About 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.

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  • One Time License
  • Free Version

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Markets

United States

Supported Languages

English

Pricing starting from:

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  • Free Trial
  • One Time License
  • Free Version

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Features

Total features of concrete5: 21

  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Content Publishing Options
  • Customizable Templates
  • Digital Asset Management
  • Document Classification
  • Document Management
  • Drag & Drop
  • Electronic Forms
  • Full Text Search
  • Image Editing
  • Landing Pages/Web Forms
  • Media Library
  • Mobile Access
  • Pre-built Templates
  • Real Time Editing
  • SEO Management
  • Text Editing
  • Version Control
  • Website Management
  • Workflow Management

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Overall rating

4,6 /5
(50)
Value for Money
4,6/5
Features
4,4/5
Ease of Use
4,6/5
Customer Support
4/5

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  • Industry: Marketing & Advertising
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Monthly for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

Amazing CMS, easy to use for both developers and admins

Reviewed on 2021/02/24

A great CMS that makes updating a site easy. So easy, that as a web developer I choose it for my...

A great CMS that makes updating a site easy. So easy, that as a web developer I choose it for my own sites safe in the knowledge that I can make updates quickly and easily without having to alter the code in most cases.

Pros

- As a dev, the Page object (coupled with page attributes, nav menus and page lists) makes structuring a website or web app a dream. The separation of page templates from page types also helps, the former being about layout while the latter is more conceptual.
- As an admin, you pretty much have as much control as the developers of the site decide to give you.
- The versioning system allows admins to roll changes back and work on changes before publishing them.
- The permissions system is exceptionally powerful, allowing roles and/or individual users to be included or excluded from each permission.
- The attributes system allows pages, files and users to be given custom properties of various types (e.g. text, image, colour).

Cons

- Lack of a REST API for using as a headless CMS (although I believe this will change with the next major version).
- No built-in way that I'm aware of to integrate React and/or Vue components.
- No equivalent to Wordpress + Advanced Custom Fields' "repeater" fields for adding an indefinitely long list of page/file/user attributes.

Raphael P.
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  • Industry: Internet
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
  • Review Source

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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Awesome tool for a better web

Reviewed on 2021/02/25

I build a lot of websites for different industries like medicine, construction, food, automation,...

I build a lot of websites for different industries like medicine, construction, food, automation, real state etc. The principal benefit is the time I save building with concrete5.

Pros

Easy: installation, configuration, customization and to do improvements. A great community that help everyone in trouble (if hapens). Tons of add-ons and great numbers of theme options (could be more, but is ok).

Cons

A few options to customize a theme on core system and few themes selling on market place.

Marybeth K.
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  • Industry: Nonprofit Organization Management
  • Company size: 10 000+ Employees
  • Used Monthly for 2+ years
  • Review Source

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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • Likelihood to recommend 0.0 /10

Have we lost 15 years of work?

Reviewed on 2019/11/30

The theme we paid hard-earned donor money for was never upgraded to keep up with the updates...

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.

Brian M.
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  • Industry: Online Media
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
  • Review Source

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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Powerful, Extendable, User-Friendly

Reviewed on 2021/02/16

Pros

Concrete5 is great for everything from simple websites to custom, complex, applications. The peer-reviewed marketplace offers out-of-the-box solutions that save plenty of time and cost less than developing on your own with many add-ons available for free. Community support is fantastic with user forums and projects, including an e-Commerce solution that is robust and inexpensive to run with no monthly fees (seriously, the best e-Commerce package you're going to find). Sites can be deployed quickly with minimal costs and end-users can be trained often in minutes instead of hours or days. The platform is secure and allows fine-tooth permissions control. Internationalization is handled too for those that need to display their sites in multiple languages. Self-hosted and Concrete5 hosted options are available and maintenance is usually easily managed at the user-level.

Without question, Concrete5 is the perfect mix of power and usability to allow sites to be deployed quickly at a reasonable cost.

Cons

There can be a learning curve and the technology used in the background has grown more complex over the last few years. This is not to say that it can't be used by those with less technical knowledge, just that like with any CMS there is a learning curve and some occasional pitfalls.

Jordan S.
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  • Industry: Internet
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 6-12 months
  • Review Source

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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

Great for end-users and developers

Reviewed on 2019/08/09

Love it as a developer and I love providing Concrete5 powered websites to my clients. Doesn't get...

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

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concrete5 offers the following pricing plans:

  • Pricing model: One Time License, Free
  • Free Trial: 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

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concrete5 has the following typical customers:

Self Employed, 2-10, 11-50, 51-200, 201-500, 501-1 000, 1 001+

concrete5 supports the following languages:

English

concrete5 supports the following devices:

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concrete5 offers the following support options:

FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, 24/7 (Live rep), Chat

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