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Acquia

39 Ratings

Ektron

48 Ratings

Acquia

39 Ratings
Score 7.7 out of 101

Ektron

48 Ratings
Score 5.7 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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Ektron

The best approach to determining if it's a good fit is trying to get a look-and-feel of the system with a little hands on to determine if you understand or like the approach to UI. Other things to consider are:
  • How quick do you need a deployment? With proper guidance, an Ektron site can be deployed fairly quickly depending on the needs and complexity of the application it's being used for.
  • What kind of flexibility do you need for the management of content? Ektron's Smart Forms provide a nice structured content entry method, but the built in system-types are not as flexible as some competitors interface.
  • What's your tech stack and preferred application approach? Ektron's structure is built with standard .NET webforms in mind. If your preference is for MVC, a different product will probably serve you better.
  • Are you planning to deploy using your own developers or through an agency? Most Ektron partners, or agencies with solid experience will provide a more positive experience and final solution as they tend to have the experience and expertise to work past some of the shortcomings. If building yourself, allow time for learning challenges and proper training.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Acquia
8.9
Ektron
8.5
Role-based user permissions
Acquia
8.9
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
8.8
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
9.0
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
8.5
Ektron
6.0

Pros

  • Acquia has a variety of products and services that serve a variety of clients that span across many industries. The wide variety of use cases, supported by hundreds of case studies, make selling Acquia to our customers very easy.
  • Acquia's platform is secure, scalable, and designed specifically for Drupal allowing us to get projects started much smoother and quicker.
  • Acquia is always innovating and providing new products for their entire suite. Acquia's LIFT product is a game changing platform that is starting to provide a personalization solution meant for any size client and project website.
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  • The eSync product is one of the best tools on the market for synchronizing both content and its associated assets between and authoring and production environment
  • The Cloud Manager offers a streamlined process for hosting in the cloud
  • The Taxonomy functionality allows you to create one piece of content and serve it up contextually throughout other areas of the website with ease.
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Cons

  • Responses from tickets aren't always from the same person, and can vary in effectiveness of solving your problem
  • While documentation is robust, it can be difficult to find exactly what you need
  • Provided forums are not monitored frequently, and are not as useful as they could be
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  • Have the "Desktop" tab of the CMS function more like a dashboard than an information center, giving each user a customized and efficient user experience.
  • The ability to delete multiple files or images at the same time versus individually.
  • The ability to further organize or flag a file (such as with a color, icon, etc.) within folders, in order to make it simple for another use to locate.
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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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Ektron8.0
Based on 21 answers
For a robust CMS, Ektron is pretty user friendly. Once you are familiar with the Administrative backend, you can view the content, dms (pdf, word, xls, images) objects, users groups, reports and configuration setting. Essentially, you can personalize and control the content you want to present and the audience you want to present it to. Ektron also works with a number of AMS' - so you can customize any products and events you would like to display.
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Usability

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Ektron6.2
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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 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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We didn't really evaluate others. Some were too expensive, like SiteCore. We picked Ektron because we are a .Net shop
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Return on Investment

  • 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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  • Faster campaigns to market
  • Free up IT from doing content management
  • Puts Marketing in control of the web content
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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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