December 7, 2019

Visual Website Builder Alternative for the LightCMS End of Life Notice

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Are your website and business affected by the NetSuite LightCMS End of Life Notice? Aespire Websites Made Simple is a powerful and easy-to-use visual website builder LightCMS alternative for entrepreneurs, businesses, and organizations impacted by the LightCMS End of Life Notice.

LightCMS end of life notice is a new beginning for your website

Thousands of people were greeted with this email notice from Oracle about the end-of-Life for NetSuite’s LightCMS platform.  Small businesses, nonprofits, ministries, bloggers, and other organizations have until May 31, 2020, to find a new home for their website because of the LightCMS end of life notice.

You won’t have access to the service — all websites on the Light CMS platform will be shutting down on May 31, 2020.  You need to begin the planning and progress to move your website to a new visual website builder platform that grows with your business.

We understand your anxiety and frustration because it affects our clients as well, but don’t panic.  We have an alternative to LightCMS that will help you start fresh with a new website that will do more to help your business grow or organization flourish.

It’s critical to migrate your site while your current site is live so you don’t lose the SEO advantage you currently have. In fact, this is an ideal time to conduct an audit that will improve your local and industry search results and to create clear brand messaging with the StoryBrand marketing framework so your site converts browsers to buyers better than ever.

Move Your site from LightCMS to Websites Made Simple Aespire

How to move your LightCMS Website to a new CMS like Websites Made Simple

You can stop worrying and start relaxing when you choose one of these two options to move your website from LightCMS. Enjoy peace of mind that your website is on a modern, responsive, visual website builder hosted on Amazon Web Services for reliability and performance.

Aespire Websites Made Simple is a “build it yourself’ visual website builder designed to grow with your business. You can start moving your website for free:

  1. Visit Aespire Websites Made Simple and select a beautiful starter template that matches your brand, or start with a blank template that allows you to create a completely custom website
  2. Start building your website for free for 30 days.  We know you’re busy running your business — contact us directly to ask about our special offer for LightCMS customers that will give you an extra 60 days to move your content and build a website for free before you launch.
  3. When you're ready to launch your website, select an affordable website or eCommerce plan that will help you take your business to the next level in 2020.

If the thought of building your website overwhelms you, hire the StoryBrand website designers at Aespire. When you do, you get the professional guidance you need from an Aespire StoryBrand Certified Guide and Website Design Expert, and assurance that your new website will be online before the LightCMS end of life deadline.

How to hire Aespire to move your website from LightCMS to Websites Made Simple:

  1. Contact Aespire to schedule a free consultation and let us know you need help moving your website in the next 120 days because of the LightCMS end of life notice.
  2. Once we discuss your needs and approve a budget, we will guide and work with you to build your new website while your current site is live.
  3. Once your website is ready, you select a Care Subscription Plan (that includes support, hosting, and auto-updating privacy policy to protect your business from fines and legislation) and we launch.

Our plan typically follows these steps:

  1. We begin with an audit so we can capture your SEO, URLs, and important search engine rankings.
  2. We map out your site blueprint and pages
  3. We refine your website design for the AWMS platform
  4. We build, test, and launch before May 1, 2020

The LightCMS End of Life letter many of us received reads like this:

NetSuite LightCMS Service – End of Life Notice

Dear Customer,

As we adapt our product portfolio to meet the demands of customers and our ever changing market, we will no longer be offering the LightCMS Service and are announcing its end of life.

This letter provides formal notice to you and your company that the LightCMS Service has been assigned End of Life status and the last date that you will be able to use the LightCMS Service will be May 31, 2020 (the “Last Date of Service”). You will be able to continue to use the LightCMS Service until this date.

After the Last Date of Service you will have thirty (30) days to retrieve Customer Data from the LightCMS Service environment; at the end of that period you will no longer have access to the LightCMS Service or Customer Data and your Websites as described in the LightCMS Terms of Service.

Please ensure that all appropriate contacts in your company are made aware of this notice.

Thank you for being a valued customer and if you have any questions, please contact us via the LightCMS support team.

Sincerely,

The LightCMS Team

Now that LightCMS has reached end-of-life, what next?

While there isn’t a direct path to migrate content from one platform to another, Aespire Websites Made Simple has tools that can make the process less painful than we know it will be.

Trust us, we understand the challenges you face and the daunting task of migrating a website to a new platform:


LightCMS End of Life Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What other CMS alternatives do you recommend?

  • Before you make a decision about the content management system you choose to replace LightCMS, think about what is important to you: website security, your business reputation, and an easy-to-manage website that you can control?  Many developers are familiar with CMS like Wordpress or Joomla and will recommend other platforms like Wix, Weebly, or Squarespace. Even though Wordpress is the most popular CMS in use, that doesn't mean it's right for you, your team, or your business.
  • We recommend a CMS that you can be comfortable with so you can be confident in making changes to your website. That’s why we launched Websites Made Simple!

When I move my website from LightCMS, how can I know it will be secure?

  • There are no guarantees that any website is 100% secure from hackers and cybercriminals, but you can be assured that when you build your site on Websites Made Simple, it’s secure because it's hosted on Amazon Web Services, one of the world’s most reliable and secure digital platforms.
  • Most people aren’t aware the Wordpress is the most vulnerable open source CMS. In the 2018 Website Hack Trends Report, Sucuri Security reports that WordPress infections rose to 90% in 2018. is that something you want to worry about when you make the investment to move your website?

Is Websites Made SImple as easy to use as LightCMS?

  • Aespire Websites Made Simple is a powerful, feature-rich alternative to NetSuite LightCMS. It’s easy-to-use and will make it a breeze to manage your website. Take a peek at our visual website builder tutorial videos and compare how easy AWMS is to use compared to Wordpress, LightCMS, and other consumer-level website builders. You deserve a professional website that grows with your business!

Act now to move your website from LightCMS in four easy steps:

  1. Choose a beautiful new website template or start from scratch with a blank template. Why not start with a fresh new look?
  2. Add your clear marketing message and images with the easy-to-use editor (We recommend starting with StoryBrand to be certain your brand is positioned as the guide and your customer as the hero)
  3. When you’re ready to publish, select an affordable website or e-commerce subscription plan with the features you need to grow your business
  4. Relaunch your site and relax knowing your site is hosted on a platform that won’t abandon you in the future.

When you move your website from LightCMS to Aespire Websites Made Simple, you can stop worrying about a website platform like NetSuite LightCMS that reaches the end-of-life and gain peace of mind you made the right choice.

When you choose Aespire Websites Made Simple, you will have peace of mind that your website is on a platform chosen by over 15 million other businesses, and can get back to focusing on what matters: serving your customers with products and services that help them live better lives and succeed in the marketplace.

Are you wasting money on marketing?

Give Aespire a call today to create clear messaging that helps your website, email, sales team, and marketing actually grow your business.