concrete5

CMS made for Marketing but built for Geeks

4,6 /5 (29 reviews) Write a Review!

concrete5 Overview

What is concrete5?

concrete5 makes running a website easy.

Go to any page in your site, and an editing toolbar gives you all the controls you need to update your website. No intimidating manuals, no complicated administration interfaces - just point and click.

concrete5 Overview

Pricing

Starting from
N/A

Pricing options

Free Trial
Free
Value for money

Concrete5 is completely open source. It's completely free to use as is or if you know a PHP developer, they can make do anything you want. You can use any developer, not just specialized consultants licensed by some big company.

concrete5 is free. Web hosting is not


concrete5 Features

Devices
Business size
S M L
Markets
United States
Supported Languages
English

Media

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concrete5 Reviews

concrete5 Reviews

Overall rating
4,6
/
5
Excellent
20

Very good
7

Average
1

Poor
0

Terrible
1

Value for Money
4,5
Features
4,3
Ease of Use
4,5
Customer Support
4
93% recommended this app
Tim C.

Solid Development Platform

Overall, this is the best open source site development solution I've used. The learning curve is a bit steep in terms of creating a fully functional enterprise-level site, but a casual user can get a small, good looking and flexible site up and running in a few hours.


Malessa B.

Best CMS I've ever used, very flexible


Marybeth K.

Have we lost 15 years of work?

The theme we paid hard-earned donor money for was never upgraded to keep up with the updates Concrete 5 made to its operating system. Our theme no longer works with current versions of Concrete 5 (5.6) and I have no idea how to fix it. "Explanations" online require a Computer Science PhD to understand and I don't have the knowledge to figure out what they say to do. We've just let it go for years, but now we have t to change servers and I don't think the new server can handle the outdated version of Concrete 5 needed for our site to operate. YEARS of work are going to go down the drain if I cannot somehow salvage this. I have NO IDEA WHERE TO TURN for a plain-English response as to what to do.


Jordan S.

Great for end-users and developers

Love it as a developer and I love providing Concrete5 powered websites to my clients. Doesn't get too much more ideal than that!


Justin R.
Industry: Design
Company size: Self Employed

Rating only

Reviewed on 2016/08/13
Review Source: GetApp

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Tim C.
Industry: Civil Engineering
Company size: 11-50 Employees

Solid Development Platform

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/08/13
Review Source: Capterra

Overall, this is the best open source site development solution I've used. The learning curve is a bit steep in terms of creating a fully functional enterprise-level site, but a casual user can get a small, good looking and flexible site up and running in a few hours.

Pros

Very easy to maintain and manage with decent flexibility. It also makes use of very reasonably priced add ons through a user marketplace.

Cons

Upgrading versions in recent years has become a somewhat harrowing experience. I'd actually suggest not upgrading until you have a compelling reason; say, for instance, you want the functionality of a new add on or theme or the installed add ons stop working correctly.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 9.0/10

Malessa B.
Industry: Marketing & Advertising
Company size: 2-10 Employees

Best CMS I've ever used, very flexible

Used Monthly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2020/11/19
Review Source: Capterra

Pros

Allows you to build a website exactly how you envision it. You are forced to structure your site to fit it's framework - Concrete5 is very flexible to your needs. Extending C5 is also very straight forward.

The in-context editor is extremely easy for non-tech users to use. IMO, it's the best user experience compared to all other website editor type CMS with in-context editing.

Cons

Not as many developers making plugins/extensions like for other tools like Wordpress. That said, if you are technical you could port a Wordpress plugin to Concrete5 fairly easily.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Marybeth K.
Industry: Nonprofit Organization Management
Company size: 10 000+ Employees

Have we lost 15 years of work?

Used Monthly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/11/30
Review Source: Capterra

The theme we paid hard-earned donor money for was never upgraded to keep up with the updates Concrete 5 made to its operating system. Our theme no longer works with current versions of Concrete 5 (5.6) and I have no idea how to fix it. "Explanations" online require a Computer Science PhD to understand and I don't have the knowledge to figure out what they say to do. We've just let it go for years, but now we have t to change servers and I don't think the new server can handle the outdated version of Concrete 5 needed for our site to operate. YEARS of work are going to go down the drain if I cannot somehow salvage this. I have NO IDEA WHERE TO TURN for a plain-English response as to what to do.

Pros

Concrete 5 was OK in the beginning but now it looks like our choice to use this is going to cost us YEARS of hard work.

