5 Ratings
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Score 7.7 out of 100
63 Ratings
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Score 8.9 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)

It is appropriate for building custom pages/apps that call specific programs and content without giving direct access to those programs. We have yet to come across a proposed use case where it was inappropriate to use.
Ben Williams | TrustRadius Reviewer

Concrete5

If you have some knowledge of coding or website editing, Concrete5 is a great choice. You can go into their marketplace and find additional add-ons or modules that you would like to add to your site. If you are looking for a simple web site hosting service, this may not be the option for you.
Dave Becker | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)
8.0
Concrete5
10.0
Role-based user permissions
Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)
8.0
Concrete5
10.0

Platform & Infrastructure

Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)
8.0
Concrete5
10.0
API
Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)
8.0
Concrete5
10.0
Internationalization / multi-language
Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)
8.0
Concrete5
10.0

Web Content Creation

Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)
8.0
Concrete5
9.0
WYSIWYG editor
Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)
8.0
Concrete5
8.8
Code quality / cleanliness
Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)
6.0
Concrete5
9.1
Admin section
Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)
8.0
Concrete5
8.5
Page templates
Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)
9.0
Concrete5
9.1
Library of website themes
Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)
8.0
Concrete5
6.6
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)
8.0
Concrete5
10.0
Publishing workflow
Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)
9.0
Concrete5
9.9
Form generator
Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)
8.0
Concrete5
9.7

Web Content Management

Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)
7.4
Concrete5
8.0
Content taxonomy
Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)
8.0
Concrete5
9.2
SEO support
Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)
7.0
Concrete5
10.0
Bulk management
Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)
8.0
Concrete5
3.9
Availability / breadth of extensions
Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)
9.0
Concrete5
8.2
Community / comment management
Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)
5.0
Concrete5
8.7

Pros

Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)

  • It has a wide variety of built-in API calls.
  • Building unique pages is simple and straightforward and requires only basic fundamental knowledge to get started.
  • More advanced API calls can be developed simply.
Ben Williams | TrustRadius Reviewer

Concrete5

  • Concrete5 provides a very easy interface for website owners/administrators. Adding pages and content is simple and straightforward.
  • Concrete5.7+ works well on mobile devices such as phones and tablets - including admin editing tools.
  • Concrete5 has a good user community and support forums, as well as paid add-ons which provide advanced functionality which other open-source CMSs can lack.
Tom Reitz | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)

  • The organization of the application is poor and some elements could be more easily accessible not buried in menus.
  • There is little to no community around the application and what does exist is out of date.
  • Does not work well with our IBM applications as well as you would expect, which seems a common issue with IBM products.
Ben Williams | TrustRadius Reviewer

Concrete5

  • Concrete5 uses Bootstrap in their UI so when developing themes that may also use Bootstrap there can be conflicts using the same classes. This has been solved somewhat in 5.7, however, by use of namespacing.
  • Concrete5's MVC structure is great in how easy you can override blocks. However, if you go nuts you can quickly rack up an obscene amount of stylesheet and "is" calls in the head of the document which can hurt performance.
  • It's been criticized for having a rather large amount of files, which can be a problem on cheaper shared hosting, but I can't speak to that personally. We've never had a problem.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Concrete5

Concrete5 9.9
Based on 22 answers
Its a very solid, very consistent package that never lets you down or leaves you frustrated. It gets a 10/10 because its so much better than anything else currently available. It also gets a 10/10 because, even if not compared to others, it does not leave you wanting for features or functionality. It is an excellent piece of software that will answer almost every CMS need.
John Smart | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Concrete5

Concrete5 9.0
Based on 12 answers
I have used it on over 30 projects in the past 3 years and it's still a pleasure to work in. Doesn't always have all the answers, no CMS does, but I still find it very easy to use from prototyping to working to final project. Also there is no problem working on a localhost then moving to a live site, like there is with WordPress. It's my go to app in my CMS quiver.
David Zizza | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Concrete5

Concrete5 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Since it's not tied to a central server (other than for authorizing updates and assigning licenses to specific sites), it's available pretty much 100% of the time.
David Zizza | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Concrete5

Concrete5 9.0
Based on 1 answer
The site works extremely well, the front end flies, searches and form submissions are very fast indeed.The reason its a 9 not a ten? the back end can be a little slow at times, and this is unfair, because for the backend to be so amazing, it has to do a huge amount of work!
John Smart | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Concrete5

Concrete5 10.0
Based on 3 answers
Concrete5 is open-source and has an incredibly strong, polite, and supportive community. You can get an answer to nearly anything you want to do with Concrete5 by googling for it, searching the Concrete5 discussion forums or stack overflow, or posting your question to the forum. Members are very courteous and do not look down on those with less knowledge. And answers are always quick, informative, and supportive.
Kevin Call | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Concrete5

Concrete5 9.8
Based on 6 answers
Build off of an existing theme to speed up the creation of custom designed themed. Bootstrap is a good one but there are many others that are probably much simpler to build from than the Bootstrap one was. Make sure you host on a Unix/Linux server so you don't have to install PHP or MySQL separately. It's just smoother on those platforms.
Nathanael Girard | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)

I haven't had experience outside of the IBM applications but can confirm that compared to other content tools provided by IBM, this is one of the more complete packages.
Ben Williams | TrustRadius Reviewer

Concrete5

Concrete5's UI is a bit more dated compared to WordPress, and the ecosystem for plugins is smaller. But out of the box, Concrete5 does more with its clean code than WordPress does. WordPress's UI and large plugin/community around it is its biggest strength as a product, not the underlying code.
Collin Berg | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)

  • Freed up user time to call a variety of applications quicker.
  • Allowed developer an easier tool to integrate other applications for end users.
  • Allowed us to have a single method of application implementation and usage that is easier to debug, saving time.
Ben Williams | TrustRadius Reviewer

Concrete5

  • Clients rarely require support with simple tasks such as updating pages allowing our developers to focus on higher value projects.
  • Cost reduction due to increased employee efficiency
  • Increased customer satisfaction as clients are able to have more control over their websites.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Screenshots

Concrete5

Pricing Details

Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)

General

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

Concrete5

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)
7.0
Concrete5
9.5

Likelihood to Renew

Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)
Concrete5
9.9

Usability

Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)
Concrete5
9.0

Reliability and Availability

Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)
Concrete5
10.0

Performance

Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)
Concrete5
9.0

Support Rating

Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)
Concrete5
10.0

Implementation Rating

Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)
Concrete5
9.8

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