Want a super easy and solid swiss army knife of a website, use Concrete CMS
July 04, 2022

Want a super easy and solid swiss army knife of a website, use Concrete CMS

Jalen Séguin | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Concrete CMS

We use it for our public-facing website, and we use it to deliver a range of website solutions for our clients. I offer it to my clients because I know I can create easily maintainable and extensible sites for them and be confident that they can become quite self-sufficient in a short amount of time.
  • create and publish user-defined database content
  • easy and intuitive for site editors *and* developers
  • standards compliant and highly secure
  • was built from the ground up to be a versatile and robust development environment
  • reinvigorate and grow the (addon) developer community
  • expand and refine the documentation/education program
  • grow brand awareness
  • easy to sell because of ease of use and ability to offer a solid solution to any request
  • the ease of extensibility has made it simple to upsell features
  • we only develop in Concrete because other options are too costly in the long run
My initial test was to time how long it took to create a very basic site from scratch with no prior knowledge. Concrete CMS won decisively. Over time, I've worked on projects that use other systems, and the challenges I encounter always affirm my choice to stay with Concrete CMS (even during the time when the developer community dwindled). The last fact that wins my allegiance is that I have 10+ yr old sites that are still functioning well, are easily maintained by the client, and haven't experienced any significant challenges. That kind of performance demonstrates how solid an investment Concrete CMS is.

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Concrete CMS shines any time the end-user wants to be able to edit their own content. Even in situations where the information is formatted in a complicated and/or technical way, Express objects give the developer a magic wand to allow novice editors the ability to update and maintain site content. I offer Concrete CMS as a far more secure alternative to WordPress, due to Concrete's design and the fact that the brand is currently under the radar of most bad actors.

Concrete CMS Feature Ratings

WYSIWYG editor
Code quality / cleanliness
Admin section
Page templates
Library of website themes
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Publishing workflow
Form generator
Content taxonomy
Not Rated
SEO support
Bulk management
Availability / breadth of extensions
Community / comment management
Internationalization / multi-language
Role-based user permissions