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Acquia

39 Ratings

Acquia

39 Ratings
Score 7.7 out of 101

ExpressionEngine

77 Ratings
Score 7.6 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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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
8.9
ExpressionEngine
8.5
Role-based user permissions
Acquia
8.9
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
8.8
ExpressionEngine
8.9
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
9.9
Publishing workflow
Acquia
7.8
ExpressionEngine
8.0
Form generator
Acquia
6.1
ExpressionEngine
9.9

Web Content Management

Acquia
8.5
ExpressionEngine
8.5
Content taxonomy
Acquia
8.0
ExpressionEngine
5.1
SEO support
Acquia
9.0
ExpressionEngine
9.4
Bulk management
Acquia
7.6
ExpressionEngine
9.8
Availability / breadth of extensions
Acquia
9.1
ExpressionEngine
8.5
Community / comment management
Acquia
8.5
ExpressionEngine
9.9

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 number one thing that I think ExpressEngine allows for is its flexibility. I always tell people there isn't anything that it can't do and that proved true in this case as well. For instance, we needed a few levels of membership for providing access to different areas of the website and ExpressEngine handled this without issue. In addition, some of the library resources are accessible based on that membership group.
  • One of the things that I love about ExpressEngine is that it doesn't come with any expectations about your website look/feel/code. We created the layout and coded our pages, then plugged in the necessary tags.
  • ExpressEngine is a very secure system out of the box, and there are numerous tips and guides to help you further secure the back-end. That was an important feature for us.
  • The ExpressEngine community is probably one of the greatest strengths. There are so many great people involved who are willing to lend a quick hand or provide some advice to help out.
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Cons

  • This is a difficult question for me to answer, as I have seen the platform mature over the past few years and they recently, 3-6 months ago revamped their admin UI web interface that addressed some of their previous shortcomings. I don't ever have any difficulty finding what I need, when I need it on the admin UI. My first suggestion would be to review their documentation in some areas, which are still linked to the previous iteration of the web interface.
  • The majority of the services offered by Acquia Cloud Hosting are built on top of Amazon Web Services. As a result, some SSL certificates do not work well, or at all if they originate from Network Soutions (which have never worked), or GeoTrust (Equifax), VeriSign, and DigiCert, which on occasion produce SSL certificates that fail to work on Acquia Cloud.
  • Recently I have found that team management has a couple of limitations when the client is the "Organization administrator," and the role of "Team administrator" is assigned to myself or a member of my team. There are some links and page options that should be available to those of us assigned the role of Team Lead or Senior Developer within the Team Management structure, but we have had to contact support to update our permissions to be granted the appropriate access. It may be a result of their recent upgrade to the site, and regardless, support was able to fix our issue the same day we submitted a request.
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  • Having common field sets that are independent of content channels would be a welcome change.
  • It's control panel could use some streamlining and design updating.
  • The process of updating the system needs over hauling.
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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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ExpressionEngine9.2
Based on 36 answers
ExpressionEngine provides us with the flexibility we want and need in regards to development for our customers and their project requirements. This along with top support and a growing community of fellow developers, ExpressionEngine feels more like a close knit family of developers at times rather than a corporal product. The more we use the product, the more we get help from fellow designers and developers, the more WE feel like giving back to the ExpressionEngine community
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Usability

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ExpressionEngine5.3
Based on 6 answers
I'm not sure how to answer this since I'm coming from the perspective of a programmer, and not a content editor. The content team complained about how cumbersome it was to have to upload images one at a time instead of being able to upload multiple images into a blog at once.
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Reliability and Availability

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ExpressionEngine10.0
Based on 1 answer
Never experienced an issue like this with it
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Performance

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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

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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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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

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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ExpressionEngine's ease of use, flexibility in design and functionality, and straight forward templating makes it the clear winner. We simply get to work and build. We don't need to consider how to shoehorn in some feature, or bend the design to the will of the CMS.It's powerful without being confusing. The community builds fantastic add ons, and are some of the most helpful and kind people I have ever met
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Scalability

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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

  • With Acquia Cloud, I no longer need to implement my own home-grown deployment system and stay up-to-date on the latest LINUX security vulnerabilities or upgrade my web server software, as all of that is managed by Acquia. That in itself can save a single developer 50% of their time when compared to self-hosting.
  • Again, as I recommend the platform, I have no direct involvement in the actual cost of the hosting solution, I still benefit as a developer by using a solid mature software solution that delivers exactly what is promised.
  • My team offers Drupal and Wordpress solutions for Higher-Education institutions. Over the past couple of years, we have put together a list of recommended hosting providers for both Drupal and Wordpress. On the Drupal side, we only recommend Acquia and Pantheon and as-such, we are able to share our knowledge with other team-members using the same vendor. As a result, we have compiled a number of tips and artices we publish on the team's wiki. Put in the perspective of ROI, working with a known entity, the consistency reduces the time-to-market of many of our site builds as we have established relationships with our counterparts at Acquia and we know its strenghts and limitations.
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  • Allows us to build complex features in a small amount of time. Less development time = higher profit margin.
  • ExpressionEngine has a large number of excellent third party add ons, which lets us offer clients more options/features for their site.
  • It's a joy to use for development. Happy developers work faster.
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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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ExpressionEngine

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