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Likelihood to Recommend

Drupal

One can use Drupal to solve several problems, especially implementing sites and portals. Drupal has great integration with different authentication tools, making it great for intranets. It's hard to say when it would be less appropriate, since it's so flexible.
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Ektron (Discontinued)

Content updates can be made by non-technical people. Updates can be published automatically on a schedule throughout the day
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Drupal
8.9
Ektron (Discontinued)
8.5
Role-based user permissions
Drupal
8.9
Ektron (Discontinued)
8.5

Platform & Infrastructure

Drupal
8.5
Ektron (Discontinued)
5.7
API
Drupal
8.5
Ektron (Discontinued)
5.6
Internationalization / multi-language
Drupal
8.5
Ektron (Discontinued)
5.8

Web Content Creation

Drupal
7.9
Ektron (Discontinued)
5.3
WYSIWYG editor
Drupal
8.0
Ektron (Discontinued)
5.9
Code quality / cleanliness
Drupal
8.0
Ektron (Discontinued)
5.6
Admin section
Drupal
8.3
Ektron (Discontinued)
5.3
Page templates
Drupal
7.8
Ektron (Discontinued)
4.6
Library of website themes
Drupal
6.3
Ektron (Discontinued)
3.9
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Drupal
8.5
Ektron (Discontinued)
3.8
Publishing workflow
Drupal
8.5
Ektron (Discontinued)
6.3
Form generator
Drupal
7.6
Ektron (Discontinued)
6.8

Web Content Management

Drupal
8.1
Ektron (Discontinued)
5.6
Content taxonomy
Drupal
8.2
Ektron (Discontinued)
5.8
SEO support
Drupal
8.0
Ektron (Discontinued)
5.3
Bulk management
Drupal
8.0
Ektron (Discontinued)
5.0
Availability / breadth of extensions
Drupal
8.2
Ektron (Discontinued)
5.6
Community / comment management
Drupal
8.3
Ektron (Discontinued)
6.0

Pros

Drupal

  • The Drupal core ships with a granular, field level content construction toolset. The very popular views module is now part of the core Drupal CMS and enables the creation of complex content types, it's way more than a blogging tool.
  • Drupal is especially adept at integration with enterprise grade CRM and ERP systems. Because all of the data in Drupal is naturally available for mapping at the field level, there is a ready environment for connecting to restful API systems.
  • Drupal scales exceptionally well with multisite and multiuser environments. Large universities can standardize on a common codebase of Drupal and then roll it out to the entire campus. Individual colleges can customize their themes and content but do not need to worry about figuring out their own module stack.
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Ektron (Discontinued)

  • It's an all in one solution that can be built to suit your needs. From the simple job of managing content and resources like images and documents, to social components like activity boards, messaging services, and eCommerce.
  • The interface provides a solid structure to configure components of the application to allow quick and easy content entry and management. Smart Forms, for example, provide a nice way to structure content entry for marketers and non-technical users so they are limited to the scope a developer needs, but are allowed flexibility to the degree the author might need.
  • Page Builder allows a developer to set up various templates for the website to be flexible enough for a marketer to be able to add content and create "pages" on the website that suite the needs of the department or user. Ektron's "widgets" are similar enough to standard .NET user controls that a developer familiar with them can create custom ones for Page Builder pages pretty successfully.
  • Recent updates have added support for SOLR as a search engine allowing you the freedom to move away from the strong licensing structure of Microsoft Search Server and FAST if your organization is more familiar with the APACHE offering.
  • The Document Management System (DMS) built-in provides the ability to add typical office documents into the system complete with search, versioning, and permission and privacy control.
  • The API is pretty powerful and flexible when you become familiar with all the levels and features available through it.
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Cons

Drupal

  • There are not many areas where Drupal needs improvement that haven't been already address in Drupal 8. However there is one feature I want to mention that could have been implemented better -- the Forum (or discussion board). Although with a few contrib modules and a little of custom code the forum functionality in Drupal can be fine tuned to be almost as powerful as Google Groups, it requires a lot of effort to make it work as expected.
  • Out of the box theme in Drupal does not look professional enough. Most of developers will want to replace it with something else. Thankfully there are hundreds of free themes available for Drupal for free, and many more can be purchased online.
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Ektron (Discontinued)

