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Acquia

39 Ratings

DNN Platform

12 Ratings

Acquia

39 Ratings
Score 7.7 out of 101

DNN Platform

12 Ratings
Score 7.1 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Acquia

How much money do you have, and how much support do you need?Those are the biggest questions that you need to ask yourself when determining if you want to procure Acquia services. The cost for us was low compared to paying our own employees to run the type of system provided to us by Acquia. But the cost would be much higher for non-enterprise customers who are just looking to have their sites hosted for them. In the end, you get what you pay for - world-class Drupal hosting backed by highly effective customer support.
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DNN Platform

Well suited to large enterprise website or web application developments. Less well suited to smaller site which would be better catered for by something like Wordpress.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Acquia
8.9
DNN Platform
10.0
Role-based user permissions
Acquia
8.9
DNN Platform
10.0

Platform & Infrastructure

Acquia
8.5
DNN Platform
10.0
API
Acquia
9.0
DNN Platform
9.9
Internationalization / multi-language
Acquia
8.1
DNN Platform
10.0

Web Content Creation

Acquia
7.4
DNN Platform
6.8
WYSIWYG editor
Acquia
8.0
DNN Platform
7.8
Code quality / cleanliness
Acquia
8.8
DNN Platform
7.3
Admin section
Acquia
7.8
DNN Platform
7.0
Page templates
Acquia
8.0
DNN Platform
7.4
Library of website themes
Acquia
6.0
DNN Platform
2.0
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Acquia
7.0
DNN Platform
9.0
Publishing workflow
Acquia
7.8
DNN Platform
7.4
Form generator
Acquia
6.1
DNN Platform
6.2

Web Content Management

Acquia
8.5
DNN Platform
7.7
Content taxonomy
Acquia
8.0
DNN Platform
7.8
SEO support
Acquia
9.0
DNN Platform
7.2
Bulk management
Acquia
7.7
DNN Platform
6.8
Availability / breadth of extensions
Acquia
9.1
DNN Platform
8.8
Community / comment management
Acquia
8.5
DNN Platform
8.0

Pros

  • Hosting
  • Support
  • Specially tuned environments
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  • Very easy to use CMS - Ease of use is paramount with CMS products to minimise on support calls. Also the template structure of pages ensures that content editors cannot inadvertently corrupt the layout of the page.
  • Powerful application framework - The existence of APIs for all functionality within the CMS provides limitless scope in terms of developing bespoke applications which sit within the CMS.
  • Commercially supported option available - For larger clients, the comfort factor of having a direct line to the developers of the application is a big selling point.
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Cons

  • Account support is limited on the Cloud Professional plan and requires you to purchase support tickets for the smallest issues, whereas other providers usually provide basic support free of charge.
  • Acquia is very expensive, so unless you're an enterprise level partner, then it is likely out of your budget.
  • The online documentation could use a refresh in design and can be frustrating to search through for answers.
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  • Documentation of the APIs is sometimes quite sparse with varying levels of details provided depending on the function.
  • The liquid content feature stores content in the DNN cloud rather than on the application server. Convincing a client that the content isn't on their own servers (when trying to sell this feature) can be a challenge.
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Likelihood to Renew

Acquia10.0
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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Alternatives Considered

I have used Pantheon for almost as long as I have used Acquia. Many colleges and universities will use sub-sites in Drupal either as a separator for each department, or possibly for targeted marketing campaigns. One of the biggest reason we tend to use Acquia over Pantheon for these clients is that Pantheon does not support Drupal sub-sites. So, there is an added cost to the client each time they want to spin up another site based on their base Drupal installation. The admin UI for Pantheon is similar to Acquia's, but they take a more hands-on / hands-off approach when it comes to core Drupal upgrades. Pantheon uses their own software called Terminus to help interface between the developer and the server. By them managing the Drupal core files, you, as a developer just need to understand that you can not update your copy of the site locally, when an updated version of Drupal is released. All of your custom and contributed modules are your responsibility (as they should be), but you just need to be aware that your commits will be rejected if they contain core Drupal updates.
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We chose DNN primarily because we were looking for an open source, scalable .NET based platform. This business decision was made 8 years ago and we have used it for every web development since. To date, no product provides such diversity of functionality and robustness against these requirements.
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Return on Investment

  • Team time spent on deployment process is greatly reduced.
  • Reliable and scalable environment.
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  • A distinguishing factor between DNN and other CMS products is the focus on DNN as a marketing platform rather than website CMS. This has lead to clients being able to measure the success of online marketing campaigns far more effectively than would otherwise have been the case.
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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

DNN Platform

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