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Acquia

39 Ratings

Squarespace

Top Rated
111 Ratings

Acquia

39 Ratings
Score 7.7 out of 101

Squarespace

Top Rated
111 Ratings
Score 8.6 out of 101

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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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Squarespace

Squarespace is especially good for the graphic designer or artist who simply doesn't have the time to develop an in-depth website portfolio. Most designers can attest that they are too busy designing for actual clients than polishing their own branding. While most designers would love to have their own built-from-scratch website, it really is a quick way to have a main page to direct clients too.Squarespace is also fantastic for clients who aren't too web-savvy but want to be able to have some control behind their content.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Acquia
8.9
Squarespace
8.4
Role-based user permissions
Acquia
8.9
Squarespace
8.4

Platform & Infrastructure

Acquia
8.5
Squarespace
7.5
API
Acquia
9.0
Squarespace
7.3
Internationalization / multi-language
Acquia
8.1
Squarespace
7.8

Web Content Creation

Acquia
7.4
Squarespace
8.2
WYSIWYG editor
Acquia
8.0
Squarespace
8.3
Code quality / cleanliness
Acquia
8.8
Squarespace
8.1
Admin section
Acquia
7.8
Squarespace
8.1
Page templates
Acquia
8.0
Squarespace
8.4
Library of website themes
Acquia
6.0
Squarespace
7.8
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Acquia
7.0
Squarespace
8.9
Publishing workflow
Acquia
7.8
Squarespace
8.0
Form generator
Acquia
6.1
Squarespace
8.1

Web Content Management

Acquia
8.5
Squarespace
6.9
Content taxonomy
Acquia
8.0
Squarespace
7.5
SEO support
Acquia
9.0
Squarespace
7.0
Bulk management
Acquia
7.6
Squarespace
6.2
Availability / breadth of extensions
Acquia
9.1
Squarespace
6.4
Community / comment management
Acquia
8.5
Squarespace
7.3

Pros

  • The Acquia Cloud Hosting (enterprise) provides a three-server solution. You have a Development, Staging (or UAT), and Production servers with a clear path of deployment straight up the chain. You may use Acquia's own Cloud Hooks, or their web admin UI interface to deploy to any or all of the servers.
  • Git is one of the foundation services built-in to the management of the website codebase. Allowing a developer, or well-trained end user (university employee) to easily deploy a tag or branch to any one of the servers, makes it very easy for us to offload the server / account management to the school, while we focus on improving their site.
  • Not only does Acquia Cloud provide a multi-datacenter failover disaster recovery solution, but they also maintain a multi-region failover as well, which allows for a fully redundant enviroment to be maintained in two geographic regions. No fear of losing any database changes or form submissions from students.
  • Lastly, the onboarding process is constantly being improved, and as I have been a third-party vendor involved in many of our hosting negotiations, I have seen it firsthand. Each enterprise client is assigned a small team of engineers, technical leads, and a pseudo-project-manager to explain the process in layman's terms to the client (university / college for my example), but they also perform a number of code reviews and best-practice analysis of a site prior to launch.
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  • They offer a variety of responsive templates.
  • Easy and fun to use and maintain.
  • Great documentation and customer support.
  • Affordable.
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Cons

  • This is a difficult question for me to answer, as I have seen the platform mature over the past few years and they recently, 3-6 months ago revamped their admin UI web interface that addressed some of their previous shortcomings. I don't ever have any difficulty finding what I need, when I need it on the admin UI. My first suggestion would be to review their documentation in some areas, which are still linked to the previous iteration of the web interface.
  • The majority of the services offered by Acquia Cloud Hosting are built on top of Amazon Web Services. As a result, some SSL certificates do not work well, or at all if they originate from Network Soutions (which have never worked), or GeoTrust (Equifax), VeriSign, and DigiCert, which on occasion produce SSL certificates that fail to work on Acquia Cloud.
  • Recently I have found that team management has a couple of limitations when the client is the "Organization administrator," and the role of "Team administrator" is assigned to myself or a member of my team. There are some links and page options that should be available to those of us assigned the role of Team Lead or Senior Developer within the Team Management structure, but we have had to contact support to update our permissions to be granted the appropriate access. It may be a result of their recent upgrade to the site, and regardless, support was able to fix our issue the same day we submitted a request.
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  • We'd love the ability to link to a specific hashtag in a blog post. For example, when we host an event, we'd love to be able to show the photo feed using the hashtag on Instagram.
  • For Commerce, our shop is unique in that it includes numerous different makers, who all use different shipping methods. We'd like to be able to assign a shipping cost to a product on an individual basis.
  • For the calendar, we have a robust events section and often feature 30+ events in it. We've created a summary under the calendar to better feature events, as the calendar feature is not very easy on the eyes. We'd love to see both more calendar view options as well as the maximum number of summary items displayed lifted from 30 to unlimited.
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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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Squarespace10.0
Based on 2 answers
I've renewed my Squarespace 3 years in a row
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Usability

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Squarespace10.0
Based on 2 answers
It's simple to use for someone who is really good with computers as well as those who are not. I've been using my personal squarespace for years and have also helped clients build a starting page which they are later able to manage theirselves.
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Support

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Squarespace10.0
Based on 2 answers
Easy to find support on their website.
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Alternatives Considered

Acquia is more fully featured and mature.
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I've used Movable Type and WordPress before, and for me, they are like the PC versions to the Mac version, which is Squarespace. It's beautifully intuitive and dynamic, and anyone can use it. It eliminates the need to know any coding or have a strong design eye. I won't say it's an effortless platform, but it sure makes it feel that way.
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Return on Investment

  • Increased employee efficiency
  • Faster time to market for campaigns
  • Cheaper infrastructure costs
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  • Boosted traffic to our website.
  • The ability to turn on developer mode helped us further establish our brand.
  • We've been able to generate sales in our shop thanks to its commerce capabilities.
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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

Squarespace

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