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Likelihood to Recommend

Drupal

It is great if you're a medium to large-scale operation that is heavily reliant on always having fresh content deployed to your web properties. It is particularly great if you need to localize your website in different countries (landing pages, languages, etc). It can save you a lot of time that would otherwise be spent maintaining separate websites, and deploying often redundant content to the different websites. Every human touchpoint has the potential for error.It is not great if you just need a static website, and you aren't deploying more than just a simple blog. It's not great if you don't have senior-level developers to maintain the site. If you're the type of company that needs your website to be "done" then you've come to the wrong place. A Drupal 8 website is itself a living organism that requires an ongoing commitment.
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Widen Collective

I think the Widen Collective is well suited for businesses of any size. It can be used for photos or documents, and since the metadata fields can easily be customized to fit your business, it's extremely flexible to fit your needs. I think Widen Collective is less appropriate where the business does not have a lot of images or documents quite yet - that scenario would be putting the cart before the horse - it would be hard to set up the correct metadata fields before you know how you'll be searching for them in the future.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Drupal
9.0
Widen Collective
Role-based user permissions
Drupal
9.0
Widen Collective

Platform & Infrastructure

Drupal
8.6
Widen Collective
API
Drupal
8.6
Widen Collective
Internationalization / multi-language
Drupal
8.7
Widen Collective

Web Content Creation

Drupal
7.9
Widen Collective
WYSIWYG editor
Drupal
7.8
Widen Collective
Code quality / cleanliness
Drupal
8.0
Widen Collective
Admin section
Drupal
8.4
Widen Collective
Page templates
Drupal
7.8
Widen Collective
Library of website themes
Drupal
6.6
Widen Collective
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Drupal
8.6
Widen Collective
Publishing workflow
Drupal
8.5
Widen Collective
Form generator
Drupal
7.8
Widen Collective

Web Content Management

Drupal
8.3
Widen Collective
Content taxonomy
Drupal
8.3
Widen Collective
SEO support
Drupal
8.1
Widen Collective
Bulk management
Drupal
8.2
Widen Collective
Availability / breadth of extensions
Drupal
8.3
Widen Collective
Community / comment management
Drupal
8.3
Widen Collective

Pros

Drupal

  • Drupal is great at managing any amount of content, and any type of content. Its flexibility and customizability are two of its greatest strengths.
  • Drupal isn't just a CMS, Drupal lets you build the CMS that website editors will be using. Its backend customization and admin features are awesome and are being expanded by the community all the time.
  • There are thousands of contributed modules and themes freely available. Not only is Drupal open source, but all the best modules and themes people have built are available for free as well!
  • Drupal's community is big, prolific, and welcoming. Not only can you use other's community contributions, but the community is always happy to help others building their own Drupal sites or custom modules and themes for the rest of the community. If you ever get stuck, the forums or Drupal Slack are incredible resources for assistance.
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Widen Collective

  • Metadata and tagging - being able to customize the metadata fields is extremely helpful in building the perfect digital asset management software for your team.
  • User Interface - the user interface is extremely easy to navigate and Widen is continuously trying to improve the flow of the DAM.
  • Support Center - Between the online knowledge base / chat and email support, there's always a quick and easy way to find an answer to a question you might have.
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Cons

Drupal

  • Drupal is complex, it will take time and expertise to shape it into the tool you need it to be for your use case. WordPress can be installed and is ready to go for blogging out-of-the-box, but Drupal will need more setup up front to build out the functionality needed.
  • Finding strong Drupal expertise can be challenging for companies. Although the developer community is over a million strong, there are still few companies that truly have an expert Drupal developer on staff.
  • Drupal can be overkill for small websites with just a few pages or limited functionality. Many new flat file responsive tools can do well to build a basic brochure site without the overhead of a CMS like Drupal.
  • Security is an ongoing struggle for all users of opensource CMS solutions. If you choose Drupal for your website, you will need a plan for security updates to ensure you are one step ahead of the hackers.
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Widen Collective

  • Sharing - I wish there was a way to have a Dropbox-like feature where you could store a set of images momentarily and share the image set via url. Currently, you can only send image sets through email. If someone you're sharing the images with would like to also share the images, they have to figure that out on their own.
  • Reminders - there could be automatic reminders that you could set if images were uploaded with metadata - something on the home page where it says "reminder: add metadata to 35 images" or just quick alerts to keep everything up to date.
  • Uploading/converter - I wish there was a quick converter for uploading large images - for example, if a huge eps image is uploaded, it could suggest to convert it to a high resolution jpg, saving space in the DAM.
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Likelihood to Renew

Drupal

Drupal 8.2
Based on 18 answers
The time and money invested into this platform were too great to discontinue it at this point. I'm sure it will be in use for a while. We have also spent time training many employees how to use it. All of these things add up to quite an investment in the product. Lastly, it basically fulfills what we need our intranet site to do.
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Widen Collective

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

Drupal

Drupal 10.0
Based on 9 answers
Once you've learned how to use it Drupal is a very logically consistent framework for building and maintaining a robust website. The trick is getting to the point where your understanding of the system is full and correct so that you can use it properly and take advantage of all it offers.
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Widen Collective

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Reliability and Availability

Drupal

Drupal 9.7
Based on 3 answers
Drupal itself does not tend to have bugs that cause sporadic outages. When deployed on a well-configured LAMP stack, deployment and maintenance problems are minimal, and in general no exotic tuning or configuration is required.For highest uptime, putting a caching proxy like Varnish in front of Drupal (or a CDN that supports dynamic applications).
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Widen Collective

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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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Widen Collective

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support

Drupal

Drupal 5.0
Based on 4 answers
As noted earlier, the support of the community can be rather variable, with some modules attracting more attraction and action in their issue queues, but overall, the development community for Drupal is second to none. It probably the single greatest aspect of being involved in this open-source project.
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Widen Collective

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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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Widen Collective

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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Widen Collective

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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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Widen Collective

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Drupal

All of these products are in the same category, but Drupal has a different level of security, making it a much better choice for either blog platform, Websites or Intranets. The product itself is a much more professional offering, stacking up against the competition on templates, extensions and browser support
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Widen Collective

In the past, I've only used folders in a shared drive to organize photos and documents. This was cumbersome when it came to others accessing the documents, as they didn't always look in the one location that the items were store. Being able to search through multiple fields in a DAM is by far the best way to have others access photos and documents
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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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Widen Collective

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

Drupal

  • The Development with Drupal sped up our web development time dramatically. Most of the features that we would have to custom code otherwise are already available in Drupal out of the box or in form of modules.
  • The security of websites we build improved significantly.
  • Thanks to Drupal's great community there is always someone who can answer our questions or help to solve a technical problem we may face during the implementation of our projects.
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Widen Collective

  • Widen Collective saves a lot of time for our employees as users can access the DAM on their own, which definitely has a positive impact on ROI
  • The positive impact of the Collective is greater than the cost
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Pricing Details

Drupal

General

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

Widen Collective

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Required

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Drupal
8.3
Widen Collective
8.0

Likelihood to Renew

Drupal
8.2
Widen Collective

Usability

Drupal
10.0
Widen Collective

Reliability and Availability

Drupal
9.7
Widen Collective

Performance

Drupal
8.9
Widen Collective

Support

Drupal
5.0
Widen Collective

In-Person Training

Drupal
8.0
Widen Collective

Online Training

Drupal
6.0
Widen Collective

Implementation

Drupal
5.1
Widen Collective

Scalability

Drupal
8.0
Widen Collective

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