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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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Clickability

As a true content management system it is great for site and content creation. It does need some help when it comes to adding functionality for using modern code systems that require server side scripting. For a marketing or public company site, it is an ideal CMS. For a SAAS type site, there could be many road blocks.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Freedom CMS
8.9
Clickability
9.0
Role-based user permissions
Freedom CMS
8.9
Clickability
9.0

Web Content Creation

Freedom CMS
7.6
Clickability
7.7
WYSIWYG editor
Freedom CMS
7.7
Clickability
8.0
Code quality / cleanliness
Freedom CMS
8.6
Clickability
9.0
Admin section
Freedom CMS
8.0
Clickability
9.0
Page templates
Freedom CMS
8.3
Clickability
9.9
Library of website themes
Freedom CMS
4.3
Clickability
1.0
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Freedom CMS
7.2
Clickability
9.0
Publishing workflow
Freedom CMS
8.8
Clickability
8.0
Form generator
Freedom CMS
7.8
Clickability

Web Content Management

Freedom CMS
7.8
Clickability
7.4
Content taxonomy
Freedom CMS
8.3
Clickability
9.0
SEO support
Freedom CMS
7.8
Clickability
9.0
Bulk management
Freedom CMS
7.4
Clickability
8.0
Availability / breadth of extensions
Freedom CMS
7.7
Clickability
7.0
Community / comment management
Freedom CMS
8.0
Clickability
4.0

Platform & Infrastructure

Freedom CMS
Clickability
8.0
API
Freedom CMS
Clickability
8.0
Internationalization / multi-language
Freedom CMS
Clickability
8.0

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 customization from page to page is the best I've seen in a CMS. Each page could have its own template and content rendering if necessary
  • The UI is fairly straight forward and easy to use. It can also be customized by user role.
  • The Velocity template creation is easily done through the console. No need to FTP files to a server.
  • The version control of each content item or template is handled through the CMS. No terminal needed.
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Cons

  • Creating layouts could be simpler. For example, if you have a sidebar on different interior pages, it isn't very intuitive to have something different on each one. Having the ability to control what is in different regions of pages would be beneficial.
  • The Commerce modules aren't quite there yet. We have had issues with reliability and if it's not built in by default, you can't use it.
  • Documentation could be better organized. There has been a lot of mixed articles from past features that no longer exist, and for some things there just isn't any documentation at all. I have had to create complex layouts that had I known a shortcode existed, it would have made my life much easier.
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  • It doesn't allow testing to people who do not have passwords. You must create an account to test in staging. I would like to be able to show someone a website in staging without them needing to log in.
  • I would like the process for static websites to be more streamlined. I don't like creating a template then create content for a website that won't be changed by updated content.
  • You have a useful resource pdf. Which I use all the time. I would also like to see more useful tools to help the learning curve for Clickability. Video's, webcasts, or white pages to help with the steep learning curve that Clickability has.
  • Add easy access to social sites for sharing and posting.
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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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Clickability5.5
Based on 6 answers
As mentioned in the last questions we are going to use a competitor brand next year. I think the issues are trying to find and fix problems from the previous programer. The steep learning curve and lack of mobile and social sharing capabilities. Things that I like are the strength of the programing which comes with a trade off. The ease for those who don't know markup to make updates to the website. Clickability isn't the easiest and can be difficult to find the content that you are interested in. We will not be using it next year.
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Usability

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Clickability7.5
Based on 3 answers
Once you learn the system, it's pretty easy. Training is involved and not ever placement list is drag-and-drop.
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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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Clickability7.6
Based on 2 answers
I found that some agents were better then others, usually you have an account representative and that I would consider level 1 support. To get really complex answers you need to talk with an engineer.
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Implementation

No score
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Clickability7.3
Based on 2 answers
Have a developer on staff to work with them, even if you are not designing your site yourself.
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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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We also use IIS with .NET to host some website functionality, but would not use that to host websites that simply deliver news content, and allow a newsroom to manage its own content. I have not used many other CMS's but others on my team have described them, and I have yet to hear anything that surpasses what Clickability can do for us. One faction in our corporation made a push to start using Wordpress, but was unable to justify any migration efforts.
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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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  • More page views
  • Easier layout replication
  • The system maintains a history that is easy to revert to in case of errors or changes
  • Great staging server
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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

Clickability

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