LimeSurvey PRO oder LimeSurvey CE?

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Bevor wir die Diskussion über LimeSurvey PRO (LimeSurvey Professional) und LimeSurvey CE (LimeSurvey Community Edition) beginnen, ist es wichtig, den Unterschied zwischen LimeSurvey und LimeSurvey GmbH zu verstehen. Ersteres bezieht sich auf die Webserver-basierte Software, die unter der GNU General Public License v2 kostenlos verteilt wird ( (GPL v2) . Letzteres bezieht sich auf das Unternehmen, das die LimeSurvey-Software betreut, um seine Entwicklung besser zu koordinieren und verschiedene kostenpflichtige Dienste für LimeSurvey bereitzustellen (z. B. Hosting, personalisierte Vorlagen, Add-on-Pakete, technische Unterstützung usw.).

Help.png Um mehr über die Lizenz von LimeSurvey zu erfahren, gehen Sie auf den folgenden Link:

Aufgrund seiner Lizenz ist LimeSurvey eine Open-Source-Software , die von jedem für kommerzielle, private und Bildungszwecke verwendet, modifiziert und verbreitet werden kann. Mit Ausnahme des Namens und des Logos, die markenrechtlich geschützt sind, kann die Software in jeder gewünschten Weise verwendet werden. Zum Beispiel gibt es kein Problem LimeSurvey dafür zu wenden, um Fragebögen für die Bewertung einer Universität oder eines Professors zu erstellen und zu verteilen oder sie auf einem persönlichen Server zu installieren und Online-/Offline-Marktforschung für das Unternehmen zu betreiben, in dem Sie arbeiten.

Help.png LimeSurvey is an open-source software. This means that its code is fully disclosed. To access it, check the following GitHub link:

In order to install LimeSurvey on your personal computer (for development reasons) or on your server, a minimal set of requirements needs to be met in order to have LimeSurvey up and running. For an exhaustive step-by-step explanation on how to install LimeSurvey, read our installation guideline.

However, some of you might consider the installation process a time-consuming task. Moreover, server administration knowledge might be required in order to avoid possible gridlocks. Hence, LimeSurvey GmbH offers different services built around the capabilities of the LimeSurvey software and the users' needs. For example, LimeSurvey GmbH offers PRO hosting services in order to help users provide direct access to an up-and-running LimeSurvey installation.


Help.png Ziemlich oft werden Sie Wörter sehen, die sich auf "Hosting-Dienste", "selbst gehostete Software" und "Personal Server" beziehen, die in diesem Wiki-Abschnitt erwähnt werden. Wir schlagen vor, diesen englischen Beitrag unseres Blog zu lesen, um das Hosting-Konzept besser zu verstehen.

LimeSurvey PRO oder LimeSurvey CE?

Überprüfen Sie die folgende Tabelle, um die Hauptunterschiede zwischen den beiden Diensten besser zu verstehen:

LimeSurvey PRO vs LimeSurvey CE - Summary
LimeSurvey PRO LimeSurvey CE
The hosting is provided by LimeSurvey. The creation of an up-and-running installation should not take more than 5 minutes. Made to be self-hosted.
You can choose one of the four types of subscriptions: FREE, BASIC, EXPERT and ENTERPRISE. You may either use the free version or pick one of the three premium packages (the premium package contains the ComfortUpdate feature, access to older versions and a multitude of design templates).
It always uses the latest stable version of LimeSurvey. You get access not only to the latest releases but also to the older ones. It is up to you which one you wish to use.
Technical support included for the paid packages. Technical ComfortUpdate support included for the premium packages.
Contains all the features that makes LimeSurvey great. Contains all the features that makes LimeSurvey great.
LimeSurvey PRO comes with response and storage usage buttons due to the limitations imposed by the subscription packages. LimeSurvey CE doesn't contain such buttons, its limitation being represented by the amount of space allocated from the personal server to the LimeSurvey-related tasks.
No server access. This means that no third-party plugins/extensions can be added to your LimeSurvey installation. If you own your server, you can access your LimeSurvey installation. You can start tweaking it and further enhance it by adding additional extensions/add-ons.
The ComfortUpdate tool is utilized to upgrade the LimeSurvey installation. The ComfortUpdate tool is utilized to upgrade the LimeSurvey installation. Moreover, the update can also be done manually.
You save precious time by using our available hosting and avoiding any server or installation configuration. Ideal for hands-on people with technical knowledge. The LimeSurvey manual represents a great place from where you can start learning about this software.
Reliable response inflow due to a self-renewing subscription system. The only limitation is related to your server and its configuration.
Full flexibility due to a cancellation period of only 3 days until the date of renewal. The software is hosted on your servers. No linkages between the activity performed by you with the help of the LimeSurvey software and LimeSurvey GmbH.
Please note that the above table is just a summary of the main features provided by the two versions of LimeSurvey. For an exhaustive description, access the following links: LimeSurvey PRO and LimeSurvey CE. This should help you get a complete description of what each of them can do.

