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Review of LightCMS

Published by Chris Coyier

Back in the summer of last year, I did a little roundup I called The "Light" CMS Trend. Ironically enough, one that wasn't included was LightCMS. I've been checking it out (yes, this is a sponsored review) and it definitely fits the category, with some features that set it apart.

LightCMS is a Light CMS

Really easy updates. That is the whole point of a "light" CMS. They don't have as many features or as much extensibility as a "full" CMS (e.g. WordPress), but they do make the job of editing content on a site more intuitive, especially for less technology-inclined clients.

For example, to log in to your site, you append /login to the URL, and you'll be presented with a login screen directly in the skin of your site.


Any client can appreciate that.

Some of what LightCMS does is common to many CMSs. It is for managing content and building websites. It lets clients do this themselves (literally every single client I've had in the past many years has wanted this, whether they actually do it or not). There are users. There are templates. Some features of LightCMS are unique to it, which I'll cover later.

Editing

The most important part, the editing of content, is a nice clean process. Content is kept on the page in modules. The modules can be drag 'n dropped around (or manually moved) as well as of course editing and deleted.


Drag and drop modules

Module menu

I enjoy how clean and polished all of this is. There is a lot of detail in an app with this many features and options, and it easily could have been half-assed.

Differentiation

Hosted

A common approach to the "light CMS" thing is to either give the CMS access to your site via FTP credentials, or put files on your server which do the job of editing. Either way, it's your server. That can be a good thing, I know a lot of times I like having things under my control a lot of times. However, none of them are free, so it's an expense you have on top of what you already pay for hosting. LightCMS is fully hosted.

They have a bunch of plans (literally 6) from free to a premier $99/month plan. The plans vary in number of users who can access the account, number of pages you can control, and the storage.


Some of the pricing plans

Fully hosted means that, by default, your site lives at a subdomain on lightcms, for example: http://yourwebsite.publishpath.com/. That may work for you, but probably not. Not very professional and all. You can easily use your own domain name though, with a simple CNAME change.

Fully hosted also means no manual upgrading. Not to mention customer support.

FTP

Even with the hosting, and the otherwise kind of clean/sanitized environment, you can get direct FTP access. Nice.

Widgetry

Another unique feature is how they give you functional bits you can add to pages as modules (I think they call them "elements") just like your own custom ones. For example, a blog element, calendar element, a robust form builders, photo gallery, donations buttons, etc.

Reselling

They have kind of a white label option, where you can have your clients pay for the service, and you earn money from that. They charge $19/month, and you can set the price at whatever you want (you earn whatever on top of 19 you charge). Might be nice for some folks, but probably not something I would use. I prefer billing my own clients, so I'll just pay for it and mark it up in my own invoices, but hey whatever works.

Your own designs

It should go without saying, but you can use your own designs with this. Basically you create a template with HTML files in a specific naming convention (Home.html, Inside.html, Admin.html, etc). Inside those templates you declare editable regions with "tokens" like this:

<$region$> <$/region$>

Once you got it all together, you just zip it up and upload it and your new design will be available as a template.

Try it

I think it's a pretty decent little system. Go check out their Why LightCMS? page (and the tour) for a more thorough overview of what it does than what I presented.

Comments

  1. Permalink to comment#

    Is Light CMS Worth Buying .. ? ..

    • Dawn Mincey
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      As a small business I needed something I could control simply on a flexible framework. I love the templates and my new website. Not having a phone number for support threw me but found that the help desk very responsive with personalize screen shots which are more helpful than yahoo or go daddy or 1:1 which I have dumped. Love Light CMS

  2. Have heard of LightCMS, but am really not inclined to pay.

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    Nice review. I really appreciate that you announced that it is a sponsored one – much better than cashing in secretly ;)

    • bill
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      So this post is basically a commercial right?

    • Permalink to comment#

      That depends. Is the review honest or isn’t it? It looks honest to me, and they announced up front that it was sponsored.

