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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.
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Adobe Business Catalyst

I feel that Adobe Business Catalyst (BC) is best suited to small businesses and free lance designers reselling to small businesses. The whole interface is very personal and easy to use from an inexperienced perspective. This makes it a perfect platform for small business websites or even portfolio websites. Its lack of different server side protocols and languages makes it perfect for the small scale web implementation.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Freedom CMS
8.9
Adobe Business Catalyst
Role-based user permissions
Freedom CMS
8.9
Adobe Business Catalyst

Web Content Creation

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

Web Content Management

Freedom CMS
7.8
Adobe Business Catalyst
Content taxonomy
Freedom CMS
8.3
Adobe Business Catalyst
SEO support
Freedom CMS
7.8
Adobe Business Catalyst
Bulk management
Freedom CMS
7.4
Adobe Business Catalyst
Availability / breadth of extensions
Freedom CMS
7.7
Adobe Business Catalyst
Community / comment management
Freedom CMS
8.0
Adobe Business Catalyst

Email & Online Marketing

Freedom CMS
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.5
WYSIWYG email editor
Freedom CMS
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.5
Dynamic content
Freedom CMS
Adobe Business Catalyst
9.0
Ability to test dynamic content
Freedom CMS
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.6
Landing pages
Freedom CMS
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.7
A/B testing
Freedom CMS
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.0
Mobile optimization
Freedom CMS
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.0
Email deliverability
Freedom CMS
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.1
List management
Freedom CMS
Adobe Business Catalyst
3.2
Triggered drip sequences
Freedom CMS
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.8

Lead Management

Freedom CMS
Adobe Business Catalyst
1.8
Lead nurturing
Freedom CMS
Adobe Business Catalyst
1.8
Lead scoring and grading
Freedom CMS
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.2
Data quality management
Freedom CMS
Adobe Business Catalyst
1.4
Automated sales alerts and tasks
Freedom CMS
Adobe Business Catalyst
1.8

Campaign Management

Freedom CMS
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.4
Calendaring
Freedom CMS
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.5
Event/webinar marketing
Freedom CMS
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.3

Social Media Marketing

Freedom CMS
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.2
Social sharing and campaigns
Freedom CMS
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.8
Social profile integration
Freedom CMS
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.6

Reporting & Analytics

Freedom CMS
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.1
Dashboards
Freedom CMS
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.0
Standard reports
Freedom CMS
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.1
Custom reports
Freedom CMS
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.1

Platform & Infrastructure

Freedom CMS
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.4
API
Freedom CMS
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.1
Role-based workflow & approvals
Freedom CMS
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.0
Customizability
Freedom CMS
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.0
Integration with Salesforce.com
Freedom CMS
Adobe Business Catalyst
5.5

Pros

  • Users and Access. Freedom has a great system setup to create unlimited users for the back office & full control over access. Do you want someone to only be able to access News, Events & Web Pages? - No problem. Do you want someone to be able to access everything except the Billing Module - No problem.Do you want someone to be able to access/edit ONLY the "Volunteer" category of Web Pages - Great! No Problem.
  • Custom Modules. Freedom has a great amount of pre-built modules that do a lot of great things. Custom Modules, however, takes that to the next level. Anything you can dream of for your client's needs, can be created as a custom module. You, as the developer, have full control over what fields should be created for a custom module, what types of fields are they (text, radio buttons, WYSIWYG editor, image, etc), and how those field values are used in a lister of ALL items added to that Custom Module & how they are used in a detailed view of one specific item in that Custom Module.
  • Hosting & Security. All Freedom sites include the licensing & hosting with easy to update Domain module for us developers to change the virtual host domain at any time.
  • Features and Usability. All of the modules offered (including custom) & the whole interface of the CMS as a whole is hands down one of the easiest to use & intuitive CMS's that I have come across. Our clients (and us) love it.
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  • The Web Apps element of Business Catalyst is unique among hosted CMS systems. It helps us solve unique challenges without involving heavy-duty programmers.
  • As a Hosted CMS, it has a lot of great features without a ton of cost or liability being taken on which is important to us.
  • BC has a growing developer community and has made significant upgrades over the past few years, which don't end up costing us more, and would be very expensive or time consuming in a traditional CMS
  • Our client's like that it is from "Adobe" and that it has Dreamweaver integration. This provides them with a level of comfort that helps us sell the project.
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Cons

