Concrete5 is a free and open source, PHP built content management system for content on the web and also for intranets. It is optimized to support the creation of online magazines and newspapers. The basic building block of any CMSAs a web development company, we've seen the move from static HTML web pages to more CMS style pages. This has been for both our clients, who have requested the ability to maintain, update and add their own content, as well as ourselves to be able to better manage development and deployment. Almost all of our projects over the past two years have been done using Concrete5.,Fast setup on both local and remote web hosting servers, either via "one button" installs or manually Does not require Windows hosting or software, so it's less restrictive and allows for a larger selection of hosting environments A very active and supportive community both developers and users Uses common, open source software like PHP and MySQL Custom theme development much easier compared to other platforms like Joomla!, Drupal and WordPress, or can easily integrate into existing design Many addons are free or reasonably priced, or you can write your own custom ones Migration from host to host relatively painless Page rollback and backup functions are great features for clients,You have to really find a web host that runs well or maybe even a dedicated/virtual server to see the best response. Though you can often see live demos and documentation for addons and themes, it would be great to be able to try the product to see if it's a fit for your project. Though its UI is one of the easiest to use for clients, there is always room for improvement. Two things come to mind, the first being the Layout block needs improvement, updating or replacing. It doesn't always behave as expected and sometimes to make changes requires you to rebuild the whole thing (especially if you use layouts within layouts). The other item is that you don't always see the correct display while you are logged in. I fought the code for days trying to figure out a formatting issue, until my client said they were seeing it differently from me, and I realized it was because they weren't logged in. I had fixed the code and never knew it! I have to say here that this might not have been an issue with C5 directly, but maybe with the theme I was using. In either case, you have to make sure that you check it both ways.,10,Project turnaround is more efficient, therefore we can take on more jobs and increase net income Changes can be implemented quickly; prototyping for clients is a breeze Designs can be modified while maintaining the content, so client cost for new designs is less expensive,Drupal,Joomla!,WordPress,1,No,10,Yes,9,10
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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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