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Freedom CMS

10 Ratings

Freedom CMS

10 Ratings
Score 3.4 out of 101

SDL Tridion Sites

36 Ratings
Score 6.2 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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SDL Tridion Sites

I think it is really well suited for users who have multiple sites that need to inherit from a parent site, and want easy mass publishing options with the opportunity to also localize/personalize content to a lower level site.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Freedom CMS
8.9
SDL Tridion Sites
8.0
Role-based user permissions
Freedom CMS
8.9
SDL Tridion Sites
8.0

Web Content Creation

Freedom CMS
7.6
SDL Tridion Sites
8.2
WYSIWYG editor
Freedom CMS
7.7
SDL Tridion Sites
8.0
Code quality / cleanliness
Freedom CMS
8.6
SDL Tridion Sites
6.2
Admin section
Freedom CMS
8.0
SDL Tridion Sites
8.0
Page templates
Freedom CMS
8.3
SDL Tridion Sites
8.0
Library of website themes
Freedom CMS
4.3
SDL Tridion Sites
9.0
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Freedom CMS
7.2
SDL Tridion Sites
9.0
Publishing workflow
Freedom CMS
8.8
SDL Tridion Sites
9.0
Form generator
Freedom CMS
7.8
SDL Tridion Sites

Web Content Management

Freedom CMS
7.8
SDL Tridion Sites
8.2
Content taxonomy
Freedom CMS
8.3
SDL Tridion Sites
8.0
SEO support
Freedom CMS
7.8
SDL Tridion Sites
8.0
Bulk management
Freedom CMS
7.4
SDL Tridion Sites
8.0
Availability / breadth of extensions
Freedom CMS
7.7
SDL Tridion Sites
8.6
Community / comment management
Freedom CMS
8.0
SDL Tridion Sites
8.2

Platform & Infrastructure

Freedom CMS
SDL Tridion Sites
6.9
API
Freedom CMS
SDL Tridion Sites
5.8
Internationalization / multi-language
Freedom CMS
SDL Tridion Sites
8.0

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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  • It allows for creating a variety of page layouts
  • It supports SEO management
  • It has good back-end to front-end integration
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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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  • I thought the upgrade process was a little involved going from one major version to another.
  • Additional Cookbooks could also improve implementation and development of the later versions of the CMS
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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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SDL Tridion Sites6.3
Based on 15 answers
This is a fair rating for accessing an organizations needs based on a renewal of the license fee, upgrades, ect.
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Usability

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SDL Tridion Sites8.5
Based on 2 answers
The editor user interface is very user friendly and in-site editing makes simple updates fast and easy. The extensibility of Tridion is a big plus and the ability to add our own options into the default Tridion interface helps us integrate with external systems. Finally, the user permissions and security system helps us deploy it within our large organization.
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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

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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I did not play a role in selecting this product so I can't say how it stacked up. I do know that Tridion is an improvement over the last CMS.
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Return on Investment

  • 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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  • I can't answer this question from my use of Tridion. I have not had access to this data. Overall company seems pleased with investment.
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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

SDL Tridion Sites

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