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Score 9.1 out of 100
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Score 8.9 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • Concrete CMS ranks higher in 1 feature set: Web Content Creation
  • Accrisoft Freedom and Concrete CMS are tied in 2 feature sets: Security, Web Content Management

Security

8.9

Freedom CMS

89%
8.9

Concrete CMS

89%
Accrisoft Freedom ranks higher in 1/1 features

Role-based user permissions

8.9
89%
2 Ratings
8.9
89%
38 Ratings

Web Content Creation

7.6

Freedom CMS

76%
8.4

Concrete CMS

84%
Concrete CMS ranks higher in 7/8 features

WYSIWYG editor

7.7
77%
3 Ratings
8.3
83%
42 Ratings

Code quality / cleanliness

8.6
86%
3 Ratings
9.3
93%
37 Ratings

Admin section

8.0
80%
3 Ratings
9.4
94%
40 Ratings

Page templates

8.3
83%
3 Ratings
9.2
92%
40 Ratings

Library of website themes

4.3
43%
2 Ratings
6.1
61%
38 Ratings

Mobile optimization / responsive design

7.2
72%
2 Ratings
9.0
90%
39 Ratings

Publishing workflow

8.8
88%
2 Ratings
8.8
88%
37 Ratings

Form generator

7.8
78%
3 Ratings
7.2
72%
39 Ratings

Web Content Management

7.8

Freedom CMS

78%
7.8

Concrete CMS

78%
Accrisoft Freedom ranks higher in 4/5 features

Content taxonomy

8.3
83%
3 Ratings
7.7
77%
39 Ratings

SEO support

7.8
78%
3 Ratings
8.8
88%
39 Ratings

Bulk management

7.4
74%
2 Ratings
7.3
73%
39 Ratings

Availability / breadth of extensions

7.7
77%
2 Ratings
7.3
73%
39 Ratings

Community / comment management

8.0
80%
2 Ratings
7.8
78%
39 Ratings

Platform & Infrastructure

Freedom CMS

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
8.5

Concrete CMS

85%
Concrete CMS ranks higher in 2/2 features

API

N/A
0 Ratings
8.6
86%
31 Ratings

Internationalization / multi-language

N/A
0 Ratings
8.5
85%
30 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Concrete CMS is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew, Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

8.2

Freedom CMS

82%
4 Ratings
8.9

Concrete CMS

89%
59 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

1.0

Freedom CMS

10%
1 Rating
8.0

Concrete CMS

80%
22 Ratings

Usability

Freedom CMS

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

Concrete CMS

90%
12 Ratings

Availability

Freedom CMS

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

Concrete CMS

100%
2 Ratings

Performance

Freedom CMS

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

Concrete CMS

90%
2 Ratings

Support Rating

8.2

Freedom CMS

82%
2 Ratings
10.0

Concrete CMS

100%
6 Ratings

Implementation Rating

Freedom CMS

N/A
0 Ratings
9.8

Concrete CMS

98%
12 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Accrisoft

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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Portland Labs

Suitable if you are part of small to large scale companies or web-houses which have PHP developers and frontend engineers with some budgets. [Also suitable if] you or your client want to build a website that requires some features or uniqueness [and needs] some customization and freedom. Additionally suitable if you want this project to be DevOps based project or if the project requires very tight security and is inside of a closed network.
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Pros

Accrisoft

  • 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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Portland Labs

  • As a dev, the Page object (coupled with page attributes, nav menus and page lists) makes structuring a website or web app a dream. The separation of page templates from page types also helps, the former being about layout while the latter is more conceptual.
  • As an admin, you pretty much have as much control as the developers of the site decide to give you.
  • The versioning system allows admins to roll changes back and work on changes before publishing them.
  • The permissions system is exceptionally powerful, allowing roles and/or individual users to be included or excluded from each permission.
  • The attributes system allows pages, files and users to be given custom properties of various types (e.g. text, image, colour).
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Cons

Accrisoft

  • 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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Portland Labs

  • Allow end users to clear cache when updating pages.
  • Needs a few more built in forms.
  • The CMS is not multilingual by default. Even though I managed to 'hack' it so, it would be nice to have it included.
  • It'd be nice to make use of custom PHP modules through shortcodes more straight forward. It seems the hooks are a bit contrived.
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Pricing Details

Freedom CMS

Starting Price

$100 per month

Editions & Modules

Freedom CMS editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Concrete CMS

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Concrete CMS editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Likelihood to Renew

      Accrisoft

      We switched to WordPress; it was out of my control.
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      Portland Labs

      Its a very solid, very consistent package that never lets you down or leaves you frustrated. It gets a 10/10 because its so much better than anything else currently available. It also gets a 10/10 because, even if not compared to others, it does not leave you wanting for features or functionality. It is an excellent piece of software that will answer almost every CMS need.
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      Usability

      Accrisoft

      No answers on this topic

      Portland Labs

      I have used it on over 30 projects in the past 3 years and it's still a pleasure to work in. Doesn't always have all the answers, no CMS does, but I still find it very easy to use from prototyping to working to final project. Also there is no problem working on a localhost then moving to a live site, like there is with WordPress. It's my go to app in my CMS quiver.
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      Reliability and Availability

      Accrisoft

      No answers on this topic

      Portland Labs

      Since it's not tied to a central server (other than for authorizing updates and assigning licenses to specific sites), it's available pretty much 100% of the time.
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      Performance

      Accrisoft

      No answers on this topic

      Portland Labs

      The site works extremely well, the front end flies, searches and form submissions are very fast indeed. The reason its a 9 not a ten? the back end can be a little slow at times, and this is unfair, because for the backend to be so amazing, it has to do a huge amount of work!
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      Support Rating

      Accrisoft

      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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      Portland Labs

      Concrete5 is open-source and has an incredibly strong, polite, and supportive community. You can get an answer to nearly anything you want to do with Concrete5 by googling for it, searching the Concrete5 discussion forums or stack overflow, or posting your question to the forum. Members are very courteous and do not look down on those with less knowledge. And answers are always quick, informative, and supportive.
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      Implementation Rating

      Accrisoft

      No answers on this topic

      Portland Labs

      Build off of an existing theme to speed up the creation of custom designed themed. Bootstrap is a good one but there are many others that are probably much simpler to build from than the Bootstrap one was. Make sure you host on a Unix/Linux server so you don't have to install PHP or MySQL separately. It's just smoother on those platforms.
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      Alternatives Considered

      Accrisoft

      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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      Portland Labs

      WordPress at the time was riddled with security breaches in the news and while Concrete5 was smaller (and therefore a smaller attack vector), after eleven years of use, Concrete5 has only had one published incident with an add-on that resolved within hours and with excellent communication. You can talk to the CEO and the CTO (or the rest of the team). They are very engaged and you're working with a small company of people who care, not a call-center with people just waiting to go home.
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      Return on Investment

      Accrisoft

      • 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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      Portland Labs

      • Concrete5 is the customer-facing side of our business. It's where we host the site that potential customers see before they choose to purchase and create an account with us. We are able to keep that site clean, user-friendly, and with a lot of available options for customers to interact with thanks to Concrete5
      • The ability to have multiple users and admins for the site means that we all members of our team can go in and create new content, fix or troubleshoot issues, and edit the site easily.
      • Our CRM isn't directly integrated with Concrete5, so when customers go to make a purchase with us, they have to leave our Concrete5 site.
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