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Likelihood to Recommend

Acquia Digital Experience Platform

Acquia is well-suited for any Drupal web platform. I think it best plays in the enterprise space, either for B2B or nonprofit/higher ed/government. Acquia is a great solution for smaller web platforms, as well, but the price is typically prohibitive in these scenarios.
Zach Ettelman | TrustRadius Reviewer

GraphCMS

I would recommend GraphCMS to anyone who is also using Gatsby to build their website. If not, I would recommend them to consider GraphCMS but also consider other options. GraphCMS is a tool in which you are responsible to make the most out of it, but sometimes this requires more time and knowledge than a normal engineer may be able to handle. But with more time and attention, the reward of off-lifting content creation from the developers is a huge time saver in the long run.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Hybrid CMS

Acquia Digital Experience Platform
GraphCMS
8.7
Collaborative editing
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
GraphCMS
8.0
Content templates
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
GraphCMS
10.0
Approval and authoring workflows
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
GraphCMS
8.0

Pros

Acquia Digital Experience Platform

  • The Acquia Cloud Hosting (enterprise) provides a three-server solution. You have a Development, Staging (or UAT), and Production servers with a clear path of deployment straight up the chain. You may use Acquia's own Cloud Hooks, or their web admin UI interface to deploy to any or all of the servers.
  • Git is one of the foundation services built-in to the management of the website codebase. Allowing a developer, or well-trained end user (university employee) to easily deploy a tag or branch to any one of the servers, makes it very easy for us to offload the server / account management to the school, while we focus on improving their site.
  • Not only does Acquia Cloud provide a multi-datacenter failover disaster recovery solution, but they also maintain a multi-region failover as well, which allows for a fully redundant enviroment to be maintained in two geographic regions. No fear of losing any database changes or form submissions from students.
  • Lastly, the onboarding process is constantly being improved, and as I have been a third-party vendor involved in many of our hosting negotiations, I have seen it firsthand. Each enterprise client is assigned a small team of engineers, technical leads, and a pseudo-project-manager to explain the process in layman's terms to the client (university / college for my example), but they also perform a number of code reviews and best-practice analysis of a site prior to launch.
Sean Hanford | TrustRadius Reviewer

GraphCMS

  • GraphCMS is easy to work with from the "non-engineer" side of things.
  • GraphCMS is very flexible on what data models we can create and how those models are formed.
  • GraphCMS uses Graph API, which is easy to write (compared to older API patterns).
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Acquia Digital Experience Platform

  • Responses from tickets aren't always from the same person, and can vary in effectiveness of solving your problem
  • While documentation is robust, it can be difficult to find exactly what you need
  • Provided forums are not monitored frequently, and are not as useful as they could be
Eric Steinborn | TrustRadius Reviewer

GraphCMS

  • GraphCMS is very expensive at the enterprise level.
  • GraphCMS requires deep knowledge of the system and requires lots of time to be efficient with it (especially around creating specific data patterns/relationships).
  • Multiple times a day, the system will give us errors when attempting to save something but the errors are unclear as to what went wrong (can be irritating).
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Acquia Digital Experience Platform

Acquia Digital Experience Platform 10.0
Based on 8 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

GraphCMS

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Alternatives Considered

Acquia Digital Experience Platform

If you're project requires a multisite architecture with scalable site deployment, and your budget allows, I would recommend Acquia. Acquia pricing sits more on an Enterprise level, so it is overwhelming if you're hosting a smaller site. Pantheon is much more suited for smaller, one-off, independent sites, and they provide similar tooling, availability, and free SSL with every site. If you need to control every aspect of your server environment and you have a server admin on staff, then Rackspace can provide you with an open hosting environment for you to configure yourself.
Kyle Taylor | TrustRadius Reviewer

GraphCMS

We picked GraphCMS since it used Graph API and easily integrated it into our Gatsby website. It was also cheap (free) and easy to test out the product, making it easier to prove to our company we should pay for the product in the long run. Lastly, it seems to have a bunch of support from other developers which makes us confident will be around for a while (and we won't need to replace it anytime soon). Note: I also looked at Directus and DatoCMS but these were not options within TrustRadius
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Acquia Digital Experience Platform

  • Our website isn't a revenue generator, so we don't have specific ROI calculations.
  • The new website is helping us move off of a legacy on-prem server environment. The reduction of cost in maintaining those will be beneficial.
  • We have had to invest in some training for our developers to learn Drupal.
Jim MacLeod | TrustRadius Reviewer

GraphCMS

  • Better use of time for our engineers in the long run.
  • More control of content for people outside of the engineer team.
  • Allows people to edit the content on their own, so they don't need to wait until a developer is available to add something to the website.
Anonymous | 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

GraphCMS

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Acquia Digital Experience Platform
8.2
GraphCMS
8.0

Likelihood to Renew

Acquia Digital Experience Platform
10.0
GraphCMS

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