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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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Pantheon

Pantheon is well-suited for creating development sites quickly and avoiding all of the hours and pain involved with spinning up a new site for development in the "old" localhost way. For one project I'm involved with, a developer who was used to the localhost tooling was amazed at how quickly he could begin writing and testing WordPress code with Pantheon and could hardly believe he had never heard of it!
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Acquia
8.8
Pantheon
Role-based user permissions
Acquia
8.8
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
8.9
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
9.1
Pantheon
Bulk management
Acquia
7.7
Pantheon
Availability / breadth of extensions
Acquia
9.1
Pantheon
Community / comment management
Acquia
8.6
Pantheon

Pros

  • CMS
  • Web applications
  • User security
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  • The test and development environments are easy to work on without worrying about making production changes.
  • If you make a mistake, it's no big deal. Pantheon has backups of everything and it's easy to restore them.
  • The button to push to production is like magic.
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Cons

  • Admin interface could use some work
  • I wish we could host non-Drupal stuff on the cloud
  • Node.js support would be great
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  • The documentation is not for novice users. Setup requires some knowledge about the workflows and if your only experience with web hosting is a GoDaddy shared hosting plan, you'll struggle to find your footing.
  • Even for experienced users, the documentation can seem incomplete. I had to contact support several times for answers to questions that seemed like they should be simple.
  • My experience with support was very hit or miss. Sometimes I would get a great agent who understood exactly what I was trying to do. Sometimes I would get an agent who didn't seem to know anything. My only contact with support was during an initial setup though, once I was up and running everything is pretty easy, and I haven't had to contact them again even after multiple other deployments.
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Likelihood to Renew

Acquia10.0
Based on 8 answers
Fast, reliable and tailored to Drupal.
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Alternatives Considered

Acquia is more fully featured and mature.
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A lot of times, we'll inherit existing environments from client projects and will work with them to not disrupt anything. What I like about Pantheon is that it's a fairly simple setup with a lot of power behind it. It can save hours of setup and admin, and is reliable enough that you don't have to dedicate significant project resources to make sure it works on an ongoing basis
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Return on Investment

  • Increased speed
  • Better security
  • Faster time to market
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  • Once it's setup, the workflow is very efficient and saves a lot of time.
  • Automated backups and easy restorability can save you if you make a mistake.
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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