Concrete5 was a pioneer of the now-popular ‘edit as you browse’ functionality. This provides clients with a CMS website that’s easier to update, with less visual difference between the back end and front end, making it more intuitive. At one point, this was a major USP for Concrete5, but other platforms now provide the same functionality.
Benefits of Concrete5 CMS
Like other CMS platforms, Concrete5 is open source, meaning there’s a marketplace for themes and plugins to add functionality to your website, avoiding more expensive bespoke development. Because it is more of a niche CMS, the marketplace is not as big as other providers, which can limit the plugin options for a website.
Concrete5 provides a responsive, mobile-friendly base that’s scalable, has in-built blogs and back-end access control. Most CMS platforms provide the same base features with little now to distinguish between them.
Security should not be an issue with this CMS, providing patches are applied and versions kept up to date. This is one aspect where being niche is a benefit – there are less people trying to hack Concrete5 because there are less websites to exploit.
Support for websites built in Concrete5
At one stage Concrete5 was the CMS of choice for our agency, but over the years we’ve found WordPress to be more flexible and easier to develop in. We do offer website design and development support for clients already on Concrete5. But for any new website projects, it’s typically not the CMS platform we’d recommend.