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Score 7.5 out of 100
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Score 8.3 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • Accrisoft Freedom ranks higher in 1 feature set: Security
  • Squarespace ranks higher in 2 feature sets: Web Content Creation, Web Content Management

Security

8.9

Freedom CMS

89%
8.6

Squarespace

86%
Accrisoft Freedom ranks higher in 1/1 features

Role-based user permissions

8.9
89%
2 Ratings
8.6
86%
57 Ratings

Web Content Creation

7.6

Freedom CMS

76%
8.5

Squarespace

85%
Squarespace ranks higher in 7/8 features

WYSIWYG editor

7.7
77%
3 Ratings
8.6
86%
74 Ratings

Code quality / cleanliness

8.6
86%
3 Ratings
8.7
87%
66 Ratings

Admin section

8.0
80%
3 Ratings
8.5
85%
84 Ratings

Page templates

8.3
83%
3 Ratings
8.9
89%
85 Ratings

Library of website themes

4.3
43%
2 Ratings
8.1
81%
83 Ratings

Mobile optimization / responsive design

7.2
72%
2 Ratings
8.6
86%
81 Ratings

Publishing workflow

8.8
88%
2 Ratings
8.5
85%
73 Ratings

Form generator

7.8
78%
3 Ratings
8.3
83%
67 Ratings

Web Content Management

7.8

Freedom CMS

78%
8.0

Squarespace

80%
Accrisoft Freedom ranks higher in 3/5 features

Content taxonomy

8.3
83%
3 Ratings
8.3
83%
65 Ratings

SEO support

7.8
78%
3 Ratings
8.4
84%
70 Ratings

Bulk management

7.4
74%
2 Ratings
7.7
77%
43 Ratings

Availability / breadth of extensions

7.7
77%
2 Ratings
7.6
76%
57 Ratings

Community / comment management

8.0
80%
2 Ratings
7.9
79%
57 Ratings

Platform & Infrastructure

Freedom CMS

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
7.8

Squarespace

78%
Squarespace ranks higher in 2/2 features

API

N/A
0 Ratings
7.7
77%
42 Ratings

Internationalization / multi-language

N/A
0 Ratings
7.8
78%
30 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Squarespace is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew, Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

8.2

Freedom CMS

82%
4 Ratings
8.4

Squarespace

84%
85 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

1.0

Freedom CMS

10%
1 Rating
10.0

Squarespace

100%
4 Ratings

Usability

Freedom CMS

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

Squarespace

100%
4 Ratings

Support Rating

8.2

Freedom CMS

82%
2 Ratings
10.0

Squarespace

100%
4 Ratings

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Squarespace

I have a gorgeous website that I made myself, thanks to Squarespace. I'm able to integrate marketing emails, SEO, analytics, online carts, pretty much instantly. If you want to get started fast, it's really great. I think if you want to customize square space and you're having trouble, it would be most helpful to hire a square space designer. That's what I would have done in retrospect.
Lisa Cooley | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Freedom CMS

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Squarespace

  • Stupid simple to use. I know very creative people who cannot code and this is probably the easiest ever platform for them!
  • Pretty website templates and great functionality with showing off portfolios.
  • They've already figured out what are the problems that non-coding people have when creating websites and they've figured out a simple solution for all of it.
Isabel Sam | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Freedom CMS

  • 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.
Chris Theisen | TrustRadius Reviewer

Squarespace

  • As a wine company it would really love it if Squarespace had an easy plugin for wine club subscriptions.
  • Squarespace would be awesome if it could automatically take your photos that you upload on the site and optimize them for the web and for the website.
  • I do wish we could have more than two contributors for the basic website costs.
Megan Murray | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Freedom CMS

General

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

Starting Price

$100 per month

Squarespace

General

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

Starting Price

$12 per month

Likelihood to Renew

Freedom CMS

Freedom CMS 1.0
Based on 1 answer
We switched to WordPress; it was out of my control.
Mark A. Buckawicki | TrustRadius Reviewer

Squarespace

Squarespace 10.0
Based on 4 answers
Unless our website requires significantly more functionality in the future, I can't see us terminating our contract
Emily Muhoberac | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Freedom CMS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Squarespace

Squarespace 10.0
Based on 4 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.
Mandy Cramer | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Freedom CMS

Freedom CMS 8.2
Based on 2 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Squarespace

Squarespace 10.0
Based on 4 answers
Help is available directly from the back end and uses full sentence searching to find answers to questions others may have asked before. With a ton of articles and support questions documents, it is very likely that your question has been answered. If not each page has the ability to open a direct email to support. Each case has a number and can be followed. Responses are often quick and have links and directions clearly stated
Angela Skees | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Freedom CMS

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Squarespace

Overall, as a designer, it makes perfect sense for small to large businesses to use a site such as SquareSpace. Costs are relatively reasonable with the ability to go in and do custom code.
The issue is certain aspects of it, depending on the plan, you can't do. So, if you want to do API to the site, you need to use the top-tier program to do so. Even at custom code, you won't have access to the API section.
As well, like all templates and themes, everybody is using the same style too.
Michael Chow | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Freedom CMS

  • 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.
Chris Theisen | TrustRadius Reviewer

Squarespace

  • The key positive impact on my overall business objectives is how simple Squarespace sites are to implement new information. Whenever our services change, we can quickly update pages or even change how the website flows, in a very short window of time. This allows me to get back to more urgent work sooner.
  • Our Squarespace site for Club Swim Show helped present our web series to potential partners; Club Swim Show went on to partner with a popular swimming magazine and reach a larger audience through that magazine's hosting thanks to the professional design of our original website.
  • Squarespace does not bring in customers to my storefront, which is fine for me, since I sell things infrequently and it is not my main business, but might work against someone who is expecting a Shopify or Etsy level connection with buyer markets.
Courtney Birnbaum | TrustRadius Reviewer

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