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Freedom CMS

10 Ratings

Kentico

Top Rated
72 Ratings

Freedom CMS

10 Ratings
Score 3.4 out of 101

Kentico

Top Rated
72 Ratings
Score 8.5 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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Kentico

It's well-suited for clients who want to have full control over the content on their site, have good customer support, and want to have many options for expanding the functionality of their site in the future. It is not well-suited for complex scenarios involving huge development teams and automated builds/deployment.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Freedom CMS
8.9
Kentico
9.0
Role-based user permissions
Freedom CMS
8.9
Kentico
9.0

Web Content Creation

Freedom CMS
7.6
Kentico
8.5
WYSIWYG editor
Freedom CMS
7.7
Kentico
8.9
Code quality / cleanliness
Freedom CMS
8.6
Kentico
8.6
Admin section
Freedom CMS
8.0
Kentico
9.3
Page templates
Freedom CMS
8.3
Kentico
9.3
Library of website themes
Freedom CMS
4.3
Kentico
4.8
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Freedom CMS
7.2
Kentico
9.6
Publishing workflow
Freedom CMS
8.8
Kentico
9.3
Form generator
Freedom CMS
7.8
Kentico
8.7

Web Content Management

Freedom CMS
7.8
Kentico
8.9
Content taxonomy
Freedom CMS
8.3
Kentico
8.8
SEO support
Freedom CMS
7.8
Kentico
8.8
Bulk management
Freedom CMS
7.4
Kentico
8.9
Availability / breadth of extensions
Freedom CMS
7.7
Kentico
9.4
Community / comment management
Freedom CMS
8.0
Kentico
8.3

Platform & Infrastructure

Freedom CMS
Kentico
8.7
API
Freedom CMS
Kentico
8.4
Internationalization / multi-language
Freedom CMS
Kentico
9.0

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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  • Repeaters - This allows for us to programmatically build webpages without the need to build each page multiple times for multiple offices/products
  • Templates - With the use of templates, we can assign it to a page or site uniformly to provide perfectly spaced pages every time.
  • Support - Like Johnny on the Spot, the support team is quick to reply and always provides links for learning more.
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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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  • Not open source.
  • Documentation can be a little clunky to read through and understand sometimes - especially for inexperienced users.
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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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Kentico9.2
Based on 22 answers
Kentico is making huge investments in their product to keep up with the requirements of forward thinking Marketing professionals. Their focus on Marketing Automation and eCommerce improvements in the latest version shows their commitment to keep up with the demands of our growing market. We will continue our own investment in utilization of the platform until a time that it does not provide the value we see for our customers.
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Usability

No score
No answers yet
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Kentico9.0
Based on 3 answers
They are Excellent, but not perfect, there are a couple of minor features they have that I would [like to] see them improve upon.
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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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Kentico9.3
Based on 3 answers
They truly are amazing with how fast they get back to us on issues. Almost all of the time the support team is able to answer our issues with direct and to the point information.
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Implementation

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Kentico10.0
Based on 1 answer
The system provides many opportunities to integrate and enhance the platform and makes it easy to do so.
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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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Better than all of the above on almost every level. SiteFinity comes closest from a developer tool perspective and Umbraco from a flexibility perspective.
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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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  • Better efficiency
  • Better lead management
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Pricing Details

Freedom CMS

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Freedom CMS Editions & Modules
Freedom CMS
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Kentico

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
Kentico Editions & Modules
Kentico
Edition
Kentico CMS Base License for 1 Website
$4,4991
Kentico CMS Base License for 10 Websites
$16,9991
Kentico CMS Base License for Unlimited Sites
$27,9991
Kentico EMS License for 1 Website
$19,9991
Kentico EMS License for 10 Websites
$39,9991
Kentico EMS License for Unlimited Licenses
$69,9991
Kentico CMS Ultimate License for 1 Website
$9,9991
Kentico CMS Ultimate License for 10 Websites
$29,9991
Kentico CMS Ultimate License for Unlimited Websites
$49,9991
Kentico EMS Corporate
$399,0002
1. Lifetime License per Seat
2. Unlimited Users, Websites, Environments, Server Deployment, Source Code, Premium Support
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