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Acquia

If your organization requires you to implement a multi-site architecture, Acquia is one of the few cloud hosting options that makes this easy for Drupal websites. You can easily create a new database through their web UI, update your site's files, and add domains to each environment. This process is simplified even further through the use of another product, Acquia Cloud Site Factory.
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Joomla

I think Joomla! is best for web applications and full web sites. If you are looking for a stand along blog only solution WordPress would be a better fit. However even if you don't need a CMS you can use the Joomla! framework to build your application.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Acquia
8.8
Joomla
8.6
Role-based user permissions
Acquia
8.8
Joomla
8.6

Platform & Infrastructure

Acquia
8.5
Joomla
7.9
API
Acquia
9.0
Joomla
7.6
Internationalization / multi-language
Acquia
8.1
Joomla
8.3

Web Content Creation

Acquia
7.4
Joomla
6.8
WYSIWYG editor
Acquia
8.0
Joomla
7.4
Code quality / cleanliness
Acquia
8.9
Joomla
7.2
Admin section
Acquia
7.8
Joomla
7.8
Page templates
Acquia
8.0
Joomla
6.2
Library of website themes
Acquia
6.0
Joomla
6.5
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Acquia
7.0
Joomla
5.6
Publishing workflow
Acquia
7.8
Joomla
7.4
Form generator
Acquia
6.1
Joomla
6.3

Web Content Management

Acquia
8.5
Joomla
6.9
Content taxonomy
Acquia
8.0
Joomla
6.5
SEO support
Acquia
9.1
Joomla
6.2
Bulk management
Acquia
7.7
Joomla
7.4
Availability / breadth of extensions
Acquia
9.1
Joomla
7.4
Community / comment management
Acquia
8.6
Joomla
6.8

Pros

  • 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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  • The ability to build a site with no coding experience.
  • The ability for free software and hosting from joomla.org.
  • One of the world's most popular CMS systems.
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Cons

  • Stable platform, optimised to Drupal best practices for performance.
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  • Joomla! is open source and therefore does not provide immediate support for the product. If a problem occurs during setup or operation the best way to solve a problem is report it to the Joomla! community support, but a quick fix to your problem is not guaranteed.
  • Joomla!'s data is held (typically) in a MySQL database that the user will never see. When a Joomla! site becomes very large with an extensive number of users and/or information it can become sluggish, but this can be mitigated with some basic database management skills, specifically someone who can create new indexes, procedures or someone who knows the data well enough to archive at a certain point.
  • Content Management Solutions, such as Joomla!, continuously update and change with the market requirements and security requirements of the online community. I would like to see a standardized backup and restore process implemented so that if a user does upgrade there system it is easily reverted and or changes are tracked more thoroughly.
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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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Joomla10.0
Based on 28 answers
Joomla is a free CMS that is robust and very capable of developing very distinctive websites. Modules, components, plugins all add to the excellent support that the Joomla community provides.
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Usability

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Joomla9.9
Based on 7 answers
Joomla! 3.x is easily installed either manually or via a script provided by your host. It contains most of the tools needed to begin creating websites right from the start. Those features that it doesn't have are easily installed via links and buttons from the thousands of extensions available in the community
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Performance

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Joomla7.8
Based on 2 answers
Today's Modern Joomla performs very well and is robust and durable. The pages load faster than they ever did in the past and Modern Joomla's integration into other software or systems has become seamless. Modern Joomla sites will last long and will stay running forever.
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Support

No score
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Joomla10.0
Based on 4 answers
Between the core Joomla developers who are excellent at answering questions and providing support, you have a whole community of developers who work with Joomla and are happy to help fellow developers out answering questions and supporting the Joomla project. Out of the many communities I am involved in for open-source software, Joomla's community is by far the best.
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Implementation

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Joomla8.7
Based on 3 answers
Make sure that PHP.ini is set to at least 60 ms for computer priority, 60MB for maximum downloads and 128MB for uploads. This is the minimum. It is best to run Joomla on a business host if you are using a shared hosting environment so that there are fewer accounts on the server. Make sure you have access to the root on CPanel. Be sure to point the DNS to the host and set up all zones prior to implementation and run your new version in a sub-domain hidden from the live version until you are ready to cut over.
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Alternatives Considered

Acquia offers a more robust product suite than Pantheon. Acquia also offers professional services for another level beyond what Pantheon offers. Acquia pricing is typically more expensive than Pantheon, but the extra cost tends to be worth it, given all the support you receive from Acquia's team.
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WordPress is not a content management system in that it is based upon the concept of blogging where articles are displayed in a linear fashion based on their date of publication. You can make WordPress a CMS through hard work and twisting its navigation system and widgets to fit multiple pages other purposes than blogging, but if you want a medium-sized website for millions of concurrent users, Joomla! is much more versatile and easier to setup and use. WordPress is good for small projects but it also has fewer add-ons (called plug-ins) and they require some coding to work. Joomla! is more fleshed out and usable "out of the box."Drupal is a programmer platform with modules that require coding to fit together into a very flexible array of purposes. It is meant for larger projects but its aesthetics are lacking and you need to get in and code HTML and CSS to customize its look and layout. Joomla!'s community has created thousands of easily-customizable themes to change the look and feel of a website, or you can create a custom theme based on solid frameworks that provide an underlying HTML and CSS structure as well as the ability to customize using the Administrator vs. programming. I choose Joomla! over Drupal even for larger endeavors because it is easier to develop and has a larger user community and more add-ons
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Return on Investment

  • Team time spent on deployment process is greatly reduced.
  • Reliable and scalable environment.
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  • Joomla requires a lot of time to manage for technical leaders and content managers. Negatively affects ROI.
  • Is a free software, so we are not technically losing money (better solutions elsewhere though)
  • Takes a lot of time to get ramped up and trained on.
  • Difficult to understand metrics baked in. Hard to analyze what pages are effective, affecting the re-platform and redesign process.
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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

Joomla

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