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Likelihood to Recommend

Acquia

It is particularly useful for quickly setting up environments that need significant customization and set up for continuous delivery. I would say Acquia is less appropriate for smaller scale sites that wouldn't necessarily need the separated environments.
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Magnolia V5+

Magnolia CMS is a great product to develop enterprise websites, extranets and intranets. At the moment, the community is growing day by day but so far not many extensions are available. Magnolia is an enterprise CMS, the initial learning curve takes time, to learn all its functionalities and how to customize it is necessary to know Java. When one wants to develop just a simple website without complexity which doesn’t need any specific features such as workflow, versioning, environment separation between staging and public, etc. it is preferable to choose another CMS.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Acquia
8.6
Magnolia V5+
7.0
Role-based user permissions
Acquia
8.6
Magnolia V5+
7.0

Platform & Infrastructure

Acquia
8.5
Magnolia V5+
7.0
API
Acquia
8.9
Magnolia V5+
7.0
Internationalization / multi-language
Acquia
8.1
Magnolia V5+
7.0

Web Content Creation

Acquia
7.5
Magnolia V5+
6.9
WYSIWYG editor
Acquia
8.0
Magnolia V5+
6.0
Code quality / cleanliness
Acquia
9.0
Magnolia V5+
6.0
Admin section
Acquia
7.7
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
7.9
Magnolia V5+
7.0
Form generator
Acquia
6.0
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
7.8
Magnolia V5+
7.0
Availability / breadth of extensions
Acquia
9.2
Magnolia V5+
7.0
Community / comment management
Acquia
8.6
Magnolia V5+
6.0

Pros

  • Simplifies installation of Drupal sites with one-click installations.
  • Development, staging, and production environments for a best-practice web development.
  • Access to git repos, databases, and backups that are all managed within the interface.
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  • The usability of Magnolia is appreciated, a content editor easily learns how to manage the content in two hours only.
  • Magnolia is open, flexible and extendible and it is possible to modify or improve the standards features. Using Java API, REST, SOAP, CMIS, XML, etc. makes it possible to integrate other software or legacy data.
  • Magnolia as a modular architecture, a module has its lifecycle, configuration, version handing and dependency: this is a good approach for package content and functionality.
  • Magnolia is written in Java, the platform of choice for enterprise IT systems. It is scalable, stable and secure, and Magnolia separates the staging from public environment.
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Cons

  • Account support is limited on the Cloud Professional plan and requires you to purchase support tickets for the smallest issues, whereas other providers usually provide basic support free of charge.
  • Acquia is very expensive, so unless you're an enterprise level partner, then it is likely out of your budget.
  • The online documentation could use a refresh in design and can be frustrating to search through for answers.
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Likelihood to Renew

Acquia10.0
Based on 8 answers
Fast, reliable and tailored to Drupal.
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Magnolia V5+9.5
Based on 3 answers
Next version seems to be largely improved, but managing the update will be challenging. I think that a big company needs a CMS like this for their websites. Also it is always good to have a CMS that gives you also the possibility of managing the publishing for different devices like in V5.
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Alternatives Considered

Acquia is a leader in managed Drupal hosting, knowledge and supporting infrastructure.
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It is open source and Java based. They are the major consideration and it has an open community to support. We can find answers easily. Also since top users are using it - that give us confidence to use it. It is a Java purely based framework and developers can easily pick it up and use it. We are happy to have selected it.
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Return on Investment

  • Increased speed
  • Better security
  • Faster time to market
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  • Development
  • Deployment
  • Maintain
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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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