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Score 7.9 out of 101
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Score 6.9 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Acquia

Acquia Cloud is great if you're looking for an enterprise level Drupal hosting solution.
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Concrete5

If you have some knowledge of coding or website editing, Concrete5 is a great choice. You can go into their marketplace and find additional add-ons or modules that you would like to add to your site. If you are looking for a simple web site hosting service, this may not be the option for you.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Acquia
8.8
Concrete5
9.5
Role-based user permissions
Acquia
8.8
Concrete5
9.5

Platform & Infrastructure

Acquia
8.5
Concrete5
9.8
API
Acquia
9.0
Concrete5
9.8
Internationalization / multi-language
Acquia
8.1
Concrete5
9.8

Web Content Creation

Acquia
7.4
Concrete5
7.9
WYSIWYG editor
Acquia
8.0
Concrete5
8.5
Code quality / cleanliness
Acquia
8.9
Concrete5
8.0
Admin section
Acquia
7.8
Concrete5
7.5
Page templates
Acquia
8.0
Concrete5
7.5
Library of website themes
Acquia
6.0
Concrete5
6.9
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Acquia
7.0
Concrete5
9.5
Publishing workflow
Acquia
7.8
Concrete5
9.0
Form generator
Acquia
6.1
Concrete5
6.0

Web Content Management

Acquia
8.5
Concrete5
8.1
Content taxonomy
Acquia
8.0
Concrete5
8.3
SEO support
Acquia
9.1
Concrete5
9.9
Bulk management
Acquia
7.7
Concrete5
7.8
Availability / breadth of extensions
Acquia
9.1
Concrete5
6.0
Community / comment management
Acquia
8.6
Concrete5
8.4

Pros

  • CMS
  • Web applications
  • User security
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  • The user interface for page editing is very easy to use and very intuitive. Almost no training is required.
  • It's flexible enough so that you can override any part of the CMS to make it suit your needs.
  • It's the easiest CMS to install or move on different servers.
  • It has a good caching system making the CMS fast without any specific settings.
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Cons

  • Admin interface could use some work
  • I wish we could host non-Drupal stuff on the cloud
  • Node.js support would be great
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  • Concrete5 higly depends on Jquery. It makes it hard to upgrade the javascript library since the control panel depends on it.
  • When looking at the code, there are a few legacy objects that could ne renamed or changed. The Collection object for example. Its actually a Page.
  • The CMS is not multilingual by default. Even though i managed to 'hack' it so, it would be nice to have it included.
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Likelihood to Renew

Acquia10.0
Based on 8 answers
Acquia Cloud fits perfectly with our workflow and they have been rock solid in reliability and support.
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Concrete59.9
Based on 22 answers
I'm completely comfortable with using Concrete5 for any size project and look forward to using it again in the future. Although some projects or clients may call for another content management system, Concrete5 will always be my safety net in terms of getting a project up and running. I look forward to continuing to build custom themes and utilizing plugins in the future in both my freelance and full-time web development positions.
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Usability

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Concrete58.9
Based on 11 answers
The interface is intuitive. You don't need any training in order to use the product. The menus group the info logicaly. Since the interface is using jQuery, you need to be careful when building the site interface so that the editing interface still works properly but it takes a lot to break it.
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Reliability and Availability

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No answers yet
No answers on this topic
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

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
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

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
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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No answers yet
No answers on this topic
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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I believe WordPress and Drupal to be superior products. But Concrete5 holds its own against them. I selected Concrete5 for real estate and marketing firms for the ease of use and updating. The drop and drag editor is hard to beat.
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Return on Investment

  • Increases security
  • Quickly revert changes in an emergency
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  • Faster deployment
  • Very low learning curve
  • Non-developers can work on this without an IT staff, if the hosting is managed well.
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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
Additional Pricing Details

Concrete5

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