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Score 3.5 out of 101
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Score 8.5 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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Percussion CMS

Best suited for large organizations where everyone knows how to deal with Java in an increasingly Java unfriendly world. Said organization should be willing to pay a huge price for a piece of dinosaur technology
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Freedom CMS
8.9
Percussion CMS
3.0
Role-based user permissions
Freedom CMS
8.9
Percussion CMS
3.0

Web Content Creation

Freedom CMS
7.6
Percussion CMS
3.0
WYSIWYG editor
Freedom CMS
7.7
Percussion CMS
6.0
Code quality / cleanliness
Freedom CMS
8.6
Percussion CMS
3.0
Admin section
Freedom CMS
8.0
Percussion CMS
2.0
Page templates
Freedom CMS
8.3
Percussion CMS
1.0
Library of website themes
Freedom CMS
4.3
Percussion CMS
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Freedom CMS
7.2
Percussion CMS
Publishing workflow
Freedom CMS
8.8
Percussion CMS
5.0
Form generator
Freedom CMS
7.8
Percussion CMS
1.0

Web Content Management

Freedom CMS
7.8
Percussion CMS
1.6
Content taxonomy
Freedom CMS
8.3
Percussion CMS
1.0
SEO support
Freedom CMS
7.8
Percussion CMS
1.0
Bulk management
Freedom CMS
7.4
Percussion CMS
3.0
Availability / breadth of extensions
Freedom CMS
7.7
Percussion CMS
1.0
Community / comment management
Freedom CMS
8.0
Percussion CMS
2.0

Platform & Infrastructure

Freedom CMS
Percussion CMS
1.0
Internationalization / multi-language
Freedom CMS
Percussion CMS
1.0

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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  • Separate CMS environment publishes to remote server environment - great for security
  • Highly scalable
  • Full scale workflow allows for custom routing, approving, etc..
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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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  • One word: JAVA! We don't live in the 1990's anymore! An AJAX/DHTML environment seems a long time coming.
  • Horrible end-user experience, learning curve. Our end users' inability to easily use the archaic, Java-based interface, means they send the web developer their content requests. This creates a huge bottleneck and completely defeats the purpose of a CMS.
  • Image mangement and integration with content is aweful and time consuming. An image processing tool called ImedImage was developed for Percussion at one point, and left completely stagnant with very little support.
  • Implementation is extremely complicated, given the complexity of the system. Sure, scalability is a good thing, but there is very little out-of-the box function. Don't expect to implement a site as quickly as with other CMS platforms.
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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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Support

Freedom CMS8.2
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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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No contest. I can't wait to get off of Percussion CMS.
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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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  • We are locked into Percussion CMS simply due to the expense and complexity of migrating to another solution (and the lack of time and budget to do so). I long for the day when I am no longer required to support Percussion CMS, to say the least.
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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

Percussion CMS

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