  • Some users feel the management interface (Workarea) feels a little dated or confusing with a typical Windows-like folder tree on the left and a right pane that changes based on the section of the Workarea you are in. Visual cues for buttons and components are not always obvious.
  • While the interface enables you to structure the site and add content with faster and easier setup than some other competing products on the market, as with many the competition, the implementation is only as good as the administrator configures it, and over the years I have found this to be one of the biggest complaints and problems with the system.
  • The CMS has many features packed in for marketers, developers, administrators, and users, and it has a great deal of potential to be a powerful system because of them. But many of them feel half-baked into the system more to serve as keywords for a sales pitch or a checklist as opposed to being a solid and usable addition to the system. That's not to say that many of these features are not usable, but they are not as usable or great as they could be. For example, the eCommerce component tends to feel clunky or confusing for users managing products in it. The intranet components, like activity boards or messaging, are difficult to manage in the Workarea because of the interface and lack of access to features that exist and are otherwise hidden from the Workarea or are available only through a front-end widget.
  • The API can be very powerful, and I find most of the time I leverage that to build custom components and controls, but the documentation, though much better now than it has been in past years, is still struggling to provide the level of detail to the various methods and libraries available through the product. This is one area where some of the competition outshines. With someone who has many years of professional experience with the product this is not as big an issue as the API is fairly easy to remember, but for new developers this can be a challenge.
  • Support used to be more of a hit-or-miss roller-coaster ride, and while it has improved in the past years, it's still bumpy for some people. The positive side of this is they have a solid group of community users that are willing to help answer questions and provide samples or demo code where they can to enable new and existing users and developers.
  • While the community is very helpful and willing through various social spheres, like Stack Overflow, Twitter, and Ektron's Developer Forums, Ektron's own Developer Forums are a bit rough to use, making that piece more challenging than it should be. As mentioned, however, they have very helpful and active community members that patrol, and a few internal users that are fairly "hell-bent" on making sure that questions are seen by anyone who might be able to assist. I always recommend Tweeting about something after posting it, for optimal exposure.
  • Ektron's support for MVC is probably it's biggest, obvious weakness currently. While the competition has moved on to solid support for MVC, Ektron's strength is still with Webforms. The three-tier architecture Ektron has built provides a similar approach, but it still cannot compete with true MVC support. If your organization is dedicated to an MVC implementation, a different solution might suit you better.
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Likelihood to Renew

Drupal

Drupal 8.2
Based on 18 answers
Drupal 8 will be released this year and it will be the best content management framework ever. It includes libraries and components, like Guzzle and Twig, that are widely used and maintained by Symfony community. This collaboration between OpenSource communities is what makes products like Drupal a big piece of software.
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Ektron (Discontinued)

Ektron (Discontinued) 8.0
Based on 21 answers
We will continue to service the product and our clients that have Ektron for the foreseeable. Ektron has established a firm place in the market and can drive tremendous value over the long term when it's properly fit and implemented into an organization. Ektron is investing in it's API and user interface and integration capabilities and we believe it will continue to be competitive as the market grows and matures.
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Usability

Drupal

Drupal 10.0
Based on 9 answers
Because with Drupal 8 usability in Drupal will be highly improved.
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Ektron (Discontinued)

Ektron (Discontinued) 6.2
Based on 4 answers
Usability principles have been a part of modern web application development for some time now. Ektron lags behind in this area. It's not that the back end is terrible, but to me it does not reflect commitment, expertise, and a systematic approach to usability in Ektron's development process. There are too many UI idiosyncrasies and inconsistencies for my liking.
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Reliability and Availability

Drupal

Drupal 9.7
Based on 3 answers
I have had few issues with keeping a Drupal system up and running. When there have been issues, they've been errors in how I went about implementing a change.
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Ektron (Discontinued)

