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Acquia Digital Experience Platform

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Score 8.3 out of 100
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Score 7.4 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Security

    Acquia Digital Experience Platform

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.0

    Cascade Server

    80%
    Cascade Server ranks higher in 1/1 features

    Role-based user permissions

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    19 Ratings

    Platform & Infrastructure

    Acquia Digital Experience Platform

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    7.1

    Cascade Server

    71%
    Cascade Server ranks higher in 2/2 features

    API

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.0
    70%
    12 Ratings

    Internationalization / multi-language

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.3
    73%
    7 Ratings

    Web Content Creation

    Acquia Digital Experience Platform

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    7.1

    Cascade Server

    71%
    Cascade Server ranks higher in 8/8 features

    WYSIWYG editor

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.1
    61%
    19 Ratings

    Code quality / cleanliness

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.0
    60%
    18 Ratings

    Admin section

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    19 Ratings

    Page templates

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    17 Ratings

    Library of website themes

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    5.5
    55%
    2 Ratings

    Mobile optimization / responsive design

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.0
    70%
    15 Ratings

    Publishing workflow

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    19 Ratings

    Form generator

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.4
    64%
    7 Ratings

    Web Content Management

    Acquia Digital Experience Platform

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    6.9

    Cascade Server

    69%
    Cascade Server ranks higher in 5/5 features

    Content taxonomy

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    13 Ratings

    SEO support

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.0
    70%
    14 Ratings

    Bulk management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    14 Ratings

    Availability / breadth of extensions

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.0
    60%
    11 Ratings

    Community / comment management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    4.8
    48%
    5 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Acquia Digital Experience Platform is rated higher in 1 area: Product Scalability
    • Cascade Server is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew
    • Acquia Digital Experience Platform and Cascade Server are tied in 1 area: Support Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    8.4

    Acquia Digital Experience Platform

    84%
    37 Ratings
    9.9

    Cascade Server

    99%
    44 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    9.0

    Acquia Digital Experience Platform

    90%
    9 Ratings
    9.1

    Cascade Server

    91%
    26 Ratings

    Usability

    Acquia Digital Experience Platform

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.1

    Cascade Server

    91%
    4 Ratings

    Availability

    Acquia Digital Experience Platform

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.7

    Cascade Server

    67%
    8 Ratings

    Performance

    Acquia Digital Experience Platform

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0

    Cascade Server

    80%
    2 Ratings

    Support Rating

    9.1

    Acquia Digital Experience Platform

    91%
    1 Rating
    9.1

    Cascade Server

    91%
    10 Ratings

    In-Person Training

    Acquia Digital Experience Platform

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.0

    Cascade Server

    70%
    1 Rating

    Online Training

    Acquia Digital Experience Platform

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    5.0

    Cascade Server

    50%
    1 Rating

    Implementation Rating

    Acquia Digital Experience Platform

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.1

    Cascade Server

    91%
    8 Ratings

    Product Scalability

    7.6

    Acquia Digital Experience Platform

    76%
    20 Ratings
    5.0

    Cascade Server

    50%
    1 Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Acquia Digital Experience Platform

    Well suited for rapid development of applications and sites, ease of maintenance, security enhancements, and ease of patching. Drupal for global enterprise content strategy i.e. industrial robustness. DevOps is there but needs to be easier to integrate with other vendors. In my experience, Acquia Digital Experience Platform doesn't support well data-driven process definition, setup, and management from an application standpoint. In production, we expected the production environment to be separated from the non-production environnement, which was only possible at the logical level and not at the network level.
    Olivier Parriche | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Cascade Server

    Cascade Server is well suited with it's WYSIWYG editor being better than most editors that I have used in other systems. In context, editing makes adding content easy compared to the last CMS I used where you had to wing it and view the page outside of the CMS to see if it was correct. The ability mix HTML, CSS, and the Script of your choice anywhere and with ease.
    The scenarios were Cascade Server is less appropriate would be in the use of compilers or programs like Visual studio. You need to go out of Cascade Server and go to other environments to perform tasks and then copy the result to Cascade Server. You can write directly in Cascade Server, but it's easier to do in and editor that is specific to a function.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Pros

    Acquia Digital Experience Platform

    • Easy to manage multiple environments and a team of Site Developers and Site Administrators
    • Easy and intuitive to conduct deployments, back-ups, rollbacks of code, databases, and files
    • Useful add-ons such as Solr Search, Security, Site Monitoring, Migration tools, etc.
    • Excellent and responsive support
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Cascade Server

    • Cascade CMS makes no assumptions about your content. Templates control how the content gets displayed.
    • Workflows are intuitive and allow for one or more people to review content before it is published.
    • The published site is static (no database connection) which allows for faster page loads and reduced risk of attack.
    John Dezember | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Cons

    Acquia Digital Experience Platform

    • Using the platform is not for the faint of heart. It takes some understanding of how a back-end system technology works to be able to get anything done or even know where to go.
    • Being able to verify DNS services is not easy to do. A digital market is required to do this with Facebook or Google from time to time but it is hidden from the non-tech user. I need to find a tech expert to do a simple task that is holding up the quality of our digital advertising. This is the way the digital world works and these capabilities need to be exposed and easy to verify by non-tech users quickly without the possibility of disrupting the system.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Cascade Server

    • Cascade CMS is not an out-of-the-box pre-built system that you can install, turn on and expect to be serving sites and pages on day one. It's not a blogging system like WordPress, or a drag-and-drop system like SquareSpace (both of which I've used for their own purposes). You need to have someone tasked with management and system administration – and if you implement the on-premise self-hosted version, you ought to have several people. We have the university's IT shop handling infrastructure (server hardware, containers, clustering, operating systems, load-balancing, DNS, database servers, NAS/SAN drives), our Web & Design team managing Cascade CMS (system settings, sites, templates, permissions) and managers coordinating each respective academic unit (A&S, business, education, law, marine science).
    Andrew Bauserman | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Pricing Details

