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13 Ratings
360 Ratings
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Score 9.2 out of 100
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Score 7.2 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • Drupal ranks higher in 3 feature sets: Security, Web Content Creation, Web Content Management

Security

8.9

Freedom CMS

89%
9.6

Drupal

96%
Drupal ranks higher in 1/1 features

Role-based user permissions

8.9
89%
2 Ratings
9.6
96%
64 Ratings

Web Content Creation

7.6

Freedom CMS

76%
8.3

Drupal

83%
Drupal ranks higher in 5/8 features

WYSIWYG editor

7.7
77%
3 Ratings
8.5
85%
60 Ratings

Code quality / cleanliness

8.6
86%
3 Ratings
8.6
86%
65 Ratings

Admin section

8.0
80%
3 Ratings
7.6
76%
67 Ratings

Page templates

8.3
83%
3 Ratings
7.8
78%
66 Ratings

Library of website themes

4.3
43%
2 Ratings
8.8
88%
57 Ratings

Mobile optimization / responsive design

7.2
72%
2 Ratings
8.8
88%
62 Ratings

Publishing workflow

8.8
88%
2 Ratings
7.4
74%
66 Ratings

Form generator

7.8
78%
3 Ratings
8.8
88%
62 Ratings

Web Content Management

7.8

Freedom CMS

78%
8.4

Drupal

84%
Drupal ranks higher in 4/5 features

Content taxonomy

8.3
83%
3 Ratings
8.7
87%
62 Ratings

SEO support

7.8
78%
3 Ratings
6.9
69%
61 Ratings

Bulk management

7.4
74%
2 Ratings
8.4
84%
58 Ratings

Availability / breadth of extensions

7.7
77%
2 Ratings
9.0
90%
60 Ratings

Community / comment management

8.0
80%
2 Ratings
8.8
88%
60 Ratings

Platform & Infrastructure

Freedom CMS

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
9.0

Drupal

90%
Drupal ranks higher in 2/2 features

API

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0
90%
57 Ratings

Internationalization / multi-language

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0
90%
52 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Accrisoft Freedom is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Support Rating
  • Drupal is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Renew

Likelihood to Recommend

8.2

Freedom CMS

82%
4 Ratings
8.0

Drupal

80%
76 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

1.0

Freedom CMS

10%
1 Rating
8.2

Drupal

82%
18 Ratings

Usability

Freedom CMS

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

Drupal

100%
9 Ratings

Availability

Freedom CMS

N/A
0 Ratings
9.7

Drupal

97%
6 Ratings

Performance

Freedom CMS

N/A
0 Ratings
8.9

Drupal

89%
4 Ratings

Support Rating

8.2

Freedom CMS

82%
2 Ratings
5.0

Drupal

50%
8 Ratings

In-Person Training

Freedom CMS

N/A
0 Ratings
8.0

Drupal

80%
1 Rating

Online Training

Freedom CMS

N/A
0 Ratings
6.0

Drupal

60%
2 Ratings

Implementation Rating

Freedom CMS

N/A
0 Ratings
5.1

Drupal

51%
8 Ratings

Ease of integration

Freedom CMS

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

Drupal

90%
1 Rating

Product Scalability

Freedom CMS

N/A
0 Ratings
8.0

Drupal

80%
2 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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Drupal.org

Drupal is suitable for design or development professionals looking for a more robust platform than Joomla or WordPress. It has many better features. With a little thought and creativity, Drupal allows you to do many amazing things. The possibility of integration with PHP modules is really the limit for customization. However, Drupal is not suitable for amateurs; someone who wants to make just one website for themselves; or a professional on a tight deadline. The learning curve can be a very big obstacle and is sometimes not worth it.

I have been working for some time and sometimes give up on some projects and choose another tool. It is definitely not a technology for those in a hurry, it is necessary to have time and dedication. The newer versions of Drupal are more friendly and intuitive and allow the construction of many cool things.
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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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Drupal.org

  • Content Types... these are amazing. Whereas a more simplistic CMS like Wordpress will basically allow you to make posts and build pages, Drupal 8 gives you the ability to define different types of content that behave differently, and are served up differently in different areas of the website.
  • Extensibility... it scales, ohhhh does it scale. They've really figured out server-side caching, and it makes all the difference. Once a page has been cached, it's available instantly to all users worldwide; and when coupled with AWS, global redundancy and localization mean that no matter where you're accessing the site, it always loads fast and crisp.
  • Workflows... you have the ability to define very specific roles and/or user-based editorial workflows, allowing for as many touchpoints and reviews between content creation and publication as you'll require.
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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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Drupal.org

