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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
8.5
Role-based user permissions
Freedom CMS
8.9
Wix
8.5

Web Content Creation

Freedom CMS
7.6
Wix
7.9
WYSIWYG editor
Freedom CMS
7.7
Wix
8.2
Code quality / cleanliness
Freedom CMS
8.6
Wix
7.3
Admin section
Freedom CMS
8.0
Wix
8.2
Page templates
Freedom CMS
8.3
Wix
8.5
Library of website themes
Freedom CMS
4.3
Wix
8.2
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
7.3

Web Content Management

Freedom CMS
7.8
Wix
7.5
Content taxonomy
Freedom CMS
8.3
Wix
7.5
SEO support
Freedom CMS
7.8
Wix
7.7
Bulk management
Freedom CMS
7.4
Wix
7.2
Availability / breadth of extensions
Freedom CMS
7.7
Wix
7.4
Community / comment management
Freedom CMS
8.0
Wix
7.7

Platform & Infrastructure

Freedom CMS
Wix
7.2
API
Freedom CMS
Wix
7.5
Internationalization / multi-language
Freedom CMS
Wix
6.9

Pros

  • The new all in one image editor is nice. You can upload images and then handle all of the editing needs within Freedom or through their connection with Pixlr. It makes it much more streamlined than managing outside of a CMS.
  • Freedom is set up so you don't have too much access to the backend, which for a majority of users is a good thing. Whereas you can break a lot of things within Wordpress or other open source tools, Freedom ensures your site keeps working because you can't fool with it too much.
  • The ability to change the colors and branding on a page based on the page settings is nice. For companies with sub-brands within an umbrella it helps carry the branding through better than a site that only offers a static header section for each page in the site.
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  • Image hosting: seriously love that if you upload a reasonably sized image, it loads in a snap
  • Ease of design: I can design a website from the ground up pretty quickly just with a few clicks
  • Great templates: if you’re not very design-oriented, there are great defaults to get you started with to help develop ideas of your own.
  • No coding necessary: you don’t need to code to create a great looking site.
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Cons

  • 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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  • While Wix appears to make itself user friendly, there is a lot of apps that are unnecessary that must be waded through. When you are trying something new it is actually complex, until you get the "hang of it".
  • Without a paid subscription Wix does not populate on Google searches very well.
  • Wix hosts its pages, and again if you do not have a paid subscription the loading can be slow and burdensome.
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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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Wix10.0
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

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Wix7.2
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 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

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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Squarespace felt more advanced when I first began my comparison research. It seemed like it could potentially make the best looking websites but required a little more base knowledge or a higher learning curve for someone new to web design. Weebly seemed like a very worthy competitor but I enjoyed the Wix interface more so I went with Wix. Now that I have been exposed to Wix for a longer period of time, I actually would be very interested to try both Weebly and Squarespace again to see how they stack up now.
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Return on Investment

  • 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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  • Through organic search and PPC ads, I have been found online and earned new customers this way.
  • I was able to see a positive ROI in my business after 2-3 months (considering time invested, not just subscription price).
  • I am currently trying to use a Wix form to convert more leads and get contact information but I am not a fan of the forms I have seen so far.
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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