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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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Squarespace

Squarespace is a perfect platform for an informational website, for selling digital products or as a scheduling website. These kinds of things it does incredibly well, what with their myriad templates and design tools. As an e-commerce platform it can be very good but it definitely has some catching up to do with other more well known platforms. They need to focus on some core features a little bit better to make selling easier.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Freedom CMS
8.9
Squarespace
8.9
Role-based user permissions
Freedom CMS
8.9
Squarespace
8.9

Web Content Creation

Freedom CMS
7.6
Squarespace
8.6
WYSIWYG editor
Freedom CMS
7.7
Squarespace
8.7
Code quality / cleanliness
Freedom CMS
8.6
Squarespace
8.4
Admin section
Freedom CMS
8.0
Squarespace
8.5
Page templates
Freedom CMS
8.3
Squarespace
8.5
Library of website themes
Freedom CMS
4.3
Squarespace
8.3
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Freedom CMS
7.2
Squarespace
8.9
Publishing workflow
Freedom CMS
8.8
Squarespace
8.7
Form generator
Freedom CMS
7.8
Squarespace
8.7

Web Content Management

Freedom CMS
7.8
Squarespace
7.5
Content taxonomy
Freedom CMS
8.3
Squarespace
7.9
SEO support
Freedom CMS
7.8
Squarespace
7.6
Bulk management
Freedom CMS
7.4
Squarespace
7.2
Availability / breadth of extensions
Freedom CMS
7.7
Squarespace
7.1
Community / comment management
Freedom CMS
8.0
Squarespace
7.8

Platform & Infrastructure

Freedom CMS
Squarespace
8.0
API
Freedom CMS
Squarespace
7.8
Internationalization / multi-language
Freedom CMS
Squarespace
8.3

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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  • Easy to create visually appealing designs using the gridded drag and drop and preset formatting options/ themes
  • Maintains consistent design elements across your whole site - which you can change at a high level with one click and automatically updates globally
  • Instantly updates content to your live site
  • Great photo slideshow options and quotation box features
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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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  • Images - Though the gallery function is robust and able to be customized, I find that when placing images directly on to page layouts, that the software often resizes or moves the image to suit the template. I often wish I could specify the image size directly with pixel dimensions to ensure that it does not move or resize itself, which can cause lower resolution images to look blurry.
  • Sidebars - nearly all of Squarespace's current templates do NOT have the option for a sidebar included. This is something we love to use as it keeps the most current notices we wish to share visible on all pages without the need to edit every single page.
  • Folders and Indexing - Squarespace currently does have the ability to make dropdown menus by creating folders of pages. However, having a subfolder is not supported. Nor can you nest an Index, a collection of galleries or images, inside of a folder, which means that our products cannot be subdivided into their product folders. It just means we have to have a separate place for them, and our visitors to the site must look in two different places to get the complete information on some items.
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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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Squarespace10.0
Based on 4 answers
Unless our website requires significantly more functionality in the future, I can't see us terminating our contract
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Usability

No score
No answers yet
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Squarespace10.0
Based on 3 answers
It's dead simple to use. There are no over complicated controls or tons of menus to screw things up. People with bad taste couldn't make an ugly website. While it may be frustrating for the pro designer to get exactly what they want, it prevents the uninitiated from making something ugly
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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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Squarespace10.0
Based on 2 answers
Easy to find support on their website.
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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 find Wix to truly be a blank slate. The templates offered can be modified to give you more control over the finished product but the downside to this is the added step of formatting for responsive viewing. It is often overlooked by clients who want to maintain their site once the design is complete and they become frustrated. That said, I wish there was more control over the responsive elements shown in Squarespace but as a trade off, I choose Squarespace.
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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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  • It's my primary platform for design, so hugely impactful!
  • Improved client satisfaction, word of mouth referrals and return business.
  • Improved project delivery based on ease of use and documentation.
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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

Squarespace

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