concrete5 5.7.0.1 and 5.6.3.2 Now Available

concrete5 5.7.0.1 contains a number of bug fixes, several of which are very important for theme and add-on developers. If you downloaded 5.7 this weekend, please take a moment to download this release. Here are the full list of fixes and improvements in 5.7.0.1:

5.7.0.1 Release Notes

Want to get up to speed? Check out all the things that are new with concrete5 version 7:

5.7.0 Release Notes

We're also supporting the 5.6 version while people get up to speed on 5.7. We're excited to announce the release of 5.6.3.2, the latest in a long line of maintenance releases to our rock-solid legacy branch.

5.6.3.2 Release Notes

Thanks so much to Remo Laubacher for maintaining 5.6, and to all developers who've submitted code for 5.6.3.2 and 5.7.0.1. 

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concrete5 5.7 Is Now Available

We’ve been open source since late 2008. In that time we’ve had 40+ version releases, 6 major ones, and we’ve always maintained backward compatibility. You can take a 5.0 website and hit “Update” all the way through 5.6.3.1. It’s always been important to us to keep everyone moving forward together.

For the first time in 6 years, we’ve decided to not put backward compatibility first and foremost. We really wanted to have a clean slate, so we could embrace ideas that involved deep changes to the system. The ecosystem of 3rd party tools and PHP itself has changed quite a bit in the last half a decade, and we don’t want to be stuck in the past. There’s so much good new stuff in concrete5.7 that we’ve been able to include because we simply decided folks would have to migrate by hand instead of upgrading with a single click. We know that when you start playing with 5.7 you’ll see why we made this hard choice, but we want you to also know we’re not going to abandon upgrades again lightly. Wordpress NEVER does this, Drupal ALWAYS does this - we’re right in the middle: once every half a decade or so seems reasonable.

This does throw our typical release approach somewhat on its head, however. We’ve made a commitment to continue supporting 5.6.x for security and critical bugs for at least a year. We’re going to make some changes to our marketplace here to support 5.7 add-ons/themes as well as 5.6 ones too. In the past we’ve often talked about upgrading websites feeling like working on car’s engine, while driving down the highway at 75/mph. In this case, we’re assembling a whole new car next to the one we’re in, driving both, and still at 75/mph.


So what’s 5.7.0 for and how stable is it? Here’s some absolute truths you can share with your bosses and clients:

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5.7 beta released at OsCon with the help of Bluehost

We just wrapped up 3 days of showing off 5.7 beta at OsCon with a great response. Bluehost very generously donated some of their impressive booth space to our project. If it wasn't for the auspices of these guys we and many other open source projects wouldn't be where we are today. 

As we had hoped, 5.7 wows everyone who looks at it. We had folks intrigued with concrete5 from well known companies thinking about their web presence to agencies starting to tire of training clients on using blogs to manage websites, and even a passionate brony needing to rebuild his fan site. Some stronger partnerships seem likely to mature, and we're extremely motivated to finalize the bug fixes and get a production ready version of 5.7 out pronto.

Check out some pics of the event hall below, and start playing with the beta now!


5.7 Beta Release Date!

As I've often heard and frequently said: "You can have it fast, cheap and well done - now pick one, maybe two." We all demand 5.7 to be well done, we haven't been throwing wads of cash at it, and so yeah - it's taken a while. 

All that is OVER my friends! We couldn't be more excited to tell you we have reached a point where we can actually commit to a launch date for 5.7 beta...

July 21st!

Yes just 19 days away... We will be at OsCon through the gracious auspices of Bluehost. As we launched concrete5.0 back at oscon 2008, it seemed only fitting to do the same with 5.7 this year. 

You can see what's on the milestone list at github right here.

We could really use some development help to get over the finish line though. Our team is banging away at the 65 remaining issues at github, but precious few of them require the secret magic of being at PortlandLabs to complete. There's a lot of dashboard reskinning, there's a lot of testing, there's plenty of opportunity to throw an hour or two of development help in here and make a real difference. Get a pull request accepted and of course your name will be in the release notes, but we'll also give you a special badge and karma points for helping get 5.7 over the finish line.

It's been quite a marathon and we're just about there, we'd really appreciate your help!