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Acquia

39 Ratings

Concrete5

59 Ratings

Acquia

39 Ratings
Score 7.7 out of 101

Concrete5

59 Ratings
Score 6.1 out of 101

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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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Concrete5

Concrete5 is a good CMS for small websites that are not updated very often. I've built everything I needed with Concrete5, from booking systems, shopping carts, e-learning systems for schools. Beautiful, fast and robust websites are easily built. Don't be scared off by the relatively (compared to WP) small amount of free add-ons. It is a GOOD thing that Concrete5 does not need much of them.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Acquia
8.9
Concrete5
8.9
Role-based user permissions
Acquia
8.9
Concrete5
8.9

Platform & Infrastructure

Acquia
8.5
Concrete5
9.5
API
Acquia
9.0
Concrete5
9.4
Internationalization / multi-language
Acquia
8.1
Concrete5
9.6

Web Content Creation

Acquia
7.4
Concrete5
7.6
WYSIWYG editor
Acquia
8.0
Concrete5
9.8
Code quality / cleanliness
Acquia
8.8
Concrete5
7.9
Admin section
Acquia
7.8
Concrete5
6.9
Page templates
Acquia
8.0
Concrete5
7.2
Library of website themes
Acquia
6.0
Concrete5
4.9
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Acquia
7.0
Concrete5
8.9
Publishing workflow
Acquia
7.8
Concrete5
8.9
Form generator
Acquia
6.1
Concrete5
6.1

Web Content Management

Acquia
8.5
Concrete5
7.4
Content taxonomy
Acquia
8.0
Concrete5
8.4
SEO support
Acquia
9.0
Concrete5
9.5
Bulk management
Acquia
7.7
Concrete5
9.2
Availability / breadth of extensions
Acquia
9.1
Concrete5
3.2
Community / comment management
Acquia
8.5
Concrete5
6.9

Pros

  • Simplifies installation of Drupal sites with one-click installations.
  • Development, staging, and production environments for a best-practice web development.
  • Access to git repos, databases, and backups that are all managed within the interface.
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  • From a designers point of view, Concrete5 is very easy to re-theme with your own custom web design. Any web designer with a basic understanding of HTML and CSS can re-theme a website.
  • From a developers point of view, there are hundreds if not thousands of add-ons that will extend the the core functionally of your site to handle things such as full scale eCommerce inventory management, sales, transactions, customer management, fulfillment and so on. More importantly, there is a ton of documentation on the Concrete5 community site and it is very easy to develop your own custom add on if there is not one available.
  • From a site editor's/owner's point of view, Concrete5 is very easy to use. If you can edit your LinkedIn profile and create a Word document then you can edit your Concrete5 website. All page edits are done on the page itself once you are logged in and in edit mode. Any custom add on or redundant task can be saved to the dashboard page for even easier access and use.
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Cons

  • 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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  • Tends to render a page slowly on some host providers.
  • Not an extremely flexible platform if you are looking to do a lot of customizing.
  • Have had some issues migrating a fully built website a couple times with Concrete5 so it is hard move from one server to the next.
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Likelihood to Renew

Acquia10.0
Based on 8 answers
Drupal is designed to grow with our changing needs and technology trends. Our hope is that as new features are needed, we'll be able to adapt as we grow
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Concrete59.9
Based on 22 answers
Whenever I need to build what in our department we call a 'micro-site' or small web application, Concrete5 is the first and only choice. In one day, I can have the CMS installed and already start working on it to fit my needs. I know that anyone can later get in and improve and maintain the CMS if I'm not around without any specific training
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Usability

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Concrete58.9
Based on 11 answers
Concrete5 was implemented and maintained without much issue
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Reliability and Availability

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Concrete510.0
Based on 1 answer
Since it's not tied to a central server (other than for authorizing updates and assigning licenses to specific sites), it's available pretty much 100% of the time.
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Performance

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Concrete59.0
Based on 1 answer
The site works extremely well, the front end flies, searches and form submissions are very fast indeed.The reason its a 9 not a ten? the back end can be a little slow at times, and this is unfair, because for the backend to be so amazing, it has to do a huge amount of work!
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Support

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Concrete510.0
Based on 3 answers
Concrete5 is open-source and has an incredibly strong, polite, and supportive community. You can get an answer to nearly anything you want to do with Concrete5 by googling for it, searching the Concrete5 discussion forums or stack overflow, or posting your question to the forum. Members are very courteous and do not look down on those with less knowledge. And answers are always quick, informative, and supportive.
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Implementation

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Concrete59.8
Based on 6 answers
Build off of an existing theme to speed up the creation of custom designed themed. Bootstrap is a good one but there are many others that are probably much simpler to build from than the Bootstrap one was. Make sure you host on a Unix/Linux server so you don't have to install PHP or MySQL separately. It's just smoother on those platforms.
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Alternatives Considered

Acquia has a much easier path for procurement through the GSA contract. Pantheon didn't have an avenue to purchase through the GSA, which severely limited our ability to procure their product. Pantheon has a few extra features which Acquia has yet to develop like true multi-dev, allowing users to test out their changes on their own servers in the cloud. This is incredibly useful since windows Drupal development is typically very slow, even with the Acquia Dev Desktop software.
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Concrete5 compares very well to other content management systems such as Wordpress, Drupal, Expression Engine and Joomla. Concrete5 seems to have the easiest learning curve from development standpoint and much easier to use for the end user
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Return on Investment

  • Increased speed
  • Better security
  • Faster time to market
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  • With Concrete5 we increased our ROI by 15% through better traffic to the site and a lower bounce rate.
  • Our site speed has decreased from using our prior CMS resulting in happier customers.
  • Site maintenance has been cut in half with out the need to alter add-on's and modules which has decreased our maintenance budget.
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Pricing Details

Acquia

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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Concrete5

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