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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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Jahia

Jahia is well suited if at leats one of the situations occure : - Important UX requirements- Integration projects
- Multi-sites, multi-language
- Different sites development by different teams that should fit in one shared instance
- High availability, clustering
- High load, high performance
- Need for a headless CMS
- A/B testing and market automation
- Stable architecture with limited risks of incompatibilities between modules
- Excellent support from the editor in enterprise distribution
There is a free community distribution that can be used as entry level, but as soon as a project becomes critical I'd strongly recommend the enterprise distribution. While subscription costs of the enterprise distribution are relatively low compared to ones of other enterprise CMS, they could be more progressive and can be problematic for intermediate projects. This is mainly a problem for the first site at a client, as the subscription costs don't directly depend on the number of deployed sites.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Freedom CMS
8.9
Jahia
8.2
Role-based user permissions
Freedom CMS
8.9
Jahia
8.2

Web Content Creation

Freedom CMS
7.6
Jahia
7.1
WYSIWYG editor
Freedom CMS
7.7
Jahia
7.3
Code quality / cleanliness
Freedom CMS
8.6
Jahia
8.2
Admin section
Freedom CMS
8.0
Jahia
7.3
Page templates
Freedom CMS
8.3
Jahia
9.1
Library of website themes
Freedom CMS
4.3
Jahia
4.1
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Freedom CMS
7.2
Jahia
8.2
Publishing workflow
Freedom CMS
8.8
Jahia
4.6
Form generator
Freedom CMS
7.8
Jahia
8.2

Web Content Management

Freedom CMS
7.8
Jahia
6.5
Content taxonomy
Freedom CMS
8.3
Jahia
9.0
SEO support
Freedom CMS
7.8
Jahia
8.2
Bulk management
Freedom CMS
7.4
Jahia
6.4
Availability / breadth of extensions
Freedom CMS
7.7
Jahia
4.7
Community / comment management
Freedom CMS
8.0
Jahia
4.5

Platform & Infrastructure

Freedom CMS
Jahia
7.1
API
Freedom CMS
Jahia
7.9
Internationalization / multi-language
Freedom CMS
Jahia
6.4

Pros

  • Hosting and maintenance is taken care of. Due to it being proprietary software, everything is built to work together.
  • Simple to use. Basic functionality for websites is built in without having to dig through thousands of potential options.
  • Development is straightforward...no backend languages required. So if someone wants a unique layout for a portfolio, it's very simple to add a new content type and build the new layout using basic html and css.
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  • User Experience : Jahia is especially simple to use for all user roles including visitors, content editors, reviewers, editors in chief, administrators and developers
  • Integration : Jahia is a developer friendly CMS developped in Java and based on cool features such as OSGI enabling hot deployement and reducing risks of unwanted interactions between modules and sites
  • Well integrated Form Factory
  • Enterprise Feautres such as marketting automation tools
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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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  • A too small community, not so many interactions thought the community (GitHub for example) with editor.
  • Changes in pricing; necessity for progressivity.
  • Delay in the availability of the website Jahia Academy (e-learning website for Jahia expertise).
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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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Jahia1.0
Based on 1 answer
I would not use Jahia as it proved too complex for our needs and didn't help our over goal of customer satisfaction. Along with the man hours to build and execute, it wasn't worth the hassle
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Support

Freedom CMS8.2
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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

Prior to Freedom I had only used CMSs that were specific to car dealer websites. Compared to those, Freedom is leaps and bounds ahead in every category. Compared to WordPress I would choose Freedom due to the fact that you know your site isn't going to get broken by something you tweak. You also can be sure it won't be as open to hacks/attacks as an open source tool, along with less management to keep those things at bay with an open source solution. We mainly selected Freedom due to the fact it was used by the company we had build our site, we chose that company more than we chose Freedom, but it had the basic functionality that allowed us to sign off on going with them during the evaluation period.
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Liferay is a good product with a broad community and a strong integration capability but a weak contribution interface and no website management easiness.Drupal is good for simple website needs, with a very large community and modules. But it's architecture is too unstable, from version to version, for long term selection and there is not much integration possibility for corporate IT requirements (banking for ex). Both lack in term of hot deployment and agility/industrialization. Adobe Experience Manager is a good product, but with much higher pricing; and so with lower ROI.
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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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  • Increased employee efficiency for contributors (and templates development for internal dev).
  • Allow a better targeting of the audience (in combination with Marketing Factory).
  • Allow users to manage a side sub-project quickly and effortlessly (landing pages, event website).
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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

Jahia

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