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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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Movable Type

Is your business an enterprise level business that has more than a half dozen different content types? If so, then you might want to use a dedicated CMS rather than Movable Type. Movable Type is best used on small / medium sized businesses and is not the best solution for a full-fledged CMS. If you're using your content for something other than just displaying a website, then it's probably not for you. Movable Type works great for news/blogging sites. In fact, Daring Fireball, one of the most popular Apple-centric blogs is using Movable Type as its publishing platform.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Acquia
8.8
Movable Type
5.0
Role-based user permissions
Acquia
8.8
Movable Type
5.0

Platform & Infrastructure

Acquia
8.5
Movable Type
6.0
API
Acquia
9.0
Movable Type
6.0
Internationalization / multi-language
Acquia
8.1
Movable Type

Web Content Creation

Acquia
7.4
Movable Type
6.4
WYSIWYG editor
Acquia
8.0
Movable Type
9.0
Code quality / cleanliness
Acquia
8.9
Movable Type
6.0
Admin section
Acquia
7.8
Movable Type
8.0
Page templates
Acquia
8.0
Movable Type
5.0
Library of website themes
Acquia
6.0
Movable Type
3.0
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Acquia
7.0
Movable Type
8.0
Publishing workflow
Acquia
7.8
Movable Type
9.0
Form generator
Acquia
6.1
Movable Type
3.0

Web Content Management

Acquia
8.5
Movable Type
5.6
Content taxonomy
Acquia
8.0
Movable Type
9.0
SEO support
Acquia
9.1
Movable Type
6.0
Bulk management
Acquia
7.7
Movable Type
3.0
Availability / breadth of extensions
Acquia
9.1
Movable Type
3.0
Community / comment management
Acquia
8.6
Movable Type
7.0

Pros

  • Drupal expertise
  • Products that have ease of use
  • Solid systems built on AWS
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  • Renders one or more static pages per node/content item. Static pages are better for high traffic sites because dynamic sites do not always properly implement caching and are more likely to fail from needing a constant database connection.
  • Out of the box, the custom fields in Movable Type are much more intuitive to work with than Wordpress and other blogging platforms. The custom fields even work better than some dedicated content management systems such as Joomla. Custom fields can be defined for several different entity types such as content and taxonomy. The fields show up in the new content form and are easy to find and use.
  • The templating language in Movable Type is extremely rich and has many nice features built in. There is less of a need to extend for further templating functionality and you can also add some of your own PHP to the mix to add more features.
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Cons

  • Not much
  • Send us free candy
  • Continue doing what they are doing
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  • Very difficult to tamper with back-end coding, which is why we had a separate CMS for our bigger articles and interactive content.
  • Limited number of plug-ins compared to other popular CMS like WordPress or Drupal.
  • Not as media friendly as I would like. Movable Type was VERY finicky with embedding video and images. Constantly had to resize images and mess with video size to make sure it would display at the right size on the website.
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Likelihood to Renew

Acquia10.0
Based on 8 answers
Acquia makes Drupal better and contributes significantly to the development of the project. The people are great and we are happy to be a partner
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Movable Type5.4
Based on 9 answers
I would renew my use of Movable Type when an opportunity comes up for a web project where the client wants to start a journey to construct an incredibly interactive user-based website. I really enjoy working with the Movable Type short codes and creating the custom applications for my clients and that would bring me back to working with this great platform.
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Alternatives Considered

If you're project requires a multisite architecture with scalable site deployment, and your budget allows, I would recommend Acquia. Acquia pricing sits more on an Enterprise level, so it is overwhelming if you're hosting a smaller site. Pantheon is much more suited for smaller, one-off, independent sites, and they provide similar tooling, availability, and free SSL with every site. If you need to control every aspect of your server environment and you have a server admin on staff, then Rackspace can provide you with an open hosting environment for you to configure yourself.
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Movable Type is outdated and out of style with current blog design trends.
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Return on Investment

  • Team time spent on deployment process is greatly reduced.
  • Reliable and scalable environment.
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  • A product like this doesn't require a lot of time looking for IT support. It's easy and fast to use and you can learn it on the fly.
  • Employees worked efficiently and quickly, often by writing their stories directly into Movable Type. There was never any down time and product updates were always within the scope of the overall interface, so we could always pick up right where we left off and intuitively navigated an improved interface that provided for an enhanced experience.
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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

Movable Type

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