Acquia Digital Experience Platform vs. Contentful

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Score 8.2 out of 10
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The Acquia Digital Experience Platform is an "Open DXP" with its two core pillars being content and data. Built on top of one of the largest open-source content management systems, Drupal, it aims to provide the flexibility and interoperability a modern organization needs. With its customer data platform, it allows organizations to understand who their customers are and deliver personalized experiences. Acquia's DXP offers variety of other tools including digital asset management,…N/A
Contentful
Score 8.5 out of 10
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Contentful is a cloud based CMS solution that provides the ability to manage content across multiple platforms.The editing interface allows for managing content interactively and provides developers the ability to deliver the content with the programming language and template framework of their choice.
$489
Pricing
Acquia Digital Experience PlatformContentful
Editions & Modules
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Team
489/month
Community
Free
Enterprise
Custom
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Acquia Digital Experience PlatformContentful
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
YesYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeOptional
Additional Details
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Features
Acquia Digital Experience PlatformContentful
Security
Comparison of Security features of Product A and Product B
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
8.0
28 Ratings
10% above category average
Contentful
7.5
10 Ratings
7% below category average
Role-based user permissions8.028 Ratings7.510 Ratings
Platform & Infrastructure
Comparison of Platform & Infrastructure features of Product A and Product B
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
7.1
26 Ratings
2% below category average
Contentful
8.1
11 Ratings
5% above category average
API7.225 Ratings8.910 Ratings
Internationalization / multi-language6.919 Ratings7.48 Ratings
Web Content Creation
Comparison of Web Content Creation features of Product A and Product B
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
7.5
24 Ratings
10% above category average
Contentful
7.9
12 Ratings
4% above category average
WYSIWYG editor7.819 Ratings7.34 Ratings
Code quality / cleanliness7.221 Ratings9.38 Ratings
Admin section7.824 Ratings8.210 Ratings
Page templates7.518 Ratings7.64 Ratings
Library of website themes6.715 Ratings7.52 Ratings
Mobile optimization / responsive design7.417 Ratings8.27 Ratings
Publishing workflow8.021 Ratings8.211 Ratings
Form generator7.714 Ratings7.01 Ratings
Web Content Management
Comparison of Web Content Management features of Product A and Product B
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
7.6
20 Ratings
17% above category average
Contentful
8.3
11 Ratings
12% above category average
Content taxonomy8.018 Ratings8.510 Ratings
SEO support7.516 Ratings7.69 Ratings
Bulk management7.018 Ratings8.07 Ratings
Availability / breadth of extensions7.419 Ratings8.78 Ratings
Community / comment management8.115 Ratings9.01 Ratings
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User Ratings
Acquia Digital Experience PlatformContentful
Likelihood to Recommend
8.3
(69 ratings)
8.6
(12 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
5.7
(10 ratings)
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Usability
8.2
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
8.4
(3 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
9.1
(1 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
7.6
(51 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Acquia Digital Experience PlatformContentful
Likelihood to Recommend
Acquia
Acquia Cloud is well suited for organizations and teams without the ability to support their own hosting, such as on AWS, Digital Ocean, etc. If a team has the ability (and desire) to manage it themselves, I'm not sure I would recommend it. However, if your team needs reliable, hands-off Drupal hosting, I would definitely recommend Acquia Cloud. Once a deployment pipeline is configured, it's very nearly set-and-forget as far as server configuration is concerned
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Contentful
Well suited for our needs of multiple images for auto auctions from a variety of sellers. Pointing them to one platform is easier than attempting to use a variety of platforms as we were doing before (email, slack, Dropbox and Google Drive would randomly be used by a variety of employees )
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Pros
Acquia
  • 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
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Contentful
  • Flexible. This CMS can be easily extended and provide access to dynamic content
  • Simple. The WYSWG is very easy to work with and identifying pages and content in the system is fairly easy
  • Clean Interface. The interface is clean and uncluttered keeping focus on the content and not other factors.
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Cons
Acquia
  • the support portal can be hit and miss. sometimes there are very helpful people who get back to you in a timely manner, but more often there's a lot of lag time for the ticket to get picked up and in between responses, which can also be less than helpful.
  • it seems like the different departments within acquia (support, management, build teams) don't communicate with each other.
  • because features are so dense and granular, sometimes the workflow or how they are connected can be really complex to access.
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Contentful
  • Contentful uses "references" to allow you to build very modular content. If I have a "slider" content type, I can create a "slide" content type which references a "button" content type, and so forth. This works well, but I occasionally wish there was a better solution for one-off content, like a settings page. Currently, this is done for creating an entire content type called "settings" with a single entry. Not a big deal, but not ideal, either.
  • There are a few quirks with GatsbyJS integration, etc, but these issues are being fixed and improved upon very quickly.
  • A minor gripe, but Contentful does not have a way to organize fields within an entry. Entries with many fields are somewhat tiresome to scroll through.
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Likelihood to Renew
Acquia
We're moving away from Drupal as a platform. Drupal 8 and 9 were simply too overburdened and difficult to maintain compared to other offerings. PHP seems like a dying language so we are currently in the process of migrating all of our Drupal 7 functionality and custom modules to a Python/Django/Wagtail platform. This doesn't mean Acquia isn't a great service, they are professional and top-knotch, but the only way we'd say with them is if I didn't complete the migration.
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Contentful
No answers on this topic
Usability
Acquia
It's a great user interface. It's always being updated and I've never noticed a bad update that increased the complexity or reduced
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Contentful
No answers on this topic
Support Rating
Acquia
They are absolutely fabulous and have never dropped the ball in 8 years of us being on the platform. If it wasn't for Drupal 8/9 being unrealistically complicated compared to other offerings like Django/Wagtail we'd be still with Acquia and Drupal.
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Contentful
No answers on this topic
Implementation Rating
Acquia
It was implemented when I got there. I don't know how it was prior.
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Contentful
No answers on this topic
Alternatives Considered
Acquia
We use AWS (a variety of services inside AWS) to host our less than mission-critical sites. These are great options for sites that are relatively simple, technically, and/or that can tolerate occasional problems. However, Acquia Digital Experience Platform does provide a level of concierge service that I have appreciated when it comes to running a highly available web application.
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Contentful
It´s an easy tool to help you create and/or modify websites. The best feature, in my opinion? the autosave, you can count on Contentful to have your back if anything happens, as all your work will be there where you left it. It has a friendly interface that allows you to work on the platform even if you´re new to it (I find it intuitive).
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Scalability
Acquia
Since the beginning of the website rebuild project, our agency gathered our needs and expectations. We also shared several technical or SEO specifications, and they have been able to fully adapt the software to our needs, in order to create a custom interface that we can easy use on a daily-basis.
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Contentful
No answers on this topic
Return on Investment
Acquia
  • It's done a really nice job of allowing us to focus on business-specific needs as opposed to infrastructure/security issues. The platform is rock solid from a support and security standpoint.
  • The ability to add automation and levels of personalization without having to break the bank has been a big boost to clients.
  • Unfortunately, our adoption of Site Studio was short-lived due to some inherent restrictions that limited the level of customization we were able to do.
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Contentful
  • Positive - new hires are able to get onboarded quicker with us using Contentful
  • Positive - we can customize the journey of what modules/material the user sees after a course/video/article
  • Positive - it's been an overall game changer when hiring external candidates who need extensive training
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