LightCMS is shutting down, but your website doesn’t have to

Our CMS experts are prepared to keep your site online by migrating it to a robust website platform with NO vendor lock-in!

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The news is true – Oracle has announced that LightCMS will officially cease operations on May 31, 2020 – leaving you with just a few short months to migrate your site to a different solution.

Fortunately, we’ve been preparing for this day for a long time. Our team has been working with LightCMS since 2007, but after a series of acquisitions in the mid 2010’s the product was never the same. Communication fell apart, system updates became less and less frequent, and the product didn’t keep up with current web trends.

In the mean time, we’ve quietly built an alternative website platform based on open-source technologies that gives you the same usability LightCMS is famous for but without the vendor lock-in.

With powerful page layout tools, visual content editing, native SSL integration, performance-optimized hosting, and the ability to take your site to your own standalone hosting at any point in the future, we’ve developed the perfect platform to take over where LightCMS left off.

 

Advantages of our migration service

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Full design & content replication

Our flexible platform ensures all your content – text, images, videos, galleries, webforms – is faithfully duplicated to your new site.

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Maintain existing SEO

We’ll use existing URL structures where possible and implement 301 redirects for any changes in content URLs.

Automations reduce cost

Our automated page, blog, and store importers reduce the amount of effort required to migrate any size site.

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Features you didn't have with LightCMS

Native SSL, flexible page layout system, fully responsive template and content modules, and more.

Administered by LightCMS experts

Our team has been working with LightCMS since 2007 and is intimately familiar with your existing website platform. We’ll leave no stone unturned as we migrate the site.

Every migration is protected by our 100% money-back guarantee

If you’re not happy with your migration, we’ll refund every penny of your migration cost. We’re here to help you build the future of your site, not to take advantage of an unfortunate situation.

The Migration Process

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Template Setup

Your core site design – including headers, footers, sidebars, logo/branding, and colors – will be built inside of our platform. We’ll get your approval on the general design before moving into the full site build.

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Content Build Out

Your website pages, blog posts, and content will be replicated into the new website platform and formatted for optimal display across a wide array of devices and screen sizes.

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SEO Verification

One of our top priorities during migration is to ensure you don’t lose out on any SEO street cred you’ve worked hard to achieve.¬†

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Testing & Launch

We’ll run through soome final pre-flight checks and browser compatibilty testing before flipping the switch on your new site!

Frequently Asked Questions

Will my site look and work exactly like it does on LightCMS?

There may be minor non-functional differences in design, but for the most part YES, this will be an exact replica of your existing site. All of your content – text, images, blog posts, videos, contact forms, and more – will be migrated to the new site.

How long does migration take?

Once we start, migration takes around 1-2 weeks depending on the size of the site. 

Note that although our implementation time is short, we are currently scheduling migrations out as much as two months in advance.

Does migration impact my SEO?

Yes, it certainly can if done incorrectly or without proper planning.

Our team is well-versed in LightCMS site structure and the related SEO considerations, however, and maintaining your hard-earned SEO is one of our top priorities.

Can you move my LightCMS site to WordPress?

Yes! In fact, our new website platform is based on a modified version of WordPress and other open-source technologies.

Can you move my LightCMS site to Wix, Weebly, or Squarespace?

No, we are not currently migrating sites to any other hosted platforms such as those mentioned above. All of those providers suffer the same problem LightCMS does – there’s no way to export a fully-functional copy of your site in the future. If they’re ever acquired or decide to shut down, you’ll experience the same issue we’re having with LightCMS today.

Instead, our new platform gives us full control over your site and enables us to move it in the future at any time for any reason.

Can I see a demo of the website system?

Sure! Book a consultation below and we’ll share a demo with you live on your free call.

Can I redesign my site as a part of the migration?

Yes. For simple sites, we’ll tackle the redesign during the migration process. This will add 2-3 weeks on top of the standard migration time.

For more complex sites, we’ll likely consider making a static backup of your existing site and migrating that to a temporary hosting environment where your site can continue to exist after the LightCMS service goes down. This temporary site will allow us to carefully consider every aspect of your site during the redesign without being forced into making quick decisions to meet LightCMS’s end of life deadline.

What info will I need for my migration?

To successfully complete your migration, we’ll need to obtain:

  • Your website URL
  • Administrator or account owner user credentials
  • Domain registrar login credentials (unless you’ll be updating DNS yourself)

How does the money-back guarantee work?

The guarantee is exactly what is sounds like – just let us know any time prior to launch if you’re not happy with the new site we’re building and we’ll either fix it or refund any migration fees you’ve paid us up to that point.

Do you handle migrations for agencies?

Yes – in fact we specialize in working with agencies and would be happy to work together to develop a custom strategy and schedule for migrating your client sites.

How do I know your website platform won't shut down exactly like LightCMS is doing?

No one can predict the future, but that’s the beauty of our system – you can move your site off of our platform and onto your own standalone WordPress installation at any time. So no matter what your reasoning, you’re never stuck with your site in a proprietary walled-garden CMS like LightCMS.

Are there any ongoing costs for hosting?

Yes, our hosted website platform does have an ongoing, recurring charge like the one you currently pay with LightCMS. When we launch your new site, you will cancel your LightCMS plan and only be responsible for one monthly platform/hosting fee.

Schedule your free consultation  ->

We’ll discuss your site, give you a demo of our website platform, and answer any questions you may have about moving your site(s) to our system or another hosted website solution.

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