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Freedom CMS

10 Ratings
Score 3.4 out of 101

Oracle WebCenter Sites

31 Ratings
Score 7.1 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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Oracle WebCenter Sites

It is better suited to larger projects where stability and scalability are key problems, but for simple projects it requires too much effort by the developer.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Freedom CMS
8.9
Oracle WebCenter Sites
7.1
Role-based user permissions
Freedom CMS
8.9
Oracle WebCenter Sites
7.1

Web Content Creation

Freedom CMS
7.6
Oracle WebCenter Sites
8.0
WYSIWYG editor
Freedom CMS
7.7
Oracle WebCenter Sites
8.1
Code quality / cleanliness
Freedom CMS
8.6
Oracle WebCenter Sites
9.9
Admin section
Freedom CMS
8.0
Oracle WebCenter Sites
8.1
Page templates
Freedom CMS
8.3
Oracle WebCenter Sites
9.0
Library of website themes
Freedom CMS
4.3
Oracle WebCenter Sites
8.0
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Freedom CMS
7.2
Oracle WebCenter Sites
7.1
Publishing workflow
Freedom CMS
8.8
Oracle WebCenter Sites
8.1
Form generator
Freedom CMS
7.8
Oracle WebCenter Sites
6.0

Web Content Management

Freedom CMS
7.8
Oracle WebCenter Sites
6.5
Content taxonomy
Freedom CMS
8.3
Oracle WebCenter Sites
7.1
SEO support
Freedom CMS
7.8
Oracle WebCenter Sites
7.1
Bulk management
Freedom CMS
7.4
Oracle WebCenter Sites
5.1
Availability / breadth of extensions
Freedom CMS
7.7
Oracle WebCenter Sites
6.0
Community / comment management
Freedom CMS
8.0
Oracle WebCenter Sites
7.1

Platform & Infrastructure

Freedom CMS
Oracle WebCenter Sites
8.0
API
Freedom CMS
Oracle WebCenter Sites
9.9
Internationalization / multi-language
Freedom CMS
Oracle WebCenter Sites
6.1

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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  • Scalability
  • Well supported
  • Stable
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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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  • The old version is lacking in Mobile Site Management functionality, but the 11.1.1.8 release of WebCenter Sites offers a new, fully integrated mobility solution that allows digital marketers to manage mobile version of sites
  • Automated management of product upgrades, to incorporate bug fixes and new enhancements
  • Lack of support for the management of e-commerce out of the box
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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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Oracle WebCenter Sites4.3
Based on 3 answers
A valuable tool for enabling marketers and business users to easily create and manage contextually relevant social and interactive online experiences across multiple channels on a global scale to drive sales and loyalty. It also allows multi-site management (in fact Sites) using the assets and template developed, without having to re-implement again for each individual site.
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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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Oracle WebCenter Sites10.0
Based on 1 answer
The WebCenter Sites Support team is extremely good and very responsive to client needs. They are quick to resolve Level 1 issues and when escalated to Level 2, the team makes every effort to keep the client informed.
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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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For my company's purposes, WCS is much too complicated so, after a period of testing, we decided to use other products.
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Return on Investment

  • Without knowing the limits of the software, projects tended to go out of scope easily, especially since the client would expect functionality that simply wasn't available.
  • The custom modules made it very simple to create something reusable. So, when we found a feature that clients liked, we could replicate it very easily.
  • Backups and migration are very simple within the Accrisoft platform. Sites could be moved from one location to another in under a minute.
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  • Increased employee efficiency: the marketing group can edit the content independently without the need of a programmer
  • Better customer service: the content of the web portal are always up to date
  • Strong Scaling and performance
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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

Oracle WebCenter Sites

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