      I do think that’s a slippery slope, but as long as the review is honest, the information is still valid.

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    It seems like a really useful CMS. But for a new website with somebody who already has hosting, I don’t really feel like trying to get them to cancel and switch to paying XX/mth to LightCMS. An option to one-time pay and host yourself would be perfect and I could see myself using it a LOT.

  5. Alex
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    Looks nice as a cms but I think this is a payed review, and should be labeled/tagged accordingly

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    I don’t know about lightCMS. There are multiple other CMS that do the same job, and more if you want, for free. They also keep it very simple for a user, and say for yourself, nowadays the end-user wants more control every day.

    • I have been a LightCMS user and reseller for over a year now. Can you point me to one of the solutions your pertaining to? For an unhosted solution my clients have no issue, but I would like to find solutions that allow the same features without them having to incur cost if they already have a host.

    • Look at the original article linked to in the beginning of the post for other CMSs in the “light” vein. LightCMS is the only one that I know of that is hosted, which can be good or bad depending on what your needs are, but is definitely a differentiating feature.

      If you know of others that do “more” for “free”, let’s have some links. There may be, I just don’t know about them, and would suspect that I would trust them far less.

    • My sentiments exactly! My curiosity is if those that say there are viable free solutions, really didn’t take the time to actually try the system. I plan to use Unify (one you reviewed in a previous article) with a couple of new clients, but Unify, nor the others I have tested, have the features that LightCMS has…at least as far as my research has taken me.

    • Jonathan Lyon
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      I think http://www.weebly.com wou fit into the hosted / light / free category

      regards

      Jonathan

    • Permalink to comment#

      I’ve been using Cushy CMS for about a year now and sell it onto customers who are technically challenged and not had one phone call for support which I am amazed at!!!

      http://www.cushycms.com

      They have a paid whitelabel way of doing it or a free version. Both pretty much as good as each other!

    • Permalink to comment#

      forgot to say…

      you create the site from scratch and add in a class for the editable region and thats it. I searched long and hard to find a cms like this that didnt make you use a template :)

    • Nick
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      What about http://www.pagelime.com/ it is in the same boat, and I am very impressed by the functionality they offer

  7. I have to say that review wasn’t the most insightful or informative I’ve ever read.

    I know you get paid but it dumbs down this very useful website.

    John Locke, Hawaii.

    • I disagree. And anonymous comments dumb down a site even more. As a man of faith, I’m sure you understand that.

  8. I agree with John Locke. I want to thank you for being upfront about being an ad but I have to agree with John Locke. I does dumb down a very good site. Again I understand that everyone need to get paid. Please don’t make this website all about the advertisers! That’s what the sidebar is for ;)

    • This will be the last I’m going to say about it.

      - I will publish what I choose to publish here. Reading it is your choice.

      - I promise I will only publish reviews for products that I find interesting and think that you will find interesting too.

      - I promise it won’t be often. (The last one was what, a year ago?)

      - The CSS Off costed me a lot more money than this is earning me.

    • Blue
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      “- I will publish what I choose to publish here. Reading it is your choice.”

      Bravo! It is your site, and it is very inline with the focus of this blog… I imagine people only have a problem because they somehow feel that they are getting a “slanted” review.

      I felt that the review was very much open, and well done.

      More to the point of the article, what does the <$region$> <$/region$> syntax do to validation? I’m not a validation Nazi, just curious…

    • Nothing. That gets processed server-side and is present in the template only, not the final processed HTML output.

    • - The CSS Off costed [sic] me a lot more money than this is earning me.

      I was kind of put off by this comment. It was your idea to give money to charity. I don’t consider that an expense. I assumed you were trying to be thoughtful. And my understanding was that the prizes were hand me downs. I know the process took a lot of time and I really did appreciate all the feedback. But this comment gives me the impression that the money you spent on charity was an annoyance.

