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Freedom CMS

10 Ratings

Squarespace

Top Rated
110 Ratings

Freedom CMS

10 Ratings
Score 3.4 out of 101

Squarespace

Top Rated
110 Ratings
Score 8.6 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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Squarespace

Artists, photographers, writers - anyone selling digital content or trying to display their work. Their site and template selections are very well suited for this type of interface, and can easily encourage sales. It is less appropriate for sites who are constantly updating their catalog, like car sales or ones which require a more extensive vetting process.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Freedom CMS
8.9
Squarespace
8.4
Role-based user permissions
Freedom CMS
8.9
Squarespace
8.4

Web Content Creation

Freedom CMS
7.6
Squarespace
8.2
WYSIWYG editor
Freedom CMS
7.7
Squarespace
8.3
Code quality / cleanliness
Freedom CMS
8.6
Squarespace
8.1
Admin section
Freedom CMS
8.0
Squarespace
8.1
Page templates
Freedom CMS
8.3
Squarespace
8.4
Library of website themes
Freedom CMS
4.3
Squarespace
7.8
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Freedom CMS
7.2
Squarespace
8.9
Publishing workflow
Freedom CMS
8.8
Squarespace
8.0
Form generator
Freedom CMS
7.8
Squarespace
8.1

Web Content Management

Freedom CMS
7.8
Squarespace
6.9
Content taxonomy
Freedom CMS
8.3
Squarespace
7.5
SEO support
Freedom CMS
7.8
Squarespace
7.0
Bulk management
Freedom CMS
7.4
Squarespace
6.1
Availability / breadth of extensions
Freedom CMS
7.7
Squarespace
6.4
Community / comment management
Freedom CMS
8.0
Squarespace
7.3

Platform & Infrastructure

Freedom CMS
Squarespace
7.5
API
Freedom CMS
Squarespace
7.3
Internationalization / multi-language
Freedom CMS
Squarespace
7.8

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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  • Blogs - it provides an easy way to create the blogs, as well as a nice way to organize and sort blogs so that our customers can identify what they want to read before having to slog through everything on the site.
  • User Interface - we have a saying: "what if you get hit by a bus?" If the entire operation shuts down because one person is gone, then the program is not worth it. Squarespace's interface is something anyone can learn in the span of 10 minutes, and with a little bit of guidance, you will never be left alone in case your web master is away.
  • Pricing and Domain - this was not only easy to set up, but painless and straightforward. No hidden costs, and no sudden expenses that we didn't expect.
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Cons

  • Cost and Licensing. Personally, we've never had a problem with this with our clients - we sell the value and our clients understand the value of using Freedom over other CMS options. We also will only work in Freedom - so our clients don't have an option. However, there is a monthly cost to license the CMS - which also includes the hosting. Yes, there are free options for CMS's out there - however even with those you have to find hosting. Accrisoft has different tiers of server sizes and monthly costs accordingly depending on you or your clients needs.
  • Minimal Themes. Accrisoft only has a small amount of themes available to deploy with your site. They probably have around 10-15, pretty modern and responsive themes that you can use to start a new Freedom installation with, however, if you typically deploy and install themes for your clientele - instead of custom sites, Freedom may not be for you. As you know some other CMS's can have hundreds or thousands of themes. With that said, they allow their solution providers to create themes and use site backups to transfer exact copies of existing sites to another Freedom server. So if you create your own starting templates you can always deploy and start with something - not completely from scratch. I personally don't think this is a problem at all, but am mentioning it for others to know about.
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  • I am not a fan of the embedded code. For third party programs, I have to search them for a direct HTML code in order to put it on the site, as their embedded link only creates a hyperlink. Something you can do easier in the text blocks.
  • More reliable integration with social media. I have to resync the school's Instagram account weekly. We manage multiple, so I can't just leave it logged in. One time it displayed my own personal account without confirming.
  • I would also like a more expansive CMS on par with Wordpress, but that is a preference, not a negative.
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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 2 answers
I've renewed my Squarespace 3 years in a row
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Usability

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Squarespace10.0
Based on 2 answers
It's simple to use for someone who is really good with computers as well as those who are not. I've been using my personal squarespace for years and have also helped clients build a starting page which they are later able to manage theirselves.
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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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Wix has a lot more flexibility than Squarespace in designing really original web content, with the same front end, no code style that Squarespace offers. If you want to do something really unique with your site, you can drag and drop something anywhere on the page, similar to a powerpoint presentation on Wix. Squarespace is gridded, so you can only drop things in certain places and it aligns the columns into halves, thirds, etc.One thing I really prefer about Squarespace is that you can make global changes. While Wix is very flexible, if you decide to make a significant change (font, color, etc) you have to change it on every individual page in every place. On Squarespace, the global design choices keep your website consistent in font, color, and size across your site, so you don't end up with inconsistent text or color changes. Another benefit is that you can add custom code or pull code for integrations with forms, databases etc, which you cannot do with Squarespace.As a non professional designer, the clean format and limitations of Squarespace are actually useful in building a clean platform.
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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've been able to land clients that weren't sure about my design skills after they were able to check out my portfolio.
  • The cost is pretty low, so I easily make much more than I invest into the services provided.
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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