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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
7.5
Role-based user permissions
Freedom CMS
8.9
Episerver Web Content Management
7.5

Web Content Creation

Freedom CMS
7.6
Episerver Web Content Management
7.0
WYSIWYG editor
Freedom CMS
7.7
Episerver Web Content Management
6.5
Code quality / cleanliness
Freedom CMS
8.6
Episerver Web Content Management
6.8
Admin section
Freedom CMS
8.0
Episerver Web Content Management
7.0
Page templates
Freedom CMS
8.3
Episerver Web Content Management
7.1
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
7.7
Publishing workflow
Freedom CMS
8.8
Episerver Web Content Management
6.4
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
6.9
Bulk management
Freedom CMS
7.4
Episerver Web Content Management
6.3
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
7.9
API
Freedom CMS
Episerver Web Content Management
8.0
Internationalization / multi-language
Freedom CMS
Episerver Web Content Management
7.9

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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  • The content management framework has been built very nicely and it completely stands up to the promise that it makes of being the best in the market. Not that I've tried all of the other products, but choices ruin decision making and I'm sticking to this one.
  • They are constantly working towards bettering themselves and that's the promise I need from my content management platform company. Reiterate and improvise.
  • APIs are one of my greatest accomplishments that this product has as they are extensively available and are very developer friendly.
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Cons

  • 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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  • Deployment (when using a test environment)
  • Reporting
  • CMO across external sites
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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
It works great and we have already made significant financial investment in it, so we are planning to keep on using it.
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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

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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I'm currently using Kentico CMS and by comparison, EpiServer is much better product.
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Return on Investment

  • Better Customer Service. Everything in Freedom is standardized & easy for our clients to use. It's also easy for our support team to handle any support tickets because there's not a thousand different plugins for one thing, e.g. 1000 different form plugins, there is just ONE forms module that is identical to all of our clients.
  • Increased Employee Efficiency. All of our development team is unified within Accrisoft Freedom. Any one of us can jump into another's project at any time and know how it's built and how to update or edit anything. Even with custom modules that one developer might not have known another created. Freedom is very intuitive and for example, to continue with custom modules point, all custom modules are built using the same process, so it's easy for developers to edit and know exactly how it's working in minutes - even if they haven't seen it before.
  • High Client Retention Rate. We have only lost a handful of clients throughout the many years we've been using Freedom CMS with our clients. And the majority of those that we did lose, were for reasons not related to the website - or beyond their control - e.g. a parent company insisting to use the parent company's CMS solution, even though our direct clients/contacts wanted to stay with us and told us later that they wished they could go back to Freedom because of how much easier and better it was.
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  • Create and post web pages faster
  • Provided better functionalities for Search Engine Optimization
  • Due to increase efficiency, less time is spend on managing web pages
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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