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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

Magnolia

Magnolia best fits with bigger companies who can afford it and also someone who needs additional hands for content compilation and management. If you are looking for something cheap and trendy Magnolia might not be an option for you. This is the next level of efficiency but it comes with a price.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Magnolia
8.3
Role-based user permissions
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Magnolia
8.3

Platform & Infrastructure

Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Magnolia
8.0
API
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Magnolia
8.1
Internationalization / multi-language
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Magnolia
8.0

Web Content Creation

Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Magnolia
7.7
WYSIWYG editor
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Magnolia
7.9
Code quality / cleanliness
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Magnolia
7.8
Admin section
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Magnolia
7.8
Page templates
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Magnolia
7.8
Library of website themes
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Magnolia
7.0
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Magnolia
7.6
Publishing workflow
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Magnolia
8.0
Form generator
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Magnolia
7.9

Web Content Management

Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Magnolia
7.9
Content taxonomy
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Magnolia
8.0
SEO support
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Magnolia
8.0
Bulk management
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Magnolia
7.6
Availability / breadth of extensions
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Magnolia
7.9
Community / comment management
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Magnolia
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

Magnolia

  • It helps to create and manage multiple web pages at a time and content management is very easy.
  • We can easily integrate third party plugins and tools to get detailed analytics of web data and content.
  • CSM platform tool is user friendly and platform tabs are easy to handle and understand.
  • Automated management and prebuilt templates are great.
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

Magnolia

  • During the upgrade releases, Magnolia tend to lose some of the features from the previous versions, which is quite problematic.
  • Besides, virtual mapping currently is playing an incredible role, and Magnolia lacks it.
  • Large folders publication is a challenge from Magnolia, and it should be strengthened and enhanced.
James Morney | 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

Magnolia

Magnolia 8.2
Based on 4 answers
We have invested a lot of time and energy into tailoring a solution that works for the company.
We think the new features in v6.2 will help us get to the next level
We also don't have the resources to rebuild a website platform from scratch even if we wanted to
Alan Livie | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Acquia Digital Experience Platform

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Magnolia

Magnolia 8.0
Based on 74 answers
With Magnolia, in addition to ease of use, any member of our team can help us maintain our digital strategy. This includes creating pages on the company website, adding images, videos, customer testimonials, and more. All of this is done extremely quickly and easily, without the need for in-depth programming, design, or diagramming knowledge. Also, one of the main features of this CMS is, as the name implies, its ability to manage content rather than simply create it. That is, it is useless to have many possibilities and make use of the content manager in a simple way without always following the evolution of the results. And again, Magnolia makes this part of the job easy. After all, everything can be tested and optimized for better results with more agility.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Acquia Digital Experience Platform

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Magnolia

Magnolia 7.8
Based on 73 answers
Magnolia is a very good optimized system and even if you have a "heavy" page it manages to render quite always everything on time. On the other hand, even if you notice that something is not acceptable in page loading times you can always utilize the caching included mechanism, which believe me, [is] a night and day as far as performance is concerned.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Acquia Digital Experience Platform

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Magnolia

Magnolia 9.1
Based on 3 answers
You always get an answer based on your SLA. But you always get a solution. That's the successfactor in this case. To often i was frustrated about people in a company without even a clue what there product is about or how to solve a problem. Magnolia's Support Team does a very good job and try to help you in most of the cases
Marvin Kerkhoff | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Magnolia

Magnolia has an SEO option, which focuses on paid searches, and improved ranking and it improves on digital marketing. Also, page caching is a very profound feature which Magnolia provides to us, and we appreciate and work closely with it. The documentation and templates from the program are quite effective tools. Finally, Magnolia ensures loading of the developed pages is speedy and immediate.
Doreen Lioy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Acquia Digital Experience Platform

Acquia Digital Experience Platform 10.0
Based on 1 answer
The data Acquia collects, and the way it displays it and is able to be imported into other tools is useful beyond just teams working on our main website. Segment data can be collected and imported into other tools to help further break down user metrics based on certain criteria we have deemed important.
Ben Tolmachoff, MBA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Magnolia

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Magnolia

  • Magnolia has brought about positive impacts. For instance, we need not outsource web design and marketing services because thanks to this software, we can handle most work inhouse
  • The software is affordable with no compromises on capabilities and therefore it is gives us value for money.
  • The templates makes the whole process easy
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Acquia Digital Experience Platform

General

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

Magnolia

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Acquia Digital Experience Platform
8.9
Magnolia
8.5

Likelihood to Renew

Acquia Digital Experience Platform
10.0
Magnolia
8.2

Usability

Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Magnolia
8.0

Performance

Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Magnolia
7.8

Support Rating

Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Magnolia
9.1

Online Training

Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Magnolia
8.2

Scalability

Acquia Digital Experience Platform
10.0
Magnolia

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