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Score 3.7 out of 101
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Score 7.5 out of 101

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

Well suited for smaller marketing/comms teams. This is also a good platform for organizations that already have investments in and are successfully using powerful martech tools such as Marketo, etc. Also good for more mid-level clients - I am not sure it is the best platform for more enterprise companies with multiple sites/brands and properties to manage (multiple meaning 5+).
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Freedom CMS
8.9
Episerver Web Content Management
7.1
Role-based user permissions
Freedom CMS
8.9
Episerver Web Content Management
7.1

Web Content Creation

Freedom CMS
7.6
Episerver Web Content Management
6.9
WYSIWYG editor
Freedom CMS
7.7
Episerver Web Content Management
6.5
Code quality / cleanliness
Freedom CMS
8.6
Episerver Web Content Management
6.3
Admin section
Freedom CMS
8.0
Episerver Web Content Management
7.0
Page templates
Freedom CMS
8.3
Episerver Web Content Management
6.5
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
7.8
Publishing workflow
Freedom CMS
8.8
Episerver Web Content Management
6.5
Form generator
Freedom CMS
7.8
Episerver Web Content Management
7.5

Web Content Management

Freedom CMS
7.8
Episerver Web Content Management
6.7
Content taxonomy
Freedom CMS
8.3
Episerver Web Content Management
7.5
SEO support
Freedom CMS
7.8
Episerver Web Content Management
6.7
Bulk management
Freedom CMS
7.4
Episerver Web Content Management
6.2
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
7.8
API
Freedom CMS
Episerver Web Content Management
8.0
Internationalization / multi-language
Freedom CMS
Episerver Web Content Management
7.7

Pros

Freedom CMS

  • 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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Episerver Web Content Management

  • Content management - the drag and drop ability to build/update templates is awesome and the interface is extremely easy to learn/use.
  • Personalization - building user segments is extremely straight forward and allows companies to deliver those tailored experiences users are looking for.
  • Multilingual.
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Cons

Freedom CMS

  • Cost and Licensing. Personally, we've never had a problem with this with our clients - we sell the value and our clients understand the value of using Freedom over other CMS options. We also will only work in Freedom - so our clients don't have an option. However, there is a monthly cost to license the CMS - which also includes the hosting. Yes, there are free options for CMS's out there - however even with those you have to find hosting. Accrisoft has different tiers of server sizes and monthly costs accordingly depending on you or your clients needs.
  • Minimal Themes. Accrisoft only has a small amount of themes available to deploy with your site. They probably have around 10-15, pretty modern and responsive themes that you can use to start a new Freedom installation with, however, if you typically deploy and install themes for your clientele - instead of custom sites, Freedom may not be for you. As you know some other CMS's can have hundreds or thousands of themes. With that said, they allow their solution providers to create themes and use site backups to transfer exact copies of existing sites to another Freedom server. So if you create your own starting templates you can always deploy and start with something - not completely from scratch. I personally don't think this is a problem at all, but am mentioning it for others to know about.
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Episerver Web Content Management

  • Deployment (when using a test environment)
  • Reporting
  • CMO across external sites
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Likelihood to Renew

Freedom CMS

Freedom CMS 1.0
Based on 1 answer
We switched to WordPress; it was out of my control.
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Episerver Web Content Management

Episerver Web Content Management 8.8
Based on 7 answers
As an implementer, Experis continues to recommend/support EPiServer as a viable CMS platform and we do not have a direct renewal scenario with EPiServer ourselves. That said, we do have indirect ability to influence existing customers (as a trusted adviser) on their annual renewal; and, there are no existing clients/scenarios in which we would recommend them leaving the EPiServer platform.
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Support

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.
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Episerver Web Content Management

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No answers yet
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Alternatives Considered

Freedom CMS

Compared to every similar products/CMSs I have used, nothing competes with Freedom CMS. It's far more intuitive, far easier to use as a developer (and as the client), easier to customize and better to maintain and assist our clients. Hands down the best CMS solution I've found for me, my work and our clients.The only 2 in this list I might recommend over Freedom would only be circumstantial: if you are an medium to large e-commerce business (or your client is). ShopSite & Shopify (or Magento, etc) would probably be a better option. Freedom does have some e-commerce included, but I would recommend Freedom for small e-commerce businesses, or businesses where e-commerce is not their main focus, but they'd like to include some on the site.
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Episerver Web Content Management

We primarily deal with ASP.Net CMS Platforms and here is how we decide what is best for the client:
  • EPiServer - Strong CMS, Targeted Content, Commerce - so if the client requires these items, EPiServer is a fairly good selection
  • Ektron - Strong CMS, Taxonomy, and Data / Template synchronization tool - so if the client requires these items, Ektron is a fairly good selection
For smaller content only driven websites we recommend Wordpress as an open source option.
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Return on Investment

Freedom CMS

  • 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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Episerver Web Content Management

  • Increased employee efficiency
  • Better user experience through targeted content
  • Better workflows
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Pricing Details

Freedom CMS

General

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

Episerver Web Content Management

General

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

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