Great value for a quick, easy website
February 24, 2021

Great value for a quick, easy website

Chris Kerry | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Concrete5

We use Concrete5 internally to track and control internal processes. It was very quick to set up and use. We are able to host it on our own Apache server, and setup was similar to other CMS software like Drupal or WordPress--set up database, install code, provision users and permissions. Then we set up some pages for writing out procedures and then we ran it through Concrete5's publish workflow.
  • Has a great community
  • It's open source
  • It's free
  • Has an add-on market for features not built in
  • Huge time saver
  • Add-on market could be bigger
  • Documentation can sometimes be lacking
  • Positive impact on our workflow at very little cost to us in terms of time
  • Negative impact in that it is one more thing to maintain on our server rack.
Concrete5 is much easier to use than Drupal and has more functionality set up out of the box with just enough add-ons to get the job done. I have used both WordPress and Drupal, and this sits between them. Concrete5 is not quite as easy as WordPress but much easier than Drupal and still has the ability to be configured as needed since it is open source.

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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.

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
SEO support
Bulk management
Availability / breadth of extensions
Community / comment management
Internationalization / multi-language
Role-based user permissions

Evaluating Concrete5 and Competitors

Yes - It replaced WordPress; our WordPress install got hacked and our boss asked us to find something else easy to use, and this is what we went with. I know a few other developers that like to use it, so that made the decision easier to justify.
  • Product Features
  • Product Usability
We like the publishing workflow and ease of editing items on screen, which is something we did not feel we could easily do with products like Drupal.
I would like to have doubled the amount of time we spent evaluating the product and set a specific set of goals for each division to attempt to achieve to see where the exact sticking points would be for the development of add-ons.