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Acquia

39 Ratings

Wix

Top Rated
147 Ratings

Acquia

39 Ratings
Score 7.7 out of 101

Wix

Top Rated
147 Ratings
Score 8.1 out of 101

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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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Wix

Great for building a website for any kind of business.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Acquia
8.9
Wix
8.5
Role-based user permissions
Acquia
8.9
Wix
8.5

Platform & Infrastructure

Acquia
8.5
Wix
7.5
API
Acquia
9.0
Wix
7.7
Internationalization / multi-language
Acquia
8.1
Wix
7.2

Web Content Creation

Acquia
7.4
Wix
8.0
WYSIWYG editor
Acquia
8.0
Wix
8.3
Code quality / cleanliness
Acquia
8.8
Wix
7.3
Admin section
Acquia
7.8
Wix
8.2
Page templates
Acquia
8.0
Wix
8.5
Library of website themes
Acquia
6.0
Wix
8.1
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Acquia
7.0
Wix
7.7
Publishing workflow
Acquia
7.8
Wix
8.3
Form generator
Acquia
6.1
Wix
7.5

Web Content Management

Acquia
8.5
Wix
7.6
Content taxonomy
Acquia
8.0
Wix
7.8
SEO support
Acquia
9.0
Wix
7.4
Bulk management
Acquia
7.7
Wix
7.3
Availability / breadth of extensions
Acquia
9.1
Wix
7.4
Community / comment management
Acquia
8.5
Wix
7.9

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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  • Image hosting: seriously love that if you upload a reasonably sized image, it loads in a snap
  • Ease of design: I can design a website from the ground up pretty quickly just with a few clicks
  • Great templates: if you’re not very design-oriented, there are great defaults to get you started with to help develop ideas of your own.
  • No coding necessary: you don’t need to code to create a great looking site.
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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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  • While Wix appears to make itself user friendly, there is a lot of apps that are unnecessary that must be waded through. When you are trying something new it is actually complex, until you get the "hang of it".
  • Without a paid subscription Wix does not populate on Google searches very well.
  • Wix hosts its pages, and again if you do not have a paid subscription the loading can be slow and burdensome.
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Likelihood to Renew

Acquia10.0
Based on 8 answers
Acquia Cloud fits perfectly with our workflow and they have been rock solid in reliability and support.
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Wix10.0
Based on 3 answers
We will definitely renew Wix. The ability to completely control our website has been invaluable to us. We will maintain this service as long as we are an incorporated organization, we've tried several other software options and this has been the best solution by far for all of our needs.
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Usability

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Wix7.0
Based on 4 answers
Great customization, but a pain to backtrack. They recently added the ability to set fonts etc as headings, title, body etc, but if you did not begin your build with these presets you are screwed if you ever try to change font/ colors/layout etc.
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Alternatives Considered

Acquia offers a more robust product suite than Pantheon. Acquia also offers professional services for another level beyond what Pantheon offers. Acquia pricing is typically more expensive than Pantheon, but the extra cost tends to be worth it, given all the support you receive from Acquia's team.
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I had a website previously on Google Sites (the free version), which wasn't very user-friendly. Google Sites was also all-online but didn't include tools for building sites, at least nothing as nice as Wix. Wix is just so much easier to understand and use, and the results speak for themselves. For a novice, I'd definitely suggest Wix over Google.
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Return on Investment

  • Completely negated any dev time troubleshooting the platform, freeing us up to develop the website.
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  • Wix helped us create a good looking website in a very short time even with a lot of decision makers.
  • Wix is easy to work on without any coding language.
  • Wix is a little expensive.
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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
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Wix

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