44 Ratings
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Score 7.5 out of 100
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Score 7.1 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

Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)

Liferay Portal is a framework which comes with a fine grained security/permission model, (Web) Content Management, Authentication and Authorization, outbox portlets with different features to manage content or users. So if any business application has below questions then I can recommend not to use Liferay as a platform.
  • Application is big but not content or user driven.
  • Application with few static contents.
  • Application with batch transactions(DB) i.e. insert , update db records in batch.
  • Application with ERP capabilities.
  • Application with Big Data support.
Varun Shah | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
7.8
Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
Role-based user permissions
Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
7.8
Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)

Platform & Infrastructure

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

Web Content Creation

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

Web Content Management

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

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

Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)

  • Theming
  • Customization based on user roles
  • Content Management
  • Flexibility
Jake Smith | 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

Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)

  • Portal Security: It has good security model but in few areas it requires improvement.
  • Encrypt LDAP passwords on import
  • Log in should be via SSL by default
  • Upgrade/patch process should include an alert in the control panel
  • Add virus scan for uploaded files
  • Server Administration
  • Garbage Collector should be able to be scheduled to run from the control panel
  • Reindexing should be able to be scheduled from the control panel
  • Provide GUI to change the default Liferay favorite icon to any desired logo
  • LDAP mapping GUI to custom Liferay attributes
  • Configurations: Less configurations from properties files and provide more GUI to update from control panel.
Varun Shah | 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

Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)

Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP) 10.0
Based on 1 answer
We are currently using Liferay Portal and plan to keep using it.
Varun Shah | 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

Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)

Great choice for Java based enterprise organizations. Liferay is on the heavier side of CMS systems, and it excels in larger projects but is a waste of time for smaller projects.
Jake Smith | 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

Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)

  • Can reduce IT costs eventually.
  • Increases upfront costs due to technical knowledge needed for initial setup and maintenance.
  • Hard to analyze ROI until after it's totally implemented.
Jake Smith | TrustRadius Reviewer

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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

Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)

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 Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
7.1
Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
7.0

Likelihood to Renew

Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
10.0
Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
10.0

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