What users are saying about

Freedom CMS

10 Ratings

Magnolia V5+

18 Ratings

Freedom CMS

10 Ratings
Score 3.4 out of 101

Magnolia V5+

18 Ratings
Score 7.3 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Freedom CMS

Will the client want customization for any functionality?Unless you know what it is capable of out of the box, it may not be the best starting point. I would recommend it only for smaller clients who are not picky about how something works. If they would like membership, I wouldn't recommend it unless they only want to use it to hide certain pages, or for something very basic such as email subscriptions. If all they want is a simple site that is very easy to maintain and requires little attention then yes, this is a good solution for you.
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Magnolia V5+

It is a great CMS for websites of large companies, but not suited for small companies nor blogs or simple services websites. Not so good for selling sites or intranet sites. Still good for documentation pages, showing images and videos, commercials, informative persistent sites, governative sites and so on.I think it is still a little bit tough to update from one major version to another due to the lack of documentation.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Freedom CMS
8.9
Magnolia V5+
7.0
Role-based user permissions
Freedom CMS
8.9
Magnolia V5+
7.0

Web Content Creation

Freedom CMS
7.6
Magnolia V5+
6.9
WYSIWYG editor
Freedom CMS
7.7
Magnolia V5+
6.0
Code quality / cleanliness
Freedom CMS
8.6
Magnolia V5+
6.0
Admin section
Freedom CMS
8.0
Magnolia V5+
7.0
Page templates
Freedom CMS
8.3
Magnolia V5+
7.0
Library of website themes
Freedom CMS
4.3
Magnolia V5+
7.0
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Freedom CMS
7.2
Magnolia V5+
Publishing workflow
Freedom CMS
8.8
Magnolia V5+
7.0
Form generator
Freedom CMS
7.8
Magnolia V5+
8.0

Web Content Management

Freedom CMS
7.8
Magnolia V5+
6.6
Content taxonomy
Freedom CMS
8.3
Magnolia V5+
6.0
SEO support
Freedom CMS
7.8
Magnolia V5+
7.0
Bulk management
Freedom CMS
7.4
Magnolia V5+
7.0
Availability / breadth of extensions
Freedom CMS
7.7
Magnolia V5+
7.0
Community / comment management
Freedom CMS
8.0
Magnolia V5+
6.0

Platform & Infrastructure

Freedom CMS
Magnolia V5+
7.0
API
Freedom CMS
Magnolia V5+
7.0
Internationalization / multi-language
Freedom CMS
Magnolia V5+
7.0

Pros

  • 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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  • The product allowed the site to be skinned easily.
  • The product allowed developers to create dialogs to enable the content editors to enter content for the website.
  • The product is a powerful content management tool.
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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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  • The set-up of Magnolia CMS seemed to be a little fiddly.
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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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Magnolia V5+9.5
Based on 3 answers
I am unable to rate this.
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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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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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I prefer Adobe CQ5 over Magnolia because I have more experience at using CQ5. I only gained a limited exposure to Magnolia on a prototyping exercise. I have used Adobe CQ5 for three years now. However, I would not object to learning Magnolia and giving a better comparison between the two content management systems.
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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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  • I believe that it would have a positive effect as it is a powerful tool and is not as expensive as Adobe CQ5. It may be well-suited to smaller companies and businesses.
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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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Magnolia V5+

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Magnolia V5+ Editions & Modules
Magnolia V5+
Edition
Magnolia Community Edition
$0
Magnolia Enterprise Edition Standard
-2
Magnolia Enterprise Edition Pro
-2
2. per instance
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