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Score 8.1 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Freedom CMS

The only thing I believe Accrisoft Freedom is not as well suited is for large e-commerce sites. Accrisoft Freedom actually has an E-commerce module and can do products and online sales, however if this is the majority of what your business does (or your clients' businesses), I would recommend an E-commerce focused CMS.
For almost all other circumstances I can think of though, I would recommend Accrisoft Freedom - ma and pa shops on up to a corporation.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Acquia Digital Experience Platform

Acquia is well-suited for any Drupal web platform. I think it best plays in the enterprise space, either for B2B or nonprofit/higher ed/government. Acquia is a great solution for smaller web platforms, as well, but the price is typically prohibitive in these scenarios.
Zach Ettelman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Freedom CMS
8.9
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Role-based user permissions
Freedom CMS
8.9
Acquia Digital Experience Platform

Web Content Creation

Freedom CMS
7.6
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
WYSIWYG editor
Freedom CMS
7.7
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Code quality / cleanliness
Freedom CMS
8.6
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Admin section
Freedom CMS
8.0
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Page templates
Freedom CMS
8.3
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Library of website themes
Freedom CMS
4.3
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Freedom CMS
7.2
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Publishing workflow
Freedom CMS
8.8
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Form generator
Freedom CMS
7.8
Acquia Digital Experience Platform

Web Content Management

Freedom CMS
7.8
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Content taxonomy
Freedom CMS
8.3
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
SEO support
Freedom CMS
7.8
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Bulk management
Freedom CMS
7.4
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Availability / breadth of extensions
Freedom CMS
7.7
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Community / comment management
Freedom CMS
8.0
Acquia Digital Experience Platform

Pros

Freedom CMS

  • Hosting and maintenance is taken care of. Due to it being proprietary software, everything is built to work together.
  • Simple to use. Basic functionality for websites is built in without having to dig through thousands of potential options.
  • Development is straightforward...no backend languages required. So if someone wants a unique layout for a portfolio, it's very simple to add a new content type and build the new layout using basic html and css.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Acquia Digital Experience Platform

  • The Acquia Cloud Hosting (enterprise) provides a three-server solution. You have a Development, Staging (or UAT), and Production servers with a clear path of deployment straight up the chain. You may use Acquia's own Cloud Hooks, or their web admin UI interface to deploy to any or all of the servers.
  • Git is one of the foundation services built-in to the management of the website codebase. Allowing a developer, or well-trained end user (university employee) to easily deploy a tag or branch to any one of the servers, makes it very easy for us to offload the server / account management to the school, while we focus on improving their site.
  • Not only does Acquia Cloud provide a multi-datacenter failover disaster recovery solution, but they also maintain a multi-region failover as well, which allows for a fully redundant enviroment to be maintained in two geographic regions. No fear of losing any database changes or form submissions from students.
  • Lastly, the onboarding process is constantly being improved, and as I have been a third-party vendor involved in many of our hosting negotiations, I have seen it firsthand. Each enterprise client is assigned a small team of engineers, technical leads, and a pseudo-project-manager to explain the process in layman's terms to the client (university / college for my example), but they also perform a number of code reviews and best-practice analysis of a site prior to launch.
Sean Hanford | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Freedom CMS

  • Their preview setup for reviewing page changes prior to pushing them live is not good. You basically have to push things live to see how they will look, then go back and tweak it, while the changes in progress are live on the site. They need a sandbox, or a better preview feature within the backend so you dont have to keep pushing changes live to test out functionality.
  • Integration with outside tools is non existent. Instead of trying to force people to use their modules or features it would make much more sense to more easily integrate with leading tools in niche spaces.
  • The UI is pretty old. It could use a big refresh. Things like drag and drop builders and functionality should be standard these days. This is also a plus for non tech savvy users as it keeps their page structures to what works without letting people tinker. But if you want to tinker and be a higher end user Freedom isn't the best bet.
Chris Theisen | TrustRadius Reviewer

Acquia Digital Experience Platform

  • Responses from tickets aren't always from the same person, and can vary in effectiveness of solving your problem
  • While documentation is robust, it can be difficult to find exactly what you need
  • Provided forums are not monitored frequently, and are not as useful as they could be
Eric Steinborn | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Freedom CMS

Freedom CMS 1.0
Based on 1 answer
We switched to WordPress; it was out of my control.
Mark A. Buckawicki | TrustRadius Reviewer

Acquia Digital Experience Platform

Acquia Digital Experience Platform 10.0
Based on 8 answers
As a Drupal Web Developer, I have not encountered or been exposed to any other hosting solution that could surpass the benefits of having a site hosted on Acquia Cloud. Although, for any side-project or low-cost freelance gigs, I cannot expect that I'll always have the option of recommending Acquia Cloud, and that's okay. While I am at work and trying to help our team gain more exposure to my companies' extensive list of clients, when we have the fortune of adding another Drupal-based client to our roster, getting those clients on Acquia Cloud makes every other aspect of building or modifying their school website that much easier
Sean Hanford | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Freedom CMS

Freedom CMS 8.2
Based on 1 answer
This rating is based on personal experience only. I believe majority of people would say their support is top notch & 10/10. The only reason I am personally am giving it lower is because I consider my self a much more advanced user of Freedom than their typical Solution Provider developers. Because I am advanced, I troubleshoot my own issues pretty in-depth before I even contact Accrisoft support. Therefore sometimes I feel it takes longer to get the researched & specific answer I need vs. a simple support question would.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Acquia Digital Experience Platform

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Freedom CMS

In all honesty, we have been moving away from Accrisoft Freedom due to its lack of customizability. We as an agency generally prefer open source solutions since our client base primarily consists of those looking for a more custom solution that can be built off of in the future. While yes, these tend to need more care and attention, they have benefited us more.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Acquia Digital Experience Platform

We decided to switch as Acquia/Drupal looked to have a better library of 'off the shelf' modules that could easily be integrated into the platform. The hosting and CDN options were comparable however I was personally happier with Acquia's close relationship with Cloudflare.
Nick Lamming | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Freedom CMS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Acquia Digital Experience Platform

Acquia Digital Experience Platform 8.8
Based on 2 answers
The data Acquia collects, and the way it displays it and is able to be imported into other tools is useful beyond just teams working on our main website. Segment data can be collected and imported into other tools to help further break down user metrics based on certain criteria we have deemed important.
Ben Tolmachoff, MBA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Freedom CMS

  • This was the first CMS we had at our company so hard to say positive or negative impact.
  • Prior to this CMS there was a static site that html files had to be ftp to a company to have the site updated. So from that standpoint it made updating the site much less expensive.
  • Compared to a tool like Wordpress this is much more secure and easier to manage, but since we outsource that portion of it to the company that built the site we dont realize those gains.
Chris Theisen | TrustRadius Reviewer

Acquia Digital Experience Platform

  • Our website isn't a revenue generator, so we don't have specific ROI calculations.
  • The new website is helping us move off of a legacy on-prem server environment. The reduction of cost in maintaining those will be beneficial.
  • We have had to invest in some training for our developers to learn Drupal.
Jim MacLeod | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Freedom CMS

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Acquia Digital Experience Platform

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Freedom CMS
8.2
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
8.9

Likelihood to Renew

Freedom CMS
1.0
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
10.0

Support Rating

Freedom CMS
8.2
Acquia Digital Experience Platform

Scalability

Freedom CMS
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
8.8

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