Concrete5 Reviews

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Dave Becker | TrustRadius Reviewer
January 15, 2019

Our Experience with Concrete5

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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.
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Anel Pasic | TrustRadius Reviewer
March 02, 2019

Best CMS out there for most website projects except e-commerce.

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Best suited for any type of corporate website that is not a webshop, or requires a full-custom from scratch built CMS.

Whatever you imagine, you can build anything on it. All you need is a descent developer that has a few brain cells.

Not suited for webshops. You can make it work, but it's not an efficient solution.
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Collin Berg | TrustRadius Reviewer
June 07, 2018

Great Alternative to Wordpress for small projects

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Concrete5 is a good CMS for small websites that are not updated very often. I've built everything I needed with Concrete5, from booking systems, shopping carts, e-learning systems for schools. Beautiful, fast and robust websites are easily built. Don't be scared off by the relatively (compared to WP) small amount of free add-ons. It is a GOOD thing that Concrete5 does not need much of them.
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Tom Reitz | TrustRadius Reviewer
September 26, 2016

Concrete5: great for small, simple sites; no good for large data-driven apps

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Concrete5 is great for smaller content-based sites with non-technical managers. It's not well suited to large database-driven apps which need e-commerce features or many (thousands) of pages of content.
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Jack Wong | TrustRadius Reviewer
September 16, 2016

Concrete5 is THE WYSIWYG CMS

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It is well suited for clients who want us to recommend a specific CMS and don't have a preference or much experience with using another CMS. It isn't quite as appropriate when clients are already using another CMS.
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John Smart | TrustRadius Reviewer
November 11, 2015

Concrete5 - a CMS with a good past, and a better future

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Concrete5, like any CMS, is a very complex program So if you are building a site that has a lot of code and database calls, you would usually be better off building it without a CMS.
If a site is not heavily coded, then Concrete5 is an excellent choice. The only time we still use WordPress is if a client is very familiar with that platform, or it has plugins that the client needs that are not available on Concrete5. (This has only happened once!)
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Frank Smith V | TrustRadius Reviewer
February 29, 2016

Admin section is great for the non technical people who want to manage their website.

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For a small website that is content driven this works very well to hand off to a client and [you] can put some faith that they will be able to manage it very easily on their own. This is not something I would recommend to have as an e-commerce website or any site that needs to be blazingly fast.
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David Zizza | TrustRadius Reviewer
September 30, 2015

Concrete5: The basic building block of any CMS

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We have used Concrete5 for eCommerce, scientific, religious, non-profits, associations, clubs and professional sites. It's so flexible I can't really think of a situation where it couldn't be applied. And it's ability to be flexible is largely due to the development community. We have worked mainly with designers who are implementing the clients vision and then we implement their designs, but have also used third party templates modified for specific clients.
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Joey Nizuk | TrustRadius Reviewer
July 22, 2015

Best CMS is Concrete5

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Concrete5 is well suited for any website that is going to be a static company website with maybe a careers section, contact form, portfolio, customer management, and dynamic features like that. Although when it comes to eCommerce it's a bit tricky because there are scenarios where Concrete5 works and doesn't work. For example if there is a client who needs a large eCommerce site with a 100,000 plus product catalog that is continually revolving and constantly syncing with third party commerce vendors such as Amazon, eBay etc., then I would probably not recommend Concrete5 because there are other platforms that are solely for this type of eCommerce site (e.g. Magento). Although if there is a client who needs a smaller scaled eCommerce site to showcase maybe their own product line or a niched group of products which requires more engagement with the users then Concrete5 is perfect for this.
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Kevin Call | TrustRadius Reviewer
July 17, 2015

Concrete5 is the most Rock Solid CMS

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Concrete5 is excellent for both small and large-scale enterprise sites due to it's excellent editing interface. Allows for easy development and deployment, and the ability to pass the project off to web editors to maintain. However, since it is database driven, I believe for small websites it can be seen as overkill, like any other database driven CMS such as WordPress, Drupal, or Joomla. I would consider it overkill only in situation where a small—under 30 page—website is needed and the content will not change often nor is there a need to publish new content via blogs or event posts. In those situations, a plain HTML based site works best, but will require someone with web knowledge to update it. Otherwise, Concrete5 is a rock solid choice—pun very much intended.
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Francois Simard | TrustRadius Reviewer
April 08, 2015

Concrete5 or how to say "It's done" long before deadline

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Concrete5 is awesome for small websites or web applications. It's a perfect tool when you have a few users editing the site with a small to medium sitemap. However, Concrete5 might be too minimal when it comes to building web sites with a lot of data to manipulate or content that needs to be managed by multiple users.
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Thomas Cameron | TrustRadius Reviewer
July 09, 2015

Give Concrete5 a try, you won't regret it!

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Obviously some knowledge of php and mysql are helpful when installing and configuring the system. Performance hasn't been and issue with any of the sites I'm managing, however they haven't received a significant amount of traffic. Authoring is very responsive and can even be done on various tablet devices. File sets are great! Take advantage of this great feature.
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Bryce Wilson | TrustRadius Reviewer
June 03, 2015

Join the Concrete5 Bandwagon

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With each project it is best to approach it with the goals in mind. Concrete5 may not be the best fit in all cases. Given that there is such a large community centered around WordPress for example with a plethora of sound plugins that can accomplish much more that most CMS solutions, it is best to dive into Concrete5, understand how your team can best utilize what Concrete5 does best, content management. From there teams can decide how much resources they can lend towards developing tools that may not exist out of the box or within the community and slowly move towards inviting into the future of Concrete5 and what is going to be one of the best CMS solutions for some time.
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Hamlet Javier | TrustRadius Reviewer
July 27, 2015

Concrete5 Is The Way to Go for Non-Programmers

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Concrete5 is well suited for small businesses with simple websites. It's good for information sites, for blogs, for e-commerce, for lead generation, etc. The only thing I would not recommend it for would be to treat it as a CRM, as that would entail a whole lot of custom coding (but I guess that's the same for any CMS).
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Guy Verville | TrustRadius Reviewer
February 05, 2015

A great CMS, easy to program, design with, and to use!

