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Score 6.1 out of 100
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Score 7.5 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

LightCMS (discontinued)

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.
John Reitz | TrustRadius Reviewer

Magento Open Source

Magento Open Source is well suited for small or medium-sized businesses who don't have a lot of money or time to start their online store. If our web design client can select a specific pre-made template beforehand, and they do not want a ton of complex or extremely specific functionalities, then we suggest Magento Open Source to the client. If the client is a large retailer wanting very specific features, then OpenCart or complete custom code might be a better choice.
.Kim Murphy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Security

LightCMS (discontinued)
8.0
Magento Open Source
Role-based user permissions
LightCMS (discontinued)
8.0
Magento Open Source

Web Content Creation

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

Web Content Management

LightCMS (discontinued)
7.3
Magento Open Source
Content taxonomy
LightCMS (discontinued)
4.0
Magento Open Source
SEO support
LightCMS (discontinued)
7.0
Magento Open Source
Bulk management
LightCMS (discontinued)
8.0
Magento Open Source
Community / comment management
LightCMS (discontinued)
10.0
Magento Open Source

Online Storefront

LightCMS (discontinued)
Magento Open Source
7.3
Product catalog & listings
LightCMS (discontinued)
Magento Open Source
7.6
Product management
LightCMS (discontinued)
Magento Open Source
6.9
Bulk product upload
LightCMS (discontinued)
Magento Open Source
7.3
Branding
LightCMS (discontinued)
Magento Open Source
7.9
Mobile storefront
LightCMS (discontinued)
Magento Open Source
7.0
Product variations
LightCMS (discontinued)
Magento Open Source
8.3
Website integration
LightCMS (discontinued)
Magento Open Source
8.3
Visual customization
LightCMS (discontinued)
Magento Open Source
6.5
CMS
LightCMS (discontinued)
Magento Open Source
5.4

Online Shopping Cart

LightCMS (discontinued)
Magento Open Source
7.6
Abandoned cart recovery
LightCMS (discontinued)
Magento Open Source
7.4
Checkout user experience
LightCMS (discontinued)
Magento Open Source
7.9

Online Payment System

LightCMS (discontinued)
Magento Open Source
8.1
eCommerce security
LightCMS (discontinued)
Magento Open Source
8.1

eCommerce Marketing

LightCMS (discontinued)
Magento Open Source
7.5
Promotions & discounts
LightCMS (discontinued)
Magento Open Source
7.7
Personalized recommendations
LightCMS (discontinued)
Magento Open Source
6.8
SEO
LightCMS (discontinued)
Magento Open Source
8.1

eCommerce Business Management

LightCMS (discontinued)
Magento Open Source
7.8
Multi-site management
LightCMS (discontinued)
Magento Open Source
7.0
Order processing
LightCMS (discontinued)
Magento Open Source
8.0
Inventory management
LightCMS (discontinued)
Magento Open Source
7.7
Shipping
LightCMS (discontinued)
Magento Open Source
8.4
Custom functionality
LightCMS (discontinued)
Magento Open Source
7.7

Pros

LightCMS (discontinued)

  • 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.
John Reitz | TrustRadius Reviewer

Magento Open Source

  • Magento 2 CE has a very robust document workflow which mirrors most mid-large ERP systems. There's a "papertrail" which mimics your business processes, and each part of the process is exposed to the API which makes for some great integration potential.
  • Magento 2 CE is also great for tracking customer history, saves a record for each and allows you to understand customer interests better.
  • Magento 2 CE is highly expandable, with a full marketplace of free and premium modules that should accomplish some pretty niche sales or service goals.
Brendon Brown | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

LightCMS (discontinued)

  • 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.
John Reitz | TrustRadius Reviewer

Magento Open Source

  • Not the simplest of solutions to use or maintain from an end-user perspective
  • Other platforms are better with regards to SEO in our experience
  • Fairly sluggish and slow compared to other platforms without the correct server specification and performance optimization work.
David Bryan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

LightCMS (discontinued)

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Magento Open Source

Magento Open Source 10.0
Based on 1 answer
It's the dominant force in the SMB open source market. With the continued support of eBay/PayPal, Magento will continue to evolve and should be a market leader for some time.
Bret Williams | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

LightCMS (discontinued)

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.
John Reitz | TrustRadius Reviewer

Magento Open Source

Magento is hands down better than any hosted platform (i.e., BC), but only if you have a good development team. Hosted platforms are very limiting as to what you can accomplish "outside the box." Magento is much better than WooCommerce in its user friendliness and its feature set.
Lynn Thames | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

LightCMS (discontinued)

  • 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.
John Reitz | TrustRadius Reviewer

Magento Open Source

  • It definitely let us start with a decent store and scale from 0 to 15,000 products without many performance issues. But that comes with a cost: we were unable to change the design of the checkout, SEO was poor, and adding banners or more store-related things was very time consuming.
  • Debugging is hard and you will break your head with some errors that break your store, and you don't know how to solve them. This was one of the reasons why we left it.
Santiago Valdés | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

LightCMS (discontinued)

General

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

Magento Open Source

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

LightCMS (discontinued)
10.0
Magento Open Source
6.9

Likelihood to Renew

LightCMS (discontinued)
Magento Open Source
10.0

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