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July 07, 2015

An Excellent Open Source CMS

Score 10 out of 101
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Software Version

5.6 and 5.7

Overall Satisfaction with Concrete5

We use Concrete5 as our main CMS for websites we build for clients. It's incredibly intuitive and easy to use for clients to self-manage their own content edits, so much so that our support post-launch of a web property is very low.
  • Easy Front End Editing - Look at what you're editing instead of trying to do things in a dashboard in a WYSIWYG editor.
  • Easily extendable with an MVC structure.
  • Easy to design themes for.
  • Concrete5 uses Bootstrap in their UI so when developing themes that may also use Bootstrap there can be conflicts using the same classes. This has been solved somewhat in 5.7, however, by use of namespacing.
  • Concrete5's MVC structure is great in how easy you can override blocks. However, if you go nuts you can quickly rack up an obscene amount of stylesheet and "is" calls in the head of the document which can hurt performance.
  • It's been criticized for having a rather large amount of files, which can be a problem on cheaper shared hosting, but I can't speak to that personally. We've never had a problem.
  • Fast turn-around of custom website projects.
  • Quick live prototyping of content because it's so easy to fill out pages and control versions of pages.
  • Training and support are very low.
  • WordPress,Joomla!,Drupal,SquareSpace
The front end editing is really what sets Concrete5 apart. While others have extended front-end editing capabilities to other CMS setups with plugins / modules, it's native to Concrete5 and a big part of their game plan. In 5.7 this has really been taken to another level. It's very clean and fast to build out pages with blocks.
Concrete5 fits just about any web project easily with the exception of HEAVY BIG eCommerce projects. There is an eCommerce module but it's not appropriate for stores with more than about 100 products. If you have a huge store you're better in a product like ZenCart, PrestaShop, Shopify, so on.

Concrete5 Feature Ratings

WYSIWYG editor
10
Code quality / cleanliness
8
Admin section
9
Page templates
9
Library of website themes
7
Mobile optimization / responsive design
10
Publishing workflow
10
Form generator
7
Content taxonomy
10
SEO support
10
Bulk management
10
Availability / breadth of extensions
9
Community / comment management
8
API
9
Internationalization / multi-language
7
Role-based user permissions
10