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Freedom CMS

10 Ratings

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Freedom CMS

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Score 3.5 out of 101

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Score 8 out of 101

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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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Cascade Server

I think the one question I would put to someone interested in a WCMS is related to the size of the website and organization. I think Cascade Server excels in a situation with a larger website and a deeper user base. A very small website may not need some of the key features we rely on, and it may be much more complex than they would need.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Freedom CMS
8.9
Cascade Server
9.8
Role-based user permissions
Freedom CMS
8.9
Cascade Server
9.8

Web Content Creation

Freedom CMS
7.6
Cascade Server
8.0
WYSIWYG editor
Freedom CMS
7.7
Cascade Server
9.4
Code quality / cleanliness
Freedom CMS
8.6
Cascade Server
9.5
Admin section
Freedom CMS
8.0
Cascade Server
8.8
Page templates
Freedom CMS
8.3
Cascade Server
7.1
Library of website themes
Freedom CMS
4.3
Cascade Server
5.5
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Freedom CMS
7.2
Cascade Server
7.5
Publishing workflow
Freedom CMS
8.8
Cascade Server
9.6
Form generator
Freedom CMS
7.8
Cascade Server
6.8

Web Content Management

Freedom CMS
7.8
Cascade Server
6.4
Content taxonomy
Freedom CMS
8.3
Cascade Server
6.8
SEO support
Freedom CMS
7.8
Cascade Server
7.1
Bulk management
Freedom CMS
7.4
Cascade Server
7.8
Availability / breadth of extensions
Freedom CMS
7.7
Cascade Server
5.7
Community / comment management
Freedom CMS
8.0
Cascade Server
4.8

Platform & Infrastructure

Freedom CMS
Cascade Server
7.8
API
Freedom CMS
Cascade Server
9.2
Internationalization / multi-language
Freedom CMS
Cascade Server
6.4

Pros

  • The new all in one image editor is nice. You can upload images and then handle all of the editing needs within Freedom or through their connection with Pixlr. It makes it much more streamlined than managing outside of a CMS.
  • Freedom is set up so you don't have too much access to the backend, which for a majority of users is a good thing. Whereas you can break a lot of things within Wordpress or other open source tools, Freedom ensures your site keeps working because you can't fool with it too much.
  • The ability to change the colors and branding on a page based on the page settings is nice. For companies with sub-brands within an umbrella it helps carry the branding through better than a site that only offers a static header section for each page in the site.
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  • Cascade Server handles the task of permissions and access very well. It allows for very precise permissions based on individual assets from an entire site all the way down to a single page or directory. Users and groups are easy to understand and manage.
  • Customization of the product to fit our needs is amazing. Our programmers have been able to create a system that is superbly flexible, yet does not allow for "off-the-wall" changes and edits to pages.
  • Version control is wonderful. User can now make edits to pages and not feel pressured to make it perfect, knowing that it can be rolled back to a previous version to start again, if needed.
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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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  • One of the drawbacks of being an XML-based content management system is that any text entered, that isn't XML-compliant, triggers an XML error and the content can't be saved. The company seems to be working on this, as it recently released a new feature allowing content to be saved as JSON and CSS, which don't have to be XML-compliant.
  • There is room for improvement when working with images. While the company has made improvements to the image editor and recently added the ability upload images via "drag and drop", the system can't save multiple versions of uploaded images automatically (e.g. original, medium, thumbnail).
  • While Cascade Server's push architecture offers performance and security benefits, it can make maintaining a large website challenging. For example, the only way to re-publish template-specific pages is by writing your own web services application in either PHP or Java.
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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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Cascade Server9.1
Based on 26 answers
We manage numerous business needs in Cascade Server and are heavily invested in the product. It would require a lot of effort and training to migrate to another system.
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Usability

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Cascade Server9.1
Based on 4 answers
It is very straight forward. It's a very clean interface.
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Reliability and Availability

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Cascade Server6.7
Based on 4 answers
Amazing customer service and VERY customizable.
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Performance

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Cascade Server8.0
Based on 1 answer
Does a great job.
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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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Cascade Server9.1
Based on 5 answers
The responses are quick and right on point. There is also a huge user support group as well.
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In-Person Training

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Cascade Server7.0
Based on 1 answer
Training was helpful.
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Online Training

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Cascade Server5.0
Based on 1 answer
Still needed that physical help
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Implementation

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Cascade Server9.1
Based on 4 answers
Making sure that our export from our previous CMS was correct was crucial. If it wasn't, we would have been in a world of hurt. Thanks to the import tool Hannon Hill created, everything went great and all pages were successfully imported.
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Alternatives Considered

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.
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It is way beyond what LCMS is/was. Everything we wanted LCMS to do, Cascade did and did it perfectly.
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Scalability

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Cascade Server5.0
Based on 1 answer
I used it only a few times.
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Return on Investment

  • Without knowing the limits of the software, projects tended to go out of scope easily, especially since the client would expect functionality that simply wasn't available.
  • The custom modules made it very simple to create something reusable. So, when we found a feature that clients liked, we could replicate it very easily.
  • Backups and migration are very simple within the Accrisoft platform. Sites could be moved from one location to another in under a minute.
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  • We have distributed content maintenance duties to other areas of the campus thus freeing up resources. With a userbase of primarily infrequent activity and lack of general technical competence the support needs are also high but we still come out ahead.
  • All development must be done in-house as opposed to a solution like wordpress with many plugins available. This has required us to spent much more time creating a solution to a problem that is easily already solved by a plugin in Wordpress.
  • Because of user frustration and extended development needs our reputation has suffered.
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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

Cascade Server

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
Additional Pricing Details