Accrisoft Freedom - It does work, in some cases
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
July 17, 2015

Accrisoft Freedom - It does work, in some cases

Score 5 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source

Software Version

10.2

Modules Used

  • Web Pages, Menus, Photo Album, Custom Modules, News, Events, Forms, Email Marketing

Overall Satisfaction with Accrisoft Freedom

Accrisoft Freedom has been used as a potential solution for clients looking to rebuild their company website. We are a multi-platform agency so we offer an unbiased opinion to clients as to what platform would fit them best based on their needs. We generally recommend Accrisoft Freedom to clients who run small to medium companies looking for an out of the box solution that's simple to maintain to make their web presence known. These clients are typically less "technologically savvy" and are looking for something basic to use that allows them to update content, send out email campaigns, and post blogs, and various other minor tasks.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Wordpress,Drupal,Hubspot COS
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.
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.

Freedom CMS Feature Ratings

WYSIWYG editor
5
Code quality / cleanliness
8
Admin section
7
Page templates
6
Library of website themes
8
Mobile optimization / responsive design
7
Publishing workflow
7
Form generator
7
Content taxonomy
6
SEO support
7
Bulk management
3
Availability / breadth of extensions
5
Community / comment management
7
API
Not Rated
Internationalization / multi-language
Not Rated
Role-based user permissions
8