Aderant Handshake vs. Concrete CMS

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Aderant Handshake
Score 7.0 out of 10
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Legal software specialist Aderant offers Handshake, the company's Sharepoint compatible knowledge management platform specifically for law firms featuring access via intranet and extranet portals and an enterprise search tool for locating documentation and expertise, and general KM analytics.N/A
Concrete CMS
Score 9.2 out of 10
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Concrete CMS (formerly Concrete5) is a free and open source, PHP built content management system for content on the web and also for intranets. It is optimized to support the creation of online magazines and newspapers.N/A
Pricing
Aderant HandshakeConcrete CMS
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Aderant HandshakeConcrete CMS
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
Aderant HandshakeConcrete CMS
Top Pros
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Features
Aderant HandshakeConcrete CMS
Security
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Aderant Handshake
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Ratings
Concrete CMS
9.5
38 Ratings
17% above category average
Role-based user permissions00 Ratings9.538 Ratings
Platform & Infrastructure
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Aderant Handshake
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Concrete CMS
9.7
33 Ratings
23% above category average
API00 Ratings9.731 Ratings
Internationalization / multi-language00 Ratings9.730 Ratings
Web Content Creation
Comparison of Web Content Creation features of Product A and Product B
Aderant Handshake
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Concrete CMS
8.4
42 Ratings
10% above category average
WYSIWYG editor00 Ratings9.242 Ratings
Code quality / cleanliness00 Ratings10.037 Ratings
Admin section00 Ratings10.040 Ratings
Page templates00 Ratings10.040 Ratings
Library of website themes00 Ratings4.338 Ratings
Mobile optimization / responsive design00 Ratings9.739 Ratings
Publishing workflow00 Ratings7.837 Ratings
Form generator00 Ratings6.539 Ratings
Web Content Management
Comparison of Web Content Management features of Product A and Product B
Aderant Handshake
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Ratings
Concrete CMS
7.0
40 Ratings
5% below category average
Content taxonomy00 Ratings8.839 Ratings
SEO support00 Ratings9.039 Ratings
Bulk management00 Ratings6.139 Ratings
Availability / breadth of extensions00 Ratings5.639 Ratings
Community / comment management00 Ratings5.639 Ratings
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User Ratings
Aderant HandshakeConcrete CMS
Likelihood to Recommend
7.0
(1 ratings)
9.2
(59 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
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(0 ratings)
8.0
(22 ratings)
Usability
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9.0
(12 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(3 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
9.8
(6 ratings)
User Testimonials
Aderant HandshakeConcrete CMS
Likelihood to Recommend
Aderant
The user of Handshake takes a certain amount of user computer literacy and the user needs to be resourceful. When building our site, I needed to google quite a bit. On the contrary, if budget allows, Handshake developers will do it all for you.
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Portland Labs
Suitable if you are part of small to large scale companies or web-houses which have PHP developers and frontend engineers with some budgets. [Also suitable if] you or your client want to build a website that requires some features or uniqueness [and needs] some customization and freedom. Additionally suitable if you want this project to be DevOps based project or if the project requires very tight security and is inside of a closed network.
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Pros
Aderant
  • The main reason we got Handshake was to display visual gadgets for our accounting systems. We always provided spreadsheet type reports, but pictures and more engaging. Attorney gets a dashboard in real time of where they stand financially.
  • Additional use as FAQ's in different departments in the firm, that is, accounting, IT, and office services.
  • Knowledgebase - How to's and software.
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Portland Labs
  • As a dev, the Page object (coupled with page attributes, nav menus and page lists) makes structuring a website or web app a dream. The separation of page templates from page types also helps, the former being about layout while the latter is more conceptual.
  • As an admin, you pretty much have as much control as the developers of the site decide to give you.
  • The versioning system allows admins to roll changes back and work on changes before publishing them.
  • The permissions system is exceptionally powerful, allowing roles and/or individual users to be included or excluded from each permission.
  • The attributes system allows pages, files and users to be given custom properties of various types (e.g. text, image, colour).
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Cons
Aderant
  • Documentation is weak, but hopefully, since Aderant just acquired the company, that will improve
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Portland Labs
  • Allow end users to clear cache when updating pages.
  • Needs a few more built in forms.
  • The CMS is not multilingual by default. Even though I managed to 'hack' it so, it would be nice to have it included.
  • It'd be nice to make use of custom PHP modules through shortcodes more straight forward. It seems the hooks are a bit contrived.
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Likelihood to Renew
Aderant
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Portland Labs
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.
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Usability
Aderant
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Portland Labs
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.
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Reliability and Availability
Aderant
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Portland Labs
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.
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Performance
Aderant
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Portland Labs
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!
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Support Rating
Aderant
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Portland Labs
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.
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Implementation Rating
Aderant
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Portland Labs
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.
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Alternatives Considered
Aderant
None. Always need about Handshake's interface with Aderant, way before Aderant purchased them. Seemed like a natural fit.
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Portland Labs
WordPress at the time was riddled with security breaches in the news and while Concrete5 was smaller (and therefore a smaller attack vector), after eleven years of use, Concrete5 has only had one published incident with an add-on that resolved within hours and with excellent communication. You can talk to the CEO and the CTO (or the rest of the team). They are very engaged and you're working with a small company of people who care, not a call-center with people just waiting to go home.
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Return on Investment
Aderant
  • Hard to say, but ultimately putting knowledge in the hands of fee earners immediately it is positive.
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Portland Labs
  • Concrete5 is the customer-facing side of our business. It's where we host the site that potential customers see before they choose to purchase and create an account with us. We are able to keep that site clean, user-friendly, and with a lot of available options for customers to interact with thanks to Concrete5
  • The ability to have multiple users and admins for the site means that we all members of our team can go in and create new content, fix or troubleshoot issues, and edit the site easily.
  • Our CRM isn't directly integrated with Concrete5, so when customers go to make a purchase with us, they have to leave our Concrete5 site.
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ScreenShots

Concrete CMS Screenshots

Screenshot of In-context editing is simple to understandScreenshot of Change text just like a word processorScreenshot of Versioning and workflow built on top of powerful permissionsScreenshot of Flexible backend to power complex communities and intranets.