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February 20, 2021
Ngo Thien | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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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.
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February 18, 2021
Janne Wolterbeek | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Concrete5 CMS is written by those who love clean, secure code. Especially if you are wishing to write your own PHP code for special requirements, C5 is really the most solid and affordable solution out there! It is less suitable for anyone who can not code when modules are not available.
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February 18, 2021
Marc Stress | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Concrete5 is simply best-in-class content management and website development platform. It's ready to use right out of the box, and it completely extensible and customizable as much as needed. Moreover, our clients love working on their sites for day-to-day updates and site management. Concrete5 runs on any Linux (LAMP stack) server that would support Drupal, Joomla, WordPress or any of the other platforms.

Our clients love working on their Concrete5 powered websites. Whether it's adding articles to the news room, sharing brand assets, updating employee profiles, or posting job openings to for their HR departments. It's not uncommon for our clients to grow their sites 50% in size during the first year after launch.

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.
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February 16, 2021
Tim Macknelly | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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This CMS is well suited to anyone building and maintaining a website. It is easy to use and simple to setup. If you are a developer selling on this as part of a website package your clients will love it. Very little training is needed for editors to get updating sites. I have never had it hacked and [it] runs on most servers. It is easy to move between hosts and updates are simple.
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February 24, 2021
Chris Kerry | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Fast and easy to set up; looks very professional. Concrete5 runs great on most servers. This is great software for a small business or individual wanting more control over how their website works. I would not recommend this for a larger business or one that is migrating over a large, complex, older website with or without a previous CMS.
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February 20, 2021
Glyn Jenkins | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Concrete5 provides the ideal solution where a website with bespoke functionality is needed. It is very flexible and can be configured to allow easy editing/maintenance for almost any requirement.

It is ideal for slightly larger sites that have a team of people managing content rather than for a smaller sites.
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February 19, 2021
Josh Bender | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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It's best suited for complex websites with multiple contributors and editors, such as an online magazine. However, it also performs perfectly for small business brochure-style websites. Considering the wide range of third-party add-ons, what you can do with Concrete5 is only limited by your imagination. I've used it for intranet, e-commerce, and B2B solutions as well.

If you have a large inventory of products and want to build a comprehensive e-commerce site, then there are other CMSes that tackle that challenge better than Concrete5. However, if you only have a few basic products, then this can work very well.
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February 27, 2021
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Concrete5 is perfect for a website that needs to be regularly updated without accessing the code, whether that be because a developer created your site for you, or because you yourself are a developer who wants to keep the time spent on updates down.
In my experience, it's less useful for modern web apps such as PWAs that would benefit more from technologies such as React and Vue.
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February 18, 2021
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
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Concrete5 is simple enough for a business-card type website yet powerful enough to build full blown apps like project management, product workflow management, and more. Can be used for blogging, eCommerce, and much more. Peer-reviewed themes and add-ons allow for fast deployment with minimal coding knowledge. Site editors can be trained very quickly and love the ease of use.
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February 16, 2021
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
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Concrete5 was created as a content management system from day one unlike its main rival WordPress. This has meant that whilst WordPress has only just caught up with regards to the block construction system it has done so at the cost of website speed. Concrete5 is lean purely as it was built as a CMS and doesnt suffer with bloated code.
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February 19, 2021
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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For medium-sized web applications with different users and more functionality than just content-pages, I would recommend it. Even for smaller, content-oriented apps, it is suitable if the required configurations are made. Larger apps require user training that consists of pointing out and schooling the users on the features they will actually need to not get lost in the number of features and configurations available.
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January 15, 2019
Dave Becker | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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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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March 02, 2019
Anel Pasic | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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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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June 07, 2018
Collin Berg | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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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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September 26, 2016
Tom Reitz | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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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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September 16, 2016
Jack Wong | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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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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November 11, 2015
John Smart | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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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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February 29, 2016
Frank Smith V | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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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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February 26, 2016
Kelly Lee | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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Concrete5 is great for any website, but in particular real estate and marketing websites. The super easy, intuitive and drop and drag building is superb for non technical people to keep the site looking fresh and updated.
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September 30, 2015
David Zizza | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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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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December 23, 2015
Kobby Appiah | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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If its a system with reusable web components, yes, if its a one off completely custom experience, no.
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July 22, 2015
Joey Nizuk | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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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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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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