Concrete5 Reviews

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Dave Becker profile photo
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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Score 10 out of 10
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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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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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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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Jack Wong profile photo
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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Score 10 out of 10
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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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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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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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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

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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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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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Kevin Call profile photo
Score 10 out of 10
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  • WordPress,Drupal,Joomla,Grav,October,Pico
Concrete5 absolutely shines in comparison. While there are areas where one system may perform a specific task better than Concrete5, when it comes to the whole package Concrete5 can't be beat.
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Score 9 out of 10
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  • Umbraco,Sitecore Web Content Management,WordPress,Drupal,Joomla!
Concrete5 is my first choice if you compare it with smaller solutions like Wordpress,Joomla or Drupal because of its ease to use and flexibility. However, solutions for bigger projects like Sitecore or Umbraco are in their own league. They perform where Concrete5 is not very present which is the ability to handle a lot of data and a lot of users with different permissions.
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Score 8 out of 10
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  • Wordpress,Drupal,PHP
Concrete5 is the least contrived CMS I've ever run across. It's easily the quickest to theme and get up and running whereas Wordpress or Drupal could take months to get a Theme made Concrete5 can get one in a week. There's no reason to re-invent the wheel with loops and the such like WordPress. Pop in a bit of PHP code into a basic html page and it becomes a dynamic text box.
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Score 9 out of 10
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WordPress is more so catching up with new solutions such as Concrete5 in the drag and drop content management realm. WordPress has not yet committed to providing drag and drop editing tools. Instead you rely on the community developed tools which can be an extremely large commitment should it prove not to be the best solution within a short amount fo time, where your team may commit to another drag and drop tool leaving your clients with a tool that your no longer invested in.

In not being an MVC platform and also not developed on newer faster technologies such as the emerging nodeJS, WordPress will eventually need a major commitment towards redevelopment from the ground up.
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Guy Verville profile photo
Score 9 out of 10
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  • Processwire,Drupal,Wordpress,Textpattern,Typo3
I was overall pleased with the UI and the clarity of the development process. The upgrade process is a breeze, the CMS is light, powerful, and the community forum is great. Job is simply done with great results.
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Score 10 out of 10
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  • Joomla!,Drupal,mambo,WordPress
Concrete5 has the simplest and most intuitive user interface that is easily understood without extensive training. Our training session literally was a two hour meeting and everyone was up to speed. All of the others required extensive understanding of the framework in order to accurately implement changes properly or fell short of our original business needs. Concrete5 was much more flexible with their permissions system than most of the others too. We found affordable plug in solutions on the marketplace already for every business need we had.
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Score 10 out of 10
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Although Joomla, Drupal, and Wordpress are popular, I chose Concrete5 over these primarily because of how user-friendly Concrete5 is. As I began digging deeper in Concrete5, I also discovered that Concrete5 is much less "bloated" than its main competitors, and is much more flexible in way of theming and content management.
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Kirk Roberts profile photo
Score 7 out of 10
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  • Perch,Wordpress
I often use Perch for smaller site builds because it is simpler, lighter, and faster than Concrete5. Perch has become more and more capable and along the way is taking over some of the medium-size sites I build.
WordPress was designed for blogs, and its ubiquity has made it a common hacker target. I avoid it entirely now because it is unusual that I build blogs.
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Score 8 out of 10
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  • Drupal,Joomla!
Comparing Concrete5 to Drupal and Joomla are easy. Joomla has a steep learning curve, and Concrete5 does not, this means if I have to teach a client to use a CMS, Concrete5 will be a much smoother process. Drupal also tends to have a bit of a learning curve, but beyond that Drupal tends to produce the most errors, errors which prevent the site from working, If there is a headache CMS that makes me want to code everything from scratch instead, it is Drupal!
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Score 9 out of 10
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I've utilized other content management systems such as Wordpress as well as a custom-built CMS used by a university. It seems that all content management systems have their strengths and weaknesses, but in terms of getting a project completed with an easy-to-use interface that's understandable for clients, I'd rank Concrete5 as the best for that scenario.
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Score 10 out of 10
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Years ago when I personally was early on in my web development learning path, I tried to learn and use Drupal. Its complexity and difficulty proved to be too much, at least for me personally at that point in time. Finding and using Concrete5 was a real nice experience after that.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Role-based user permissions (16)
9.8
API (12)
10.0
Internationalization / multi-language (10)
10.0
WYSIWYG editor (20)
8.9
Code quality / cleanliness (16)
8.8
Admin section (18)
8.2
Page templates (18)
8.6
Library of website themes (17)
6.5
Mobile optimization / responsive design (17)
9.8
Publishing workflow (15)
9.6
Form generator (17)
8.5
Content taxonomy (18)
9.0
SEO support (18)
10.0
Bulk management (17)
5.4
Availability / breadth of extensions (17)
7.2
Community / comment management (18)
8.5

About 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.

Categories:  Content Management

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