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Likelihood to Recommend

Acquia

For mid to large companies trying Drupal for the first time, Acquia provides a strong support and educational system to better understand the needs of the platform. Longer term, there can be some strain when comparing on-premise or unmanaged costs with their cost tiers.
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Ektron

Content updates can be made by non-technical people. Updates can be published automatically on a schedule throughout the day
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Acquia
8.8
Ektron
8.5
Role-based user permissions
Acquia
8.8
Ektron
8.5

Platform & Infrastructure

Acquia
8.5
Ektron
5.7
API
Acquia
9.0
Ektron
5.6
Internationalization / multi-language
Acquia
8.1
Ektron
5.8

Web Content Creation

Acquia
7.4
Ektron
5.3
WYSIWYG editor
Acquia
8.0
Ektron
5.9
Code quality / cleanliness
Acquia
8.9
Ektron
5.6
Admin section
Acquia
7.8
Ektron
5.3
Page templates
Acquia
8.0
Ektron
4.6
Library of website themes
Acquia
6.0
Ektron
3.9
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Acquia
7.0
Ektron
3.8
Publishing workflow
Acquia
7.8
Ektron
6.3
Form generator
Acquia
6.1
Ektron
6.8

Web Content Management

Acquia
8.5
Ektron
5.6
Content taxonomy
Acquia
8.0
Ektron
5.8
SEO support
Acquia
9.1
Ektron
5.3
Bulk management
Acquia
7.7
Ektron
5.0
Availability / breadth of extensions
Acquia
9.1
Ektron
5.6
Community / comment management
Acquia
8.6
Ektron
6.0

Pros

  • Deployment management is user friendly and developer extensible.
  • Rudimentary monitoring and logging is user friendly and accessible.
  • The Acquia team is on top of emerging threats, and where possible, silently mitigates the worst of them.
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  • Translation Services - Ektron was one of the early adopters that understood the importance of the global community and the need to provide localized translations for a multinational audience. As such, Ektron has had a way to export content in standard XLIFF format that would allow different translations providers to review your word count and provide competitive pricing for your translation needs. Over time, Ektron has worked with software providers to make widgets available that will allow the exports to integrate with translation management systems to help provide near real-time view of the work being done.
  • eSync - Early on in their software development road-map, Ektron identified the need for an easy file transfer system between servers so that the IT department would not need to be involved; and, ultimately give more control back to the CMS author/administrator. Ektron’s eSync allows users to synchronize content, assets, HTML pages and other website components (whether they are managed by Ektron or not) from server-to-server in real-time or on a predetermined schedule.
  • Page Builder - When Ektron introduced PageBuilder, it was viewed as a game changer in that it provided more usability to the authors; and, reduced the need for IT staff to be involved with the website from a management perspective. Once a template has been created, any CMS author than can assign it for use and manipulate what/where on the page the content will reside using drop zones with drag-and-drop widgets.
  • Aloha WYSIWYG Editor - All new versions of Ektron come with the Aloha editor (http://www.aloha-editor.org/) that allows users to create HTML5 complaint text/markup. The Aloha Editor is a semantic Rich Text Editor framework written in Javascript with best support of xHTML5.
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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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  • Aloha WYSIWYG editor has large UX gaps. Tech-savvy users can learn workarounds, but base users will have trouble.
  • Sync'ing from one environment to another is a crap-shoot. (There are options for bi-directional sync's but Support has said never to use them because of stability issues)
  • Ektron 9.0 is much more resource intensive than 8.5 was. We needed to double our allocated memory.
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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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Ektron8.0
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

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Ektron6.2
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

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Ektron9.2
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

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Ektron8.0
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

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Ektron7.5
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 is more fully featured and mature.
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Ektron is based on .NET technologies. If the company where it's going to be used has Microsoft standards, this is a better option to leverage current development knowledge. I would say it has the disadvantage of not being Open Source, and the performance when deploying is not as good as Open Source ones.
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Return on Investment

  • Increases security
  • Quickly revert changes in an emergency
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  • It's a very good tool to use in today's dynamic web where content needs to change often.
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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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Ektron

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

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