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Score 7.7 out of 100
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Score 8.6 out of 100

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

Sendblaster

Sendblaster is a great tool for any environment. It's particularly good in organizations that do not have a full featured CRM that manages bulk email marketing and communication. Even if an organization has a great CRM, Sendblaster is still great for those marketing or communication campaigns that go out to recipients who are not already in the CRM, custom groups, bulk sending that you want to keep separate from your other CRM(s), etc.
John Vieth | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Security

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

Platform & Infrastructure

Acquia Digital Experience Platform
8.0
Sendblaster
API
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
8.0
Sendblaster
Internationalization / multi-language
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
8.0
Sendblaster

Web Content Creation

Acquia Digital Experience Platform
8.5
Sendblaster
WYSIWYG editor
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
10.0
Sendblaster
Code quality / cleanliness
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
9.0
Sendblaster
Admin section
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
9.0
Sendblaster
Page templates
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
8.0
Sendblaster
Library of website themes
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
8.0
Sendblaster
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
9.0
Sendblaster
Publishing workflow
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
9.0
Sendblaster
Form generator
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
6.0
Sendblaster

Web Content Management

Acquia Digital Experience Platform
8.4
Sendblaster
Content taxonomy
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
9.0
Sendblaster
SEO support
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
8.0
Sendblaster
Bulk management
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
8.0
Sendblaster
Availability / breadth of extensions
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
9.0
Sendblaster
Community / comment management
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
8.0
Sendblaster

Email & Online Marketing

Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Sendblaster
8.6
WYSIWYG email editor
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Sendblaster
6.5
Dynamic content
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Sendblaster
7.5
Ability to test dynamic content
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Sendblaster
8.0
Landing pages
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Sendblaster
10.0
A/B testing
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Sendblaster
10.0
Mobile optimization
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Sendblaster
7.5
Email deliverability reporting
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Sendblaster
9.5
List management
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Sendblaster
10.0

Reporting & Analytics

Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Sendblaster
8.0
Standard reports
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Sendblaster
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

Sendblaster

  • Rendering HTML source code
  • Managing mailing lists
  • You can control the speed of email broadcasts
  • Ease of importing lists
Solo Mesumbe | 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

Sendblaster

  • The user interface could be more polished. It's very easy to use, but the appearance of the user interface looks a little old fashioned for a desktop software. Of course recipients don't see that interface, so that is not very consequential.
John Vieth | 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

Sendblaster

No score
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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

Sendblaster

Doesn't apply.
Solo Mesumbe | 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

Sendblaster

  • Customer service was greatly improved because of Sendblaster. We were able to design our communication exactly the way we wanted to improve communication effectiveness.
  • Sendblaster helped our brand because email recipients have been very impressed by the polished visual appearance of our outgoing messages, consistent branding and use of logo, wordmark, and other identifiers, etc.
  • We saved a lot of money with Sendblaster. Our organization can send unlimited messages, and the Sendblaster software we paid for places no limit on messages sent. So, since there are no ongoing subscription fees or volume fees after paying for the the software, we saved a lot. Other "software as a service" options would have cost a minimum of $50 per month, and potentially a lot more than that for high-volume email communication.
John Vieth | TrustRadius Reviewer

Screenshots

Acquia Digital Experience Platform

Sendblaster

Pricing Details

Acquia Digital Experience Platform

General

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

Sendblaster

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
7.9
Sendblaster
9.5

Likelihood to Renew

Acquia Digital Experience Platform
10.0
Sendblaster

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