  • Cost and Licensing. Personally, we've never had a problem with this with our clients - we sell the value and our clients understand the value of using Freedom over other CMS options. We also will only work in Freedom - so our clients don't have an option. However, there is a monthly cost to license the CMS - which also includes the hosting. Yes, there are free options for CMS's out there - however even with those you have to find hosting. Accrisoft has different tiers of server sizes and monthly costs accordingly depending on you or your clients needs.
  • Minimal Themes. Accrisoft only has a small amount of themes available to deploy with your site. They probably have around 10-15, pretty modern and responsive themes that you can use to start a new Freedom installation with, however, if you typically deploy and install themes for your clientele - instead of custom sites, Freedom may not be for you. As you know some other CMS's can have hundreds or thousands of themes. With that said, they allow their solution providers to create themes and use site backups to transfer exact copies of existing sites to another Freedom server. So if you create your own starting templates you can always deploy and start with something - not completely from scratch. I personally don't think this is a problem at all, but am mentioning it for others to know about.
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  • Being able to use custom XML with web apps is non-existent even though they have been working on the issue for awhile. They even showed me a beta version of their web apps that would have done just that. That was about 2 years ago.
  • It's email portal needs a lot of work.
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Likelihood to Renew

Freedom CMS1.0
Based on 1 answer
We switched to WordPress; it was out of my control.
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Adobe Business Catalyst9.4
Based on 10 answers
There is no renew option, it is a one stop buy-in. There are two different options that can be chosen.
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Usability

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Adobe Business Catalyst9.7
Based on 4 answers
It's easy to log in; areas are well marked, and support is available if needed.
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Reliability and Availability

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Adobe Business Catalyst9.0
Based on 4 answers
very few issues with availability
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Performance

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Adobe Business Catalyst8.2
Based on 1 answer
Very few issues
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Support

Freedom CMS8.2
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.
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Adobe Business Catalyst8.6
Based on 5 answers
Good support; there have been a few issues that we have been unable to resolve
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Online Training

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Adobe Business Catalyst8.6
Based on 2 answers
bcgurus.comkiyuco
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Implementation

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Adobe Business Catalyst9.6
Based on 3 answers
Pretty easy to do
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Alternatives Considered

Compared to every similar products/CMSs I have used, nothing competes with Freedom CMS. It's far more intuitive, far easier to use as a developer (and as the client), easier to customize and better to maintain and assist our clients. Hands down the best CMS solution I've found for me, my work and our clients.The only 2 in this list I might recommend over Freedom would only be circumstantial: if you are an medium to large e-commerce business (or your client is). ShopSite & Shopify (or Magento, etc) would probably be a better option. Freedom does have some e-commerce included, but I would recommend Freedom for small e-commerce businesses, or businesses where e-commerce is not their main focus, but they'd like to include some on the site.
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Business Catalyst outperforms other CMS systems out there. Because it's a hosted content management system maintained by Adobe we have to spend less time worrying about server setup, maintenance, and security and more time building better websites. We also don't have to worry about system updates and upgrading to new features as these happen automatically. Performance also excels on Adobe Business Catalyst compared to Drupal, Wordpress and Joomla. In all, Adobe Business Catalyst, with it's predefined functionality allows us to build powerful websites more efficiently then the competitors out there.
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Scalability

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Adobe Business Catalyst9.0
Based on 2 answers
It's easy to build small sites or large sites and there is lots of templating.
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Return on Investment

  • Better Customer Service. Everything in Freedom is standardized & easy for our clients to use. It's also easy for our support team to handle any support tickets because there's not a thousand different plugins for one thing, e.g. 1000 different form plugins, there is just ONE forms module that is identical to all of our clients.
  • Increased Employee Efficiency. All of our development team is unified within Accrisoft Freedom. Any one of us can jump into another's project at any time and know how it's built and how to update or edit anything. Even with custom modules that one developer might not have known another created. Freedom is very intuitive and for example, to continue with custom modules point, all custom modules are built using the same process, so it's easy for developers to edit and know exactly how it's working in minutes - even if they haven't seen it before.
  • High Client Retention Rate. We have only lost a handful of clients throughout the many years we've been using Freedom CMS with our clients. And the majority of those that we did lose, were for reasons not related to the website - or beyond their control - e.g. a parent company insisting to use the parent company's CMS solution, even though our direct clients/contacts wanted to stay with us and told us later that they wished they could go back to Freedom because of how much easier and better it was.
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  • Better customer service
  • Increased efficiency in deploying websites
  • Customer satisfaction with the system
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Pricing Details

Freedom CMS

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

Adobe Business Catalyst

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