What users are saying about

Freedom CMS

10 Ratings

CommonSpot

4 Ratings

Freedom CMS

10 Ratings
Score 3.4 out of 101

CommonSpot

4 Ratings
Score 7 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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CommonSpot

Commonspot is well suited for web content management to be conducted by individuals with low-level web skills.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Freedom CMS
8.9
CommonSpot
7.0
Role-based user permissions
Freedom CMS
8.9
CommonSpot
7.0

Web Content Creation

Freedom CMS
7.6
CommonSpot
6.3
WYSIWYG editor
Freedom CMS
7.7
CommonSpot
Code quality / cleanliness
Freedom CMS
8.6
CommonSpot
6.0
Admin section
Freedom CMS
8.0
CommonSpot
6.5
Page templates
Freedom CMS
8.3
CommonSpot
7.0
Library of website themes
Freedom CMS
4.3
CommonSpot
7.0
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Freedom CMS
7.2
CommonSpot
Publishing workflow
Freedom CMS
8.8
CommonSpot
7.0
Form generator
Freedom CMS
7.8
CommonSpot
4.0

Web Content Management

Freedom CMS
7.8
CommonSpot
7.7
Content taxonomy
Freedom CMS
8.3
CommonSpot
7.5
SEO support
Freedom CMS
7.8
CommonSpot
7.0
Bulk management
Freedom CMS
7.4
CommonSpot
8.0
Availability / breadth of extensions
Freedom CMS
7.7
CommonSpot
7.0
Community / comment management
Freedom CMS
8.0
CommonSpot
9.0

Pros

  • 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.
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  • CommonSpot allows any person with basic web abilities to edit and maintain sites.
  • CommonSpot allows anyone with basic web abilities to focus on content management and to not be consumed with the complexities of HTML .
  • My organization's marketers are able to optimize digital content and email campaigns across all web channels especially social media.
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Cons

  • 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.
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  • Commonspot needs to improve on its authoring feature. It is impossible to author on more than one page at a time . (One must always click on "View work on all changes") before switching between pages otherwise, the changes will not be saved.
  • CommonSpot does not support sharing the definition of any custom element or any template layouts. Therefore, one must recreate these in each site.
  • In Commonspot, a user who has to manage content in multiple sites will have to log in to each site to see and act on any actions.
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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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Usability

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CommonSpot8.0
Based on 1 answer
I had no previous background in content management, and found it very easy to use. If I could figure it out, I am pretty certain that just about anyone else could as well.
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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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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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Commonspot works in tandem with Zendesk very well to accomplish tasks an an efficient manner.
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Return on Investment

  • 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.
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  • Better customer service
  • Improved accountability as it regards tracking the tasks assigned to which employee
  • Improved accountability led to increased employee efficiency
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Pricing Details

Freedom CMS

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

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