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Score 6.1 out of 100
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Score 8.5 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

Squarespace

Squarespace is perfect for a small to midsize business that wants a website that's easy to manage all on their own. An enterprise level company should definitely look toward other platforms to meet their needs, but Squarespace can be a great fit for many other businesses. The decision should be based on the features and functionality you need. Many businesses just need a website that's reliable, simple, and professional
Bryan Hume | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Security

LightCMS (discontinued)
8.0
Squarespace
8.9
Role-based user permissions
LightCMS (discontinued)
8.0
Squarespace
8.9

Web Content Creation

LightCMS (discontinued)
9.1
Squarespace
8.7
WYSIWYG editor
LightCMS (discontinued)
10.0
Squarespace
8.7
Code quality / cleanliness
LightCMS (discontinued)
9.0
Squarespace
8.7
Admin section
LightCMS (discontinued)
9.0
Squarespace
9.0
Page templates
LightCMS (discontinued)
10.0
Squarespace
9.2
Library of website themes
LightCMS (discontinued)
10.0
Squarespace
9.0
Mobile optimization / responsive design
LightCMS (discontinued)
10.0
Squarespace
9.3
Publishing workflow
LightCMS (discontinued)
8.0
Squarespace
7.7
Form generator
LightCMS (discontinued)
7.0
Squarespace
8.3

Web Content Management

LightCMS (discontinued)
7.3
Squarespace
7.4
Content taxonomy
LightCMS (discontinued)
4.0
Squarespace
8.4
SEO support
LightCMS (discontinued)
7.0
Squarespace
7.9
Bulk management
LightCMS (discontinued)
8.0
Squarespace
6.2
Community / comment management
LightCMS (discontinued)
10.0
Squarespace
8.4
Availability / breadth of extensions
LightCMS (discontinued)
Squarespace
6.2

Platform & Infrastructure

LightCMS (discontinued)
Squarespace
8.3
API
LightCMS (discontinued)
Squarespace
8.0
Internationalization / multi-language
LightCMS (discontinued)
Squarespace
8.6

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

Squarespace

  • Very robust how-to and troubleshooting guides – if you're trying to do something specific, a quick google search will lead you to a writeup by Squarespace of exactly the issue you're trying to solve. Comparing this to competitors where you're more or less on your own, Squarespace makes you feel confident that you can make any change you'd want.
  • Well-designed template sites – you'd have to try very hard to create an ugly site when you've got such robust templates to work with. Plus design fundamentals like ample white space and color palettes are built in to the design process.
  • Lots of options – Squarespace has beautifully-designed add-ons that clients ask for (such as adding a dynamic map to their site which shows their shop's location). These options require no jury-rigging and dovetail with the design of the site.
  • Unbreakable web design – there is no way to break your site, unlike with competitors where you're trying to cobble together plug-ins to make your site function how you'd want it.
Anonymous | 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

Squarespace

  • The editing experience is VERY slow. Every time you switch in or out of an editor (page content, styles, etc), Squarespace takes 3-5 seconds to load, which is not a deal-breaker, but definitely annoying.
  • There's still no "real" way to set a background color on a given section. You can fake it by using a background image, which works, but what if you want a light background? Squarespace automatically makes the text white for any section, regardless of how bright the background is.
  • It's frustrating that Squarespace hasn't implemented some sort of variable system for fonts and colors. If you decide to change fonts or colors, you have to go around and update it in 50 million different places, which is a huge pain.
Andrew Folts | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

LightCMS (discontinued)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Squarespace

Squarespace 10.0
Based on 4 answers
Unless our website requires significantly more functionality in the future, I can't see us terminating our contract
Emily Muhoberac | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

LightCMS (discontinued)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Squarespace

Squarespace 10.0
Based on 3 answers
It's simple to use for someone who is really good with computers as well as those who are not. I've been using my personal squarespace for years and have also helped clients build a starting page which they are later able to manage theirselves.
Mandy Cramer | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

LightCMS (discontinued)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Squarespace

Squarespace 10.0
Based on 2 answers
Help is available directly from the back end and uses full sentence searching to find answers to questions others may have asked before. With a ton of articles and support questions documents, it is very likely that your question has been answered. If not each page has the ability to open a direct email to support. Each case has a number and can be followed. Responses are often quick and have links and directions clearly stated
Angela Skees | 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

Squarespace

The ease of use was a massive plus in Squarespace's side. I have limited knowledge of HTML and web development. Squarespace won simply because of its user-friendliness and the low barrier to entry when it comes to creating a good looking website. Every alternative that I looked at was either more expensive or required more knowledge than I possessed.
Anonymous | 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

Squarespace

  • My clients are very happy with the results they're getting from their websites.
  • They don't really manage the sites themselves, so can't really speak to the ease of use for them. However, I find it relatively easy to build good looking sites for them. This in turn makes it economical for them.
  • Making changes and updating their sites can be done relatively quickly. We can embed whatever elements they need, like video.
  • We can easily manage updates to their on-site SEO.
Robbin Block | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

LightCMS (discontinued)

General

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

Squarespace

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
Squarespace
8.8

Likelihood to Renew

LightCMS (discontinued)
Squarespace
10.0

Usability

LightCMS (discontinued)
Squarespace
10.0

Support Rating

LightCMS (discontinued)
Squarespace
10.0

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