    Acquia Digital Experience Platform

    General

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

    Starting Price

    Cascade Server

    General

    Free Trial
    Yes
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services
    Yes
    Entry-level set up fee?
    Optional

    Starting Price

    Likelihood to Renew

    Acquia Digital Experience Platform

    Acquia Digital Experience Platform 9.0
    Based on 9 answers
    As a Drupal Web Developer, I have not encountered or been exposed to any other hosting solution that could surpass the benefits of having a site hosted on Acquia Cloud. Although, for any side-project or low-cost freelance gigs, I cannot expect that I'll always have the option of recommending Acquia Cloud, and that's okay. While I am at work and trying to help our team gain more exposure to my companies' extensive list of clients, when we have the fortune of adding another Drupal-based client to our roster, getting those clients on Acquia Cloud makes every other aspect of building or modifying their school website that much easier
    Sean Hanford | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Cascade Server

    Cascade Server 9.1
    Based on 26 answers
    Changing systems would require too much effort. Our institution is using Cascade Server, WordPress and Drupal but we only serve 2200 students so we have 1 too many content management systems. Reflecting on current technical resources we would like to drop down to 2. This effort hasn't moved forward because of the extensive work required to migrate content and train users in a new system.
    Jason Slater | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Usability

    Acquia Digital Experience Platform

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Cascade Server

    Cascade Server 9.1
    Based on 4 answers
    Cascade CMS is completely usable on mobile devices, we can train our content editors in a single 2-hour session, and we support 1,000 users with a very small team.
    There is a level of complexity for the system administrators, site managers and web programmers who implement templates and content types. But the complexity is neither arbitrary nor inconsistent – and once learned provides a powerful environment within which we can develop robust sites that are beautiful and powerful, yet easy for our content editors to manage.
    Andrew Bauserman | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Reliability and Availability

    Acquia Digital Experience Platform

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Cascade Server

    Cascade Server 6.7
    Based on 8 answers
    Amazing customer service and VERY customizable.
    Graham Lewis | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Performance

    Acquia Digital Experience Platform

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Cascade Server

    Cascade Server 8.0
    Based on 2 answers
    Does a great job.
    Collan Davidson | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Support Rating

    Acquia Digital Experience Platform

    Acquia Digital Experience Platform 9.1
    Based on 1 answer
    The team is always there to support any issue. We had an issue around adding more code into the system and they supported us all the way through.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Cascade Server

    Cascade Server 9.1
    Based on 10 answers
    They have always regarded any question or problem we encountered as very important. We have never felt that they ignore or downplay any issue and not once has anything been left unresolved. They also hold an annual conference where users are invited to attend and share their experiences and wisdom with the entire Cascade community. And with the care and support the provide, we all feel a part of that community.
    David Van Wie | TrustRadius Reviewer

    In-Person Training

    Acquia Digital Experience Platform

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Cascade Server

    Cascade Server 7.0
    Based on 1 answer
    Training was helpful.
    Collan Davidson | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Online Training

    Acquia Digital Experience Platform

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Cascade Server

    Cascade Server 5.0
    Based on 1 answer
    Still needed that physical help
    Collan Davidson | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Implementation Rating

    Acquia Digital Experience Platform

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Cascade Server

    Cascade Server 9.1
    Based on 8 answers
    The key to any CMS implementation is PLAN, PLAN, PLAN. Proper planning with Cascade can increase your satisfaction exponentially once the site migration/creation is complete. When all is said and done, your implementation can make your site run like a Yugo or Maserati. Be smart and deliberate in your decisions. Drive the Maserati. It is already paid for.
    William White | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Alternatives Considered

    Acquia Digital Experience Platform

    Acquia [Digital Experience Platform]'s offering is much for extendable, flexible, and scalable. The security is far beyond WP and it is much easier to extend than Magento was. Being able to have access to all these tools at an enterprise level, but still have them remain open source is really a huge advantage in my mind.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Cascade Server

    We selected Cascade server seven years ago, and the CMS environment at the time was clearly different than it is today. We decided to go with a vendor solution rather than a free solution because the long term cost in hosting a free solution is not, in fact, free; we've found Cascade to have been an excellent choice for us.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Scalability

    Acquia Digital Experience Platform

    Acquia Digital Experience Platform 7.6
    Based on 20 answers
    We do not use any of the proprietary features from Acquia [Digital Experience Platform], like Site Factory, that enable this. (I am allergic to proprietary.) But Drupal is inherently scaleable via multisite, and things like Single Sign On via contrib modules.
    Maria Greene | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Cascade Server

    Cascade Server 5.0
    Based on 1 answer
    I used it only a few times.
    Collan Davidson | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Return on Investment

    Acquia Digital Experience Platform

    • Acquia has a positive impact on our internal ROI for our own website.
    • Most of our clients also see a positive impact on ROI when using Acquia for their web platform. This does change based on the cost of the Acquia instance.
    • Acquia allows us to save time and money on client projects, allowing us to increase our margins.
    Zach Ettelman | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Cascade Server

    • Initially, ROI was positive - because we completely redesigned the website when we implemented Cascade.
    • Over time, the inability to keep up with the latest interactive tools has reduced visitors time on site.
    • Also over time, the difficulty of use has led to less buy-in by backend users, leading to outdated pages, little timely information, and lower visitors.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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