Does anyone have any insight to the Concrete 5 CMS? I started playing with it because of how easy it is to create themes for it and it’s user friendliness when editing pages for the end user. If anyone has some experience using it I would like to know if it is worth using for client projects (ie. still be around in a couple years, add-on functionality, maintenance, etc.), basically is it a long term solution?
Thanks ahead of time for some insight,
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What do you mean by "long term"?
By some business owners standards, a static website with no editing capability at all could be a long term solution if they just don’t care about changing the content.
In many cases, it’s not very long before a company starts asking how to get much more dynamic editing capabilities if they are remotely involved in their website when I’ve gone with a solution like concrete5 or pagelime.
So it’s a little subjective.
Of the solutions like concrete5, I’ve found that pagelime was my favorite. It seemed to be the most intuitive for the few customers I’ve set up on it. I’ve been finding pulseCMS to be my favorite choice for the light cms recently.
I had a look at Concrete 5 a while back. It looks like a really good system – in place editing, really funky stuff.
What put me off was, although the basic system is free and open source, they sell a bunch of addons for it. This means as soon as you want to do anything beyond the basics the $$$ start adding up.
I much prefer the community based approach of WordPress. Having lots of free & open themes and plugins makes learning it so much easier since you can take, learn and adapt what’s out there without encumbrance. There’s also loads of resources, websites and individuals willing to help you out. Although premium themes / plugins exist for WordPress you can either take them or leave them. With Concrete 5 it seems like premium is the only way to go. Perhaps I’m misreading the situation, I don’t know.
I strongly believe if Automatic went out of business tomorrow (unlikely), WordPress would carry on in one form or another. I’m not so sure about Concrete 5 – however it’s so hard to tell with open source what’s going to take off and what’s not.