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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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Joomla

Joomla! is one of the best open-source to create and build web portal and applications. Especially related with e-Commerce project. From the beginning of its appearance until now, Joomla already received many awards in the IT industry. With this extensive and flexible features, this Joomla! platform will suitable for many industries from small to corporate company.Again there will be no silver bullet for all purpose. For someone that require very high customization on their website then Joomla! is not for them.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Freedom CMS
8.9
Joomla
8.6
Role-based user permissions
Freedom CMS
8.9
Joomla
8.6

Web Content Creation

Freedom CMS
7.6
Joomla
6.8
WYSIWYG editor
Freedom CMS
7.7
Joomla
7.4
Code quality / cleanliness
Freedom CMS
8.6
Joomla
7.2
Admin section
Freedom CMS
8.0
Joomla
7.8
Page templates
Freedom CMS
8.3
Joomla
6.2
Library of website themes
Freedom CMS
4.3
Joomla
6.5
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Freedom CMS
7.2
Joomla
5.6
Publishing workflow
Freedom CMS
8.8
Joomla
7.4
Form generator
Freedom CMS
7.8
Joomla
6.3

Web Content Management

Freedom CMS
7.8
Joomla
6.9
Content taxonomy
Freedom CMS
8.3
Joomla
6.5
SEO support
Freedom CMS
7.8
Joomla
6.2
Bulk management
Freedom CMS
7.4
Joomla
7.4
Availability / breadth of extensions
Freedom CMS
7.7
Joomla
7.4
Community / comment management
Freedom CMS
8.0
Joomla
6.8

Platform & Infrastructure

Freedom CMS
Joomla
7.9
API
Freedom CMS
Joomla
7.6
Internationalization / multi-language
Freedom CMS
Joomla
8.3

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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  • It is very easy to create any project using Joomla. Easy to use and easy to publish and maintain.
  • Joomla! has many add-on and extensions to support the full range of features.
  • It is based on Open Source with the strong support from many communities
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Cons

  • Creating layouts could be simpler. For example, if you have a sidebar on different interior pages, it isn't very intuitive to have something different on each one. Having the ability to control what is in different regions of pages would be beneficial.
  • The Commerce modules aren't quite there yet. We have had issues with reliability and if it's not built in by default, you can't use it.
  • Documentation could be better organized. There has been a lot of mixed articles from past features that no longer exist, and for some things there just isn't any documentation at all. I have had to create complex layouts that had I known a shortcode existed, it would have made my life much easier.
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  • Core in-line editing would be a nice feature.
  • Better marketing to help people understand why Joomla! is unique from other CMS systems.
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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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Joomla10.0
Based on 28 answers
I gave it a rating of 10 because I just love how Joomla! works, how it is set up and how it handles many users. Also it is very fast, and there is no overload on the MySQL database or servers ever.
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Usability

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Joomla9.9
Based on 7 answers
It is not a ten only because of its learning curve but again, that is a wise investment of time.
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Performance

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Joomla7.8
Based on 2 answers
Today's Modern Joomla performs very well and is robust and durable. The pages load faster than they ever did in the past and Modern Joomla's integration into other software or systems has become seamless. Modern Joomla sites will last long and will stay running forever.
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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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Joomla10.0
Based on 4 answers
I would say the Joomla.org support team does a great job for being volunteers. I however think good 3rd party developers and resources provide excellent support that I utilize often.
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Implementation

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Joomla8.7
Based on 3 answers
Joomla has gone through tremendous growing pains. It is now better than ever. But before, when it was going from 1.5-2.5, the templates and plugins would break over and over again. If you don't understand what Joomla was trying to do back then, you might have a bad attitude toward it. Today, those pains are over and things don't break like they used to during that time period.
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Alternatives Considered

In all honesty, we have been moving away from Accrisoft Freedom due to its lack of customizability. We as an agency generally prefer open source solutions since our client base primarily consists of those looking for a more custom solution that can be built off of in the future. While yes, these tend to need more care and attention, they have benefited us more.
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WordPress and Drupal are all backed by corporate groups that don't foster the open source community which I want to support. Joomla! is non-profit and 100% volunteer based and the time I put into Joomla! outputs a better product for my clients and everyone else
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Return on Investment

  • This was the first CMS we had at our company so hard to say positive or negative impact.
  • Prior to this CMS there was a static site that html files had to be ftp to a company to have the site updated. So from that standpoint it made updating the site much less expensive.
  • Compared to a tool like Wordpress this is much more secure and easier to manage, but since we outsource that portion of it to the company that built the site we dont realize those gains.
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  • Faster Development Time
  • Reduced Client Training
  • Ability to manage users with ACL
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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

Joomla

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