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Score 3.5 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

  • Users and Access. Freedom has a great system setup to create unlimited users for the back office & full control over access. Do you want someone to only be able to access News, Events & Web Pages? - No problem. Do you want someone to be able to access everything except the Billing Module - No problem.Do you want someone to be able to access/edit ONLY the "Volunteer" category of Web Pages - Great! No Problem.
  • Custom Modules. Freedom has a great amount of pre-built modules that do a lot of great things. Custom Modules, however, takes that to the next level. Anything you can dream of for your client's needs, can be created as a custom module. You, as the developer, have full control over what fields should be created for a custom module, what types of fields are they (text, radio buttons, WYSIWYG editor, image, etc), and how those field values are used in a lister of ALL items added to that Custom Module & how they are used in a detailed view of one specific item in that Custom Module.
  • Hosting & Security. All Freedom sites include the licensing & hosting with easy to update Domain module for us developers to change the virtual host domain at any time.
  • Features and Usability. All of the modules offered (including custom) & the whole interface of the CMS as a whole is hands down one of the easiest to use & intuitive CMS's that I have come across. Our clients (and us) love it.
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  • Blueprinting and reuse of content
  • The front end or delivery application can be .net, java or php.
  • Personalization of content.
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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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  • Image repository/manipulation within the system.
  • Experience manager can be improved on.
  • Content porting between publications is not possible.
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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
I believe SDL Tridion is the best CMS product out there currently. Every CMS has its problems and strengths but SDL Tridion overall seems like the best solution for large enterprise corporations. The fact that it can be implemented in java or .net makes it attractive to many clients
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Usability

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SDL Tridion Sites8.5
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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

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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Tridion again seemed to be more enterprise level then EpiServer, EpiServer allowed for faster ramp up time of a intuitive .NET framework, but Tridion seemed to have more tools and overall functionality once the CMS was customized towards the needs of the customer.
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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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  • Tridion allowed our client the ability to Multivariate test/personalize the web experience which was hugely effective for donations and memebership
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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