A free open-source content management software that aims at providing its clients excellent features that enables them to create amazing content. Its easy-to-use editing features allows the user to easily create and edit contents without any creative limitations and coding. Using its Style editor, you can personalize fonts, colours and layouts to make it look exactly the way you want. With Concrete5, you can also easily create forms and surveys to collect data regarding your content and audience. Understanding the surveys with an effective reporting tool provided by Concrete5 enhances and accelerates your decision-making skills.
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Concrete5 is a Free, open-source platform.
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Concrete5 easy of use for the end user is it clam to fame. Very easy on page editing and can build out more complex pages using custom attributes.
From a development stand point, concrete5 can be hard to use for 3 or more developers on a project. S There is no syncing process between local development environments and remote environments this can cause issues on large projects. Also scaling the CMS for very large project (250+ plus pages) might be an issue however, that is more of dev-op issue then a CMS problem.
Give concete5 a chance for your next CMS for a agency project. Wordpress, Joomla and Drupal are other alternatives however your end users will be so much happier with their ability to edit content. There is a great slack community of core concrete5 developers that can answer pretty much any question.
We want our clients to have a very easy to use CMS for editing content. However still have a system that is powerful enough for high end features such as user permissions, advanced theme development, custom blogs and forms.
Training the end-users on this software was pretty easy. We made a guide and everything seems to be running smoothly for the most part. We will occasionally get a question or two on something, but for the most part, everything seems to work fine!
Using Concrete5 as an IT user has been a pain. It isn't too much of a negative, but uploading files doesn't seem to be as straightforward as it could be. However, as long as it works well for the end users, the software is doing its job I think. IT should have the skills needed to overcome any design flaws that might come with catering to the end user.
Before Concrete5, all web changes had to go through the IT department which would overload the staff and make request take longer to complete. With Concrete5, users can update their own websites after they go through our Concrete5 training. This has helped to make the Helpdesk more efficient as well.
Once installed the design and front-end functionality is perfect for any experience level. Templates and extensions are easy to install and use.
Since the newest version, there have been fewer new extensions which is a shame. But most basics are there.
Consider using an external dev team for set up of the platform. At points, it was quite fiddly.
The main problem is having a drag and drop CMS platform for clients that they can expand as needed without relying on a service like squarespace.
Concrete5 comes with a big jump. From the ground up developed as a blogging software. Concrete5 was originally created as a way to quickly and easily design and build a website. The platform has enough functionality out-of-the-box allowing to build any kinds of websites as well.
While Concrete5 is considered to be very easy, some steps can be more detailed, and vary depending on the specific theme or plugin you are using.
Concrete5 provides its users with many add-ons as well. However, they are offered via the built-in Marketplace controlled by Concrete5, and thus tend to have less compatibility problems.
The easy to configure WYSIWGs and drag and drop feature
The complexity and how badly it grows for bigger websites/apps
Content management system for a website we were building at my past company
The speed and simplicity of the platform is where it shines. It's also easy to implement.
Looking at form inquiries is more challenging than it needs to be. Since it is not as widely used as, say, WordPress the support and plugins are limited.
We've used it as the content management system for smaller websites. Easier to implement is a positive - saves time and money. Faster than bulky CMSs.
concrete 5 has a great user interface and allows different levels of control for each user
not much to report, it fulfilled all my needs and tasks
seamless transfer of content for website
the fact that designers can enter the platform at their skill/comfort level. you can build in WYSIWYG, blocks, or code-edit methods, from a single interface. the instant on-server versioning is awesome. It is not as restrictive as other WYSIWYG platforms, and it is proprietary to a server space (you can use it as WYSIWYG on your own server/hosting). bootstrap brings uniformity to repetitive work.
you have to install it for each website created, so there is an installation per domain in a hosting package. You have to log in/out per website, and multiple installations in design mode on a single server are consuming resources, vs if a single install could handle multiple sites within a hosting package.
running on shared hosting will likely be too slow for daily use, but it will give you an idea of the abilities you would gain. a VPS server is best, but keep in mind, multiple sites require multiple installations of concrete5, they do not yet have a multi-site management feature.
speed of production, faster disaster recovery (restoring after botched code), ability to achieve hand-coded capabilities that other WYSIWYG platforms do not allow for. xara didnt allow for drilled down settings, and weebly of course was only used on their server space. we were able to un-can and un-cork with concrete5.
Decent photo editor built in, well organized, easy to use. Well suited for even the most non-tech person to use.
Occasionally an issue with a lag between editing a photo and then it showing correctly on site.
Streamlining our website as well as integrating our student and parent portals with the website.
Very flexible system with a lot of built-in tools like inline editing, page versioning, built in blocks like image-slider, forms, seo-features, flexible theming, layout-columns in pages, user-permissions and roles. Secure and robust core!
One of the coolest things is to build custom blocks for controlling the look and feel and giving a simple and flexible solution to a site editor.
The community isn't big enough to push things. I mean its a cool software and the small community is very helpful. But it could really get bigger.
Second: The great bunch of tools takes some time to get used to. The more features - the more complex it becomes to get into this gem.
Take time to learn with a smaller project. And contribute in the community. It's fun and you will lrean a lot.
Multilingual websites with a lot of custom design.