      On the topic, I don’t care if you have paid articles. All the amazing advice you have given out over the years more than makes up for an ad once a year or once a week for that matter. How hard is it to not read something? :)

      I hope i misinterpreted that money comment.

      Peace!
      Sean

    • Blue
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      money is not the only cost involved…

      A great deal of time and energy went into the CSS off, made apparent by how throughly judged EVERY entry was…

      Just saying…

    • I’ll be burying this, because I don’t want this comment thread to be a big argument. I’d rather it stays about Light CMS.

      Charity isn’t a factor. That was my choice. But other costs for the CSS Off: Shipping and packaging costs (including expensive international shipping), judge compensation, hours spent (40+), original cost of the books (even though they were hand-me-downs, they still originally costed money).

    • Chris, I didn’t mean to offend you, that’s just how I perceived that comment. I figured you would want to expand on it, just in case there were others that had the same gut reaction as I did.

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      I’m with you Chris. You do a great job on this site, and deserve to be paid for the high-quality content that many of us take for granted. You clearly disclosed that this was sponsored, so I don’t know why anybody has a problem with it.

    • I have to say that I’m getting quite sick of people getting all up in arms about the advertising. For how much bloody content and value Chris provides to the community I am pretty sure we can handle the advertisements. Maybe there should be a member-only section and I won’t have to listen to others whine.

  9. Permalink to comment#

    Thanks for the post Chris.
    I don’t think it really matters about you being paid to review or not this was a good, informative and unbiased article.
    I’ve been checking lightCMS out lately for a couple of new websites and you cleared up some of the questions I had.
    Thanks again for some great content!

  10. LonChaney
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    Check out cmsmatrix.org for a comparison of many cms programs (I am not affiliated with this site). I find it to be quite useful.

  11. Permalink to comment#

    I still prefer to use wordpress than lightCMS, although lightCMS does look pretty cool. Especially with the drag and drop functionality.

    • Blue
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      I agree that I prefer WordPress as well, but there is still quite a bit more “setup” required converting into a template with WP than with a system like this… (though WP will be much more dynamic) the ease of just adding a wrapper around your editable regions is extremely quick and painless…

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    i think wordpress is the perfect cms

  13. Permalink to comment#

    On a side note, I really like their website’s design. That in and of itself makes me more interested in a company, and more likely to check them out. That is, of course, especially true for one that deals in website related services.

    A little message to people complaining about this being a paid review: stfu please. Seriously. If you’ve been coming here at all over the last couple of years you have seen how much awesome info Chris puts up here for us; Screencasts, contests, polls, code snippets, great tips & tutorials, all for free. I have no idea how much personal time this all take takes, but it’s got to be a lot. And so he does a rare paid review for a service that’s actually pretty interesting and could be very useful to his target audience. I fail to see the problem with that. It’s not like he’s schilling for godaddy.com people.

    • Blue
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      Seriously just one section of this site, is more than enough “compensation” for the people complaining… Seriously, if CSS-tricks was just a snippets section, I’d visit everyday. same goes for if It were just screencasts, or just articles… (or even just the polls, because of the conversations they evoke.)

      There is so much free, and high-quality info here that it’s a shame that anyone could be upset that Chris gave an honest review of someone’s product. (and was compensated for his work)

    • I don’t know how well Chris would work out as a GoDaddy Girl… :)

      Glad to hear a little about LightCMS. Whether paid or not, it’s helpful to hear reviews about all the CMS’s out there as I know I don’t have the time to try them all out.

    • Ha!

      And I know this is crazy people, but I actually kinda like GoDaddy =)

    • I like GoDaddy too.

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      I like godaddy too!

    • justin
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      I usually wouldn’t comment off topic, but since you brought up Go Daddy I’ll say this:

      Go Daddy is one of the worst host providers for low budget hosting I’ve ever had the displeasure of using. Unless you’re willing to pay top dollar for a dedicated host you get a server that disables most server side functions, server administrators can change anything and everything when ever they want without warning, and you can be guaranteed that your site will serve a 500 server error at least once a week. Add to that the most poorly designed hosting admin dashboard ever. I will say their customer support is awesome which is helpful since you will most likely be talking to them all the time.

