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Freedom CMS

10 Ratings
Score 3.4 out of 101

Episerver Web Content Management

19 Ratings
Score 8.2 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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Episerver Web Content Management

Key Questions To Ask:
  • What is your current technology stack and/or what technology is your in-house developers able to support?
  • What is your current budget for (1) Software (2) Annual Software Subscription (3) Implementation Services?
  • What are the top 3 business challenges you are expecting to resolve with this purchase?
  • How many CMS authors will need to have access to the system?
  • What role will digital marketing play in your decision making process?
  • What role will eCommerce play in your decision making process?
  • What business requirements do you have that will not be met by out-of-the-box features of the platform?
  • Does your site need to support translations (now or in the future)?
  • Where will the site be hosted (IE: On your servers, the cloud, etc)?
  • What is your timeline for implementation?
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Freedom CMS
8.9
Episerver Web Content Management
8.5
Role-based user permissions
Freedom CMS
8.9
Episerver Web Content Management
8.5

Web Content Creation

Freedom CMS
7.6
Episerver Web Content Management
7.2
WYSIWYG editor
Freedom CMS
7.7
Episerver Web Content Management
6.5
Code quality / cleanliness
Freedom CMS
8.6
Episerver Web Content Management
8.0
Admin section
Freedom CMS
8.0
Episerver Web Content Management
7.0
Page templates
Freedom CMS
8.3
Episerver Web Content Management
8.5
Library of website themes
Freedom CMS
4.3
Episerver Web Content Management
7.0
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Freedom CMS
7.2
Episerver Web Content Management
7.5
Publishing workflow
Freedom CMS
8.8
Episerver Web Content Management
6.0
Form generator
Freedom CMS
7.8
Episerver Web Content Management
7.5

Web Content Management

Freedom CMS
7.8
Episerver Web Content Management
6.9
Content taxonomy
Freedom CMS
8.3
Episerver Web Content Management
7.5
SEO support
Freedom CMS
7.8
Episerver Web Content Management
7.5
Bulk management
Freedom CMS
7.4
Episerver Web Content Management
6.5
Availability / breadth of extensions
Freedom CMS
7.7
Episerver Web Content Management
5.5
Community / comment management
Freedom CMS
8.0
Episerver Web Content Management
7.5

Platform & Infrastructure

Freedom CMS
Episerver Web Content Management
8.2
API
Freedom CMS
Episerver Web Content Management
8.0
Internationalization / multi-language
Freedom CMS
Episerver Web Content Management
8.4

Pros

  • Users and Access. Freedom has a great system setup to create unlimited users for the back office & full control over access. Do you want someone to only be able to access News, Events & Web Pages? - No problem. Do you want someone to be able to access everything except the Billing Module - No problem.Do you want someone to be able to access/edit ONLY the "Volunteer" category of Web Pages - Great! No Problem.
  • Custom Modules. Freedom has a great amount of pre-built modules that do a lot of great things. Custom Modules, however, takes that to the next level. Anything you can dream of for your client's needs, can be created as a custom module. You, as the developer, have full control over what fields should be created for a custom module, what types of fields are they (text, radio buttons, WYSIWYG editor, image, etc), and how those field values are used in a lister of ALL items added to that Custom Module & how they are used in a detailed view of one specific item in that Custom Module.
  • Hosting & Security. All Freedom sites include the licensing & hosting with easy to update Domain module for us developers to change the virtual host domain at any time.
  • Features and Usability. All of the modules offered (including custom) & the whole interface of the CMS as a whole is hands down one of the easiest to use & intuitive CMS's that I have come across. Our clients (and us) love it.
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  • Ease of use for content editors
  • Speed to market (easier to implement than many other alternative platforms)
  • Decent extensibility
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Cons

  • Creating layouts could be simpler. For example, if you have a sidebar on different interior pages, it isn't very intuitive to have something different on each one. Having the ability to control what is in different regions of pages would be beneficial.
  • The Commerce modules aren't quite there yet. We have had issues with reliability and if it's not built in by default, you can't use it.
  • Documentation could be better organized. There has been a lot of mixed articles from past features that no longer exist, and for some things there just isn't any documentation at all. I have had to create complex layouts that had I known a shortcode existed, it would have made my life much easier.
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  • I found that the upload feature was rather tedious. I was responsible for uploading around 500 pictures, by myself. There were ways to upload more than one photo at a time, but in our case we needed to categorize photos in different areas, and so that became tedious. Uploading photos in groups at a time, rather than all at once.
  • I think the user interface could stand to have a friendlier design. More communication within the CMS itself, directed back to the user. Similar to WordPress.
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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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Episerver Web Content Management8.8
Based on 7 answers
My familiarity with the product is the primary reason for my decision. As well, EpiServer can only improve over time. I think the few issues that I had with it can be addressed over time. From my perspective, one can already build pages within EpiServer just as fast as you can within WordPress. There are always ways to further perfect that part of EpiServer's efficiency, and if that happens, EpiServer can shine even more.
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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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Ultimately it depends on needs. Price point for Episerver can be similar to Sitecore and is definitely less than Adobe. I think Episerver is strong because the product isn't looking to replace powerful systems (email, etc.) which is why their add-ons are so successful. Sitecore and Adobe are aiming to be full suites and are trying to play in different areas - and sometimes they are spreading themselves too thin so certain parts of their products aren't as good as they could be with a little more TLC.
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Return on Investment

  • Without knowing the limits of the software, projects tended to go out of scope easily, especially since the client would expect functionality that simply wasn't available.
  • The custom modules made it very simple to create something reusable. So, when we found a feature that clients liked, we could replicate it very easily.
  • Backups and migration are very simple within the Accrisoft platform. Sites could be moved from one location to another in under a minute.
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  • Clients pay us to implement it, so our ROI certainly benefits!
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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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Episerver Web Content Management

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
Additional Pricing Details

Episerver Web Content Management More Information