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While you can build a site without programming a lot, it is necessary to grasp the whole API (it is always a good idea to know what's under the hood!) to go further and exploit the whole potential of this great piece of code. I like the file manager, the way you can reuse and change a file without any fuss. My experience with modules is also good since the developers who coded them are proactive. It is true that you have to pay a little amount for those modules, which is not, for me, a problem. I prefer to pay, hence showing my respect for the work done, and have in return a quick and professional response. So Concrete5 is a good mix of everything. Developers can develop, designers can design, and the most important, users can use it effortlessly! It is hard to compete with the big kids of CMS. I hope Concrete5 will make its place in this competitive world.

Concrete5 has not yet earned its due respect. It is a pity. I have done small websites with it, so I can not say how it performs on big sites. It is very hard to sell it. Wordpress and Drupal occupy a lot of space because they are seen as 1) popular 2) stable 3) there to stay. Concrete5 still appears as a new kid. Its future is still uncertain. I recommend it for small to medium sized organisations that want a flexible and easy CMS.
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Nathanael Girard | TrustRadius Reviewer
June 06, 2014

Concrete5 - A strong foundation for your website.

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As far as Content Management Systems (CMS) go, they are the best you can get for free. I've used many other solutions before and this is by far the most intuitive and easy to train people on. If you are looking for a flashy attention-getting site it might not suit your business needs, but if you need to have the flexibility to update content frequently and with people who are less skilled, this is your tool. It works very well for corporate sites and personal sites. I haven't yet tried to implement an e-commerce site with their plugins yet but they do have some specifically for that. I would imagine though that there are much better solutions out there for e-commerce sites.
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Brad Fogelstrom | TrustRadius Reviewer
June 06, 2014

Concrete5 - A Solid Foundation for Any Website

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Generally, I tell my clients that Concrete is a "build-anything" type of platform. It is ideal for websites that are more basic in nature, such as informational websites. However, there are plenty of addons - some paid - that can be used to make Concrete more functional.

If you are looking to build a large ecommerce website with thousands of products, you are likely better off with a platform that is dedicated to ecommerce. The same goes for social networking sites that require complex functionality.

However, Concrete can be used for medium-sized ecommerce projects (hundreds of products), or even as a private intranet portal or similar small- to medium-scale social platform.

If you browse Concrete's addon marketplace, you may find what you're looking for. If not, there are plenty of developers that can be hired for custom development.

In short, Concrete is most ideal for small- to medium-sized businesses. In some cases, even large-scale ones, depending on the site's complexity.
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Kirk Roberts | TrustRadius Reviewer
June 21, 2014

Concrete5: a powerful and user-friendly CMS

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Concrete5 is well-suited for use on general-purpose marketing sites and can easily handle a wide range of content. Add-ons provide many ready-to-go solutions for more particular needs, and the framework makes it relatively easy for developers to create custom applications that blend in seamlessly with the system. Although the system can handle specialized tasks like blogging or ecommerce as part of a larger site, if your site really IS a blog or a store there are better options out there.
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Melanie Mumme | TrustRadius Reviewer
June 20, 2014

A CMS worth your while, Concrete5

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When a client wants to be able to modify their own site, Concrete5 is a great choice. I tend to offer more than one solution when implementing a CMS. I give a demonstration of each option to the client (Usually WP, Concrete5 and Joomla) and then I let them decide. It is important that the client be comfortable with the interface if they are going to use it. It is also important to understand the scope of the project, as some CMS will handle certain applications and tasks better. With a good developer, anything is possible, with any CMS, but some CMS can make development times shorter, thus reducing costs for the client.
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Daniel Caryll | TrustRadius Reviewer
June 17, 2014

Concrete5: Fast, Simple and User-Friendly

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For a quick project that's landing in the client's lap when its done, Concrete5 is an ideal system to get up and running. If a client is looking for some advanced blogging requiring custom post types and more automated content, Concrete5 may take longer to get set up. But almost all needs can be accomplished by using Concrete5 and if it can't, someone's probably working on making it so that it can.
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Owen Dessauer | TrustRadius Reviewer
June 16, 2014

Why bother with Concrete5 if you already know Wordpress, Joomla, or Drupal? Because...

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As "easy" as Concrete5 is, it is still not perfect for someone completely inexperienced in putting together a website, unless that person is prepared to learn a bit and take the time to do so. I think sometimes people mistake what they hear about Concrete5 being easy to mean it is like a Squarespace or Weebly alternative. It's not. It's much much more powerful and extendable. However, to address this, Concrete5 will be doing something similar to what Wordpress does with wordpress.com VS wordpress.org . So there will be a hosted, simplified version in the probably not too distant future at concrete5.com , and concrete5.org will continue as it is currently (although greatly enhanced with the upcoming 5.7 release and accompanying redesign).
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Role-based user permissions (16)
9.9
API (12)
10.0
Internationalization / multi-language (10)
10.0
WYSIWYG editor (20)
8.7
Code quality / cleanliness (16)
9.0
Admin section (18)
8.4
Page templates (18)
8.9
Library of website themes (17)
6.7
Mobile optimization / responsive design (17)
9.9
Publishing workflow (15)
9.9
Form generator (17)
9.4
Content taxonomy (18)
9.1
SEO support (18)
10.0
Bulk management (17)
4.4
Availability / breadth of extensions (17)
8.0
Community / comment management (18)
8.8

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.

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