    • Yeah I should clarify: GoDaddy for buying domains I find fine. Yes, you get upsold about 10 zillion ways, but you can power through it and get a domain on the cheap. Once you have it, the managing of it I find pretty nice.

      Hosting: never had the displeasure of using them and probably never will. I’ve heard enough bad things.

    • Permalink to comment#

      You should checkout http://www.dynadot.com

      Good cost on domain names without all the crap GoDaddy throws at you! Plus they push DNS info so fast!

    • Gabe you are so very very right! This site has helped me tremendously and if Chris did an ad a week, i wouldn’t care.

  14. noahgelman
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    Do you have any other negatives to say about LightCMS that you may not have put in the article?

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    Concrete5 is another nice, free and open source, light CMS. Easy use for clients, easy setup and theming for developers/designers. (http://www.concrete5.org/)

    • Donna
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      I second the mention of concrete5. It is a fantastic CMS; powerful but easy for the end user and easy to develop in. It has in-context editing and also has the concept of being able to drag and drop in blocks of functionality (a large set come as part of the base install — e.g. robust form builder, content block, survey block, navigation block, etc). After using drupal, joomla, and wordpress, I have settled on concrete5.

    • Concrete5 is a great CMS. Creating and editing is done on the page in a WYSIWYG cool way. Version 5.4 is in prerelease now and adds a lot of great feature you didn’t know you wanted but there they are. And converting an existing template is so easy as to be ridiculous!

  16. All in favor of Chris’ next screencast being his GoDaddy premiere ? ;-)

    OT: Where is all this skepticism about Chris’ integrity coming from? How many times has he pointed out services that are sub-par? One of the funniest videos I’ve seen recently was his experience with the eCommerce site from hell. The real question you should be asking is not ‘Is he just hyping it up because they’re paying him?’, it’s ‘When was the last time he steered us wrong?’ I may not be a great designer, but thanks to sites like this I’m a better one.

    Keep up the good work Chris

  17. I don’t get why so many people are son annoyed about this article. This is a blog about web design, LightCMS is a tool that can be used in web design, and wouldn’t you rather have a review of a product for reference from a rusted source than not?

    And who cares if its sponsored, Chris is entitled to do what he wants in terms of generating revenue from his blogging and oh yeah let me think… it’s his site!

    If you don’t like it, don’t read it – with a warning in the first few lines this is a feasible option!

    But back to the point, great article Chris!

  18. sliver37
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    Will check it out, hardcore wordpress fanboy now but I’m trying to learn the others out there to become more well-rounded.

    Also agree it’s nice you let everyone know it was a sponsored review, although strangely some people seem to have a problem with that?

    To be honest I’m surprised you don’t have more sponsored articles. With all the free content you provide us you deserve to be compensated for your work.

  19. WordPress a full CMS? lol

    • Now this would be an interesting debate to have. You start. Explain to me a scenario where WordPress isn’t suitable as a CMS.

    • Malcolm
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      I like WordPress as a tool to manage a website, however there are some shortfalls in the base install. I know there are plugins that will probably fill the gap. WordPress is more of a CmS, the management side is a bit on the light side. Having said all that, it’s still a great tool especially for the price.

      WordPress (base install) does not allow you to manage page/post versions. I think it should allow you to remove older versions without having to dive into SQL.

      WordPress (base intall) does not give you much control over storing uploaded documents/images.

    • lossendae
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      I don’t think that’s it’s a matter of suitability.
      WP can obviously be tortuted to acheive CMS features.

      However, the need to use “hack” is not a good practice.

      EE, Drupal or MODx are more suitable as CMS and for the two later, can be used like framework.
      They are more easily extendable without the need to hack anything.

