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February 18, 2021
Janne Wolterbeek | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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I select Concrete5 when working with an experienced PHP-developer. The code is exceptionally well-written and to my clients, C5 is a secure, easy to edit platform for websites that do not have a too high dependence on third-party plugins.
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February 18, 2021
Marc Stress | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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If your web team is tired of dealing with CMS training issues, you need to consider Concrete5. If your technical team and host are tired of dealing with website security issues, you need to consider Concrete5. If you're pulling your hair out over frequent update patches required to keep your CMS platforms secure, you need to consider Concrete5 as the primary platform to grow your business, build great sites and make clients happy. Concrete5 is a strong, flexible, secure platform that works on small websites or giant data driven web applications. The biggest thing that I dislike about Concrete5 is that it does not have the name recognition of other website platforms. I hope this review helps other people learn about Concrete5 and give it a try on their next project.
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February 16, 2021
Tim Macknelly | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Concrete is better than all this for its UX and code base. The feature set is rich and you don't need loads of third-party plugins. It never gets hacked and is updated by a core team or is accessible via email or Slack. Has a great community backing it up and with good support forums.
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February 24, 2021
Chris Kerry | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Concrete5 is much easier to use than Drupal and has more functionality set up out of the box with just enough add-ons to get the job done. I have used both WordPress and Drupal, and this sits between them. Concrete5 is not quite as easy as WordPress but much easier than Drupal and still has the ability to be configured as needed since it is open source.
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February 20, 2021
Glyn Jenkins | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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We previously used Joomla! but found clients were struggling to find their way around the eding interface. Switching to Concrete5 changed this and we now have fewer support issues and much more positive feedback from clients.
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February 19, 2021
Josh Bender | TrustRadius Reviewer
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Concrete5 was far easier to use than alternatives--which is very important when handling support issues for clients. As a developer, the architecture makes it easier to extend the core functions elegantly without overwriting core code. Although a few other CMS platforms have wider usage and more add-ons/themes, the superior quality of Concrete5 outweighed those factors. Concrete5 also has only had one major upgrade that wasn't backward compatible. This was a tough transition to navigate, but I understand it was done for the right reason by the core team.
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February 27, 2021
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Concrete5 outshines WordPress in almost all regards. The only two areas in which I've known WordPress to be the better option are:
  • Its "Advanced Custom Fields" plugin, which has slightly more flexibility than Concrete5's built-in attributes system
  • Its menu creator which, while far less automated than Concrete5's excellent auto-nav and page list blocks, does allow full control over which pages will appear in a menu
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February 18, 2021
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
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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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February 16, 2021
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
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Concrete5 is by far the easiest for the end user. The user who edits the website can do so with very little training and not just with regards to the content. New pages and functions are easy to create and install. SEOand contact form functions are built in as standard.
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February 12, 2021
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
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I adopted Concrete5 after an end-user trial. With a variety of well known and lesser known CMS (including the above) in their fresh install state, I asked a group of users to register an account and then add a page with some text and an image on it. Concrete5 came out top by a long way.
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January 15, 2019
Dave Becker | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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WordPress is much easier to use but I feel that it has less to offer. If you are looking for an easy WYSIWYG web site editor, WordPress is probably a great option. If you are looking for something a little more robust, Concrete5 may be an option to look in to.
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March 02, 2019
Anel Pasic | TrustRadius Reviewer
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Concrete5 is superior in most usecases to all other commonly used CMS platforms. The only thing where Joomla is outpreforming it is bulk editing. WordPress needs at least 20 plugins to do what Concrete5 does out of the box.
Programming C5 templates and custom views is a dream, you can update your site to latest version without any worries.
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June 07, 2018
Collin Berg | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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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.
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September 26, 2016
Tom Reitz | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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Concrete5 is easier to use than Drupal or Joomla, and beats them in terms of features. WordPress gives Concrete5 a run for its money as far as extension and theme availability, as well as user base and support availability. But Concrete5 beats WordPress hands down with features like advanced editing permissions.
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September 16, 2016
Jack Wong | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Concrete5 is probably the most user friendly for clients. I selected Concrete5 mostly because I found out about it and didn't really believe its capabilities and had to try it out. It pretty much is what a non-tech savvy person would want in a CMS for content management.
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November 11, 2015
John Smart | TrustRadius Reviewer
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Aside from being more stable and more secure, Concrete5 manages all the plugins, so risk of infection through a nasty plugin is removed.
The Concrete5 user interface is much more friendly than the WordPress user interface. Ease of use, ease of install - both compelling reasons to make this your go to choice for a CMS solution. The server load is light too.

There is also an excellent ecommerce plugin for Concrete5 that neatly completes the package, making this a competitor for OpenCart as well!
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February 29, 2016
Frank Smith V | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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WordPress has a very confusing unintuitive admin section for the user to use while Concrete5 was much more intuitive and effective for people not use to working with a CMS solution. Components are selectable by areas you create in the page template and allows a user to quickly switch out, lets say an article for a slideshow or any other component they had installed. Creating new pages and content on the fly and setting a date on when you wanted it to be published was also brilliant. The ease of use of the admin section is unparalleled in my experience.
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February 26, 2016
Kelly Lee | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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I believe WordPress and Drupal to be superior products. But Concrete5 holds its own against them. I selected Concrete5 for real estate and marketing firms for the ease of use and updating. The drop and drag editor is hard to beat.
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September 30, 2015
David Zizza | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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I find significant advantages over these other products. As a designer, I appreciate not having to design within a rigid structure, or shoehorn a design into particular format. As a developer, the security, useability and developer support from the core Concrete5 developers and the larger community is terrific. As an end user, the comparative ease of being able to manipulate content and resources for a project, is much easier. The other products, while powerful, can't seem to make the leap from power to ease of use. Most end users don't have the knowledge or experience to be able to use these products and can be easily overwhelmed with the administrative backend of these other products.
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December 23, 2015
Kobby Appiah | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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WordPress' blog structure is great for that, blogs. Once you start going into more complex web environments it struggles immensely and it also has many security issues. Concrete5 solves this with a great permissions model and a reusable UI component archictecture.
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July 22, 2015
Joey Nizuk | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Personally I feel that WordPress is overly complicated and not as efficient as Concrete5. For example, Wordpress is a blogging platform hacked into a CMS, where Concrete5 is almost like a foundation with a CMS component. Concrete5 is very similar to Drupal just without the steep learning curve.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Role-based user permissions (29)
9.3
API (23)
9.0
Internationalization / multi-language (21)
8.8
WYSIWYG editor (33)
9.2
Code quality / cleanliness (28)
9.0
Admin section (31)
9.0
Page templates (31)
9.0
Library of website themes (29)
8.1
Mobile optimization / responsive design (30)
9.0
Publishing workflow (28)
9.7
Form generator (30)
9.5
Content taxonomy (31)
9.0
SEO support (30)
9.0
Bulk management (30)
8.0
Availability / breadth of extensions (30)
9.1
Community / comment management (30)
8.7

What is Concrete5?

concrete5 is a free and open source PHP built content management system for content on the web and also for intranets. Its emphasis is on management and editing with minimal technical skills and with an embedded editor allows most editing to be done directly from a page, rather than through an entirely separate interface or editor. It features integrated server caching, supports OpenID, version control, and SEO. As with most open source content management systems, its content management functionality can be augmented with many possible addons or via the developer API.

Online magazines and newspapers are the ideal target of concrete5's capabilities though many other sites can be made and managed as well. concrete5 is touted as being both developer and DIY friendly. Marketplace content to extend features are both free and not free, so cost of implementation will vary.

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