Cons

It is VERY hard to understand what to do with this software. Support is poor to nonexistent. Vendors are not required to keep up their products, leaving customers hanging. See our dilemma, below.

Response from concrete5

I'm disappointed to hear this Marybeth.

You're right that in the 10 years we've been open source we've changed a lot. Keeping your site on the latest version is something that does require ongoing attention from a somewhat technical resource. Version 5.6 is actually legacy at this point, we're all the way to version 8.5 and are looking at a version 9 release in 2020.

Today, to keep your concrete5 site running in a healthy manner it will need occasional attention from a web developer, who we'd happily make an introduction to if you filled out the contact form or the "We can build it together" overlay at the top of every page on concrete5.org. That said, I'm sure it will cost more than the $30-$50 you spent 10 years ago on that theme, and I completely understand if that's not the right choice for your non-profit.

This is pretty common with open source software, but we are working on some new hosting approaches that mitigate some of the challenges around this in the future.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 0.0/10

Jordan S.
Industry: Internet
Company size: 2-10 Employees

Great for end-users and developers

Used Daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 2019/08/09
Review Source: Capterra

Love it as a developer and I love providing Concrete5 powered websites to my clients. Doesn't get too much more ideal than that!

Pros

I love to provide Concrete5 powered websites to my clients for many reasons. In particular though, the in-context page editing abilities of Concrete5, easy-to-use dashboard, customizable theme styles and extensibility through the Concrete5 marketplace make it a tool that suits a WIDE range of needs.

Cons

My only dislike with Concrete5 is the lack of native e-commerce functionality built into the CMS. If Concrete5 and/or the C5 community were able to develop some simple e-commerce functionality (much like woocommerce) I think C5 could re-gain some market share from other CMS tools in the industry today.

Response from concrete5

Good news, there is ecommerce for concrete5 here:
https://github.com/concrete5-community-store

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 9.0/10

User recommendation
8,9/10
Based on 29 user ratings
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concrete5 Pricing

concrete5 Pricing

Starting from
N/A
Free Trial
Free
Value for money

Concrete5 is completely open source. It's completely free to use as is or if you know a PHP developer, they can make do anything you want. You can use any developer, not just specialized consultants licensed by some big company.

concrete5 is free. Web hosting is not

Concrete5 is completely open source. It's completely free to use as is or if you know a PHP developer, they can make do anything you want. You can use any developer, not just specialized consultants licensed by some big company.

concrete5 is free. Web hosting is not

Value for Money
4,5/5
Based on 29 user ratings
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concrete5 Features

concrete5 Features

API
Activity Dashboard
Automatic Notifications
Content Management
Customizable Branding
Customizable Templates
Data Import/Export
Drag & Drop Interface
Electronic Payments
Inventory Management
Order Management
Product Catalog
Reporting & Statistics
SEO Management
Search Functionality
Social Media Integration
Template Management
Third Party Integration
Website Management
eCommerce Management
Features
4,3/5
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Additional information for concrete5

Additional information for concrete5

Key features of concrete5

  • Easy to use
  • Free and commercial themes
  • Multiple add-ons
  • Open-source
  • Override structure

concrete5 FAQs

concrete5 FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for concrete5.

Q. What type of pricing plans does concrete5 offer?

concrete5 offers the following pricing plans:

Pricing model: Free

Free Trial: Not Available

Concrete5 is completely open source. It's completely free to use as is or if you know a PHP developer, they can make do anything you want. You can use any developer, not just specialized consultants licensed by some big company. concrete5 is free. Web hosting is not

Q. What are the main features of concrete5?

concrete5 offers the following features:

  • Easy to use
  • Free and commercial themes
  • Multiple add-ons
  • Open-source
  • Override structure

Q. Who are the typical users of concrete5?

concrete5 has the following typical customers:

Small Business, Mid Size Business

Q. What languages does concrete5 support?

concrete5 supports the following languages:

English

Q. What type of pricing plans does concrete5 offer?

concrete5 has the following pricing plans:

Free

Q. Does concrete5 support mobile devices?

We do not have any information about what devices concrete5 supports

Q. What other apps does concrete5 integrate with?

concrete5 integrates with the following applications:

Aritic, CometChat, HiringThing, SharpSpring, Slickplan

Q. What level of support does concrete5 offer?

concrete5 offers the following support options:

Forum, Knowledge Base