What users are saying about

Freedom CMS

10 Ratings

Wix

Top Rated
147 Ratings

Freedom CMS

10 Ratings
Score 3.4 out of 101

Wix

Top Rated
147 Ratings
Score 8.1 out of 101

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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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Wix

Great for building a website for any kind of business.
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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
8.0
WYSIWYG editor
Freedom CMS
7.7
Wix
8.3
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
8.1
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Freedom CMS
7.2
Wix
7.7
Publishing workflow
Freedom CMS
8.8
Wix
8.3
Form generator
Freedom CMS
7.8
Wix
7.5

Web Content Management

Freedom CMS
7.8
Wix
7.6
Content taxonomy
Freedom CMS
8.3
Wix
7.8
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
7.4
Community / comment management
Freedom CMS
8.0
Wix
7.9

Platform & Infrastructure

Freedom CMS
Wix
7.5
API
Freedom CMS
Wix
7.7
Internationalization / multi-language
Freedom CMS
Wix
7.2

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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  • 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

  • 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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  • When you buy it, it initially charges you for the year; this is scary. You DO have an option to pay monthly but it is quite discreet, down below on the selection page. Be aware of that.
  • The menus, even though easy to use, could be less clunky.
  • If you don't pay a lot of attention to that, when you switch the design to mobile it loses some significant quality.
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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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No answers yet
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Wix7.0
Based on 4 answers
It's useable for the most basic person to use, but it's not a great option overall. I think that the platform for creating is rather cumbersome and not clean or organized. If you don't care about that while working on a website, it's an okay option, but I only recommend this option for basic users.
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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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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

  • 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 helped us create a good looking website in a very short time even with a lot of decision makers.
  • Wix is easy to work on without any coding language.
  • Wix is a little expensive.
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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