      Given the popularity of WordPress, the communauty support and the number of available plugins, it is a suitable base to use as a CMS, but it can’t play in the same court as more robust solution.

      I don’t have anything against WordPress, but lately, there are only place for him, Drupal and Joomla.
      That’s a shame, there are other tools that are as powerful and exciting as those three.

      Did you test any of the nominated CMS from the last packtub CMS award?

    • I use WordPress for everything now and although I can’t say that it’s a 100% perfect CMS solution it is a really really good one.

      The main problem area I find is the flexibility for a client to have multiple content areas on a page without having to watch out for DIVs and other bits of html. Yes you can use custom fields and fully customised write panels but it still has its limitations.

      I have just discovered a tool that has helped alleviate these issues though – Page.ly MultiEdit

      Provides clients with tabs on the wysiwyg for different content areas you declare in a page template. Really easy for non web savvy clients.

      I’m about to launch a site next week for a dance studio that has pages containing little chunks of content including timetables etc – Multi Edit really helped sort out issues I’ve had before.

      Good stuff Chris. CSS-Tricks is the nuts!

  20. Permalink to comment#

    my 2 cents: I enjoy reading about services and products that I do not know about for nothing else but knowing what is available. So thanks Chris for continuing to share useful information(paid or not).

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    I tried LightCMS last year and felt their hosted sites had fairly slow response times (perhaps they’ve upgraded their servers since then).

    I’ve used Joomla! for a number of sites, I’m fairly pleased with it as a platform, although it’s also sensitive to the hosting environment. My GoDaddy shared hosting account is fairly slow for any php based site, but still seemed faster than LightCMS.

    I haven’t tried WordPress, that will most likely be my next adventure (or Drupal). I’ll check out the original article, as I would like to have more light CMS options. Thanks for the article.

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      If you haven’t tried wordpress you definitely should. Understanding a little about php will certainly help but once you understand syntax of wordpress your golden. Just don’t get frustrated to quickly, it is worth learning!

    • Jason
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      You definately should try wordpress. Granted to date I’ve only used wordpress to set up actual blogs, but I can see where it would be a great option.

      Also, you mentioned Drupal. I worked in a place where I was forced to learn Drupal. There’s a lot of power there (not unlike Joomla, I hear) but there’s definately a learning curve. I’ve used it several times and it has worked out great.

    • Hi, I’m the marketing director for LightCMS and just wanted to reply to your comment, Steve.

      In September of 2009 we made some major hosting infrastructure improvements in response to the huge increase in demand we were seeing for our system. Since that time, speed and stability has been outstanding and we are well positioned to continue to scale as our system grows.

      If you tried the system in the months prior to September 2009, you likely encountered some slow response and for that we apologize, but I encourage you to give it another try as things are extremely fast and solid now.

  22. Justin Bowers
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    Just wait for 3.0 Dominik. Also, what do you think of this compared to using something that Chris has mentioned before – PageLime?

  23. We are thinking to try Light cms.

  24. David
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    The thing I love about advertising it is gives me more options. Sometimes those options work for me, sometimes they don’t.

    Knowing it was a paid review, I take that into consideration. I know my needs, I know my clients needs.

    I like the niche that LightCMS fits into.

  25. Great article Chris and certainly something I will look into for future clients who aren’t as keen on the internet as others. I can see that this could be a much better solution than something like WordPress for clients who just like to keep it simple. That said, I am a fan of hosting my own version of a system but I’m always open to new things. What is the community like for skinning Light CMS?

    On a side note, I’m disappointed with some of the readers who have taken the view that it’s wrong for you to do sponsored posts, after all you are being paid and you’re giving us information on a system. I don’t see any bias in what you have said and I’ve found out about a system that I would have probably not seen otherwise. At the end of the day, this is your site, you are helping us in essence for free and you do one hell of a job.

    Thanks again!

  26. Matth
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    Loved the “Light CMS” article from last year. All four solutions look ideal for several of my clients for whom WordPress is too complicated. However I’m having a hard time getting loose with the idea of a hosted solution.