Ektron (Discontinued) 9.2
Based on 4 answers
Unplanned outages or errors are fairly rare in our instance. And when there are issues, they're usually fixed fairly quickly
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Performance

Drupal

Drupal 8.9
Based on 2 answers
Drupal page loads can be slow, as a great many database calls may be required to generate a page. It is highly recommended to use caching systems, both built-in and external to lessen such database loads and improve performance. I haven't had any problems with behind-the-scenes integrations with external systems.
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Ektron (Discontinued)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support

Drupal

Drupal 5.0
Based on 4 answers
Because you have different ways to get free support.
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Ektron (Discontinued)

Ektron (Discontinued) 8.0
Based on 2 answers
Working with Ektron Support has always been a pleasure. They are quick to respond, extremely knowledgeable, and truly care about resolving your issue. I have never once been disappointed with their response.
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In-Person Training

Drupal

Drupal 8.0
Based on 1 answer
I was part of the team that conducted the training. Our training was fine, but we could have been better informed on Drupal before we started providing it. If we did not have answers to tough questions, we had more technical staff we could consult with. We did provide hands-on practice time for the learners, which I would always recommend. That is where the best learning occurred.
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Ektron (Discontinued)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Online Training

Drupal

Drupal 6.0
Based on 2 answers
The on-line training was not as ideal as the face-to-face training. It was done remotely and only allowed for the trainers to present information to the learners and demonstrate the platform online. There was not a good way to allow for the learners to practice, ask questions and have them answered all in the same session.
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Ektron (Discontinued)

Ektron (Discontinued) 7.5
Based on 2 answers
Ektron is one of the best solution for .Net platform. Over the years have improved the performance issues that the previous versions had. My only complain is right now you can't do Page builder pages if you choose to have a MVC architecture
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Implementation

Drupal

Drupal 5.1
Based on 4 answers
Plan ahead as much you can. You really need to know how to build what you want with the modules available to you, or that you might need to code yourself, in order to make the best use of Drupal. I recommend you analyze the most technically difficult workflows and other aspects of your implementation, and try building some test versions of those first. Get feedback from stakeholders early and often, because you can easily find yourself in a situation where your implementation does 90% of what you want, but, due to something you didn't plan for, foresee, or know about, there's no feasible way to get past the last 10%
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Ektron (Discontinued)

Ektron (Discontinued) 8.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Alternatives Considered

Drupal

As mostly all Drupal fellows says: "I came for the code quality and stayed for the Community". Drupal has a huge community that cares about the code quality, testing and engage developers to follow best programming practices. This improves both Drupal quality and your programming skills. Also Drupal Community is like a huge family.
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Ektron (Discontinued)

Typically when talking about the Ektron product from a selection perspective, we also compare them against Sitecore and EPiServer as they are the other 2 primary .NET platforms with similar ratings. We closely follow the Gartner Magic Quadrant and Forrester Wave reports that come out annually; and, these 3 products are traditional packed closely in the Leaders and Visionaries categories.
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Scalability

Drupal

Drupal 8.0
Based on 2 answers
Drupal is well known to be scalable, although it requires solid knowledge of MySQL best practices, caching mechanisms, and other server-level best practices. I have never personally dealt with an especially large site, so I can speak well to the issues associated with Drupal scaling.
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Ektron (Discontinued)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

Drupal

  • I've managed content in Drupal, and this content is viewed by thousands of instructors, preventing the need for them to contact our helpline for assistance. This frees up time for my staff to deal with actual issues, rather than training issues, and is a major positive ROI use case for using Drupal.
  • We provide alerts regarding service outages, hopefully preventing users from calling into our helpline - and allowing the real issues to have a higher volume than issues we are aware of.
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Ektron (Discontinued)

  • While I can not speak to numbers I can say that Ektron is a well known, well designed CMS and our clients like using it.
  • The Ektron name has opened opportunities for lead conversions because it is so well respected in the industry.
  • Ektron's developer portal was recently revamped and has a wealth of knowledge.
  • Working with Ektron to open tickets is pretty simple.
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Pricing Details

Drupal

General

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

Ektron (Discontinued)

General

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

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