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Acquia

39 Ratings

Acquia

39 Ratings
Score 7.7 out of 101

Percussion CMS

3 Ratings
Score 8.4 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Acquia

How much money do you have, and how much support do you need?Those are the biggest questions that you need to ask yourself when determining if you want to procure Acquia services. The cost for us was low compared to paying our own employees to run the type of system provided to us by Acquia. But the cost would be much higher for non-enterprise customers who are just looking to have their sites hosted for them. In the end, you get what you pay for - world-class Drupal hosting backed by highly effective customer support.
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Percussion CMS

Best suited for large organizations where everyone knows how to deal with Java in an increasingly Java unfriendly world. Said organization should be willing to pay a huge price for a piece of dinosaur technology
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Acquia
8.9
Percussion CMS
3.0
Role-based user permissions
Acquia
8.9
Percussion CMS
3.0

Platform & Infrastructure

Acquia
8.5
Percussion CMS
1.0
API
Acquia
9.0
Percussion CMS
Internationalization / multi-language
Acquia
8.1
Percussion CMS
1.0

Web Content Creation

Acquia
7.4
Percussion CMS
3.0
WYSIWYG editor
Acquia
8.0
Percussion CMS
6.0
Code quality / cleanliness
Acquia
8.8
Percussion CMS
3.0
Admin section
Acquia
7.8
Percussion CMS
2.0
Page templates
Acquia
8.0
Percussion CMS
1.0
Library of website themes
Acquia
6.0
Percussion CMS
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Acquia
7.0
Percussion CMS
Publishing workflow
Acquia
7.8
Percussion CMS
5.0
Form generator
Acquia
6.1
Percussion CMS
1.0

Web Content Management

Acquia
8.5
Percussion CMS
1.6
Content taxonomy
Acquia
8.0
Percussion CMS
1.0
SEO support
Acquia
9.0
Percussion CMS
1.0
Bulk management
Acquia
7.7
Percussion CMS
3.0
Availability / breadth of extensions
Acquia
9.1
Percussion CMS
1.0
Community / comment management
Acquia
8.5
Percussion CMS
2.0

Pros

  • Drupal expertise
  • Products that have ease of use
  • Solid systems built on AWS
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  • Separate CMS environment publishes to remote server environment - great for security
  • Highly scalable
  • Full scale workflow allows for custom routing, approving, etc..
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Cons

  • Not much
  • Send us free candy
  • Continue doing what they are doing
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  • One word: JAVA! We don't live in the 1990's anymore! An AJAX/DHTML environment seems a long time coming.
  • Horrible end-user experience, learning curve. Our end users' inability to easily use the archaic, Java-based interface, means they send the web developer their content requests. This creates a huge bottleneck and completely defeats the purpose of a CMS.
  • Image mangement and integration with content is aweful and time consuming. An image processing tool called ImedImage was developed for Percussion at one point, and left completely stagnant with very little support.
  • Implementation is extremely complicated, given the complexity of the system. Sure, scalability is a good thing, but there is very little out-of-the box function. Don't expect to implement a site as quickly as with other CMS platforms.
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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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Alternatives Considered

I have used Pantheon for almost as long as I have used Acquia. Many colleges and universities will use sub-sites in Drupal either as a separator for each department, or possibly for targeted marketing campaigns. One of the biggest reason we tend to use Acquia over Pantheon for these clients is that Pantheon does not support Drupal sub-sites. So, there is an added cost to the client each time they want to spin up another site based on their base Drupal installation. The admin UI for Pantheon is similar to Acquia's, but they take a more hands-on / hands-off approach when it comes to core Drupal upgrades. Pantheon uses their own software called Terminus to help interface between the developer and the server. By them managing the Drupal core files, you, as a developer just need to understand that you can not update your copy of the site locally, when an updated version of Drupal is released. All of your custom and contributed modules are your responsibility (as they should be), but you just need to be aware that your commits will be rejected if they contain core Drupal updates.
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No contest. I can't wait to get off of Percussion CMS.
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Return on Investment

  • With Acquia Cloud, I no longer need to implement my own home-grown deployment system and stay up-to-date on the latest LINUX security vulnerabilities or upgrade my web server software, as all of that is managed by Acquia. That in itself can save a single developer 50% of their time when compared to self-hosting.
  • Again, as I recommend the platform, I have no direct involvement in the actual cost of the hosting solution, I still benefit as a developer by using a solid mature software solution that delivers exactly what is promised.
  • My team offers Drupal and Wordpress solutions for Higher-Education institutions. Over the past couple of years, we have put together a list of recommended hosting providers for both Drupal and Wordpress. On the Drupal side, we only recommend Acquia and Pantheon and as-such, we are able to share our knowledge with other team-members using the same vendor. As a result, we have compiled a number of tips and artices we publish on the team's wiki. Put in the perspective of ROI, working with a known entity, the consistency reduces the time-to-market of many of our site builds as we have established relationships with our counterparts at Acquia and we know its strenghts and limitations.
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  • We are locked into Percussion CMS simply due to the expense and complexity of migrating to another solution (and the lack of time and budget to do so). I long for the day when I am no longer required to support Percussion CMS, to say the least.
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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

Percussion CMS

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