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12 Ratings
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Score 8.8 out of 100
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Score 6.5 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

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

DNN Platform

Well suited to large enterprise website or web application developments. Less well suited to smaller site which would be better catered for by something like Wordpress.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Concrete5
10.0
DNN Platform
10.0
Role-based user permissions
Concrete5
10.0
DNN Platform
10.0

Platform & Infrastructure

Concrete5
10.0
DNN Platform
10.0
API
Concrete5
10.0
DNN Platform
10.0
Internationalization / multi-language
Concrete5
10.0
DNN Platform
10.0

Web Content Creation

Concrete5
9.0
DNN Platform
7.2
WYSIWYG editor
Concrete5
8.8
DNN Platform
8.4
Code quality / cleanliness
Concrete5
9.1
DNN Platform
8.1
Admin section
Concrete5
8.5
DNN Platform
8.0
Page templates
Concrete5
9.1
DNN Platform
8.2
Library of website themes
Concrete5
6.5
DNN Platform
2.0
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Concrete5
10.0
DNN Platform
9.0
Publishing workflow
Concrete5
9.9
DNN Platform
8.2
Form generator
Concrete5
9.7
DNN Platform
5.6

Web Content Management

Concrete5
8.0
DNN Platform
7.8
Content taxonomy
Concrete5
9.2
DNN Platform
7.4
SEO support
Concrete5
10.0
DNN Platform
7.6
Bulk management
Concrete5
3.9
DNN Platform
7.4
Availability / breadth of extensions
Concrete5
8.2
DNN Platform
8.4
Community / comment management
Concrete5
8.7
DNN Platform
8.0

Pros

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

DNN Platform

  • DNN allows for multiple installation and hosting options, so large corporate and small clients can each have a service that fits them.
  • DNN has the ability to have a lot of features customized.
  • The licensing, if using the on demand or Evoq versions is pricey, but is better than many alternatives.
John Reitz | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

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

DNN Platform

  • Some of the admin screens could be easier to use. The popup editor, for example, always opens at a preset size. It would be better if it could adapt to the view port dimensions. Also, I always have to scroll down to get to the save button in the popup window. It would be nice if the buttons were fixed at the bottom of the popup rather than the bottom of the popup content.
Mike Bunce | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

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

DNN Platform

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

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

DNN Platform

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Reliability and Availability

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

DNN Platform

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

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

DNN Platform

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

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

DNN Platform

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation Rating

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

DNN Platform

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

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

DNN Platform

We chose DNN primarily because we were looking for an open source, scalable .NET based platform. This business decision was made 8 years ago and we have used it for every web development since. To date, no product provides such diversity of functionality and robustness against these requirements.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

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

DNN Platform

  • The free version is certainly good for ROI, but the paid versions are expensively licensed.
John Reitz | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Concrete5

General

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

DNN Platform

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Concrete5
9.5
DNN Platform
8.7

Likelihood to Renew

Concrete5
9.9
DNN Platform

Usability

Concrete5
9.0
DNN Platform

Reliability and Availability

Concrete5
10.0
DNN Platform

Performance

Concrete5
9.0
DNN Platform

Support Rating

Concrete5
10.0
DNN Platform

Implementation Rating

Concrete5
9.8
DNN Platform

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