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Score 6.1 out of 100

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Likelihood to Recommend

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

WordPress

If you need a website, WordPress should be on your list. The only exception to that would be a large ecommerce site. I wouldn't recommend WordPress to someone who does hundreds of sales per day via their ecommerce platform. Yes, there are add-ons and plugins that can do it, but you can also mop your floor with your cat. Why do that? There are other platforms that specialize in ecommerce and do it so much better.But if you need a social blog, B2B or B2C lead gen, a non-profit, a membership site, a community bulletin board, news site, arts and music or just a simple about me type of website, WordPress is the perfect platform for you. It's so very popular, that it's not going anywhere. It is a platform that will be supported as long there are websites on the internet! You really can't go wrong. Even if you wanted to do an ecommerce site on WordPress, you can. I just would urge you to look at another solution.
Dave Moll | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Security

LightCMS
8.0
WordPress
8.5
Role-based user permissions
LightCMS
8.0
WordPress
8.5

Web Content Creation

LightCMS
9.1
WordPress
8.5
WYSIWYG editor
LightCMS
10.0
WordPress
8.6
Code quality / cleanliness
LightCMS
9.0
WordPress
8.0
Admin section
LightCMS
9.0
WordPress
8.2
Page templates
LightCMS
10.0
WordPress
8.4
Library of website themes
LightCMS
10.0
WordPress
9.0
Mobile optimization / responsive design
LightCMS
10.0
WordPress
8.8
Publishing workflow
LightCMS
8.0
WordPress
9.0
Form generator
LightCMS
7.0
WordPress
7.9

Web Content Management

LightCMS
7.3
WordPress
8.5
Content taxonomy
LightCMS
4.0
WordPress
8.7
SEO support
LightCMS
7.0
WordPress
8.4
Bulk management
LightCMS
8.0
WordPress
7.7
Community / comment management
LightCMS
10.0
WordPress
8.8
Availability / breadth of extensions
LightCMS
WordPress
9.1

Platform & Infrastructure

LightCMS
WordPress
8.6
API
LightCMS
WordPress
8.6
Internationalization / multi-language
LightCMS
WordPress
8.6

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

WordPress

  • It is constantly being improved, with new features added, because of the community code-sourcing aspect.
  • Security vulnerabilities are continually being patched to keep it secure.
  • It has the best plugin repository, by far. So, anytime you have a needed new feature for your website, there is usually a plugin that already exists to allow you to do what you're wanting.
Ben Beck | 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

WordPress

  • One of the major advantages of WordPress is it is an open source software but sometimes it becomes its disadvantage since it is an open source it is always at the target of hackers especially if the codes have been written by someone else.
  • When you install lots of plugins the website becomes laggy or stutters it takes time to complete the process.
Danish Mirza Baig | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

LightCMS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

WordPress

WordPress 9.5
Based on 37 answers
My rating is based on the knowledge I have of the community that WordPress has had built around it for years now. It's as solid as it comes when you talk about community involvement and expansion. There's no other CMS out there that can match-up with it, hands down.
Mathew Riexinger | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

LightCMS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

WordPress

WordPress 8.5
Based on 15 answers
It's a sophisticated but easy to use piece of software. Many of the content addition pieces are familiar from other pieces of software so there isn't a huge learning curve. And for new areas, there is a lot of info on WordPress.org as well as other WordPress help sites.
Sharon Hurley Hall | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

LightCMS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

WordPress

WordPress 9.5
Based on 3 answers
Anyone can visit WordPress.org and download a fully functional copy of WordPress free of charge. Additionally, WordPress is offered to users as open-source software, which means that anyone can customize the code to create new applications and make these available to other WordPress users.
Martin Aranovitch | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

LightCMS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

WordPress

WordPress 8.6
Based on 2 answers
Mostly, any performance issues have to do with using too many plugins and these can sometimes slow down the overall performance of your site. It is very tempting to start adding lots of plugins to your WordPress site, however, as there are thousands of great plugins to choose from and so many of them help you do amazing things on your site.If you begin to notice performance issues with your WordPress site (e.g. pages being slow to load), there are ways to optimize the performance of your site, but this requires learning the process. WordPress users can learn how to optimize their WordPress sites by downloading the WPTrainMe WordPress training plugin (WPTrainMe.com) and going through the detailed step-by-step WordPress optimization tutorials.
Martin Aranovitch | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

