Concrete5 - A CMS that Makes Sense
Our main concern when choosing a CMS is that the end user, our client, can manage their website easily and effectively themselves. They have enough on the go - the website needs to be an easy win and it can be. The in-context editing which includes the ability to move around editable blocks makes editing a page intuitive and easy. With Concrete5 you can easily add forms on the fly, add and remove pages, build surveys and create image slideshows. There are also various modules that are free or available for a small fee, such as the e-commerce, forums, calendar and social media modules.
Concrete5 also provides version control for each page on the site, allowing the user to roll back to a previous version of the page should they make and publish any undesired changes to the site. Require a members only area? that's easy too. For those familiar with development Concrete5 follows the MVC design paradigm which helps keep data, logic, and display distinctly compartmentalized making it easy to customize once you are familiar with it.
We have watched Concrete5 grow considerably over the past two years both in it's range of functionality and performance. Concrete5 is also gaining momentum and popularity but don't just take our word for it - check out these reviews: Six Revisions | CMS Critic.
Although we feel it is important not to remain locked into using any specific open source content management system, we have found it challenging to recommend other options like Drupal and Joomla when we have access to an open source content management system like Concrete5 that is extremely user friendly, easy to theme and flexible for the developer. This is not to say there isn't a time and place to use other content management systems if the feature set and requirements dictate doing so.
View the video below for a very quick synopsis of editing a site with Concrete5.
If you would like to test it out we have a demo site set up. Feel free to contact us for a link and login.
To find out more about the CMS visit the Concrete5 website.