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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.
John Reitz | TrustRadius Reviewer

OnSemble

OnSemble allows each department to edit their areas with information that they want to distribute. Each department in the company can add as much inforamation to their area with documents, links, videos, etc
Melissa Crum | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Security

LightCMS
8.0
OnSemble
Role-based user permissions
LightCMS
8.0
OnSemble

Web Content Creation

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

Web Content Management

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

Pros

LightCMS

  • 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

OnSemble

  • Easy to create sections for each department.
  • Ability to link to files and share reports.
  • Easy access to visibility within other departments.
  • Easy to disperse company wide messages.
Melissa Crum | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

LightCMS

  • 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

OnSemble

  • Add additional templates for customization.
  • Webinars on how other companies use this software.
  • Ongoing best practices on how to use the software.
Melissa Crum | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

LightCMS

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

OnSemble

The software is easy to use, customizable, and intuitive to its users
Melissa Crum | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

LightCMS

  • 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

OnSemble

  • Transparency within departments.
  • Easy to communicate messages across the company.
  • Easy access to forms and links you need on a daily basis.
Melissa Crum | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

LightCMS

General

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

OnSemble

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

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