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Score 3.7 out of 100
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Score 3 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

Ektron (Discontinued)

From what I have heard, Ektron is great for security (forms).I would still recommend looking at any other CMS over Ektron. It is by far the worst I have ever used and, unfortunately, continue to use. If you have a large team of well-trained content editors, each in charge of small portions of a website, I could see Ektron being useful. If you are a small business or don't have unlimited funds to waste on a poorly made product, use Wordpress, Drupal, or Concrete. If you would like something that works well and comes with few 'undocumented features,' use the aforementioned as well.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Freedom CMS
8.9
Ektron (Discontinued)
8.5
Role-based user permissions
Freedom CMS
8.9
Ektron (Discontinued)
8.5

Web Content Creation

Freedom CMS
7.6
Ektron (Discontinued)
5.3
WYSIWYG editor
Freedom CMS
7.7
Ektron (Discontinued)
5.9
Code quality / cleanliness
Freedom CMS
8.6
Ektron (Discontinued)
5.6
Admin section
Freedom CMS
8.0
Ektron (Discontinued)
5.3
Page templates
Freedom CMS
8.3
Ektron (Discontinued)
4.6
Library of website themes
Freedom CMS
4.3
Ektron (Discontinued)
3.9
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Freedom CMS
7.2
Ektron (Discontinued)
3.8
Publishing workflow
Freedom CMS
8.8
Ektron (Discontinued)
6.3
Form generator
Freedom CMS
7.8
Ektron (Discontinued)
6.8

Web Content Management

Freedom CMS
7.8
Ektron (Discontinued)
5.6
Content taxonomy
Freedom CMS
8.3
Ektron (Discontinued)
5.8
SEO support
Freedom CMS
7.8
Ektron (Discontinued)
5.3
Bulk management
Freedom CMS
7.4
Ektron (Discontinued)
5.0
Availability / breadth of extensions
Freedom CMS
7.7
Ektron (Discontinued)
5.6
Community / comment management
Freedom CMS
8.0
Ektron (Discontinued)
6.0

Platform & Infrastructure

Freedom CMS
Ektron (Discontinued)
5.7
API
Freedom CMS
Ektron (Discontinued)
5.6
Internationalization / multi-language
Freedom CMS
Ektron (Discontinued)
5.8

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

Ektron (Discontinued)

  • Ektron CMS is reliable and performs well. Outages are extremely rare, and the site is fast.
  • The Ektron CMS content editor is easy to use, and updates can be made by non-technical people. The Ektron site synchronization process allows us to automatically publish updates every 30 minutes. This is very important to the resort's marketing efforts during the busy ski season.
  • This is straight from the marketing department: 'Ektron CMS is user friendly for non-technical people, and it allows us to be more effective in our marketing efforts.
Joy Kilmer | 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

Ektron (Discontinued)

  • The evolution of the product has focused on architecture and functionality that is of value in large distributed installations, but less so for smaller 1 or 2 server implementations.
  • Development of the back end authoring and administrative interface has lagged. It has received a cosmetic face lift over the years, but has received little attention in regards to ease-of-use and usability. To some degree, it has poor discoverability with many idiosyncratic UI conventions.
  • Our authors complain about learning and retaining the knowledge for using the authoring interface. In Ektron's usage model, it is a skilled role. We would prefer the authoring be more intuitive. I don't feel Ektron necessarily lags behind the competition in this area, but there is lots of room for improvement and differentiation here if they chose to make this a priority.
John Shea | 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

Ektron (Discontinued)

Ektron (Discontinued) 8.0
Based on 21 answers
Since I work on the implementation side of things, and do not directly own licensing for Ektron CMS, I have to base this rating off of how I think it will be received or presented to customers looking to start a new site deployment. I try to remain CMS agnostic, though my specialty is with the .NET and Microsoft stack. Because of the experience I have working with Ektron, I tend to be more forgiving with the shortcomings as I am familiar with how to work around them or past them from experience. Being familiar with the community available also helps, as you become familiar with the best approaches to find solutions to your issues. Each product has it's ups and downs and all of them are only going to be as good as the company or development team implementing them can make them. This is EXTREMELY important to remember when choosing a CMS, as it can make or break your expensive investment.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Freedom CMS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Ektron (Discontinued)

Ektron (Discontinued) 6.2
Based on 4 answers
As both a manager of CMS content as well as a designer, I find the CMS to be intuitive and easy to understand. (They also have great documentation and customer support if you need it.)

Between the platform's functionality and Ektron's technical support, I use the CMS with confidence on a daily basis.
Jenn Murray | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Freedom CMS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Ektron (Discontinued)

Ektron (Discontinued) 9.2
Based on 4 answers
Unplanned outages or errors are fairly rare in our instance. And when there are issues, they're usually fixed fairly quickly
Anonymous | 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

Ektron (Discontinued)

Ektron (Discontinued) 8.0
Based on 2 answers
Working with Ektron Support has always been a pleasure. They are quick to respond, extremely knowledgeable, and truly care about resolving your issue. I have never once been disappointed with their response.
Jenn Murray | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Freedom CMS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Ektron (Discontinued)

Ektron (Discontinued) 7.5
Based on 2 answers
Ektron is one of the best solution for .Net platform. Over the years have improved the performance issues that the previous versions had. My only complain is right now you can't do Page builder pages if you choose to have a MVC architecture
Anonymous | 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

Ektron (Discontinued)

Ektron is part of our stable of products and depending on the organization we are serving could be recommended. The price point is higher and so tends towards the enterprise in terms of purchasers. Additionally, it fits better in less IT heavy environments than Sitecore. It's more robust than Sitefinity or Umbraco, but Sitefinity has an edge with pricing. EpiServer is a strong contender to Ektron with compelling features and authoring experience and more competitive pricing.
Patrick Poer | 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

Ektron (Discontinued)

  • Increased Efficiency - Authors can easily create content, submit it via workflow for approval and schedule move to production without having to rely on IT staff/schedule.
  • Time to Market - With the use of PageBuilder, Ektron has allowed customers to create custom landing pages/micro-sites with ease to (1) quickly respond to marketing/communication initiatives (2) use internal resources to save money versus having to request additional services from an outside partner.
Jonathan Graham | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Freedom CMS

General

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

Ektron (Discontinued)

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Freedom CMS
8.2
Ektron (Discontinued)
4.4

Likelihood to Renew

Freedom CMS
1.0
Ektron (Discontinued)
8.0

Usability

Freedom CMS
Ektron (Discontinued)
6.2

Reliability and Availability

Freedom CMS
Ektron (Discontinued)
9.2

Support Rating

Freedom CMS
8.2
Ektron (Discontinued)
8.0

Online Training

Freedom CMS
Ektron (Discontinued)
7.5

Implementation Rating

Freedom CMS
Ektron (Discontinued)
8.0

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