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Score 8.8 out of 100
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Score 8.3 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

WP Engine

I think WP Engine is great for any company that wants a fully-featured WordPress host with several safety and security mechanisms. From automatic backups, to security management, to caching & CDN, all the tools are provided to deploy a world-class WordPress website.If budget is a concern, there are cheaper hosts but they offer fewer tools.If complicated server access or complicated proxying setups are required, I would not go with WP Engine. For example, last time I checked their documentation, they do not support reverse proxying to their sites. For complicated situations where reverse proxying is required, a different solution may be necessary.
Alec Dibble | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Concrete5
10.0
WP Engine
Role-based user permissions
Concrete5
10.0
WP Engine

Platform & Infrastructure

Concrete5
10.0
WP Engine
API
Concrete5
10.0
WP Engine
Internationalization / multi-language
Concrete5
10.0
WP Engine

Web Content Creation

Concrete5
9.0
WP Engine
WYSIWYG editor
Concrete5
8.8
WP Engine
Code quality / cleanliness
Concrete5
9.1
WP Engine
Admin section
Concrete5
8.5
WP Engine
Page templates
Concrete5
9.1
WP Engine
Library of website themes
Concrete5
6.5
WP Engine
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Concrete5
10.0
WP Engine
Publishing workflow
Concrete5
9.9
WP Engine
Form generator
Concrete5
9.7
WP Engine

Web Content Management

Concrete5
8.0
WP Engine
Content taxonomy
Concrete5
9.2
WP Engine
SEO support
Concrete5
10.0
WP Engine
Bulk management
Concrete5
3.9
WP Engine
Availability / breadth of extensions
Concrete5
8.2
WP Engine
Community / comment management
Concrete5
8.7
WP Engine

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

WP Engine

  • The enterprise level support is top-notch and available with little to no wait times.
  • The platform has given us self reliance to execute new ideas without complicating things with technology limitations.
  • WPEngine takes care of the security logistics so we can focus on new projects and initiatives.
Josh Peichoto | 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

WP Engine

  • I'd like to see WP Engine offer their own monitoring solution. When I say monitoring, I mean specific use cases that may end up being something you could script. This would keep customers from having to pay for additional services like Pingdom, New Relic, etc.
  • I would like to see some proactive analysis done by WP Engine on their customer sites - at least on their home pages, and offer up suggestions. This kind of goes along with the other example.
  • Finally, it would be nice to see a "lighter" offering, perhaps a plan that costs $49 for those who want to host only a few sites, or even 1 site.
Peter Filias | 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

WP Engine

WP Engine 3.0
Based on 1 answer
I was in a situation where I had to bolt Wordpress on to an existing infrastructure that could not support it. If I ever end up in that situation again, please kill me. Other than that reasonably common use case, I don't think it offers a lot of value over robust shared hosting, virtual private server (VPS) or dedicated servers.
Joe Preston | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

WP Engine

WP Engine 10.0
Based on 1 answer
It took very little time to learn their dashboard for managing WordPress sites. Their built-in tools are really well done, and the addition of security and CDN tools is great.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

WP Engine

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

WP Engine

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

WP Engine

WP Engine 7.7
Based on 12 answers
The best in the business, hands down. You can speak to an actual person via chat almost on demand. It has personally saved my job on multiple accounts. It's nice to have an impartial 3rd party that truly knows WordPress in your corner at all times. No one else in the WordPress space is even close to their level that I've found.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

WP Engine

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

WP Engine

By usability, DigitalOcean wins. I love DigitalOcean for a lot of reasons, but their setup process is clunky and their feature set is fairly limited. Their setup requires technical competence but after that they are a breeze to work with. For what they do, DigitalOcean is perfect. WP Engine is in a different class. Their products are aimed at somewhere between novices and experts depending on the specific feature, their UI is clunky and clearly designed by engineers, but their customer support is excellent. This is an odd comparison given the distinct feature sets.By features, WP Engine wins. There is no comparison. DigitalOcean is a simple server with simple functionality and stellar hardware. WP Engine is a complex product with a ton of bells and whistles, though they run on dated hardware (shared HDD instead of VPS SSD). DigitalOcean has virtually no features, WP Engine has all of them.
Robert Allen | 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

WP Engine

  • Substantial lost time. After my "You have failed me for the last time" moment with WP Engine, I spent the week of October 22nd, 2018 migrating all our client sites to Kinsta - an emerging leader in Managed WordPress hosting.
  • Untold losses in unrealized revenue based on poor site performance.
  • Untold losses in brand damage to multiple clients whose sites were compromised.
Gordon Seirup | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Concrete5

General

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

WP Engine

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Concrete5
9.5
WP Engine
7.7

Likelihood to Renew

Concrete5
9.9
WP Engine
3.0

Usability

Concrete5
9.0
WP Engine
10.0

Reliability and Availability

Concrete5
10.0
WP Engine

Performance

Concrete5
9.0
WP Engine

Support Rating

Concrete5
10.0
WP Engine
7.7

Implementation Rating

Concrete5
9.8
WP Engine

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