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Score 10 out of 100

Concrete CMS

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Score 8.2 out of 100

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Concrete CMS

Concrete5 is perfect for a website that needs to be regularly updated without accessing the code, whether that be because a developer created your site for you, or because you yourself are a developer who wants to keep the time spent on updates down.
In my experience, it's less useful for modern web apps such as PWAs that would benefit more from technologies such as React and Vue.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Freedom CMS
8.9
Concrete CMS
8.8
Role-based user permissions
Freedom CMS
8.9
Concrete CMS
8.8

Web Content Creation

Freedom CMS
7.6
Concrete CMS
8.4
WYSIWYG editor
Freedom CMS
7.7
Concrete CMS
8.0
Code quality / cleanliness
Freedom CMS
8.6
Concrete CMS
8.5
Admin section
Freedom CMS
8.0
Concrete CMS
8.7
Page templates
Freedom CMS
8.3
Concrete CMS
8.3
Library of website themes
Freedom CMS
4.3
Concrete CMS
7.0
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Freedom CMS
7.2
Concrete CMS
8.5
Publishing workflow
Freedom CMS
8.8
Concrete CMS
9.2
Form generator
Freedom CMS
7.8
Concrete CMS
8.7

Web Content Management

Freedom CMS
7.8
Concrete CMS
7.9
Content taxonomy
Freedom CMS
8.3
Concrete CMS
7.1
SEO support
Freedom CMS
7.8
Concrete CMS
8.5
Bulk management
Freedom CMS
7.4
Concrete CMS
7.7
Availability / breadth of extensions
Freedom CMS
7.7
Concrete CMS
7.7
Community / comment management
Freedom CMS
8.0
Concrete CMS
8.7

Platform & Infrastructure

Freedom CMS
Concrete CMS
7.4
API
Freedom CMS
Concrete CMS
7.5
Internationalization / multi-language
Freedom CMS
Concrete CMS
7.3

Pros

Freedom CMS

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Concrete CMS

  • Page rollback and backup functions are great features for clients.
  • Easy extendability with package system.
  • Fast setup on both local and remote web hosting servers, either via "one button" installs or manually.
  • From a designers point of view, Concrete5 is very easy to re-theme with your own custom web design. Any web designer with a basic understanding of HTML and CSS can re-theme a website.
  • End users can update their pages using built in forms. It's as easy as using MS Word.
Ngo Thien | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Freedom CMS

  • 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.
Chris Theisen | TrustRadius Reviewer

Concrete CMS

  • The file sorting system can be clunky at times. It can be difficult to find the correct file when you are searching for files you have previously uploaded.
  • Sometimes the page will crash in the middle of editing, and there isn't an autosave feature to backup your work.
  • Without proper training on how to use Concrete5, you can easily get lost or overwhelmed. It's not exactly intuitive right away.
Dave Becker | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Freedom CMS

Freedom CMS 1.0
Based on 1 answer
We switched to WordPress; it was out of my control.
Mark A. Buckawicki | TrustRadius Reviewer

Concrete CMS

Concrete CMS 8.0
Based on 22 answers
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.
John Smart | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Freedom CMS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Concrete CMS

Concrete CMS 9.0
Based on 12 answers
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.
David Zizza | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Freedom CMS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Concrete CMS

Concrete CMS 10.0
Based on 2 answers
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.
David Zizza | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Freedom CMS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Concrete CMS

Concrete CMS 9.0
Based on 2 answers
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!
John Smart | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Freedom CMS

Freedom CMS 8.2
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Concrete CMS

Concrete CMS 10.0
Based on 6 answers
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.
Kevin Call | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Freedom CMS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Concrete CMS

Concrete CMS 9.8
Based on 12 answers
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.
Nathanael Girard | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Freedom CMS

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Concrete CMS

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Freedom CMS

  • 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.
Chris Theisen | TrustRadius Reviewer

Concrete CMS

  • Clients rarely require support with simple tasks such as updating pages allowing our developers to focus on higher value projects.
  • Cost reduction due to increased employee efficiency
  • Increased customer satisfaction as clients are able to have more control over their websites.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Freedom CMS

General

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

Concrete CMS

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Freedom CMS
8.2
Concrete CMS
8.3

Likelihood to Renew

Freedom CMS
1.0
Concrete CMS
8.0

Usability

Freedom CMS
Concrete CMS
9.0

Reliability and Availability

Freedom CMS
Concrete CMS
10.0

Performance

Freedom CMS
Concrete CMS
9.0

Support Rating

Freedom CMS
8.2
Concrete CMS
10.0

Implementation Rating

Freedom CMS
Concrete CMS
9.8

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