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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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OU Campus

For a college campus, OU Campus is the best CMS product I've seen, especially when budgets continue to be cut and we are all trying to do more with less staff and less resources. It's impossible for a small web team to keep up with changes across campus, so it's very nice to be able to give users access across campus to update their content without sacrificing the university brand
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Freedom CMS
8.9
OU Campus
10.0
Role-based user permissions
Freedom CMS
8.9
OU Campus
10.0

Web Content Creation

Freedom CMS
7.6
OU Campus
9.2
WYSIWYG editor
Freedom CMS
7.7
OU Campus
9.8
Code quality / cleanliness
Freedom CMS
8.6
OU Campus
9.0
Admin section
Freedom CMS
8.0
OU Campus
9.9
Page templates
Freedom CMS
8.3
OU Campus
9.0
Library of website themes
Freedom CMS
4.3
OU Campus
9.1
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Freedom CMS
7.2
OU Campus
9.0
Publishing workflow
Freedom CMS
8.8
OU Campus
10.0
Form generator
Freedom CMS
7.8
OU Campus
8.0

Web Content Management

Freedom CMS
7.8
OU Campus
4.7
Content taxonomy
Freedom CMS
8.3
OU Campus
2.6
SEO support
Freedom CMS
7.8
OU Campus
2.5
Bulk management
Freedom CMS
7.4
OU Campus
8.1
Availability / breadth of extensions
Freedom CMS
7.7
OU Campus
5.2
Community / comment management
Freedom CMS
8.0
OU Campus
5.2

Platform & Infrastructure

Freedom CMS
OU Campus
9.0
API
Freedom CMS
OU Campus
9.0
Internationalization / multi-language
Freedom CMS
OU Campus
9.0

Pros

  • Hosting and maintenance is taken care of. Due to it being proprietary software, everything is built to work together.
  • Simple to use. Basic functionality for websites is built in without having to dig through thousands of potential options.
  • Development is straightforward...no backend languages required. So if someone wants a unique layout for a portfolio, it's very simple to add a new content type and build the new layout using basic html and css.
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  • OU Campus is quite simply a very easy product to manage and maintain for our users across campus.
  • The easy-to-use interface makes using the product easy. As the administrator for OU Campus, I can set up user access and preferences according to user knowledge and expertise.
  • Using OU Campus daily gives us the ability to keep our website up-to-date with quick access and easy usability.
  • With version 10 of OU Campus, OmniUpdate has continued to grow and expand according to user needs.
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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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  • Better integration of JavaScript debugging.
  • Better integration for dynamic web content.
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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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OU Campus8.4
Based on 5 answers
I don't work at the college any longer, but I believe they will renew the license for the OU Campus Content Management System because of all the great benefits they have had since they initially deployed it. The system is very intuitive and easy to use. Department leads love it. The IT department also loves it because it saves them a lot of time and resources.
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Usability

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OU Campus9.1
Based on 1 answer
Simple to use from the basic end user, to power user to administrator.
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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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OU Campus9.1
Based on 1 answer
The support at OmniUpdate is one of the reasons we continued with the company when time for renewal of contract.
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Implementation

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No answers yet
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OU Campus9.1
Based on 1 answer
The support team at OmniUpdate is available to assisting campuses with implementation
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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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MUCH easier to use than other CMS systems. Quite intuitive. Pleasant interface. Reduces anxiety for beggining users of cms system, and supports stronger users comfortable doing more.
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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 content management efficiency.
  • Shorter learning curve for users who are new to website 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
Additional Pricing Details

OU Campus

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Required
Additional Pricing Details