    I realize Unify claims to not be hosted, and technically, it’s not. But the ability to edit the pages is still dependent on their site being up and their company remaining in business. $16 is a bargain and I’m happy to pay it. But what if they’re out of business in 3 years and then I’ve got potentially dozens of clients wondering why they can no longer edit their site. That could be a serious problem.

    Perch is legitimately standalone but lacks the groovy as hell edit in place functionality of the others.

    I will give them all a spin and see what works best for my least tech-savvy clients. Perhaps it’s time for me to abandon my control issues and learn to tell frantic clients (when the sites get bogged down) – “wait five minutes and try again.”

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    The part of LightCMS that really does make the most sense to use it is the support part. This takes you out of the loop for many of the small headaches.

    I see this solution as a good one for those who offer the “static html” option who don’t want to go into the cost of developing a dynamic solution are more of the “get it done” mentality. You can kill 2 birds with one stone, get hosting, get functionality, and bill them for the one price.

  28. I saw a demo of this at SXSW a few days ago… not a bad product.

  29. LIsten2Me
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    Funny, I consider WordPress to be a “Light” CMS. That makes LightCMS as Super Light CMS..! Interesting read though; thanks for the review.

    • Jason
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      I think the same thing. WordPress is what I use for smaller sites, Drupal for larger ones. And the a framework for the ever-enjoyable extra-custom lots-o-coding site. I gotta try one of these super-lights sometime.

  30. LightCMS seems great to me, simple, fast, easy to use and the pricing is not too bad.

    I strongly agree with Chris:

    “I will publish what I choose to publish here. Reading it is your choice.”

    He puts a hell of a lot of work into this site and all users should respect that fact.

    Keep up the good work Chris and do not let bad comments get you down.

  31. Jonny Irving
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    Why would people pay for a system that does less? There is probably something I’m missing that perhaps somebody could explain to me.

    If clients aren’t as tech savvy it’s possibly to turn off a lot of the functionality off to make it easier.

    I’m sure there’s something I’m missing I just can’t see what..

    • Hi Jonny,

      I work for LightCMS, so take my reply with that in mind, but I can tell you main reason people are willing to pay for our service is because it saves them time and hassle. As you scale up to 5, 10, 20, and even hundreds of client websites, that’s a lot of infrastructure to support on your own servers with multiple installations … etc. With a hosted system like ours, you can scale up infinitely with very little increase in workload because we are handling all server issues, upgrades … etc., which saves you time and keeps you from having to expand to new employees to support everything.

      Personally, I wouldn’t say that our system “does less” than others. The main thing you can’t do on our system is programatically extend the software with server-side coding, but you have full control over everything client-side including HTML, CSS and JS so it’s extremely flexible, plus we have built-in tools that offer the functionality we believe meets the needs of 80% of all websites out there.

      Our focus is on making things as easy to use as possible for you and the client, providing unlimited custom design flexibility, and also supporting your business with tools like automated client billing … etc.

      Thanks for the question.

      Tim Wall
      Product Marketing Director for LightCMS

  32. Hey Chris,

    I have been helping a client that set up their site on
    LightCMS and it has been nothing but headaches. If someone told me they were considering a LightCMS solution, I would say RUN as fast as you can, in the other direction. I am currently in the process of moving them over to a “clean” solution.

    • Hi Forrest,

      I’m sorry to hear this. If you’ll contact our support team at answers@speaklight.com we will be happy to help you with any issues you are having.

      Tim Wall
      Product Marketing Director for LightCMS

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      Forrest,

      A third grader could set up a site on LightCMS. You built a working html site..and put one line of code where you’d like the editable region to be. That’s it. Likely you’re the one messing up…not the CMS

  33. traq
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    I have never before considered using a hosted service (especially a CMS) for projects, but I looked into this after reading the article, and I have to say that it looks perfectly suited to 75-90% of prospective jobs – “nothing fancy, a 3-4 page site with a contact form and a photo gallery” (or blog, or whatever).

