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Score 3.7 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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Jadu CMS

Jadu CMS is not currently geared toward the academic side, but more of the business/government types of organizations. Things can be tweaked to suit your needs, but sometimes there are limitations. The programmers are very helpful in assisting with that.
If you have some in house programmers, and you can get developer training, they will be able to program their own custom widgets to use on your website. We did not have programmers but managed to create a few simple widgets.
There's also a marketplace to look for other widgets that you could use on your site.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Freedom CMS
8.9
Jadu CMS
2.0
Role-based user permissions
Freedom CMS
8.9
Jadu CMS
2.0

Web Content Creation

Freedom CMS
7.6
Jadu CMS
3.6
WYSIWYG editor
Freedom CMS
7.7
Jadu CMS
3.0
Code quality / cleanliness
Freedom CMS
8.6
Jadu CMS
1.0
Admin section
Freedom CMS
8.0
Jadu CMS
2.0
Page templates
Freedom CMS
8.3
Jadu CMS
8.0
Library of website themes
Freedom CMS
4.3
Jadu CMS
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Freedom CMS
7.2
Jadu CMS
7.0
Publishing workflow
Freedom CMS
8.8
Jadu CMS
1.0
Form generator
Freedom CMS
7.8
Jadu CMS
3.0

Web Content Management

Freedom CMS
7.8
Jadu CMS
1.0
Content taxonomy
Freedom CMS
8.3
Jadu CMS
1.0
SEO support
Freedom CMS
7.8
Jadu CMS
1.0
Bulk management
Freedom CMS
7.4
Jadu CMS
1.0
Availability / breadth of extensions
Freedom CMS
7.7
Jadu CMS
1.0
Community / comment management
Freedom CMS
8.0
Jadu CMS
1.0

Platform & Infrastructure

Freedom CMS
Jadu CMS
6.0
API
Freedom CMS
Jadu CMS
3.0
Internationalization / multi-language
Freedom CMS
Jadu CMS
9.0

Pros

Freedom CMS

  • The new all in one image editor is nice. You can upload images and then handle all of the editing needs within Freedom or through their connection with Pixlr. It makes it much more streamlined than managing outside of a CMS.
  • Freedom is set up so you don't have too much access to the backend, which for a majority of users is a good thing. Whereas you can break a lot of things within Wordpress or other open source tools, Freedom ensures your site keeps working because you can't fool with it too much.
  • The ability to change the colors and branding on a page based on the page settings is nice. For companies with sub-brands within an umbrella it helps carry the branding through better than a site that only offers a static header section for each page in the site.
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Jadu CMS

  • The interface to edit content is simple and resembles word processing programs with its editing abilities.
  • If you do not have a separate form creation program/application, Jadu has its own form module.
  • Jadu gives the ability for users to sign in on your webpage and have different options for logged in users.
  • Even if you haven't used the system in a long time, it's easy to get reacquainted with the user interface.
  • The Jadu team we worked with kept constant communication with us throughout the different stages of switching to a new CMS.
  • Jadu has a great support website that will allow you to search problems, submit your own, and receive responses from the support team.
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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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Jadu CMS

  • Sometimes when copying/pasting content, there hidden HTML elements that don't show up on the WYSIWYG when an editor makes the changes, and it requires the administrators to go back in and edit the HTML to get it to look the same.
  • If users are allowed to add pictures to the system, they're also allowed to delete photos. There's no middle ground on that.
  • Since Jadu is not geared toward educational use, Jadu has a great potential for the future.
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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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Jadu CMS

Jadu CMS 9.5
Based on 2 answers
I decided not to give it a 10 because I don't know what else is out there in terms of CMS products, and there's a bias when you've only been exposed to one product. At my current job, I used Jadu sparingly but it's easy to get reacquainted with the software and the look and feel of the CMS
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Usability

Freedom CMS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Jadu CMS

Jadu CMS 10.0
Based on 1 answer
For the common user, Jadu is very easy to use and to understand. For the more complex user/administrator, there's a lot of power to be harnessed in HTML editing, creating widgets, editing styles, creating workflows, and other advanced features Jadu can work up for the customer.
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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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Jadu CMS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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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Jadu CMS

Compared to WordPress, Jadu provides excellent rights and access management. It can be fined tuned at any level to get the options right to just what you are looking for. It is not quite as user friendly or able to be updated as WordPress but may be better for larger organizations or implementations.
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Return on Investment

Freedom CMS

  • 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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Jadu CMS

  • Increased employee efficiency
  • Able to empower content providers
  • Ability to access and develop in the cloud
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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

Jadu CMS

General

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

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