Intranet Comparison: LumApps vs Google Sites
What is LumApps?
LumApps is a social and collaborative intranet platform (sometimes referred to as a employee experience platform) that helps organizations to have better communication, collaboration, and engagement with their employees.
LumApps does not replace your current productivity suite (Google Workspace or Microsoft 365), rather it integrates these apps into your intranet. LumApps helps organize documents and real-time communications to notify and keep the right people updated.
Lumapps is a french origine products, founded in Paris, Ile-de-France
What is Google Sites?
Google Sites is the website building app from Google Workspace. It is used by many organisations to create internal websites for departments as well as corporate Intranets.
This site, Steegle.com, is built wholly on Google Sites.
Google Sites allows users to easily create websites without any background knowledge in programming or web development. It is part of Google Workspace's Google Docs Editor family i.e. Sheets, Slides, Drawings, and Docs.
If you’re familiar with Wix, Squarespace or WordPress you may notice that they are somewhat similar to Google Sites, but the emphasis of those tools are public websites, rather than private intranets. Google Sites, however, gives the secure and private authentication offered by Google Workspace so it provides a seamless experience for Google Workspace users.
If you use Google Workspace already then you will find Google Sites easy to use, due to its familiarity with the other Google Workspace apps. Google Sites offers the same sharing model you are used to in Google Drive, so you can avoid any security concerns due to Google Workspace's industry-leading security.
Google Sites offers the basic and fundamental features for most websites but lacks essential functionality for that many organisations need on an intranet. Steegle offers a very particular set of tools to provide a fully fledged Intranet via our Steegle.One Intranet solution.
Key Features of LumApps
LumApps is an Intranet platform that incorporates a rich feature set to provide employees with information about their organisation. Some of its features include:
Create a newsletter
Embed links, videos, document previews, and pictures
Creating surveys for employee feedback
Create multilingual versions of your content
Google Cloud Search Integration
Email and Calendar Management (Gmail, Outlook 365)
Document Sharing (Google Drive, OneDrive, SharePoint)
Employees are able to create social profiles and set their status
Receive notifications on topics or people you follow
Shared document folders
Can be accessed on mobile devices
Single sign-on ( with Google )
Commentators generally agree LumApps is one of the most comprehensive intranet solutions available.
Prospective customers, however, should make sure that the functionality within LumApps is not already provided by other systems they may have, e.g. HR, ERP, Slack or in fact Google Workspace itself.
LumApps Pricing vs Google Sites Pricing
It is hard to find published prices for LumApps.
LumApps is considered to be a higher tier of software, especially designed for larger companies where the adequate financial and human resources are available.
Commentators indicate that the typical cost per user per month is around $20.
For 1000 users, therefore, it could cost you around $240,000 per year. This is a very high cost due to the extensive feature set.
Google Sites Pricing
Google Sites is Free if you have Google Workspace!
If you use add-on tools, that a company like Steegle provides in Steegle.One intranet incurs license fees.
Steegle.One license fees are a tiny fraction of Lumapps - to get a tailored quote for your situation get a quote.
Google Sites for Intranets - Features
Managing content on Google Site is easy and often self-explanatory.
You can add and duplicate pages, hide pages, and archive pages.
Embedding document is easy and fun.
Edit who can access and edit contents
Users can easily add:
Users can also:
Move, edit, resize and drag images.
Create a responsive design with a grid layout.
You can view and edit users who can access certain pages. Unauthorized users will not be able to access or make edits on your intranet.
Seamlessly integrate with Google apps such as Docs, Sheets, Drawing, and Presentation.
Google Sites for Intranets - Limitations
Like any tool or application, Google Sites has some limitations. The following list shows some of the most popular concerns from users:
No Employee Engagement
People Directory - No simple way to create an employee directory nor an organisational chart.
Employee Recognition - Google Sites does not offer any tools to help you recognise and reward those who have gone the extra mile or if you want to spotlight someone for their achievements.
No News or Announcements
Summaries - Google Sites doesn;t summarise recent updates
Centralised Tool - there's no tool to allow you to post once and update in various locations
Poor File, Document and Folder Handling
Folder Hierarchy - opening a folder takes you to Google Drive
Search and Sort - Sites doesn't search your embedded Drive content nor can you sort the list of items
Poor Calendar DIsplay
Google Calendar - antiquated displays are not intranet friendly
All of these shortfalls are addressed by Steegle in our comprehensive Steegle.One Intranet platform.
Limitations of LumApps
Complex - It has a huge feature set that's too much for many companies
Staffing - you need to have adequate resources to run the system well
Price- it's expensive and price is only available with a quote
Testing - LumApps does not offer a free trial
Focus - Commentators say its project management is weaker than say Monday.com
Data - The data does not reside in your existing Google tenant and will subject to LumApps security
What is Steegle.One Intranet for Google Sites?
Steegle.One is an added value intranet solution for Google Workspace that is made using Google Apps Script embedded in Google Sites by Steegle.com.
Steegle.One allows you to easily build engaging and compelling intranets based on Google Sites.
Addition, Steegle-developed, low-maintenance productivity tools to make your intranet more efficient and effective. Some of the Steegle extensions you can use on your intranet are:
Steegle News - comprehensive news management tool;
Steegle People - employee directory and org charts based on your Google Workspace directory;
Steegle Heroes - employee recognition tool;
Steegle Schedule - consistent calendar display.
Steegle Share - a powerful way of searching and sharing files and templates from a library
Steegle Affinity - a creation of automatically subscribed employee affinity groups within Steegle.One
Looking for an intranet solution for Google Workspace?
Since 2008, we here at Steegle.com have been delivering intranet development solutions for Google Sites. We have developed Steegle.One intranet system which builds directly to Google Sites for Google Workspace.
As a certified Google Cloud Partner, we specialize in Google Workspace based solutions. Give us a call at US +1 (302) 672 3007 or UK +44 (207) 871 502 or contact us today to view a demo of our intranet solutions, and see how it can help increase employee productivity and save time and money. Click below to learn more about the Steegle.One intranet solution.
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