LightCMS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

WordPress

WordPress 7.9
Based on 12 answers
I give this rating, which I believe to be a great rating for a community based support system that's surrounding it. Most platforms and products have their own, and as WordPress does have their own team that help here and there, a lot of it's handled by community involvement with dedicated users who are experts with the system who love to help people.
Mathew Riexinger | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

LightCMS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

WordPress

WordPress 10.0
Based on 1 answer
It is very easy to find online resources to learn how to do just about anything with WordPress.
Lori Berkowitz | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

LightCMS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

WordPress

WordPress 9.0
Based on 10 answers
As someone who learned how to install and configure WordPress and then began performing the service professionally for other local businesses, and finally ended up teaching and training business owners about the benefits of using WordPress and developing WordPress training products, I am constantly amazed when I hear from business owners that their sites have taken weeks or even months to get built and how much they have paid for it. Getting a professional WordPress site built and fully configured requires only hours or a couple of days. If you learn how to do it yourself, the only cost you have is registering a domain name and getting a web hosting account, which is a requirement for any website. Additionally, WordPress website owners can be up and running and growing their presence online even before deciding on a specific web design "look" for their sites. You can start with any web template and change your theme as soon as you find the design you like, and everything that you have added to your site will remain the same.I have grown to love WordPress, as have thousands of other WordPress users, and I have always taught in my business seminars and workshops that, unless what you plan to do online requires some specific custom-built complex application, then consider using WordPress. WordPress is the ideal platform of choice to consider for most business website needs - it can save you thousands of dollars on web development costs and it puts you in the driver's seat of your own online vehicle!
Martin Aranovitch | 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

WordPress

WordPress offers a combination of power and ease of use that no other system matches. For 98% of all small business websites it is completely capable and is going to be easier for clients to use, resulting in fewer support issues. In the rare cases where something is needed that WordPress simply isn't suited to, I find that Drupal usually provides a solution that works.
Dane Morgan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

LightCMS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

WordPress

WordPress 10.0
Based on 1 answer
WordPress is completely scalable. You can get started immediately with a very simple "out-of-the box" WordPress installation and then add whatever functionality you need as and when you need it, and continue expanding. Often we will create various WordPress sites on the same domain to handle different aspects of our strategy (e.g. one site for the sales pages, product information and/or a marketing blog, another for delivering products securely through a private membership site, and another for running an affiliate program or other application), and then ties all of these sites together using a common theme and links on each of the site's menus.Additionally, WordPress offers a multisite function that allows organizations and institutions to manage networks of sites managed by separate individual site owners, but centrally administered by the parent organization. You can also expand WordPress into a social networking or community site, forums, etc.The same scalability applies to web design. You can start with a simple design and then scale things up to display sites with amazing visual features, including animations and video effects, sliding images and animated product image galleries, elements that appear and fade from visitor browsers, etc.The scaling possibilities of WordPress are truly endless.
Martin Aranovitch | 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

WordPress

  • Because the WordPress platform is free and hosting is not expensive, WordPress usage can positively impact maintenance cost of running a small ecommerce website or a medium-sized blog.
  • Many software companies release free WordPress modules, making it easy to assemble a site with basic functionality quickly.
Michael D. Bower | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

LightCMS

General

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

WordPress

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

LightCMS
10.0
WordPress
9.1

Likelihood to Renew

LightCMS
WordPress
9.5

Usability

LightCMS
WordPress
8.5

Reliability and Availability

LightCMS
WordPress
9.5

Performance

LightCMS
WordPress
8.6

Support Rating

LightCMS
WordPress
7.9

In-Person Training

LightCMS
WordPress
7.0

Online Training

LightCMS
WordPress
10.0

Implementation Rating

LightCMS
WordPress
9.0

Scalability

LightCMS
WordPress
10.0

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