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Likelihood to Recommend

Freedom CMS

It is much more suited to a user or company who doesn't like to tinker or make wholesale changes to their site. If you just need to make basic updates in text and post articles, blogs then Accrisoft Freedom is a good bet and very secure. If you want to try out different integrations, page layouts, embedding things and generally tinkering with your site then Accrisoft Freedom wouldn't be a wise choice.
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Wix

To me Wix is better for slightly more advanced users. A big downside is that it's adpative, not responsive. So the more custom your design gets, the more you will be working separately on your mobile pages. If you want something that truly takes no knowledge of website building, look elsewhere. I also wouldn't implement this if you have a team of direct contributors that aren't website or design people. There's just not enough restriction there, too much power for them to make a mess.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

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

Web Content Creation

Freedom CMS
7.6
Wix
7.9
WYSIWYG editor
Freedom CMS
7.7
Wix
8.3
Code quality / cleanliness
Freedom CMS
8.6
Wix
7.6
Admin section
Freedom CMS
8.0
Wix
8.1
Page templates
Freedom CMS
8.3
Wix
8.3
Library of website themes
Freedom CMS
4.3
Wix
7.9
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Freedom CMS
7.2
Wix
7.7
Publishing workflow
Freedom CMS
8.8
Wix
8.0
Form generator
Freedom CMS
7.8
Wix
7.1

Web Content Management

Freedom CMS
7.8
Wix
7.5
Content taxonomy
Freedom CMS
8.3
Wix
7.6
SEO support
Freedom CMS
7.8
Wix
7.4
Bulk management
Freedom CMS
7.4
Wix
7.3
Availability / breadth of extensions
Freedom CMS
7.7
Wix
7.1
Community / comment management
Freedom CMS
8.0
Wix
7.8

Platform & Infrastructure

Freedom CMS
Wix
7.2
API
Freedom CMS
Wix
7.6
Internationalization / multi-language
Freedom CMS
Wix
6.9

Pros

Freedom CMS

  • 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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Wix

  • Wix provides new users with templates so that you can really get a site up and running within an hour or so.
  • Wix publishes a daily blog that teaches you how to use their website as well as other digital marketing skills such as SEO.
  • If you're willing and have the time, you can customize your site down to the last detail.
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Cons

Freedom CMS

  • 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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Wix

  • In my experience, Wix has trouble working with Chrome. The click and drag features are jumpy at times causing misplaced images and text.
  • Again, with Chrome, it seems that the site editor/interface is very slow to load.
  • If you're looking to customize your site to its fullest, you will have to upgrade to a paid account.
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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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Wix

Wix 10.0
Based on 3 answers
We will definitely renew Wix. The ability to completely control our website has been invaluable to us. We will maintain this service as long as we are an incorporated organization, we've tried several other software options and this has been the best solution by far for all of our needs.
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Usability

Freedom CMS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Wix

Wix 7.2
Based on 5 answers
Great customization, but a pain to backtrack. They recently added the ability to set fonts etc as headings, title, body etc, but if you did not begin your build with these presets you are screwed if you ever try to change font/ colors/layout etc.
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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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Wix

No score
No answers yet
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Alternatives Considered

Freedom CMS

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

Squarespace is the other primary no-code website builder. Squarespace has less ability for customization, as everything exists in a grid and there are extreme limitations to how you can lay out a page. When it came to designing a "designer" website, Wix had a lot more opportunities to help my brand shine through custom layouts and the use of shapes. However, Squarespace is much easier to update and make large-scale changes, so if I were to significantly update my site again, I would consider switching over for ease of access.
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Return on Investment

Freedom CMS

  • 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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Wix

  • An easier way to solicit information to users, donations, and volunteers. Looks very clean and professional.
  • Strong sense of branding and design
  • When I went to update my site, it took HOURS to make basic style changes across the whole site
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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

Wix

General

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

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