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Acquia

39 Ratings

CoreMedia

9 Ratings

Acquia

39 Ratings
Score 7.7 out of 101

CoreMedia

9 Ratings
Score 9.6 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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CoreMedia

For websites with many individual pages, CoreMedia can certainly get out of hand very quickly. Our Association's website has over 30,000 pages, which is too many, but managing those in CoreMedia is quick difficult. The search function isn't always very helpful, and the system itself is not automatic or intuitive to help you in keeping content current. Questions to ask might be: how many people will I have using this product? Who will ultimately be in charge of publishing content? Do you have set web standards to share with staff to allow for the delegation of tasks/content contributions?
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Acquia
8.9
CoreMedia
5.0
Role-based user permissions
Acquia
8.9
CoreMedia
5.0

Platform & Infrastructure

Acquia
8.5
CoreMedia
7.0
API
Acquia
9.0
CoreMedia
7.0
Internationalization / multi-language
Acquia
8.1
CoreMedia
7.0

Web Content Creation

Acquia
7.4
CoreMedia
7.2
WYSIWYG editor
Acquia
8.0
CoreMedia
10.0
Code quality / cleanliness
Acquia
8.8
CoreMedia
7.0
Admin section
Acquia
7.8
CoreMedia
7.0
Page templates
Acquia
8.0
CoreMedia
4.5
Library of website themes
Acquia
6.0
CoreMedia
7.0
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Acquia
7.0
CoreMedia
7.0
Publishing workflow
Acquia
7.8
CoreMedia
8.0
Form generator
Acquia
6.1
CoreMedia
7.0

Web Content Management

Acquia
8.5
CoreMedia
6.0
Content taxonomy
Acquia
8.0
CoreMedia
6.0
SEO support
Acquia
9.0
CoreMedia
5.0
Bulk management
Acquia
7.6
CoreMedia
5.0
Availability / breadth of extensions
Acquia
9.1
CoreMedia
7.0
Community / comment management
Acquia
8.5
CoreMedia
7.0

Pros

  • 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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  • Allows many staff members to contribute content to various portions of our website, and allows our Electronic-Communications staff to delegate tasks to these various staff (diffusing the work-load).
  • CoreMedia allows for easy creation of different types of content (like teasers, articles, download objects, links, etc). Permission levels can be set, so only certain staff can upload content such as photos, videos, or audio files.
  • The CoreMedia workflow process is easy to understand and follow. Once a staff member has submitted content for publishing to the web, they can then see who it's been assigned to for review, and at what time. You're able to leave detailed notes and stay abreast of where the workflow is at any given time.
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Cons

  • It was difficult getting Varnish caches to clear because we used a CDN.
  • Their highest tiers can be quite expensive.
  • They leverage a Drupal multi-site, but a distro-based solution such as the one offered by Pantheon is more enterprise ready.
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  • Where content lives within CoreMedia can often be confusing (i.e. you have created an article, but are linking to content in another folder that might be completely unrelated). Navigating to and from different content folders can be frustrating and often confusing on where the content "lives" versus where it is posted on the website.
  • Formatting is CoreMedia is less than desirable. You have minimal options for headings and other formatting options, resulting in a dull, or boring website. Several of the formatting functions don't work across different browsers, for example, bullet points.
  • Because some users are granted different permissions levels, staff often have to wait in order for an admin user to assist with certain aspects of their workflow. There should be a button, or option to submit an urgent request on an item from within CoreMedia, rather than having to email colleagues via Outlook. Additionally, there could be an added level of permissions for basic users, more advanced users, and then the admins of the system who ultimately publish content.
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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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CoreMedia5.6
Based on 5 answers
I am ultimately not a part of the team that would make this decision, but as a content contributor who works in CoreMedia daily, I would suggest looking for a content system that allows for more customization of our site. I think there is a lot of work to be done on the back end to make this the product we want to stick with.
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Implementation

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CoreMedia8.0
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Set aside more time than you think you need to migrate content. That is the hard part. Implementing the technology is easy.
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Alternatives Considered

Acquia is more fully featured and mature.
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I prefer the CoreMedia system to Drupal because, in my experience, I have had many more inconsistencies with Drupal and issues with web errors. CoreMedia seems to be more up-to-date with the latest technology and has a more concrete editing process
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Return on Investment

  • Team time spent on deployment process is greatly reduced.
  • Reliable and scalable environment.
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  • Increased employee efficiency
  • Sometimes unsatisfactory reviews from users because our site is hard to navigate or it looks "old"
  • Increased organization of content. Although this is still an issue we're working to fix, there is the potential to be more organized in CoreMedia.
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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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CoreMedia

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