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Freedom CMS

10 Ratings

TERMINALFOUR

2 Ratings

Freedom CMS

10 Ratings
Score 3.4 out of 101

TERMINALFOUR

2 Ratings
Score 8 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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TERMINALFOUR

It's an extremely flexible solution. It can be a nightmare to work with if not properly planned out or fantastic if well thought out. If you have a team and an application owner with a plan it's a great option.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Freedom CMS
8.9
TERMINALFOUR
8.5
Role-based user permissions
Freedom CMS
8.9
TERMINALFOUR
8.5

Web Content Creation

Freedom CMS
7.6
TERMINALFOUR
7.0
WYSIWYG editor
Freedom CMS
7.7
TERMINALFOUR
8.5
Code quality / cleanliness
Freedom CMS
8.6
TERMINALFOUR
8.0
Admin section
Freedom CMS
8.0
TERMINALFOUR
8.0
Page templates
Freedom CMS
8.3
TERMINALFOUR
8.5
Library of website themes
Freedom CMS
4.3
TERMINALFOUR
6.0
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Freedom CMS
7.2
TERMINALFOUR
4.0
Publishing workflow
Freedom CMS
8.8
TERMINALFOUR
8.0
Form generator
Freedom CMS
7.8
TERMINALFOUR
5.0

Web Content Management

Freedom CMS
7.8
TERMINALFOUR
6.7
Content taxonomy
Freedom CMS
8.3
TERMINALFOUR
7.4
SEO support
Freedom CMS
7.8
TERMINALFOUR
7.0
Bulk management
Freedom CMS
7.4
TERMINALFOUR
5.0
Availability / breadth of extensions
Freedom CMS
7.7
TERMINALFOUR
6.0
Community / comment management
Freedom CMS
8.0
TERMINALFOUR
7.9

Platform & Infrastructure

Freedom CMS
TERMINALFOUR
5.0
API
Freedom CMS
TERMINALFOUR
6.0
Internationalization / multi-language
Freedom CMS
TERMINALFOUR
4.0

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 navigate site management.
  • Customizable templating with not much limitation.
  • User management by groups.
  • Selective publishing.
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Cons

  • Creating layouts could be simpler. For example, if you have a sidebar on different interior pages, it isn't very intuitive to have something different on each one. Having the ability to control what is in different regions of pages would be beneficial.
  • The Commerce modules aren't quite there yet. We have had issues with reliability and if it's not built in by default, you can't use it.
  • Documentation could be better organized. There has been a lot of mixed articles from past features that no longer exist, and for some things there just isn't any documentation at all. I have had to create complex layouts that had I known a shortcode existed, it would have made my life much easier.
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  • It can be a bit buggy with media library management.
  • The html editor can act pretty wonky sometimes with the html it translates things into.
  • The navigation builder tool is pretty confusing.
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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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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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WordPress is obviously a fantastic product. TerminalFour was more appropriate for our needs as determined by a team before my arrival. I think WordPress is better and cheaper but going with TerminalFour offered the opportunity to work with a smaller company to whom we mattered
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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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  • Increased employee efficiency.
  • Happier internal customers because changes are much easier than they used to be and we can often empower them to make their own changes to their websites.
  • For our application owner it's become a huge project that consumes all of his time. Not ideal but it's working for now. Knowledge sharing the more intricate pieces can be really difficult.
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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

TERMINALFOUR

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
$15,000*
1.  organisation per year
Additional Pricing Details
Generally the initial cost is between $15,000 to $100,000 with ongoing support and hosting subsequent years.