LimeSurvey CE

Angenommen, Sie sind von LimeSurvey CE überzeugt und möchten es jetzt auf Ihrem Server installieren. Um LimeSurvey CE herunterzuladen, gehen Sie auf die Registerkarte Ressourcen in der Hauptsymbolleiste LimeSurvey und klicken Sie auf die Option 'Download': - Project - Downloads.png

Die folgende Seite wird geladen:

Project - Downloads - Display.png

Four boxes will be displayed:

  • LimeSurvey PRO: If you click on the create installation button, you will be first asked to create a account in order to be able to access your online LimeSurvey installation. If you wish to use our hosting services, continue reading the following quick start guide: LimeSurvey PRO Quick Start Guide.
  • LimeSurvey CE: It allows you to download the LimeSurvey software, archived in different formats and also in an executable file (usually the latest link). Use it if you would like to install LimeSurvey on your own server or on your own computer for personal testing. It is ideal for hands-on people with technical knowledge. You will see that the LimeSurvey CE is divided into stable releases and development releases. For a rock-solid software, go for the stable release. However, if you would like to test new LimeSurvey features and you want help us solve bugs, go for the development release.
Help.png Um Zugang zu den neuesten Softwareentwicklungen zu erhalten, folgen Sie uns auf GitHub.
  • Templates: You may find here example surveys, label sets, and question templates in various languages. All the templates are community-made. You can also contribute by uploading your work and make it publicly available to the other users.
  • Extensions: LimeSurvey supports plugins and extensions. By clicking on the see extensions button, you get access to a directory that contains all the LimeSurvey third-party extensions (your own contribution can also be listed there).
  Only LimeSurvey CE supports third-party plugins! In case you would like to use an extension in LimeSurvey Pro, please write Support.

LimeSurvey PRO

Access the following step-by-step guide to learn how to create a LimeSurvey PRO account and launch your first survey.

Help.png You can also check the following video tutorial on how to set up a professional account on LimeSurvey.

Was brauche ich?

There is a lot of information to grasp. We are completely aware of this and you might feel a little bit overwhelmed. We suggest you to do a cost-benefit analysis. Some aspects that are worth taking into consideration:

  • Capital: think of the costs of running a server for example. Even though a lot of low-cost hosting providers can be found online, take into account that you have to take care not only of your LimeSurvey installation, but also of the server configuration. If you want to create more complex surveys and/or install/create additional plugins, employees with knowledge in PHP, HTML, CSS will be needed - which means higher costs for you and your business.
  • Human resources: if complex surveys are created, employees with IT-related skills might be needed. That is why it is better (sometimes) to outsource such services. You may use our LimeSurvey PRO services or the help provided by our official partners.
  • Time: time is a limited resource. Different time-related constraints (e.g. deadlines, lots of qualitative research requests from your clients etc.) transform time into an important independent variable that should definitely influence your final decision.

Denken Sie an all Ihre möglichen Bedürfnisse und verfügbaren Ressourcen, bevor Sie sich für LimeSurvey PRO und LimeSurvey CE entscheiden.

Generally, if you want to use LimeSurvey without any download or configuration, use LimeSurvey PRO. You can test it freely as long as you want and then purchase one of the subscription packages. However, if you have a running server infrastructure and want to integrate LimeSurvey into that, take a look at LimeSurvey CE. We also offer great LimeSurvey CE packages to enhance your installation with one-click updates and more custom themes.

Help.pngAdditional help can be found at one of our partners listed here:

Was ist, wenn ich weitere Fragen habe?

Wir haben eine großartige Anwender-Community. Sie sind herzlich eingeladen, Ihre Fragen in unseren LimeSurvey Foren oder im [irc: //|LimeSurvey IRC Kanal] zu stellen: