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Giveaway: concrete5 Credits

concrete5, an open source content management system, has teamed up with Six Revisions to give away a one-year Commercial account worth $300, with free set-up and $155 in credits on their marketplace for themes and add-ons.

For a chance to win, simply leave a comment answering the following question: Why would you use concrete5 over other more popular open source content managements out there (e.g. WordPress, Drupal, or Joomla!)?

This giveaway end on June 21, 2010 after which the comments section on this post will be closed. We’ll use your email address to contact you if you win. The winners will be randomly selected and announced on a separate post. Please note that comments that don’t follow the instructions on how to participate (described above) may not be published.

This was published on Jun 14, 2010

69 Comments

I would use Concrete 5 over the normal 3 CMSs to really give some power to my clients. There is nothing more satisfying then having a client who not only loves your work but who can make the changes they need without your help. I feel Concrete 5 is a unique and exceptional way to accomplish this without the normal overhead that comes with the three typical CMSs.

I think that concrete is more secure then other open platform

I’ve used concrete5 a few times and, honestly, its the easiest CMS I’ve used to explain to end-users (clients).

I wouldn’t?
Not within keeping of the compertition but still try none the less.

For my point of interest, concrete5 allows to integrate e-commerce in a CMS very easily which is not always possible with WordPress etc.

Michael Jun 14 2010

Would be nice to get some commercial support in case I ever get stuck with anything about it.

Easiest CMS out there!

Jordan Walker Jun 14 2010

I would use concrete5 hosting for a real estate application.

Veronica Jun 14 2010

I think the in context editing could be more intuitive for non-technical clients.

I’m probing Concrete5 Now, the better is the in-context edition, that makes the designer’s life more easy.

Creating a Skin,Theme from scratch is VERY VERY easy, i love that, i can integrate with anything, and convert any css-xhtml template to the concrete5 in minutes, not hours.

Concrete5 is focused to the security too, and that makes me rest in peace. :-D

Hollis Bartlett Jun 14 2010

I use Concrete 5 over Joomla or Drupal because I can make a 3 minute screencast using Jing on how to edit your website, send it to a less tech savvy client and not get any questions afterwards. It just works.

Richard Jun 14 2010

That’s a strange coincidence because I looked into this CMS for my further projects. It’s great for simple and midsized websites for users as they can edit everything on the fly. I would definitely use it on some of my projects – one of them is my personal website.

Liminal Web Design Cornwall Jun 14 2010

I spent months looking at other systems such as Joomla, Modx and WordPress, but C5 is by far the best. My clients want to be able to update their sites without needing a degree in computing.

SpookyET Jun 14 2010

Few will use stuff that looks like crap and is harder to use just because they can read the source code. concrete5 is designed.

Rakesh Solanki Jun 14 2010

Quite different platform rather than others, but simple

I use this CMS because it’s so simple, my clients love working with it because it needs little or no explanation and just works. Even when it doesn’t work its really easy to fix/change.

I would not use it to build my websites.

Jason W. Evans Jun 14 2010

Concrete5 just makes generating immersive, complex content EASY. Period.

And nothing is as important as the ease of getting content on the web–especially for a distributed team, making content from all over the world.

The easier it is for a team to make content, the more content you get. The more content you get, the more content your users have to enjoy. The more your users enjoy your content, the more your product can generate a revenue stream.

No other CMS, LMS, or blog publishing package allows a group of web-challenged developers to look SO good.

jlapitan Jun 14 2010

i’ll use concrete5 for my small projects

James W Lane Jun 14 2010

I would use it for my personal site cause it is very simple to setup and maintain.

Rishabh Agarwal Jun 14 2010

Simple to set up, many options and integrated CMS support makes it usable for me.

Elizabeth Perry Jun 14 2010

I’d use it to give clients — mostly artists who are still a little afraid of email — more control over the content of their sites. I’ve had bad luck with walking them through the back ends of WordPress and Drupal (both of which I love for myself, but which are really intimidating), and concrete5 looks like it’s meant to be less scary.

jamie g Jun 14 2010

it would provide an alternative to my clients who are often confused by other CMS’s

David Sielert Jun 14 2010

Concrete5 is elegant, easy to use and powerful. The API provided allows you to change/override any part of the core in seconds. Moreover, Concrete5’s API for addon (block/packages) is not overly obfuscated like Joomla/Drupal and one can usually get along with a very basic PHP knowledge skillset. The MVC/Object Orientated core takes wordpress’ antique procedural style code any day.
Our end users (as well as myself) simply love they’re concrete5 sites. Finally they can keep content updated without having to rely on us or a hefty barrage of training. The dashboard provides them with usefull information and they can add a new page in seconds and it’s automatically added to their site nav.

I love concrete5. It’s not only great for clients, but it is also very powerful for developers. It’s easy to customize and extend with new functionality.

Thaya Kareeson Jun 14 2010

I would suggest Concrete5 to my clients mainly because I have to skin the theme once and then my client will be able to visually modify so many things themselves (So they don’t have to come back an ask me for help on every little thing they want to change).

Vincent K. Jun 14 2010

My clients want to feel confedent while editing content.

This realy is a good cms, and its not like the others. I realy like it and i’m using it for about 2 years now. I also made some add-ons for it (for free).
It would be nice to get some credits, i would like to try the commerce add-on for it.

nice. i know this is a competition and all, but this post is still a great summary of concrete. really concise, with a good overview of the main strengths. I think concrete’s biggest strengths is that you can get a basic site up and running in minutes, and can just drop in packages to solve most common problems. i’ll pass on taking part in this competition though.

faydalihayat Jun 14 2010

very good overview i like it

Valentin Jun 14 2010

It has great in-context editing and a superior WYSIWYG editor than other CMS platforms.

Zlatan Halilovic Jun 14 2010

It seems like a very user-friendly CMS, which I will definitely use in the future.

It looks incredibly straightforward for clients to use straight out of the box!

I like Concrete5 because it is easy to understand for both developers and clients. Clients can simply click an area and edit it intuitively, whilst developers can be up and running in a half hour and have whatever functionality they need via add-ons or by building something themselves. In one word: Easy.

Arturo Linares Jun 15 2010

The inline editing is a very useful feature, my clients will enjoy edit contents in concrete5; usability in general is great.

Razvan Juravle Jun 15 2010

It’s very simple to use by clients and editing content is done in a few seconds by them ;)

In-Context Editing, Advanced Permission Groups, Add-ons Tested for Quality and Security. Perfect.

I think concrete5 is a best secure platform and as well as more Add-ons to control our site easily….

Robert Hoppe Jun 15 2010

concrete give me more security and performance than drupal or other stuff.

I think this would be easier for my non-techy clients to do the content editing. I would really be happy to win this giveaway.

Phillip Makabe Jun 15 2010

I had a look at some of the plugins that Concrete5 has and I must say, most of them can be very useful for my clients.

Giuseppe Jun 15 2010

Good for user, excellent for developer!

Stelian Jun 15 2010

I would use it, because it is soooo simple. Much more easier than Drupal WordPress or Joomla which require some knowledge.

While WordPress, Drupal and Joomla can satisfy most of the needs of organization, simplicity is somewhere missing in these systems.

Sometimes, you just need a CMS that just works without all these bells and whistles which to be frank are not needed by Mom and Pop shops and even some bigger organizations.

The other reason to use concrete5 is that its Free and Open Source just like the previous 3 I discussed and the team behind the concrete5 platform provide hosted service as well which instantly makes it easy for non tech-savvy people to get started and running quickly!

One more reason as to why I’d give concrete5 is that you need to give new CMSes a chance before calling it quits!

The last reason I’d use is that the c5 community is a thriving one.

-Amit

Frank Bianchetti Jun 15 2010

As a district webmaster for a public school system, I am always looking for a content management system that has high usability and low cost with easy maintenance. Concrete5 seems to be a good solution.

Fernandos Jun 15 2010

I would use Concrete5 over Drupal because the benefit to effort ratio is brilliant. I would use Concrete5 over WordPress because I fear getting hacked, because WordPress sites are getting updated so often and I could get hacked just because I missed an upgrade.

Best regards
Fernandos

Troy Peterson Jun 15 2010

What I’m most interested in is in-context editing.
Many of our clients can have a difficult time understanding the concepts behind a CMS, like categorization and other things. Having it in-context would definitely help.

My only question is, when the year is up will I have to pay $300 bucks the next year? Well I guess I’d have $155 in credits so I’d have to pay about $145 bucks the next year. Still, that’s a good chunk of change when someone could use WordPress for free.

Philip Mastroianni Jun 15 2010

Drupal: Cannot be used out of the box for deployment. Once I’ve added a dozen or more modules, the site is finally usable. It works great for developers to quickly update a site… not for clients who are not tech savvy.

WordPress: More difficult to theme for, and works great as a blog. As a CMS it seems like it takes a lot more to get it to function as a website. The templating system is easy, but nowhere as easy as Concrete5

Joomla!: Honestly, I wished that it was easier to edit the site with Joomla!, but it’s very difficult to do even the most basic edits. Sometimes just to find the file in the admin can take 15 minutes. Updating menus is a pain. It’s easier than Drupal, but Drupal seems like it will work better for an enterprise or community site.

Why I use Concrete5: My clients want to be able to login to their site, and click edit. They want to change a few lines of text. Maybe update a picture. they don’t have photoshop, so the picnik integration makes the difference.
The community is solid, I ask a question and it gets answered. No attitude, just answers. The marketplace is growing, and though I think all of the bases are pretty well covered, they keep coming out with new modules that I know are great upsells. I don’t mind paying a little bit (15 -35) for most addons when I know I couldn’t write them in a few hours… Such a cost saver!

Its secure. It can be updated by clicking update (Drupal… you are horrible at this!)

I don’t need to use the word FTP with a client. That in itself may be enough. Also the versioning. If the client messes up a page, I can just version it back.

Wonderful system! Thanks Concrete5!

phenomena Jun 15 2010

I’ve used lots of CMS, some of my clients think it’s intuitive and easy to work with cause of it’s wysiwyg style. Others told me, they love the features – for me it’s one of the best solutions , since it’s free, easy to handle on editing content and customizing blocks to clients needs. On my HTML/CSS based Websites it’s an absolute must have since it optimize my workflow if I have to edit contents for clients. It saves time , works great and with its big amount of customizable functionalities and the great supporting community it just makes fun developing project after project.

There is one more thing to note about: I allways run in trouble with joomla & Co. explaining the client why they can’t edit in-context as it was possible in my Flash-CMS. Also they often wasn’t willed to pay that much for something they can’t handle themselve in the end. So with that in mind I was able to satisfy the clients wishes for clarity, form and function concrete5 offers and all that for a price of 0. Since it cost nothing but installation time, the client saves money – this money most times will get spend on marketplace-addons made by the community (they wouldn’t have bought the addons if c5 would cost hundreds of Dollars…so it’s a triple win-win situation for client me and the community.

Michael Krasnow Jun 15 2010

I currently use Concrete5 because of the active development, the clean code, the awesome community, how easy it is to extend functionality, how any client who can use Word can use Concrete5 with only extremely minor help, the security in Concrete5 is simple enough to be secure but advanced enough to be able to per user and per page permissions.

I use Concrete5 because its the best of all worlds!

Best,
Mike/Mnkras(on the C5 forums)

Ryan Vars Jun 15 2010

I stumbled onto Concrete5 when trying to find a CMS that a non-english speaking, computer illiterate person could manage himself. Concrete5 is overwhelmingly powerful and mind boggling simple. Using Concrete5 I was able to create a site for such a person that requires regulars updates… and I don’t have to do them! Since then there has been no looking back. Amazing platform, great Forums, good marketplace, and easy theme customization for developers.

