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Likelihood to Recommend

Acquia

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.
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CommonSpot

Commonspot is well suited for web content management to be conducted by individuals with low-level web skills.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Acquia
7.6
CommonSpot
7.0
Role-based user permissions
Acquia
7.6
CommonSpot
7.0

Platform & Infrastructure

Acquia
8.1
CommonSpot
API
Acquia
8.2
CommonSpot
Internationalization / multi-language
Acquia
8.0
CommonSpot

Web Content Creation

Acquia
8.3
CommonSpot
6.3
WYSIWYG editor
Acquia
9.8
CommonSpot
Code quality / cleanliness
Acquia
9.0
CommonSpot
6.0
Admin section
Acquia
8.4
CommonSpot
6.5
Page templates
Acquia
8.0
CommonSpot
7.0
Library of website themes
Acquia
7.8
CommonSpot
7.0
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Acquia
8.8
CommonSpot
Publishing workflow
Acquia
8.8
CommonSpot
7.0
Form generator
Acquia
6.0
CommonSpot
4.0

Web Content Management

Acquia
8.4
CommonSpot
7.7
Content taxonomy
Acquia
8.9
CommonSpot
7.5
SEO support
Acquia
8.2
CommonSpot
7.0
Bulk management
Acquia
8.0
CommonSpot
8.0
Availability / breadth of extensions
Acquia
9.1
CommonSpot
7.0
Community / comment management
Acquia
8.1
CommonSpot
9.0

Pros

Acquia

  • 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.
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CommonSpot

  • I think CommonSpot's greatest strength is its ease of use. It's relatively intuitive in it's usage, so it therefore makes it easy to train new people to use it.
  • Within my usage of it, our options were limited, which again added to it's ease of use.
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Cons

Acquia

  • 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
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CommonSpot

  • Commonspot needs to improve on its authoring feature. It is impossible to author on more than one page at a time . (One must always click on "View work on all changes") before switching between pages otherwise, the changes will not be saved.
  • CommonSpot does not support sharing the definition of any custom element or any template layouts. Therefore, one must recreate these in each site.
  • In Commonspot, a user who has to manage content in multiple sites will have to log in to each site to see and act on any actions.
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Likelihood to Renew

Acquia

Acquia 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
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CommonSpot

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

Acquia

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

CommonSpot

CommonSpot 8.0
Based on 1 answer
I had no previous background in content management, and found it very easy to use. If I could figure it out, I am pretty certain that just about anyone else could as well.
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Alternatives Considered

Acquia

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.
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CommonSpot

Commonspot works in tandem with Zendesk very well to accomplish tasks an an efficient manner.
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Return on Investment

Acquia

  • 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.
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CommonSpot

  • I was working in a religious institution and based upon our usage and audience, there was no ROI to speak of. Our usage was more for providing information than having any type of interaction. In that instance, it worked very well.
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Screenshots

Acquia

CommonSpot

Pricing Details

Acquia

General

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

CommonSpot

General

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

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