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Score 7.9 out of 101
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Likelihood to Recommend

Acquia

In my experience, if you have a talented team of Drupal developers or even a single Drupal developer who has a firm grasp of Drupal, and you are an enterprise-level business or entity, there is no better solution out there. Although I failed to mention cost previously, which is certainly a consideration. If you are serious about your site and you have thousands or hundreds of thousands of site-visitors, the cost may not be an obstacle. For smaller organizations, or non-profits/NGOs, the cost may be prohibitive and you may want to explore a less expensive vendor, such as my second-choice, Pantheon, or even RackSpace (I live in San Antonio, and a good portion of the San Antonio Drupal User's Group is made up of some extremely talented Drupal developers; so I had to include them in here somewhere).
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ExpressionEngine

ExpressionEngine is a very powerful and flexible content management system. It can handle a simple small business website all the way to a large corporation's website. If you are a business with multiple websites ExpresionEngine can handle that as well with it's Multiple Site Manager. I think ExpressionEngine would be less appropriate for a global large scale business with a magnitude of sites with different regions and languages.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

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

Platform & Infrastructure

Acquia
8.5
ExpressionEngine
7.9
API
Acquia
9.0
ExpressionEngine
7.3
Internationalization / multi-language
Acquia
8.1
ExpressionEngine
8.5

Web Content Creation

Acquia
7.4
ExpressionEngine
8.6
WYSIWYG editor
Acquia
8.0
ExpressionEngine
9.9
Code quality / cleanliness
Acquia
8.9
ExpressionEngine
9.0
Admin section
Acquia
7.8
ExpressionEngine
8.5
Page templates
Acquia
8.0
ExpressionEngine
8.5
Library of website themes
Acquia
6.0
ExpressionEngine
5.0
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Acquia
7.0
ExpressionEngine
10.0
Publishing workflow
Acquia
7.8
ExpressionEngine
8.0
Form generator
Acquia
6.1
ExpressionEngine
9.9

Web Content Management

Acquia
8.5
ExpressionEngine
8.6
Content taxonomy
Acquia
8.0
ExpressionEngine
5.0
SEO support
Acquia
9.1
ExpressionEngine
9.5
Bulk management
Acquia
7.7
ExpressionEngine
9.9
Availability / breadth of extensions
Acquia
9.1
ExpressionEngine
8.5
Community / comment management
Acquia
8.6
ExpressionEngine
9.9

Pros

  • Reduced our internal development timelines and time to market by 80%
  • Decreased overall content management and marketing workflow schedules
  • Improved site performance by more than 110%
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  • It has very specific user-access controls. You can create custom categories of user access and assign users to any of them. It has the capability to grant very specific access to virtually any area of the site. Assigning new users and deleting old users is very easy as well.
  • The ability to customize the CMS is probably the most robust feature. No site is exactly the same and the live version shouldn't feel like a template. ExpressionEngine makes sure you are in charge of exactly what you need.
  • More and more, there are developers creating great new modules that add higher functionality and customization. Installing and removing modules is very easy.
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Cons

  • Admin interface could use some work
  • I wish we could host non-Drupal stuff on the cloud
  • Node.js support would be great
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  • Maybe not a weakness per se, but one thing that tends to 'get' people in the beginning is the understanding of the parsing order. There are many thing that ExpressionEngine can do. One thing you will find yourself questioning is "Why aren't my variables rendering properly?". Many times it is due to a parsing order issue. One thing that can help with this is properly mapping out your development prior to beginning your code.
  • The use of third party addons is a great extension to ExpressionEngine. However, you definitely want to keep a development version of your project on ice for any updates to, not only your addons, but ExpressionEngine yourself. There is not a good way to 'roll back' your project once you update your version.
  • Multiple environment development scenarios can prove to be problematic. This is to be somewhat understood though due to the reliance of the database driven nature of the CMS itself.
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Likelihood to Renew

Acquia10.0
Based on 8 answers
Fast, reliable and tailored to Drupal.
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ExpressionEngine9.2
Based on 36 answers
My decision really all depends on any future contracts that match the product requirements of: Short development time, lack of dynamic interaction with end product, and the need to turn the product over to a lay person to maintain. If the project meets all of those requirements, I will choose ExpressionEngine.
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Usability

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ExpressionEngine5.3
Based on 6 answers
Some areas are very easy to use, others need to be configured by users, and there are some areas that Ellis Lab needs to update.
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Reliability and Availability

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
ExpressionEngine10.0
Based on 1 answer
Never experienced an issue like this with it
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Performance

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
ExpressionEngine2.8
Based on 2 answers
The admin section would slow to a crawl the larger the tag section grew. There were many areas where better pagination would've helped improve performance. Nothing complicated, which made the lag so frustrating
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Support

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
ExpressionEngine6.2
Based on 4 answers
I have personally never found any complications when trying to receive support from EllisLab in regards to ExpressionEngine when using the support plans they offer. I have always been responded to promptly and received satisfactory help with whatever my needs were in an extremely timely manner. This makes rating the support offered an easy job for me
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Implementation

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No answers yet
No answers on this topic
ExpressionEngine6.9
Based on 3 answers
Ask the implementing company for references and talk to those references about their experience.
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Alternatives Considered

Acquia is more fully featured and mature.
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ExpressionEngine was easiest to develop in. Wordpress is easier to train a lay person on how to add an article/content to. Word press is slightly better at delivering blog type content, but ExpressionEngine is quite good. ExpressionEngine is easier to train a lay person for than Joomla and Drupal. Drupal is a better choice for creating a dynamic application site that requires interaction from customers
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Scalability

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No answers on this topic
ExpressionEngine1.0
Based on 1 answer
Maybe it's scale-able from the content user perspective, but it was very limited from the programmers perspective. So many custom hacks were necessary that it reached a point it would be impossible to upgrade to a newer version
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Return on Investment

  • Team time spent on deployment process is greatly reduced.
  • Reliable and scalable environment.
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  • Definite boost in development efficiency.
  • Good speed boost for a flat site that can be rendered with ease from the CMS, slower site if you leave it in the database. Though when running speed tests without rendering the flat version , the site was rated as a 86/100 by http://tools.pingdom.com. Thus the site even when slow was faster than 85% of the web. Flat files ran 96/100.
  • Intermediate learning curve for lay persons who are adding articles and 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
Additional Pricing Details

ExpressionEngine

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