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85 Ratings
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Score 6.5 out of 100
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Score 8.9 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Security

    Axero

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.9

    Concrete CMS

    89%
    Concrete CMS ranks higher in 1/1 features

    Role-based user permissions

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.9
    89%
    38 Ratings

    Platform & Infrastructure

    Axero

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.5

    Concrete CMS

    85%
    Concrete CMS ranks higher in 2/2 features

    API

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.6
    86%
    31 Ratings

    Internationalization / multi-language

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.5
    85%
    30 Ratings

    Web Content Creation

    Axero

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.4

    Concrete CMS

    84%
    Concrete CMS ranks higher in 8/8 features

    WYSIWYG editor

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.3
    83%
    42 Ratings

    Code quality / cleanliness

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.3
    93%
    37 Ratings

    Admin section

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.4
    94%
    40 Ratings

    Page templates

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.2
    92%
    40 Ratings

    Library of website themes

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.1
    61%
    38 Ratings

    Mobile optimization / responsive design

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    39 Ratings

    Publishing workflow

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.8
    88%
    37 Ratings

    Form generator

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.2
    72%
    39 Ratings

    Web Content Management

    Axero

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    7.8

    Concrete CMS

    78%
    Concrete CMS ranks higher in 5/5 features

    Content taxonomy

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.7
    77%
    39 Ratings

    SEO support

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.8
    88%
    39 Ratings

    Bulk management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.3
    73%
    39 Ratings

    Availability / breadth of extensions

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.3
    73%
    39 Ratings

    Community / comment management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.8
    78%
    39 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Axero is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew, Performance
    • Concrete CMS is rated higher in 4 areas: Usability, Availability, Support Rating, Implementation Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    9.0

    Axero

    90%
    7 Ratings
    8.9

    Concrete CMS

    89%
    59 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    9.1

    Axero

    91%
    2 Ratings
    8.0

    Concrete CMS

    80%
    22 Ratings

    Usability

    8.2

    Axero

    82%
    1 Rating
    9.0

    Concrete CMS

    90%
    12 Ratings

    Availability

    9.1

    Axero

    91%
    2 Ratings
    10.0

    Concrete CMS

    100%
    2 Ratings

    Performance

    9.1

    Axero

    91%
    2 Ratings
    9.0

    Concrete CMS

    90%
    2 Ratings

    Support Rating

    9.0

    Axero

    90%
    4 Ratings
    10.0

    Concrete CMS

    100%
    6 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    9.1

    Axero

    91%
    4 Ratings
    9.8

    Concrete CMS

    98%
    12 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Axero Solutions

    Specific scenarios where Communifire would be well suited to an organisation, would be companies that are people focused and committed to frequent and open communication channels from both the top-down and bottom-up. It also would suit organizations that are committed to providing the staff opportunities to collaborate, share and actively contribute to company initiatives and planning. If these aren't elements of your organization's culture, the system would still work for you or those companies who just want to push information out and have an effective intranet. Communifire would cater to these scenarios just as well and is more than capable of providing that type of simple solution.
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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

    Axero Solutions

    • Communifire allows people to connect easily through instant chat and messaging. It works similarly to other social media platforms like Facebook so its not hard to learn.
    • Communifire makes it easy to share news and events with our community and the presentation of this information looks very professional.
    • I found Communifire quite easy to configure to our individual needs. There were a lot of options to turn things on or off. This was important to us because in some areas of our community we wanted to allow our contractors many features and in other areas we wanted to really limit what was on offer.
    • We had a big list of things we needed a platform to do. Communifire ticked all the boxes.
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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

    Axero Solutions

    • Some UX issues that could be improved
    • Some architecture decisions don't make complete sense to me (though that's just one man's opinion)
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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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    Pricing Details

    Axero

    Starting Price

    $49 per month

    Editions & Modules

    Axero editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Axero tailors your investment to meet your unique needs. Custom pricing and volume discounting available. Contact Axero for details.

      Concrete CMS

      Starting Price

      Editions & Modules

      Concrete CMS editions and modules pricing
      EditionModules

      Footnotes

        Offerings

        Free Trial
        Free/Freemium Version
        Premium Consulting/Integration Services

        Entry-level set up fee?

        No setup fee

        Additional Details

        Likelihood to Renew

        Axero Solutions

        Our business depends upon this software to provide information on all aspects of our business. The future of business is a marriage between web site and customer interaction. This software will allow us to move in that direction.
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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

        Axero Solutions

        This rating has a caveat - there is always room for improvement, and this team gets it. You always learn from customers how to do things better and easier, so it is a constant learning of how people use the site. Although the search engine is exceptional, most people do not use it as their first line of research. Much of the usability has to do with layout - and is not just a software usability item, so the rating is severely dependent up on the layout/options you choose for your usage. And their team will do anything in their power to get the results and layout you want. The areas that need improvement - and acknowledged by the team - are the administrative tools. There are a ton of options, and it takes a little to learn some of those. For most people, however, this won't be an issue, because the support team will always help you. This is always the case with more power. If there were fewer options it would no doubt be easier, but they give you the keys to all of the cars in the lot; so a little more to learn.
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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

        Axero Solutions

        Never any problems. Quite impressed
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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

        Axero Solutions

        Works in real time.
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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

        Axero Solutions

        I have always found Communifire support to be exceptional. We have had a personal account manager who has been very helpful.
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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

        Axero Solutions

        I found the system to be very flexible and the Communifire team very supportive in helping me identify solutions for my goals.
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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

        Axero Solutions

        We selected Communifire for the excellent sales support, strong feature set and quick set up time. We were able to get started immediately and build out features as need required which led to faster execution and higher adoption rates among our team.
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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

        Axero Solutions

        • We are still building out features of the platform but with implemention of paid features by members, we will be able to cover our operating cost of the platform.
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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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