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Acquia

39 Ratings

Sitecore

Top Rated
104 Ratings

Acquia

39 Ratings
Score 7.7 out of 101

Sitecore

Top Rated
104 Ratings
Score 7.3 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Acquia

If your organization requires you to implement a multi-site architecture, Acquia is one of the few cloud hosting options that makes this easy for Drupal websites. You can easily create a new database through their web UI, update your site's files, and add domains to each environment. This process is simplified even further through the use of another product, Acquia Cloud Site Factory.
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Sitecore

Large scale websites that have large teams are very well suited to use Sitecore. It is especially good when the marketing team wants to provide a customized user experience based on previous user interactions. For example if it is October and I am shopping for tents also recommend warm sleeping bags. If I already have a sleeping bag in my shopping cart recommend a camp stove. All of this can be done without any outside ad targeting platform being integrated in your environment. This keeps your user's interactions on your site private for you alone.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Acquia
8.9
Sitecore
8.0
Role-based user permissions
Acquia
8.9
Sitecore
8.0

Platform & Infrastructure

Acquia
8.5
Sitecore
7.4
API
Acquia
9.0
Sitecore
7.8
Internationalization / multi-language
Acquia
8.1
Sitecore
6.9

Web Content Creation

Acquia
7.4
Sitecore
6.9
WYSIWYG editor
Acquia
8.0
Sitecore
6.6
Code quality / cleanliness
Acquia
8.8
Sitecore
6.9
Admin section
Acquia
7.8
Sitecore
6.8
Page templates
Acquia
8.0
Sitecore
6.5
Library of website themes
Acquia
6.0
Sitecore
7.5
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Acquia
7.0
Sitecore
7.1
Publishing workflow
Acquia
7.8
Sitecore
7.5
Form generator
Acquia
6.1
Sitecore
6.6

Web Content Management

Acquia
8.5
Sitecore
7.1
Content taxonomy
Acquia
8.0
Sitecore
8.1
SEO support
Acquia
9.0
Sitecore
7.5
Bulk management
Acquia
7.7
Sitecore
8.0
Availability / breadth of extensions
Acquia
9.1
Sitecore
5.4
Community / comment management
Acquia
8.5
Sitecore
6.4

Pros

  • Drupal expertise
  • Products that have ease of use
  • Solid systems built on AWS
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  • The ability to build and extend Sitecore so that it does exactly what you want is a key selling point to our organization.
  • Building custom reusable blocks while difficult at first has helped us to leverage code to shorten time for subsequent improvements.
  • The user level permissions help us keep section administrators from accidentally taking down the entire site.
  • Publishing workflow ensures that we present a consistent message, and saves us from "accidental sales" where we advertise products for $1 instead of the $200,000 we expect.
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Cons

  • Not much
  • Send us free candy
  • Continue doing what they are doing
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  • Requires a well trained Sitecore development team (difficulty of 8 on a scale of 1-10), also the entry level content author has a pretty steep learning curve (probably a difficulty of 4 on the same scale).
  • Sometimes it is hard to find the right place to make a site-wide change. Making a change that looks good in one place may be overriding the default behavior for only that one place. Experience will help developers spot these situations without pulling out too much of their hair.
  • Production requires very robust infrastructure to ensure the site performs at its best. In addition Sitecore developers need higher end machines than normal developers do to keep tests running smoothly.
  • Structural changes are completed using zipped xml files called packages. This requires careful ordered installation, last I checked there was no way to merge all changes for a release into one package. This could mean in a very large deployment, a release admin would need to run through 200 or more upload and install commands through a web browser.
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Likelihood to Renew

Acquia10.0
Based on 8 answers
Fast, reliable and tailored to Drupal.
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Sitecore9.0
Based on 9 answers
They are making huge investments in R&D and every version of the product greatly improves our ability to do digital marketing across channels.
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Usability

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Sitecore7.3
Based on 4 answers
With any platform that offers so much capability, usability will naturally be more challenging. Sitecore does an admirable job and made massive strides in version 8, but at some times offers too many ways to achieve the same task allows users to sometimes take a path less efficient than the preferred path.
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Support

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Sitecore9.1
Based on 2 answers
We have never had an issue go unresolved. They handle issues quickly and efficiently.
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Online Training

No score
No answers yet
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Sitecore10.0
Based on 1 answer
Sitecore captures and remembers every single interaction your customers and prospects have in any part of the system, allowing you to build comprehensive, ever-learning profiles of each individual. From email marketing, to social media, to online shopping, Sitecore remembers where each interaction left off so you can automatically continue the conversation. Sitecore helps you manage your content for each and every experience your customers enjoy. Customize what content you want and the system will take care of how it's displayed.
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Implementation

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Sitecore9.1
Based on 2 answers
Make sure you work with a partner that can help you take advantage of the entire platform. Specifically we see a lot of customers not taking advantage of Sitecore DMS and thus missing a huge opportunity. Sitecore is a platform that is meant to be constantly optimized and improved upon.
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Alternatives Considered

Acquia provides much more for the investment. The support and services they provide make them the best choice in choosing a platform to host your Drupal sites. Services like Pantheon may have some new tools or cool features. But Acquia always seems to come out with those features without the trouble of having the "growing pains" that come with them.
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The decision to select Sitecore was not ultimately mine, but the fact that we were able to leverage in-house Microsoft .Net (C#) experience on a platform that had a library of extensions, but also allowed us to customize and keep private our confidential IP has been a big help. When you see a SharePoint site or a Drupal site you can usually tell "oh this is a MS SharePoint site", but with Sitecore the ability to customize and have different views even different components based on device type makes Sitecore a clear winner.
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Return on Investment

  • Team time spent on deployment process is greatly reduced.
  • Reliable and scalable environment.
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  • Sitecore eliminates the need for a developer to make constant updates to our site.
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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

Sitecore

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