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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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Magnolia V5+

I think that Magnolia CMS is a powerful tool, but I only had a limited experience of using it. I think it is probably costed effectively, but I prefer Adobe CQ5 CMS and find it easier to use and easier to set up. Magnolia CMS is very similar because it uses the JCR (technology)
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Acquia
8.8
Magnolia V5+
7.0
Role-based user permissions
Acquia
8.8
Magnolia V5+
7.0

Platform & Infrastructure

Acquia
8.5
Magnolia V5+
7.0
API
Acquia
9.0
Magnolia V5+
7.0
Internationalization / multi-language
Acquia
8.1
Magnolia V5+
7.0

Web Content Creation

Acquia
7.4
Magnolia V5+
6.9
WYSIWYG editor
Acquia
8.0
Magnolia V5+
6.0
Code quality / cleanliness
Acquia
8.9
Magnolia V5+
6.0
Admin section
Acquia
7.8
Magnolia V5+
7.0
Page templates
Acquia
8.0
Magnolia V5+
7.0
Library of website themes
Acquia
6.0
Magnolia V5+
7.0
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Acquia
7.0
Magnolia V5+
Publishing workflow
Acquia
7.8
Magnolia V5+
7.0
Form generator
Acquia
6.1
Magnolia V5+
8.0

Web Content Management

Acquia
8.5
Magnolia V5+
6.6
Content taxonomy
Acquia
8.0
Magnolia V5+
6.0
SEO support
Acquia
9.1
Magnolia V5+
7.0
Bulk management
Acquia
7.7
Magnolia V5+
7.0
Availability / breadth of extensions
Acquia
9.1
Magnolia V5+
7.0
Community / comment management
Acquia
8.6
Magnolia V5+
6.0

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 product allowed the site to be skinned easily.
  • The product allowed developers to create dialogs to enable the content editors to enter content for the website.
  • The product is a powerful content management tool.
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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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  • Magnolia lacks of an administrative dashboard showing all the workflow, possibly in a graphical representation of their status.
  • The audit module only logs in a file: having a dashboard for the audit would be a nice improvement.
  • When the time comes to configure templates and components in the Standard Templating Kit is quite complicated and boring at times. A widget to help the developer would be a very interesting job. In addition, having the possibility to configure template and component in the Standard Template Kit by code would be nice.
  • Implementing a customization in the administrative UI or in the dialogs isn’t simple and the developer must know Vaadin.
  • Migrating from the previous major release is complicated and expensive, since Magnolia 5 isn’t compatible with the old major versions (Magnolia 4).
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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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Magnolia V5+9.5
Based on 3 answers
I am unable to rate this.
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Alternatives Considered

Acquia is more fully featured and mature.
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I prefer Adobe CQ5 over Magnolia because I have more experience at using CQ5. I only gained a limited exposure to Magnolia on a prototyping exercise. I have used Adobe CQ5 for three years now. However, I would not object to learning Magnolia and giving a better comparison between the two content management systems.
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Return on Investment

  • Increased employee efficiency
  • Faster time to market for campaigns
  • Cheaper infrastructure costs
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  • I believe that it would have a positive effect as it is a powerful tool and is not as expensive as Adobe CQ5. It may be well-suited to smaller companies and businesses.
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Screenshots

Acquia
Magnolia V5+

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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Magnolia V5+

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Magnolia V5+ Editions & Modules
Magnolia V5+
Edition
Magnolia Community Edition
$0
Magnolia Enterprise Edition Standard
-2
Magnolia Enterprise Edition Pro
-2
2. per instance
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