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Score 7.5 out of 100
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Score 7.6 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)

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

Drupal

It is great if you're a medium to large-scale operation that is heavily reliant on always having fresh content deployed to your web properties. It is particularly great if you need to localize your website in different countries (landing pages, languages, etc). It can save you a lot of time that would otherwise be spent maintaining separate websites, and deploying often redundant content to the different websites. Every human touchpoint has the potential for error.It is not great if you just need a static website, and you aren't deploying more than just a simple blog. It's not great if you don't have senior-level developers to maintain the site. If you're the type of company that needs your website to be "done" then you've come to the wrong place. A Drupal 8 website is itself a living organism that requires an ongoing commitment.
Kyle Reichelt | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
7.9
Drupal
9.3
Role-based user permissions
Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
7.9
Drupal
9.3

Platform & Infrastructure

Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
8.0
Drupal
8.9
API
Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
8.0
Drupal
8.9
Internationalization / multi-language
Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
8.0
Drupal
8.9

Web Content Creation

Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
8.5
Drupal
8.4
WYSIWYG editor
Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
10.0
Drupal
8.1
Code quality / cleanliness
Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
9.0
Drupal
8.2
Admin section
Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
9.0
Drupal
8.0
Page templates
Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
8.0
Drupal
8.0
Library of website themes
Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
8.0
Drupal
8.1
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
9.0
Drupal
9.1
Publishing workflow
Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
9.0
Drupal
8.5
Form generator
Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
6.0
Drupal
8.8

Web Content Management

Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
8.4
Drupal
8.7
Content taxonomy
Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
9.0
Drupal
8.4
SEO support
Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
8.0
Drupal
8.4
Bulk management
Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
8.0
Drupal
8.7
Availability / breadth of extensions
Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
9.0
Drupal
9.0
Community / comment management
Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
8.0
Drupal
8.7

Pros

Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)

  • 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

Drupal

  • Drupal is great at managing any amount of content, and any type of content. Its flexibility and customizability are two of its greatest strengths.
  • Drupal isn't just a CMS, Drupal lets you build the CMS that website editors will be using. Its backend customization and admin features are awesome and are being expanded by the community all the time.
  • There are thousands of contributed modules and themes freely available. Not only is Drupal open source, but all the best modules and themes people have built are available for free as well!
  • Drupal's community is big, prolific, and welcoming. Not only can you use other's community contributions, but the community is always happy to help others building their own Drupal sites or custom modules and themes for the rest of the community. If you ever get stuck, the forums or Drupal Slack are incredible resources for assistance.
Ben McClure | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)

  • 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

Drupal

  • Drupal is complex, it will take time and expertise to shape it into the tool you need it to be for your use case. WordPress can be installed and is ready to go for blogging out-of-the-box, but Drupal will need more setup up front to build out the functionality needed.
  • Finding strong Drupal expertise can be challenging for companies. Although the developer community is over a million strong, there are still few companies that truly have an expert Drupal developer on staff.
  • Drupal can be overkill for small websites with just a few pages or limited functionality. Many new flat file responsive tools can do well to build a basic brochure site without the overhead of a CMS like Drupal.
  • Security is an ongoing struggle for all users of opensource CMS solutions. If you choose Drupal for your website, you will need a plan for security updates to ensure you are one step ahead of the hackers.
Shane Sevo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)

Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP) 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

Drupal

Drupal 8.2
Based on 18 answers
The time and money invested into this platform were too great to discontinue it at this point. I'm sure it will be in use for a while. We have also spent time training many employees how to use it. All of these things add up to quite an investment in the product. Lastly, it basically fulfills what we need our intranet site to do.
Eric Batson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Drupal

Drupal 10.0
Based on 9 answers
Once you've learned how to use it Drupal is a very logically consistent framework for building and maintaining a robust website. The trick is getting to the point where your understanding of the system is full and correct so that you can use it properly and take advantage of all it offers.
Michael Sypes | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Drupal

Drupal 9.7
Based on 3 answers
Drupal itself does not tend to have bugs that cause sporadic outages. When deployed on a well-configured LAMP stack, deployment and maintenance problems are minimal, and in general no exotic tuning or configuration is required.For highest uptime, putting a caching proxy like Varnish in front of Drupal (or a CDN that supports dynamic applications).
Peter Wolanin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Drupal

Drupal 8.9
Based on 2 answers
Drupal page loads can be slow, as a great many database calls may be required to generate a page. It is highly recommended to use caching systems, both built-in and external to lessen such database loads and improve performance. I haven't had any problems with behind-the-scenes integrations with external systems.
Michael Sypes | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Drupal

Drupal 5.0
Based on 5 answers
As noted earlier, the support of the community can be rather variable, with some modules attracting more attraction and action in their issue queues, but overall, the development community for Drupal is second to none. It probably the single greatest aspect of being involved in this open-source project.
Michael Sypes | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Drupal

Drupal 8.0
Based on 1 answer
I was part of the team that conducted the training. Our training was fine, but we could have been better informed on Drupal before we started providing it. If we did not have answers to tough questions, we had more technical staff we could consult with. We did provide hands-on practice time for the learners, which I would always recommend. That is where the best learning occurred.
Eric Batson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Drupal

Drupal 6.0
Based on 2 answers
The on-line training was not as ideal as the face-to-face training. It was done remotely and only allowed for the trainers to present information to the learners and demonstrate the platform online. There was not a good way to allow for the learners to practice, ask questions and have them answered all in the same session.
Eric Batson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Drupal

Drupal 5.0
Based on 5 answers
Plan ahead as much you can. You really need to know how to build what you want with the modules available to you, or that you might need to code yourself, in order to make the best use of Drupal. I recommend you analyze the most technically difficult workflows and other aspects of your implementation, and try building some test versions of those first. Get feedback from stakeholders early and often, because you can easily find yourself in a situation where your implementation does 90% of what you want, but, due to something you didn't plan for, foresee, or know about, there's no feasible way to get past the last 10%
Michael Sypes | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)

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

Drupal

All of these products are in the same category, but Drupal has a different level of security, making it a much better choice for either blog platform, Websites or Intranets. The product itself is a much more professional offering, stacking up against the competition on templates, extensions and browser support
Jean Franco | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Drupal

Drupal 8.0
Based on 2 answers
Drupal is well known to be scalable, although it requires solid knowledge of MySQL best practices, caching mechanisms, and other server-level best practices. I have never personally dealt with an especially large site, so I can speak well to the issues associated with Drupal scaling.
Michael Sypes | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)

  • 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

Drupal

  • The Development with Drupal sped up our web development time dramatically. Most of the features that we would have to custom code otherwise are already available in Drupal out of the box or in form of modules.
  • The security of websites we build improved significantly.
  • Thanks to Drupal's great community there is always someone who can answer our questions or help to solve a technical problem we may face during the implementation of our projects.
Armen Danielyan, PMP | TrustRadius Reviewer

Screenshots

Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)

Drupal

Pricing Details

Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)

General

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

Drupal

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
7.1
Drupal
8.5

Likelihood to Renew

Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
10.0
Drupal
8.2

Usability

Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
Drupal
10.0

Reliability and Availability

Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
Drupal
9.7

Performance

Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
Drupal
8.9

Support Rating

Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
Drupal
5.0

In-Person Training

Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
Drupal
8.0

Online Training

Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
Drupal
6.0

Implementation Rating

Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
Drupal
5.0

Scalability

Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
Drupal
8.0

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