Concrete5: Fast, Simple and User-Friendly
June 17, 2014

Concrete5: Fast, Simple and User-Friendly

Daniel Caryll | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Concrete5

I've utilized Concrete5 for various projects, big and small. This content management system is ideal for projects of all sizes and is quick to implement a user-friendly CMS. As a designer/developer, I often recommended Concrete5 both to my company and the clients we are building websites for. Many CMS's don't give users the ability to easily know what and how to edit their content. Concrete5 helps to alleviate that issue.
  • Quick to set up
  • Easy to understand and use
  • Great community of help, themes and add-ons
  • Not the easiest to set up for blogging
  • Because there's a small user-base, there may not be as much support as other systems
  • Not all plugins are free
  • Increased customer updating efficiency
  • Less training time
  • Less overall build time
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.
I'm completely comfortable with using Concrete5 for any size project and look forward to using it again in the future. Although some projects or clients may call for another content management system, Concrete5 will always be my safety net in terms of getting a project up and running. I look forward to continuing to build custom themes and utilizing plugins in the future in both my freelance and full-time web development positions.
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.