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Freedom CMS

10 Ratings

Freedom CMS

10 Ratings
Score 3.4 out of 101

ExpressionEngine

77 Ratings
Score 7.6 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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ExpressionEngine

It really depends on the scope and scale of the project in question, and not to mention its budget. As a creative services firm we analyze a projects informational needs and determine which solutions are best. We highly recommend ExpressionEngine for projects that have complex IT requirements and large budgets for both initial development and ongoing support.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Freedom CMS
8.9
ExpressionEngine
8.5
Role-based user permissions
Freedom CMS
8.9
ExpressionEngine
8.5

Web Content Creation

Freedom CMS
7.6
ExpressionEngine
8.6
WYSIWYG editor
Freedom CMS
7.7
ExpressionEngine
9.9
Code quality / cleanliness
Freedom CMS
8.6
ExpressionEngine
8.9
Admin section
Freedom CMS
8.0
ExpressionEngine
8.5
Page templates
Freedom CMS
8.3
ExpressionEngine
8.5
Library of website themes
Freedom CMS
4.3
ExpressionEngine
5.0
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Freedom CMS
7.2
ExpressionEngine
9.9
Publishing workflow
Freedom CMS
8.8
ExpressionEngine
8.0
Form generator
Freedom CMS
7.8
ExpressionEngine
9.9

Web Content Management

Freedom CMS
7.8
ExpressionEngine
8.5
Content taxonomy
Freedom CMS
8.3
ExpressionEngine
5.1
SEO support
Freedom CMS
7.8
ExpressionEngine
9.4
Bulk management
Freedom CMS
7.4
ExpressionEngine
9.9
Availability / breadth of extensions
Freedom CMS
7.7
ExpressionEngine
8.5
Community / comment management
Freedom CMS
8.0
ExpressionEngine
9.9

Platform & Infrastructure

Freedom CMS
ExpressionEngine
7.9
API
Freedom CMS
ExpressionEngine
7.3
Internationalization / multi-language
Freedom CMS
ExpressionEngine
8.5

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 number one thing that I think ExpressEngine allows for is its flexibility. I always tell people there isn't anything that it can't do and that proved true in this case as well. For instance, we needed a few levels of membership for providing access to different areas of the website and ExpressEngine handled this without issue. In addition, some of the library resources are accessible based on that membership group.
  • One of the things that I love about ExpressEngine is that it doesn't come with any expectations about your website look/feel/code. We created the layout and coded our pages, then plugged in the necessary tags.
  • ExpressEngine is a very secure system out of the box, and there are numerous tips and guides to help you further secure the back-end. That was an important feature for us.
  • The ExpressEngine community is probably one of the greatest strengths. There are so many great people involved who are willing to lend a quick hand or provide some advice to help out.
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Cons

  • 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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  • Can be too cumbersome for smaller projects, takes time to pair down the built in functionality so our clients have to sift through unused features
  • Large queries take significant processing power, recommended use of a cache module to store this data and speed up page load
  • Backend can be overwhelming for clients, lots of things to manage in the control panel
  • No way to repeat custom page fields or groups of fields, meaning page layout must be pretty established and not customizable from the control panel
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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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ExpressionEngine9.2
Based on 36 answers
ExpressionEngine provides us with the flexibility we want and need in regards to development for our customers and their project requirements. This along with top support and a growing community of fellow developers, ExpressionEngine feels more like a close knit family of developers at times rather than a corporal product. The more we use the product, the more we get help from fellow designers and developers, the more WE feel like giving back to the ExpressionEngine community
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Usability

No score
No answers yet
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ExpressionEngine5.3
Based on 6 answers
I'm not sure how to answer this since I'm coming from the perspective of a programmer, and not a content editor. The content team complained about how cumbersome it was to have to upload images one at a time instead of being able to upload multiple images into a blog at once.
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Reliability and Availability

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
ExpressionEngine10.0
Based on 1 answer
Never experienced an issue like this with it
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Performance

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
ExpressionEngine2.8
Based on 2 answers
The admin section would slow to a crawl the larger the tag section grew. There were many areas where better pagination would've helped improve performance. Nothing complicated, which made the lag so frustrating
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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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ExpressionEngine6.2
Based on 4 answers
Not sure what is meant by support. I mainly searched for documentation to attempt to sort any issues out. Mainly trying to figure out how the hell the plug ins and caching worked. I was able to find most things I needed because they were so surface. Other things were more difficult
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Implementation

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
ExpressionEngine6.9
Based on 3 answers
Ask the implementing company for references and talk to those references about their experience.
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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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ExpressionEngine vs. WordPress - This is a no brainer. ExpressionEngine provides way more control over page fields and a better way to manage URLs and website taxonomy.ExpressionEngine vs. Craft - Craft is very comparable to ExpressionEngine. It is newer, so the variety of modules and support channels are fewer. Craft has a cleaner admin screen, and allows for reusable blocks of fields/code. Craft is built by the creators of many popular ExpressionEngine modules, so it builds upon the ExpressionEngine experience by addressing some of the features that were left out.ExpressionEngine vs. Statamic - Statamic is a flat file CMS, which means you can use version control on your content! This new CMS is preferable for really small sites, it has less robust user management tools and doesn't allow content to be integrated to the same effect.
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Scalability

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
ExpressionEngine1.0
Based on 1 answer
Maybe it's scale-able from the content user perspective, but it was very limited from the programmers perspective. So many custom hacks were necessary that it reached a point it would be impossible to upgrade to a newer version
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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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  • We have seen increased efficiency building sites on ExpressionEngine
  • Customer satisfaction is high
  • Security track record has been outstanding
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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

ExpressionEngine

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