Easy to use, a lot of options, and it’s not so popular as for example Drupal, so the client will feel more personalized :) In this case, less popular, better efect :)This CMS is really nice.

Bartek

Although I’m a WordPress guy, sometimes a CMS like this is ideal for projects. A few days ago I lost a project because the client wanted to be able to edit the content in the way that concrete5 does. Concrete5 would have been ideal! If I only new!!

Dud34lfred Jun 16 2010

I’m a freelancer and have a computer-repair, computer classes and personal website business. I alos do a little free consulting for NGO’s on the side. The concrete5 CMS would be perfect for setting up Websites easily for my clients, and for them to maintain and update easily. I am currently using WordPress, but Concrete5 seems to be far easier for the end user and the whole “testing plugins before releasing” is the best idea ever. It would take the need for me to solve plugin-related issues when my clients design to “ameliorate” their site by themselves.
For the NGO’s I actually do most of the maintaining of the couple of websites, and with Concrete5 I think I could considerably reduce my workload.

thanks for listening ;-)
Regards,

D.A.

Kev | Befall the Aftermath Jun 16 2010

I would use it for my band’s website. It would allow the other less tech savvy band members to edit the pages, taking the work load off an otherwise very busy lead singer!

Darlinton Jun 16 2010

Cause my clients are not geeks like me, they do not understand how to edit a content in others CMS, but concrete5 seems to put that info in their brains..

Heidi Olsen Jun 16 2010

I just started using Concrete5 and I’m excited to offer it as a better content management solution for my clients. Getting to test out all the fun things Concrete5 has to offer will definitely help my ability to hype it up with confidence.

Yay for cutting down production time!

George Fehr Jun 17 2010

I use concrete5 because it’s easy to use, but still very powerful and flexible.

I’ve had clients manage to break their Drupal and WordPress installs. Anything that can minimize this sort of thing happening is a winner in my book.

Ease of use for Client’s with less technical knowledge, Quality (Tested, secure) Add-ons impress me for using concrete5. All the best Guys :-)

Galinos Giaglis Jun 18 2010

Well it seems that Concrete5 is at least very honest. It talks straight to the developer and to the end consumer with its ease of use. It distinguishes clearly itself from what Drupal and Joomla offer. Anything that makes our clients’ life easier is definitely worth trying. Finally, I respect people and companies that do talk early on about security, which is nowadays a must.

Herna Silva Jun 18 2010

For me the reason to use concrete5 is as simple as this: ease of use. The features are so powerful yet so easy to use and implement that anybody know what to do.

Thanks for the contest.

Stephanie Hider Jun 19 2010

I would use concrete5 over other CMS choices because it functions as a website CMS (not a blog), is easy to develop/design for, my clients can (and do!) edit their own site once handed off to them and the community is top notch.

If your client is not technically inclined or web savvy but still wants to update their own site this is the choice hands down. Most backend admins scare a client to the point that they won’t update, this is not the case with this CMS.

Thanks for the article and contest!

Steph

Brendan C Jun 20 2010

Concreate5 is more simple, end-user friendly, and powerful then other polular conten managing systems. Not having to deal with teaching your clients how to navigate and use the CMS is always nice.

Kishore Mylavarapu Jun 20 2010

Context editing and add on feature are the most promising features …

Michele BC Jun 21 2010

I’m looking for a CMS with advanced permission groups I can set up easily and let my users have at it. This could be a great match!

Hector Lee Jun 21 2010

User interfaces are changing with the touch screen. It is only intuitive to be able to click on what you want and start editing, just like a touch screen, and not navigate through menus. Concrete5 throws the learning curve out the window and reduces the time needed to sit down with a client and teach them how to use wordpress.

Juan Mendoza Jun 21 2010

I would use Concrete5 for made a better experience on a CMS for my customers, actually use Joomla & WordPress, but none can compare with the better back-end and user-friendly of Concrete5. Like a web developer we want better CMS more friendly and powerfull. It’s great it the managment of permission groups.

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