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Freedom CMS

10 Ratings

Plone

20 Ratings

Freedom CMS

10 Ratings
Score 3.4 out of 101

Plone

20 Ratings
Score 5.4 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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Plone

The larger your organization, the more appropriate Plone will be. This is not to say that Plone is a worse choice for small websites, only that the minimum investment for a Plone site is certainly higher than for other platforms. If you already use Plone for your site and are looking for a redesign or an overhaul, I would only advise switching to a different platform such as WordPress or Drupal if your organization is downsizing. For any other situation, Plone is the natural choice for your growth.
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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

  • 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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  • Websites - with Plone you can give the complete management of the website to editors who don't have to be expert in web development. Thus, they can even create complex web application without coding.
  • Intranets - Plone has a strong content distribution system where anyone can only see and search what is reserved to him. It can be used to create workgroups and can handle many different types of content.
  • Collaboration portals - Plone can be easily integrated with any user base and provides natively tools that let people to collaborate together both within organization and outside.
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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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  • Plone has a steep learning curve if you want to manage all its aspects. Some things can be done easily, but others require great skills.
  • The Plone templating system is very specific and requires to be fully understood if you need to customize it deeply.
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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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Plone8.3
Based on 10 answers
At this stage the outlook for Plone in the future is very positive. The development community is still very active, updates are still coming out on a regular basis and the roadmap goes well into the future. We are confident that Plone will continue to improve and keep up with the demands of web CMS needs. We also dont see any other product in the opensource space that can replace Plone at the moment.
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Performance

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Plone9.0
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 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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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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Plone is really almost the only truly enterprise opensource CMS. Most of its opensource competitors cant compete in this area, while they may have some nice editing tools, and some cool features, Plone stands our for its security, scalability, version control, highly configurable workflows and permissions.Plone is a highly functional CMS out of the box, but it is also a platform that can be extended in many ways. We often develop custom content types to meet our clients needs. We regularly plug in external authentication systems (some of which are odd proprietary systems). And we often develop complex permissions and workflows. We simply could not achieve these solutions with many of Plone's competitors.
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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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  • For out business Plone allows us to deliver enterprise level solutions at very reasonable budgets. We tender and compete against some of the much larger commercial CMS solutions and regularly win comfortably on price and deliver on functionality.
  • Plone also allows us to provide much more functionality than many clients expect. We are often able to over deliver on small budget projects because Plone comes with so much built in.
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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