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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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Kentico

Well suited for marketers that do not have in-house web programming or web designing resources available. Less appropriate for people that aren't computer savvy (i.e. don't know how to use basic programs like email, Excel, PowerPoint) or for those who are not detail-oriented because if you skip certain steps when adding/editing content, your webpage won't render correctly and/or create negative impact for search engine optimization without you knowing it.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Acquia
8.8
Kentico
9.2
Role-based user permissions
Acquia
8.8
Kentico
9.2

Platform & Infrastructure

Acquia
8.5
Kentico
8.5
API
Acquia
9.0
Kentico
8.7
Internationalization / multi-language
Acquia
8.1
Kentico
8.2

Web Content Creation

Acquia
7.4
Kentico
8.1
WYSIWYG editor
Acquia
8.0
Kentico
7.7
Code quality / cleanliness
Acquia
8.9
Kentico
7.8
Admin section
Acquia
7.8
Kentico
9.1
Page templates
Acquia
8.0
Kentico
8.2
Library of website themes
Acquia
6.0
Kentico
4.8
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Acquia
7.0
Kentico
9.3
Publishing workflow
Acquia
7.8
Kentico
9.1
Form generator
Acquia
6.1
Kentico
8.4

Web Content Management

Acquia
8.5
Kentico
7.8
Content taxonomy
Acquia
8.0
Kentico
8.0
SEO support
Acquia
9.1
Kentico
8.3
Bulk management
Acquia
7.7
Kentico
7.2
Availability / breadth of extensions
Acquia
9.1
Kentico
8.0
Community / comment management
Acquia
8.6
Kentico
7.7

Pros

  • The Acquia Cloud Hosting (enterprise) provides a three-server solution. You have a Development, Staging (or UAT), and Production servers with a clear path of deployment straight up the chain. You may use Acquia's own Cloud Hooks, or their web admin UI interface to deploy to any or all of the servers.
  • Git is one of the foundation services built-in to the management of the website codebase. Allowing a developer, or well-trained end user (university employee) to easily deploy a tag or branch to any one of the servers, makes it very easy for us to offload the server / account management to the school, while we focus on improving their site.
  • Not only does Acquia Cloud provide a multi-datacenter failover disaster recovery solution, but they also maintain a multi-region failover as well, which allows for a fully redundant enviroment to be maintained in two geographic regions. No fear of losing any database changes or form submissions from students.
  • Lastly, the onboarding process is constantly being improved, and as I have been a third-party vendor involved in many of our hosting negotiations, I have seen it firsthand. Each enterprise client is assigned a small team of engineers, technical leads, and a pseudo-project-manager to explain the process in layman's terms to the client (university / college for my example), but they also perform a number of code reviews and best-practice analysis of a site prior to launch.
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  • I love the intuitive top and left navigation within the content management platform. I can easily find what section, sub-section, and page I'm looking to edit
  • For creating content, the WYSIWYG editor is so intuitive; it feels like you're working on an MS Word doc!
  • The tab for adding metadata in simple fields takes away the headache of having to hunt and peck through code to add H1 tag, page description etc.
  • The image library is easy to edit and manage
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Cons

  • "Scheduled" maintenance windows are often non-negotiable, vague and too abrupt.
  • The support escalation is slower than would be expected from a provider focused on enterprise availability.
  • The platform is rigidly composed in a way that serves Acquia's need to serve a wide customer base, and is thus sometimes not ideal for your use case.
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  • Perhaps upgrade the dashboard's user interface to make it feel more like an app environment which is more modern and expected these days.
  • The standard You-Tube widget doesn't always render correctly on mobile or desktop. not sure if this is the tool itself or the way the people who built out my site for me configured it
  • Make it easier to add anchors to a page (i.e. when clicking a certain link it "jumps" to a specific part of a page) for a user that is not a programmer.
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Likelihood to Renew

Acquia10.0
Based on 8 answers
Drupal is designed to grow with our changing needs and technology trends. Our hope is that as new features are needed, we'll be able to adapt as we grow
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Kentico9.2
Based on 22 answers
I myself, and many others on our team are certified Kentico developers, so we already know the platform well. That, coupled with the Kentico team's willingness to listen to our thoughts/concerns/ideas for continued improvement shows they're really on-board with providing a best-of-class product.
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Usability

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Kentico9.0
Based on 3 answers
They are Excellent, but not perfect, there are a couple of minor features they have that I would [like to] see them improve upon.
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Support

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Kentico9.3
Based on 3 answers
They truly are amazing with how fast they get back to us on issues. Almost all of the time the support team is able to answer our issues with direct and to the point information.
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Implementation

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Kentico10.0
Based on 1 answer
The system provides many opportunities to integrate and enhance the platform and makes it easy to do so.
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Alternatives Considered

  1. Setting up a local development environment with Drupal is easy and cheap
  2. Setting up an efficient development/deployment process is easy.
  3. Theming SharePoint is extremely difficult.
  4. Many SharePoint modules (aka webparts) are quirky and don't work as expected.
  5. Lists and libraries are quirky and also often do not work as expected.
  6. SharePoint is slow and does not give you real access to the database that powers it.
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We researched .asp and .net platforms and for our company's needs (we do not do e-commerce) Kentico was the best overall fit and value.
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Return on Investment

  • Increases security
  • Quickly revert changes in an emergency
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  • Kentico has positively impacted my business objectives. It has allowed me to deliver solutions that my customers truly love. They have commented over and over how easy it is to manage their web sites with the admin interface.
  • Using Kentico has allowed me finish projects on time and under budget which is good for my company's bottom line.
  • We used to use many different CMS platforms to deliver solutions including Ektron, SharePoint, Sitecore, open source, and fully custom. However, once we started using Kentico their was no looking back.
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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
Acquia Editions & Modules
Acquia
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Kentico

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
Kentico Editions & Modules
Kentico
Edition
Kentico CMS Base License for 1 Website
$4,4991
Kentico CMS Base License for 10 Websites
$16,9991
Kentico CMS Base License for Unlimited Sites
$27,9991
Kentico EMS License for 1 Website
$19,9991
Kentico EMS License for 10 Websites
$39,9991
Kentico EMS License for Unlimited Licenses
$69,9991
Kentico CMS Ultimate License for 1 Website
$9,9991
Kentico CMS Ultimate License for 10 Websites
$29,9991
Kentico CMS Ultimate License for Unlimited Websites
$49,9991
Kentico EMS Corporate
$399,0002
1. Lifetime License per Seat
2. Unlimited Users, Websites, Environments, Server Deployment, Source Code, Premium Support
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