching our clients how to use it required several training sessions.
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NetSuite
  • 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
Discontinued Products
I have used an in-house CMS which was very simple and only allowed the user to update very basic templated content, and I have used Sitecore, which is sort of like a middle-of-the-road. Sitecore is great because it allows for the user to have a lot of control over templates and updating content, but it's not so complex that it is very difficult and time-consuming to learn how to use, like Amaxus.
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NetSuite
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
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  • It has a negative impact because it put us back on our timelines.
  • It had a negative impact because our customers didn't like the learning curve to use it.
  • It had a negative impact because it caused so much stress among our team to learn it.
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NetSuite
  • 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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