  • Drupal's admin side is very powerful and flexible, but it's a little bit harder to wrap one's mind around. If a customer is familiar with using a basic WordPress site, showing them the full Drupal back-end might be overwhelming and confusing at first. Luckily you can easily limit and customize the admin pages that each role sees.
  • Drupal is huge and complex. Doing simple things is generally simple, but more advanced capabilities of Drupal have a higher learning curve (as can be expected). You can build a Drupal site quickly, but don't expect to build your dream site with loads of custom features in a week.
  • Ready-made themes are more sparse than something like WordPress. If you're most interested in simply plugging an existing theme in and using it, you won't find as many professional-looking themes out of the box. There are some, but with Drupal, the best results are usually achieved by finding a good base theme and creating your own child theme based off of it.
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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

    Drupal

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Drupal 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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      Drupal.org

      The time and money invested into this platform were too great to discontinue it at this point. I'm sure it will be in use for a while. We have also spent time training many employees how to use it. All of these things add up to quite an investment in the product. Lastly, it basically fulfills what we need our intranet site to do.
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      Usability

      Accrisoft

      No answers on this topic

      Drupal.org

      It's a great CMS platform and there are a ton of plugins to add some serious functionality, but the security updates are too complex to implement and considering the complexity of the platform, security updates are a must. I don't want my site breached because they make it too difficult to keep it up to date.
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      Reliability and Availability

      Accrisoft

      No answers on this topic

      Drupal.org

      Drupal itself does not tend to have bugs that cause sporadic outages. When deployed on a well-configured LAMP stack, deployment and maintenance problems are minimal, and in general no exotic tuning or configuration is required. For highest uptime, putting a caching proxy like Varnish in front of Drupal (or a CDN that supports dynamic applications).
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      Performance

      Accrisoft

      No answers on this topic

      Drupal.org

      Drupal page loads can be slow, as a great many database calls may be required to generate a page. It is highly recommended to use caching systems, both built-in and external to lessen such database loads and improve performance. I haven't had any problems with behind-the-scenes integrations with external systems.
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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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      Drupal.org

      As noted earlier, the support of the community can be rather variable, with some modules attracting more attraction and action in their issue queues, but overall, the development community for Drupal is second to none. It probably the single greatest aspect of being involved in this open-source project.
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      In-Person Training

      Accrisoft

      No answers on this topic

      Drupal.org

      I was part of the team that conducted the training. Our training was fine, but we could have been better informed on Drupal before we started providing it. If we did not have answers to tough questions, we had more technical staff we could consult with. We did provide hands-on practice time for the learners, which I would always recommend. That is where the best learning occurred.
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      Online Training

      Accrisoft

      No answers on this topic

      Drupal.org

      The on-line training was not as ideal as the face-to-face training. It was done remotely and only allowed for the trainers to present information to the learners and demonstrate the platform online. There was not a good way to allow for the learners to practice, ask questions and have them answered all in the same session.
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      Implementation Rating

      Accrisoft

      No answers on this topic

      Drupal.org

      Plan ahead as much you can. You really need to know how to build what you want with the modules available to you, or that you might need to code yourself, in order to make the best use of Drupal. I recommend you analyze the most technically difficult workflows and other aspects of your implementation, and try building some test versions of those first. Get feedback from stakeholders early and often, because you can easily find yourself in a situation where your implementation does 90% of what you want, but, due to something you didn't plan for, foresee, or know about, there's no feasible way to get past the last 10%
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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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      Drupal.org

      Drupal is community-backed making it more accessible and growing at a faster rate than Sitefinity which is a proprietary product built on .NET. Drupal is PHP-based using some but not all Symphony codebase. Updates for Drupal are frequent and so are feature adds.
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      Scalability

      Accrisoft

      No answers on this topic

      Drupal.org

      Drupal is well known to be scalable, although it requires solid knowledge of MySQL best practices, caching mechanisms, and other server-level best practices. I have never personally dealt with an especially large site, so I can speak well to the issues associated with Drupal scaling.
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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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      Drupal.org

      • Our overall site traffic has grown exponentially since we have moved to it.
      • We have been able to bring a standardized format to all of our resources and communications.
      • Promoting new products is much easier due to the easy to use interface of Drupal, we can get a new product launch page up in record time compared to our old platform.
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