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Acquia

39 Ratings

Pantheon

17 Ratings

Acquia

39 Ratings
Score 7.7 out of 101

Pantheon

17 Ratings
Score 8.6 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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Pantheon

It is well suited for CMS websites of all shapes and sizes. A site that needs reliable performance and regular improvements should use Pantheon, as the workflow allows for better collaboration among different developers. The price point that Pantheon offers may be prohibitive to some clients that are used to cheaper hosting.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Acquia
8.9
Pantheon
Role-based user permissions
Acquia
8.9
Pantheon

Platform & Infrastructure

Acquia
8.5
Pantheon
API
Acquia
9.0
Pantheon
Internationalization / multi-language
Acquia
8.1
Pantheon

Web Content Creation

Acquia
7.4
Pantheon
WYSIWYG editor
Acquia
8.0
Pantheon
Code quality / cleanliness
Acquia
8.8
Pantheon
Admin section
Acquia
7.8
Pantheon
Page templates
Acquia
8.0
Pantheon
Library of website themes
Acquia
6.0
Pantheon
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Acquia
7.0
Pantheon
Publishing workflow
Acquia
7.8
Pantheon
Form generator
Acquia
6.1
Pantheon

Web Content Management

Acquia
8.5
Pantheon
Content taxonomy
Acquia
8.0
Pantheon
SEO support
Acquia
9.0
Pantheon
Bulk management
Acquia
7.7
Pantheon
Availability / breadth of extensions
Acquia
9.1
Pantheon
Community / comment management
Acquia
8.5
Pantheon

Pros

  • Hosting
  • Support
  • Specially tuned environments
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  • Free development and testing environments
  • Secure hosting
  • Fast page and site performance
  • Free NewRelic APM tools
  • Seamless continuous integration
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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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  • Some slow loading dashboard issues at times.
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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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Alternatives Considered

Acquia is a leader in managed Drupal hosting, knowledge and supporting infrastructure.
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When you compare the cost of the product to the value it provides and time to launch - Pantheon wins the race. While Acquia is nice, it is generally a much more expensive hosting environment with not as many built-in features. OpenShift and Amazon Web Services are great if you need very custom builds, but you will need to set them up and maintain them yourself.
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Return on Investment

  • Increased speed
  • Better security
  • Faster time to market
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  • Pantheon has increased our productivity and decreased time spent on-boarding new developers and clients by at least 2x or more.
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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
Additional Pricing Details

Pantheon

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
1.  Elite
Pantheon Editions & Modules
Pantheon
Edition
Basic
35.001
Performance - Small
125.001
Elite
Custom2
Performance - Medium
225.003
Performance - Large
750.003
Performance - Extra Large
450.003
1. per month
2. Contract Only
3. per month
Additional Pricing Details
With Pantheon you will get superior hosting and workflow tools to drive business success on the web. For more information on Pantheon's Pricing and Hosting Plans, please visit: https://pantheon.io/plans/pricing