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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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MS SharePoint

SharePoint is a very flexible platform and is what you make it. While it does have its limitations, the way that it integrates into the Microsoft toolkit is critical to the successful use of Microsoft as a whole. Getting the right license agreement is significant (you don't want to feature-limit your deployment because it hurts user adoption over the long haul). Because Microsoft has invested so much in this platform, it is relatively stable and here to stay for quite a while, so the long-story of SharePoint is much more promising than the short story of some of its competitors.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Freedom CMS
8.9
MS SharePoint
Role-based user permissions
Freedom CMS
8.9
MS SharePoint

Web Content Creation

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

Web Content Management

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

Project Management

Freedom CMS
MS SharePoint
7.3
Task Management
Freedom CMS
MS SharePoint
7.5
Gantt Charts
Freedom CMS
MS SharePoint
7.2
Scheduling
Freedom CMS
MS SharePoint
7.3
Workflow Automation
Freedom CMS
MS SharePoint
7.8
Mobile Access
Freedom CMS
MS SharePoint
6.9
Search
Freedom CMS
MS SharePoint
7.0
Visual planning tools
Freedom CMS
MS SharePoint
7.1

Communication

Freedom CMS
MS SharePoint
7.5
Chat
Freedom CMS
MS SharePoint
6.9
Notifications
Freedom CMS
MS SharePoint
7.4
Discussions
Freedom CMS
MS SharePoint
7.5
Surveys
Freedom CMS
MS SharePoint
7.6
Internal knowledgebase
Freedom CMS
MS SharePoint
7.8
Integrates with GoToMeeting
Freedom CMS
MS SharePoint
7.4
Integrates with Gmail and Google Hangouts
Freedom CMS
MS SharePoint
6.7
Integrates with Outlook
Freedom CMS
MS SharePoint
8.6

File Sharing & Management

Freedom CMS
MS SharePoint
8.1
Versioning
Freedom CMS
MS SharePoint
8.2
Video files
Freedom CMS
MS SharePoint
7.9
Audio files
Freedom CMS
MS SharePoint
7.9
Document collaboration
Freedom CMS
MS SharePoint
8.6
Access control
Freedom CMS
MS SharePoint
8.5
Advanced security features
Freedom CMS
MS SharePoint
8.2
Integrates with Google Drive
Freedom CMS
MS SharePoint
7.7
Device sync
Freedom CMS
MS SharePoint
7.9

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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  • SharePoint allows information to self-organize well. One version of the truth visible in multiple contexts (views).
  • SharePoint allows for a really good relationship between Microsoft Office products and allows for collaboration in those tools to happen a bit more seamlessly.
  • SharePoint allows for permissions to govern access to information very well from any level in the site.
  • SharePoint in Office 365 allows for information to be accessed in a mobile environment without the need for VPN or server access that has traditionally been somewhat difficult to navigate on a phone.
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Cons

  • 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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  • SharePoint sometimes has a challenge with the Share feature in Office 365. Traditional best practices are to govern collaboration with permissions groups and manage access at the group level. Share can sometimes undermine that by creating ad-hoc situations unintentionally.
  • SharePoint's success in many organizations is really a function of user adoption and training. It is such a large platform that it is often deployed without much governance or direction.
  • SharePoint's lists and libraries can leverage Excel services and like-kind tools, but the ability for a list to do math in the same way that Excel does is very limited. It still has a room for improvement in the business intelligence features of metadata management.
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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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MS SharePoint9.0
Based on 20 answers
To me SharePoint is the most complete technology out there for business needs as it includes:- Business Intelligence- Electronic Forms- Collaboration Sites- Blogs- etc...Blogger for example may individually do blogging better than SharePoint but does not have all the other features that SharePoint has such as BI. SharePoint to me is the best choice as it does many features really well where other technology may do something specific better but is restricted to that feature only.
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Usability

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No answers yet
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MS SharePoint5.5
Based on 9 answers
A lot of users can give you many great ideas how to cleverly use SharePoint's core functionality to implement almost any process you need. It is very sturdy, never crashes. Many applications and third party solutions are built for SharePoint so even customization without Microsoft programming skills is rather easy and low cost.
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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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MS SharePoint5.0
Based on 6 answers
Microsoft has gotten better in it's ability to support SharePoint over the years. In addition, Microsoft and third party support offerings are abundant.
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Implementation

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No answers yet
No answers on this topic
MS SharePoint6.0
Based on 4 answers
Windows server and active directory preparation is critical to a successful implementation. A pre-installation checklist goes a long way and saves a bundle of rework.
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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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There is no competitor to SharePoint for an organization our size. The integration into our development environment, active directory, and other office tools just can't be matched (specifically from a contractual agreement and holistic perspective with ALL of our toolsets). Microsoft Teams is the only real analogy and it is just a next generation of SharePoint, so the comparison is not 1:1.
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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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  • It has democratized collaboration - giving power at the point of use.
  • It has allowed us as a regulated industry to be compliant.
  • It has allowed us to share information from a central point rather than just bouncing emails and storing files on desktops.
  • It has allowed us to automate business processes.
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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

MS SharePoint

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