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Score 3.7 out of 101
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Score 5.4 out of 101

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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Plone

Is there an experienced sysadmin to install and maintain the stack? If not, Plone is not a good choice. However, hosted solutions are available. It's important to have qualified and knowledgeable personnel available who are able to address development concerns. For end-users, and content managers, it's a great system overall. Publishing workflow, multi-level undo and rollback, etc make Plone very attractive in active publishing environments.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Freedom CMS
8.9
Plone
10.0
Role-based user permissions
Freedom CMS
8.9
Plone
10.0

Web Content Creation

Freedom CMS
7.6
Plone
7.7
WYSIWYG editor
Freedom CMS
7.7
Plone
7.8
Code quality / cleanliness
Freedom CMS
8.6
Plone
9.0
Admin section
Freedom CMS
8.0
Plone
8.0
Page templates
Freedom CMS
8.3
Plone
7.6
Library of website themes
Freedom CMS
4.3
Plone
3.8
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Freedom CMS
7.2
Plone
7.4
Publishing workflow
Freedom CMS
8.8
Plone
10.0
Form generator
Freedom CMS
7.8
Plone
8.0

Web Content Management

Freedom CMS
7.8
Plone
7.9
Content taxonomy
Freedom CMS
8.3
Plone
9.4
SEO support
Freedom CMS
7.8
Plone
9.0
Bulk management
Freedom CMS
7.4
Plone
6.3
Availability / breadth of extensions
Freedom CMS
7.7
Plone
7.4
Community / comment management
Freedom CMS
8.0
Plone
7.7

Platform & Infrastructure

Freedom CMS
Plone
9.7
API
Freedom CMS
Plone
9.7
Internationalization / multi-language
Freedom CMS
Plone
9.7

Pros

Freedom CMS

  • 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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Plone

  • Rock-solid technology stack. The python/Zope/Plone stack is as solid as anything else out there.
  • Highly customizable TTW, if needed, via the Zope Management Interface, or Diazo XSL-transform theme design.
  • Good support from core developers, lots of solid add-ons which address just about any needs.
  • Amazingly customizable workflow, permissions and security management.
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Cons

Freedom CMS

  • 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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Plone

  • When creating a table-like view (for example - an organized and lined-up photo gallery), Plone doesn't give you the option of holding down your cursor and sliding the picture (r other content) to a specific spot. Plone only allows you to move pictures to an absolute-positioned area, sometimes causing content to not be aligned.
  • I've had a few problems when uploading files with certain file extensions. It would be nice for Plone to have a pop up window or some sort of message that stops you from adding a file that doesn't fit their compatibility, rather than you encountering error messages or bad-looking sites due to having the wrong type of file uploaded.
  • Plone is slightly more complicated than Wordpress, a large CMS competitor, possibly causing people to stray away from it.
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Likelihood to Renew

Freedom CMS

Freedom CMS 1.0
Based on 1 answer
We switched to WordPress; it was out of my control.
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Plone

Plone 8.3
Based on 10 answers
Plone has been used for more than ten years and it already has an interesting roadmap for its future. I do not know any other open source CMS with the same story of continuous evolution and security track. Interesting new features are added at each release and new modules are created continuously
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Performance

Freedom CMS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Plone

Plone 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Plone is very intensive in its operations, and if not configured well it can be slow. However it is designed and built with speed in mind and with proper use of coding, templates and caching can perform extremely well under high loads. It is capable of scaling to very high load availability environments with no specific coding requirements.
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Support

Freedom CMS

Freedom CMS 8.2
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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Plone

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Freedom CMS

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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Plone

The security is much better with Plone than most of its competitors. It is also written in Python which makes it a better target for internal software development than PHP (which as a language is quite broken). Plone's component architecture makes our own extensions more maintainable than the customisations made with the competitors.
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Return on Investment

Freedom CMS

  • 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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Plone

  • Before Plone there were couple of dozens of web editors. Now it is in the hundreds. That leads to more information on the websites and more accuracy.
  • Through the good SEO properties of Plone, our content is more easily found on Google compared to some of our competitors.
  • Plone being an Open Source product there hasn't been any license payments for a decade.
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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

Plone

General

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

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