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Score 3.7 out of 101

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Score 8.1 out of 101

Likelihood to Recommend

Freedom CMS

Will the client want customization for any functionality?Unless you know what it is capable of out of the box, it may not be the best starting point. I would recommend it only for smaller clients who are not picky about how something works. If they would like membership, I wouldn't recommend it unless they only want to use it to hide certain pages, or for something very basic such as email subscriptions. If all they want is a simple site that is very easy to maintain and requires little attention then yes, this is a good solution for you.
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Weebly

Weebly is a great platform if you need a brochure-ware website. It's got some great features and you can't beat how easy it is to use. On the downside, the blog and e-commerce functionality is limited. Although there are several fairly easy to use platforms out there, I use it for many of my clients that are just starting out or need one they can eventually manage and update themselves as their businesses evolve -- which is especially true in the beginning or at the startup of a business. However, it can also scale, since you can create almost any number of pages and add content like audio and video. Additional functionality may be added through embeds.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Freedom CMS
8.9
Weebly
8.0
Role-based user permissions
Freedom CMS
8.9
Weebly
8.0

Web Content Creation

Freedom CMS
7.6
Weebly
8.0
WYSIWYG editor
Freedom CMS
7.7
Weebly
8.5
Code quality / cleanliness
Freedom CMS
8.6
Weebly
7.8
Admin section
Freedom CMS
8.0
Weebly
7.9
Page templates
Freedom CMS
8.3
Weebly
8.1
Library of website themes
Freedom CMS
4.3
Weebly
8.0
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Freedom CMS
7.2
Weebly
8.0
Publishing workflow
Freedom CMS
8.8
Weebly
8.5
Form generator
Freedom CMS
7.8
Weebly
7.3

Web Content Management

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

Platform & Infrastructure

Freedom CMS
Weebly
7.3
API
Freedom CMS
Weebly
7.8
Internationalization / multi-language
Freedom CMS
Weebly
6.8

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.
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Weebly

  • Easy to update website designs.
  • Multiple plugins and apps you can use to upgrade your site
  • It's nice to be able to have authorization to multiple sites through one login
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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.
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Weebly

  • Sometimes the templates in Weebly are restrictive which make design and adding content a little difficult.
  • While adding new pages is relatively easy, there are a lot of steps/questions that a user must tackle in order to set the page up.
  • Incorporating photos and/or a slide show in Weebly is helpful but the feature is a clunky and doesn't integrate with the website as nicely as we would like.
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Likelihood to Renew

Freedom CMS

Freedom CMS 1.0
Based on 1 answer
We switched to WordPress; it was out of my control.
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Weebly

Weebly 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Weebly is consistently adding features that line up with our needs. The ease of use makes it the perfect program for us since we have users of multiple age brackets and knowledge of web design. We love that we can give users access to only the pages they are affiliated with
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Usability

Freedom CMS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Weebly

Weebly 9.0
Based on 1 answer
It is simple to use and offers enough customization to make a website that is personalized. Templates are pretty standard and the help section is laid out well by topic with frequently asked questions. Some design knowledge is helpful, but through trial and error anyone can get a hold of the reins fairly quickly.
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Support

Freedom CMS

Freedom CMS 8.2
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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Weebly

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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.
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Weebly

Wix doesn't have the ease of use that Weebly has. I get more frustrated using that when I need specific items.Instapage has many SEO limitations and I don't feel like my SEO efforts are fully utilized within the platform they offer.
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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.
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Weebly

  • As it provides templates, it saves your time and programming knowledge needed is less.
  • It provides you best security support and protects you from hackers.
  • As compared to other sites the cost per month or year is less.
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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

Weebly

General

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

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