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Likelihood to Recommend

Freedom CMS

It is much more suited to a user or company who doesn't like to tinker or make wholesale changes to their site. If you just need to make basic updates in text and post articles, blogs then Accrisoft Freedom is a good bet and very secure. If you want to try out different integrations, page layouts, embedding things and generally tinkering with your site then Accrisoft Freedom wouldn't be a wise choice.
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Clickability

Clickability is a great product to create and manage news articles and blog entries, create and manage newsletters and user recipients. The product is very scalable in terms of adding more than one website/publication to publish online and adding more users/editors. The product suite is only useful for big newspaper and media organizations.
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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

  • 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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  • Clickability's API allows us to integrate our newsroom print publishing system with our websites, as well as feeds from other sources.
  • Clickability has a robust content delivery and redundancy architecture which delivers "always-on" content delivery.
  • Clickability's template language allows us the freedom to innovate as we integrate with other systems.
  • Clickability gives us the ability to distinguish device type and deliver different solutions to different devices aka responsive web design.
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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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  • The initial concept of how the pages work with sections can be tricky. Once you get into the system and start creating layouts and pages, it's becomes easier. You have to have some training and a good period for learning.
  • There could be more drag and drop features.
  • Some menus are small and take a while to change the placement (i.e. updating navigation).
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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
Unable to provide feedback on this since no longer work for company.
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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
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
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

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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Many of other content management systems similar to WordPress need custom installation. The server costs and upgrades quickly add up. Clickability while expensive, eliminated the overhead of managing all the dependency needs for a CMS. Clickability also works with its clients to understand the business needs and proposes the solutions accordingly. They have a good support team.
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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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  • Increase in website traffic, SEO
  • Better utilization of dev resources
  • Quick turn around time
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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