    It seems to me that this is really what LightCMS is set up for, and I’ll be trying it out soon. It’s not as customizable, but so what? Be honest, most clients will never even notice all the cool crap you custom-code for them. Not even if you point it out.

    I’m thinking this will allow me to take more jobs like that, because I can blow through them, make a few extra bucks a month, and still have time for my “real” projects.

    Thanks, Chris.

  34. Nice review, but their pricing looks expensive. Most of the plans seem to be priced at more than double the equivalent plan on Squarespace, the hosted CMS I use.

    • traq
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      yeah, but that’s why they can afford to offer free plans. But I think the only types of sites I’d want to host on a service like this would be ones that would fit on their free plan anyway.

      When a service is all about the convenience, it usually costs more than it “needs” to.

  35. Permalink to comment#

    Nice review :D but the price looks nice too :p

  36. Permalink to comment#

    Chris does a great job on this site and if he gets paid for it well why not. I really do not believe that Chris would change facts or whatever if he post one paid article. And i also do not believe this puts him in a bad light. However the same thing happened to Joost de Valk on his article http://yoast.com/dirjournal-review/. I think everyone would like to have the reputation to get paid for revues so why not these guys, they really help the community by doing a great job.

    Cheers Chris and keep the good work going !

  37. I used LightCMS a few years back on a client’s site and found it to be really quick and easy to get up and running. The client loves the site I built for them, it ranks well too which is important – the only downside is I feel it’s slightly expensive.

  38. Jeph
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    To me it is crap. Why use this when there are 20 or 30 better CMS’s. And plus its not LAMP. Imho, you would have to be really ignorant in the web world to use lightcms.

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    I am pretty sure we have all spooged knowledge off of Chris, so I do not think it is unethical for Chris to give an honest exposition of a product for a little bit of money. I know I was having a hard time making sprites work on my website until I ran across css-tricks. Chris’s article on that subject helped me tremendously, and was better than any of the other articles I read on the subject.

    I am willing to bet all you people complaining about Chris accepting money for this review bill your clients for helping them build their websites. You are being paid for a service just as Chris is with this article, and furthermore you would not be reading this blog unless Chris was helping you become better at building websites. So if you think about it, he is indirectly subsidizing your income. Chris is helping us all for free, out of the goodness of his heart, and we should be thanking him instead of making this task onerous.

    I don’t know about you, but I would hate to see this site shut down because it was no longer emotionally or economically viable.

  40. i have seen light CMS before, after i designed my own CMS, i think they are more close to each other, but my own extends already made framework: codeigniter, and more easier to extend and pluged,

    http://www.blazeboy.com/wordpress/2010/03/20/vunsy/

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    nice, but not so functional as other CMS’s

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    ive used light cms at a previous job, we set up all of our clients on the system. i really liked it.
    it’s perfect for most of our small business clients, they all loved the ease of updating and how user friendly everything is.
    what i liked most is the photo gallery and slideshow elements. normally if i wanted to have a javascript image gallery for a client they’d be unable to update and add images to that on their own.
    but since light cms has a built in photo gallery element they can just upload and delete images as they please, its so easy. AWESOME for clients. that always won them over.

    i think lightCMS is about the nice look and ease of use.

    the ONLY thing i really dont like about light cms is that their plans are based on number of pages. i don’t think that $19/mo is a lot to pay since it includes hosting. but then you have to make sure you dont go over 10 pages. which of course you do.
    then what if want 26 pages?
    it seems a really antiquated way of deciding pricing.
    maybe if it they were higher denominations i’d understand..

  43. In fact i never use paid softwares until they are very popular, like PHPld or any Ecom software…

    I will rather go for Simple CMS software and done few websites, but this one is paid and seems promising to use, I am always concerned with SEO aspects of any CMS

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