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Freedom CMS

10 Ratings

Progress Sitefinity

Top Rated
179 Ratings

Freedom CMS

10 Ratings
Score 3.4 out of 101

Progress Sitefinity

Top Rated
179 Ratings
Score 7.7 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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Progress Sitefinity

For Trellist and our clients, Sitefinity has been well suited for web development projects for mid-sized and large companies. Startups and small companies will typically prefer a free open source solution, even though the Sitefinity Standard Edition is relatively inexpensive given the out-of-the-box capabilities and ease of development. Sitefinity is well suited for website projects whose requirements include pages that need to display related content like news or documents or for projects that require functionality that manipulates data because of its built-in capabilities and robust API. Sitefinity is also an excellent option if ease of use for content owners is a requirement, because of the intuitive drag and drop administration interface, role-based permissions, 2 or 3 phase workflow and the ability to create custom widget designers.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Freedom CMS
8.9
Progress Sitefinity
8.7
Role-based user permissions
Freedom CMS
8.9
Progress Sitefinity
8.7

Web Content Creation

Freedom CMS
7.6
Progress Sitefinity
7.3
WYSIWYG editor
Freedom CMS
7.7
Progress Sitefinity
8.0
Code quality / cleanliness
Freedom CMS
8.6
Progress Sitefinity
8.0
Admin section
Freedom CMS
8.0
Progress Sitefinity
7.6
Page templates
Freedom CMS
8.3
Progress Sitefinity
7.5
Library of website themes
Freedom CMS
4.3
Progress Sitefinity
5.4
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Freedom CMS
7.2
Progress Sitefinity
7.3
Publishing workflow
Freedom CMS
8.8
Progress Sitefinity
7.4
Form generator
Freedom CMS
7.8
Progress Sitefinity
6.9

Web Content Management

Freedom CMS
7.8
Progress Sitefinity
6.9
Content taxonomy
Freedom CMS
8.3
Progress Sitefinity
8.2
SEO support
Freedom CMS
7.8
Progress Sitefinity
7.9
Bulk management
Freedom CMS
7.4
Progress Sitefinity
6.2
Availability / breadth of extensions
Freedom CMS
7.7
Progress Sitefinity
5.5
Community / comment management
Freedom CMS
8.0
Progress Sitefinity
6.7

Platform & Infrastructure

Freedom CMS
Progress Sitefinity
7.1
API
Freedom CMS
Progress Sitefinity
7.0
Internationalization / multi-language
Freedom CMS
Progress Sitefinity
7.3

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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  • Sitefinity provides a slick backend interface that allows users to easily drag layouts and widgets (i.e. page elements) onto the page. They're able to configure the widgets and preview exactly how the page will look before publishing. All without risk of accidental changes to the live site.
  • Sitefinity Feather has been a breath of fresh air for developers. We needed more control over the markup going down the wire and they gave it to us. Markup is now much cleaner and developers are able to use the latest best practices for developing widgets and data binding.
  • Custom Modules (module builder) is a very powerful tool for providing customers with structured methods of creating data that will be displayed in a particular way on their website. When a school wants to put a teacher in the monthly spotlight, they're able to create a new "Teacher" in the backend where they're able to provide their name, picture and bio. All "Teachers" will automatically be displayed on another page of all past spotlight teachers. Clients don't have to create duplicated, accident-prone HTML in raw content blocks. We can provide them the tools to provide the necessary information, and we display that data consistently and beautifully.
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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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  • With each new version, there seems to be a new batch of minor bugs. Because of this, we have to dedicate a significant amount of time to testing during each upgrade in order to identify the bugs and determine if they will impact our processes. The Site Sync feature appears to be particularly buggy, which is inconvenient because it's one of our most-used tools.
  • The new user interface introduced a lot of white and light gray, so there's not as much contrast between different elements as there used to be. It's a clean look but the elements are little non-distinct.
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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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Progress Sitefinity4.5
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Usability

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Progress Sitefinity6.0
Based on 2 answers
Ease of use for what I do.
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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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Progress Sitefinity7.3
Based on 1 answer
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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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In terms of sophistication, scalability and the ability to achieve complex functionality - Sitefinity is the hands-down winner. In terms of sheer ease of use from a web content authoring perspective, Concrete5 is the hands down winner. In addition, Sitefinity doesn't compare on costs as the others are open-source CMS systems
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Return on Investment

  • This was the first CMS we had at our company so hard to say positive or negative impact.
  • Prior to this CMS there was a static site that html files had to be ftp to a company to have the site updated. So from that standpoint it made updating the site much less expensive.
  • Compared to a tool like Wordpress this is much more secure and easier to manage, but since we outsource that portion of it to the company that built the site we dont realize those gains.
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  • Sitefinity has reduced the amount of time it takes to edit and publish content, which has enabled us to get information out more quickly.
  • Sitefinity allowed us to establish a consistent and modern brand identity and apply it across multiple websites.
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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

Progress Sitefinity

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