Acquia

39 Ratings
Score 7.7 out of 101

Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)

26 Ratings
Score 7.7 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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Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)

Liferay Portal is a framework which comes with a fine grained security/permission model, (Web) Content Management, Authentication and Authorization, outbox portlets with different features to manage content or users. So if any business application has below questions then I can recommend not to use Liferay as a platform.
  • Application is big but not content or user driven.
  • Application with few static contents.
  • Application with batch transactions(DB) i.e. insert , update db records in batch.
  • Application with ERP capabilities.
  • Application with Big Data support.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Acquia
8.9
Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
Role-based user permissions
Acquia
8.9
Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)

Platform & Infrastructure

Acquia
8.5
Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
API
Acquia
9.0
Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
Internationalization / multi-language
Acquia
8.1
Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)

Web Content Creation

Acquia
7.4
Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
WYSIWYG editor
Acquia
8.0
Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
Code quality / cleanliness
Acquia
8.8
Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
Admin section
Acquia
7.8
Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
Page templates
Acquia
8.0
Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
Library of website themes
Acquia
6.0
Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Acquia
7.0
Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
Publishing workflow
Acquia
7.8
Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
Form generator
Acquia
6.1
Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)

Web Content Management

Acquia
8.5
Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
Content taxonomy
Acquia
8.0
Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
SEO support
Acquia
9.0
Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
Bulk management
Acquia
7.7
Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
Availability / breadth of extensions
Acquia
9.1
Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
Community / comment management
Acquia
8.5
Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)

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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  • OpenSource: Liferay is open source portal framework so developers can easily extend or customize it for their organization or department based on their requirement.
  • OutOfBox: Liferay Portal is not only a portal platform. It also provides a 60+ applications and tools included in the form of portlets. These portlets are available out of the box or in the form of plugins.
  • MarketPlace: Liferay has it own market place (i.e app store) where developer or contributors are contributing their ideas (application) so community can use it freely (some are paid).
  • Enterprise-Ready Portal Solution: It is fully ready to support mission-critical, enterprise applications in an environment configured for multiple redundancies and 24/7 up-times.
  • High Availability and High Performance: Liferay Portal has been tested to support more than 3,000 concurrent transactions (33,000 simultaneous users) on a single 8-core application server, with mean login times under one second and maximum ½ throughput of 79+ logins per second. Liferay Portal has proven to handle millions of page views and over 1.3 million users.
  • Liferay Portal is also deployable to the Cloud and virtual server environments and ensures high availability and performance with: Hardware/Software Load Balancing, HTTP Failover, Session Replication
  • Distributed Cache using Lightweight Multicast Protocol
  • Terracotta, Oracle RAC, and other scalability solutions
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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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  • Portal Security: It has good security model but in few areas it requires improvement.
  • Encrypt LDAP passwords on import
  • Log in should be via SSL by default
  • Upgrade/patch process should include an alert in the control panel
  • Add virus scan for uploaded files
  • Server Administration
  • Garbage Collector should be able to be scheduled to run from the control panel
  • Reindexing should be able to be scheduled from the control panel
  • Provide GUI to change the default Liferay favorite icon to any desired logo
  • LDAP mapping GUI to custom Liferay attributes
  • Configurations: Less configurations from properties files and provide more GUI to update from control panel.
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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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Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)10.0
Based on 1 answer
We are currently using Liferay Portal and plan to keep using it.
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Alternatives Considered

Acquia is more fully featured and mature.
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Alfresco: Very good CMS but not good for presentation or front end technology.Portofino: Not much scalable and high available CMS.eXo Platform: Slowly growing in market but not mature community like Liferay and less support from community.Microsoft SharePoint: Proprietary Software from Microsoft. Nuxeo ECM Platform: Picking up the market but not mature community and support from the community.
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Return on Investment

  • Team time spent on deployment process is greatly reduced.
  • Reliable and scalable environment.
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  • Liferay scales well both in terms of performance but also in terms of operational self-service and eases the burden on IT.
  • Compliance, Marketing and Client Engagement teams can create and modify content and submit it for approval. This results in lower operational costs in the areas of new private-label sites and maintenance of current sites because, prior to Liferay, site content management required expensive IT software engineering resources to implement compliance and marketing content changes.
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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

Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details
Email sales@liferay.com for pricing information.