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Likelihood to Recommend

Acquia

In my experience, if you have a talented team of Drupal developers or even a single Drupal developer who has a firm grasp of Drupal, and you are an enterprise-level business or entity, there is no better solution out there. Although I failed to mention cost previously, which is certainly a consideration. If you are serious about your site and you have thousands or hundreds of thousands of site-visitors, the cost may not be an obstacle. For smaller organizations, or non-profits/NGOs, the cost may be prohibitive and you may want to explore a less expensive vendor, such as my second-choice, Pantheon, or even RackSpace (I live in San Antonio, and a good portion of the San Antonio Drupal User's Group is made up of some extremely talented Drupal developers; so I had to include them in here somewhere).
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Wix

To me Wix is better for slightly more advanced users. A big downside is that it's adpative, not responsive. So the more custom your design gets, the more you will be working separately on your mobile pages. If you want something that truly takes no knowledge of website building, look elsewhere. I also wouldn't implement this if you have a team of direct contributors that aren't website or design people. There's just not enough restriction there, too much power for them to make a mess.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Acquia
8.8
Wix
8.5
Role-based user permissions
Acquia
8.8
Wix
8.5

Platform & Infrastructure

Acquia
8.5
Wix
7.2
API
Acquia
9.0
Wix
7.5
Internationalization / multi-language
Acquia
8.1
Wix
6.9

Web Content Creation

Acquia
7.4
Wix
7.8
WYSIWYG editor
Acquia
8.0
Wix
8.2
Code quality / cleanliness
Acquia
8.9
Wix
7.3
Admin section
Acquia
7.8
Wix
8.0
Page templates
Acquia
8.0
Wix
8.3
Library of website themes
Acquia
6.0
Wix
8.0
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Acquia
7.0
Wix
7.6
Publishing workflow
Acquia
7.8
Wix
8.0
Form generator
Acquia
6.1
Wix
7.0

Web Content Management

Acquia
8.5
Wix
7.4
Content taxonomy
Acquia
8.0
Wix
7.5
SEO support
Acquia
9.1
Wix
7.4
Bulk management
Acquia
7.7
Wix
7.2
Availability / breadth of extensions
Acquia
9.1
Wix
7.0
Community / comment management
Acquia
8.6
Wix
7.7

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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  • Wix allows a lot of flexibility in design. For me as a designer and a brand manager, that's very important.
  • Wix has a lot of the current options for page design, such as parallax, video backgrounds, and the like.
  • Wix code allows us to create dynamic pages, and do custom things previously only possible on a very costly custom-made site.
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Cons

  • "Scheduled" maintenance windows are often non-negotiable, vague and too abrupt.
  • The support escalation is slower than would be expected from a provider focused on enterprise availability.
  • The platform is rigidly composed in a way that serves Acquia's need to serve a wide customer base, and is thus sometimes not ideal for your use case.
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  • Wix's design features can be a curse as much as a blessing. It's tempting to use animation and overdo it on big images but they'll kill page load time and at a certain point become detrimental to usability.
  • Wix code is not for the faint of heart. You have to be willing to dive into the world of Javascript and relational databases. Not as "out-of-the-box" as their marketing would like you to believe. Still, powerful though.
  • On certain things, such as buttons for example, they need to make them more style-based. Each button on the site is essentially custom designed by you. So if you decide you want the button style different, you have to manually redesign it for every instance on the site. No universal CSS change for that.
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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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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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Wix7.2
Based on 5 answers
It's useable for the most basic person to use, but it's not a great option overall. I think that the platform for creating is rather cumbersome and not clean or organized. If you don't care about that while working on a website, it's an okay option, but I only recommend this option for basic users.
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Alternatives Considered

  1. Setting up a local development environment with Drupal is easy and cheap
  2. Setting up an efficient development/deployment process is easy.
  3. Theming SharePoint is extremely difficult.
  4. Many SharePoint modules (aka webparts) are quirky and don't work as expected.
  5. Lists and libraries are quirky and also often do not work as expected.
  6. SharePoint is slow and does not give you real access to the database that powers it.
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Squarespace felt more advanced when I first began my comparison research. It seemed like it could potentially make the best looking websites but required a little more base knowledge or a higher learning curve for someone new to web design. Weebly seemed like a very worthy competitor but I enjoyed the Wix interface more so I went with Wix. Now that I have been exposed to Wix for a longer period of time, I actually would be very interested to try both Weebly and Squarespace again to see how they stack up now.
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Return on Investment

  • Team time spent on deployment process is greatly reduced.
  • Reliable and scalable environment.
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  • It gave me a website when I didn't have one, so "internet presence" can't be discounted
  • Overall, it was a good learning experience, but little more.
  • As far as my business is concerned, it was a net negative, as I had to move to a different platform once it became clear Wix would not scale.
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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

Wix

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