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Score 7.2 out of 101
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Score 6.2 out of 101

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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Ektron (Discontinued)

From what I have heard, Ektron is great for security (forms).I would still recommend looking at any other CMS over Ektron. It is by far the worst I have ever used and, unfortunately, continue to use. If you have a large team of well-trained content editors, each in charge of small portions of a website, I could see Ektron being useful. If you are a small business or don't have unlimited funds to waste on a poorly made product, use Wordpress, Drupal, or Concrete. If you would like something that works well and comes with few 'undocumented features,' use the aforementioned as well.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Acquia
7.3
Ektron (Discontinued)
8.5
Role-based user permissions
Acquia
7.3
Ektron (Discontinued)
8.5

Platform & Infrastructure

Acquia
8.4
Ektron (Discontinued)
5.7
API
Acquia
8.7
Ektron (Discontinued)
5.6
Internationalization / multi-language
Acquia
8.1
Ektron (Discontinued)
5.8

Web Content Creation

Acquia
7.5
Ektron (Discontinued)
5.3
WYSIWYG editor
Acquia
8.0
Ektron (Discontinued)
5.9
Code quality / cleanliness
Acquia
9.0
Ektron (Discontinued)
5.6
Admin section
Acquia
7.6
Ektron (Discontinued)
5.3
Page templates
Acquia
8.0
Ektron (Discontinued)
4.6
Library of website themes
Acquia
6.0
Ektron (Discontinued)
3.9
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Acquia
7.0
Ektron (Discontinued)
3.8
Publishing workflow
Acquia
8.0
Ektron (Discontinued)
6.3
Form generator
Acquia
6.0
Ektron (Discontinued)
6.8

Web Content Management

Acquia
8.6
Ektron (Discontinued)
5.6
Content taxonomy
Acquia
8.0
Ektron (Discontinued)
5.8
SEO support
Acquia
9.1
Ektron (Discontinued)
5.3
Bulk management
Acquia
7.9
Ektron (Discontinued)
5.0
Availability / breadth of extensions
Acquia
9.3
Ektron (Discontinued)
5.6
Community / comment management
Acquia
8.6
Ektron (Discontinued)
6.0

Pros

Acquia

  • Provides a dev, test, and live environment for deployment
  • Varnish cache available to all levels of service
  • Easy to manage team roles and users
  • Cloud API for additional deployment hooks and processes
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Ektron (Discontinued)

  • It's an all in one solution that can be built to suit your needs. From the simple job of managing content and resources like images and documents, to social components like activity boards, messaging services, and eCommerce.
  • The interface provides a solid structure to configure components of the application to allow quick and easy content entry and management. Smart Forms, for example, provide a nice way to structure content entry for marketers and non-technical users so they are limited to the scope a developer needs, but are allowed flexibility to the degree the author might need.
  • Page Builder allows a developer to set up various templates for the website to be flexible enough for a marketer to be able to add content and create "pages" on the website that suite the needs of the department or user. Ektron's "widgets" are similar enough to standard .NET user controls that a developer familiar with them can create custom ones for Page Builder pages pretty successfully.
  • Recent updates have added support for SOLR as a search engine allowing you the freedom to move away from the strong licensing structure of Microsoft Search Server and FAST if your organization is more familiar with the APACHE offering.
  • The Document Management System (DMS) built-in provides the ability to add typical office documents into the system complete with search, versioning, and permission and privacy control.
  • The API is pretty powerful and flexible when you become familiar with all the levels and features available through it.
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Cons

Acquia

  • 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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Ektron (Discontinued)

