Acquia is premium Drupal hosting
November 11, 2021

Acquia is premium Drupal hosting

Maria Greene | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Software Version

Drupal Cloud

Modules Used

  • Cloud Platform
  • Cloud IDE

Overall Satisfaction with Acquia Digital Experience Platform

Our brand website is hosted on Acquia [Digital Experience Platform]. We have just begun moving our corporate website there as well. In addition, the development team is just transitioning to the Cloud IDE for development (from using Docksal/Docker and PhpStorm). We have longer-term plans to move other web properties to Drupal/Acquia as well.
  • Dashboard makes deploys simple
  • Automatically created dev and stage environments are useful
  • IDE promises to simplify employee onboarding and dev environment setup in general
  • The technical support is exceptionally good.
  • Some setup issues with using IDE with external code repo
  • Naming of environment URLs is a little confusing/inconsistent
  • Drupal itself has enabled us to build a rich editor experience that our non-technical marketing team appreciates
  • The ability to focus more on development and less on technical infrastructure allowed my team to execute a complete site redesign in 6 months
The decision to host on Acquia [Digital Experience Platform] was made before I joined the company, so no insight here.
We do not use any of the proprietary features from Acquia [Digital Experience Platform], like Site Factory, that enable this. (I am allergic to proprietary.) But Drupal is inherently scaleable via multisite, and things like Single Sign On via contrib modules.
The VPS/cPanel solution is just "raw" LAMP stack hosting, so nothing Drupal-specific and no automatically set-up multiple dev environments with a dashboard to manage them. This is what I [have done] for the last 15 years for my clients. For one client, we evaluated Pantheon, and I would have been happy to go with them, but Acquia [Digital Experience Platform] had a better reputation for security and support. I never got to migrate that client to Pantheon (still too pricey), so my experience is only cursory.

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Did Acquia Digital Experience Platform live up to sales and marketing promises?

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Did implementation of Acquia Digital Experience Platform go as expected?

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The only reason I don't give Acquia [Digital Experience Platform] a 10 is [the] price. Acquia [Digital Experience Platform] is a premium service, and the cost reflects that. I am extremely happy that I work for a company that can afford such a flexible, scalable, and secure platform. In fact, it influenced my decision to take the position with the company, to begin with. However, in my previous role running a small web dev agency with many government, academic, and non-profit clients, Acquia hosting was consistently out of reach for our clients. I have been extremely happy with the service and support from Acquia over the last two years and look forward to continuing the relationship for many more. On a last note, one of the things I appreciate most about Acquia [Digital Experience Platform] is their support of Drupal as an open-source project and the contributions the company makes to the community, both in terms of code/documentation, etc., and of raising the profile of Drupal as [an] enterprise-quality platform.