  • Some users feel the management interface (Workarea) feels a little dated or confusing with a typical Windows-like folder tree on the left and a right pane that changes based on the section of the Workarea you are in. Visual cues for buttons and components are not always obvious.
  • While the interface enables you to structure the site and add content with faster and easier setup than some other competing products on the market, as with many the competition, the implementation is only as good as the administrator configures it, and over the years I have found this to be one of the biggest complaints and problems with the system.
  • The CMS has many features packed in for marketers, developers, administrators, and users, and it has a great deal of potential to be a powerful system because of them. But many of them feel half-baked into the system more to serve as keywords for a sales pitch or a checklist as opposed to being a solid and usable addition to the system. That's not to say that many of these features are not usable, but they are not as usable or great as they could be. For example, the eCommerce component tends to feel clunky or confusing for users managing products in it. The intranet components, like activity boards or messaging, are difficult to manage in the Workarea because of the interface and lack of access to features that exist and are otherwise hidden from the Workarea or are available only through a front-end widget.
  • The API can be very powerful, and I find most of the time I leverage that to build custom components and controls, but the documentation, though much better now than it has been in past years, is still struggling to provide the level of detail to the various methods and libraries available through the product. This is one area where some of the competition outshines. With someone who has many years of professional experience with the product this is not as big an issue as the API is fairly easy to remember, but for new developers this can be a challenge.
  • Support used to be more of a hit-or-miss roller-coaster ride, and while it has improved in the past years, it's still bumpy for some people. The positive side of this is they have a solid group of community users that are willing to help answer questions and provide samples or demo code where they can to enable new and existing users and developers.
  • While the community is very helpful and willing through various social spheres, like Stack Overflow, Twitter, and Ektron's Developer Forums, Ektron's own Developer Forums are a bit rough to use, making that piece more challenging than it should be. As mentioned, however, they have very helpful and active community members that patrol, and a few internal users that are fairly "hell-bent" on making sure that questions are seen by anyone who might be able to assist. I always recommend Tweeting about something after posting it, for optimal exposure.
  • Ektron's support for MVC is probably it's biggest, obvious weakness currently. While the competition has moved on to solid support for MVC, Ektron's strength is still with Webforms. The three-tier architecture Ektron has built provides a similar approach, but it still cannot compete with true MVC support. If your organization is dedicated to an MVC implementation, a different solution might suit you better.
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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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Ektron (Discontinued)

Ektron (Discontinued) 8.0
Based on 21 answers
After eight years of use, the Ektron system still works well for our organization. The issues noted elsewhere in this review have been manageable, so-far. In any decision to switch to a different CMS, we would need to factor in the significant cost of conversion of multiple websites, and the re-integration with e-commerce systems. Ektron has rewarded our loyalty by keeping licensing renewal costs very low in comparison to other systems.
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Usability

Acquia

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Ektron (Discontinued)

Ektron (Discontinued) 6.2
Based on 4 answers
As both a manager of CMS content as well as a designer, I find the CMS to be intuitive and easy to understand. (They also have great documentation and customer support if you need it.)

Between the platform's functionality and Ektron's technical support, I use the CMS with confidence on a daily basis.
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Reliability and Availability

Acquia

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Ektron (Discontinued)

Ektron (Discontinued) 9.2
Based on 4 answers
Unplanned outages or errors are fairly rare in our instance. And when there are issues, they're usually fixed fairly quickly
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Support

Acquia

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Ektron (Discontinued)

Ektron (Discontinued) 8.0
Based on 2 answers
Working with Ektron Support has always been a pleasure. They are quick to respond, extremely knowledgeable, and truly care about resolving your issue. I have never once been disappointed with their response.
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Online Training

Acquia

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Ektron (Discontinued)

Ektron (Discontinued) 7.5
Based on 2 answers
Ektron is one of the best solution for .Net platform. Over the years have improved the performance issues that the previous versions had. My only complain is right now you can't do Page builder pages if you choose to have a MVC architecture
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Alternatives Considered

Acquia

Acquia is a leader in managed Drupal hosting, knowledge and supporting infrastructure.
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Ektron (Discontinued)

Our purchase was years ago, but at the time, Ektron was one of the few full-featured content management systems that fit our organization's budget. Others at the same price-point lacked features and flexibility.
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Return on Investment

Acquia

  • Rapid prototyping and feature development is simpler with Drupal and the Acquia platform is simple to extend for experimental sites.
  • By leveraging the enterprise hosting platform, we could focus on the feature development during the initial build out of the site, deferring the hosting complexities to a time when we would have more bandwidth.
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Ektron (Discontinued)

  • Ektron's easy publishing management features have allowed to publish content more efficiently and of higher quality
  • Ektron allowed us to integrate information from our ERP and CRM systems which benefits our business goals.
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Screenshots

Acquia

Ektron (Discontinued)

Pricing Details

Acquia

General

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

Ektron (Discontinued)

General

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

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