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Nov 13, 2012, 12:41 PM

Classes are about two hours long, and taught in a group format. We'll stop periodically during the sessions to answer your questions. Instructions for connecting to the training classes are emailed out the day before the class.

Covered Topics

  • Changing Content on Your Page
  • Entering and Exiting Edit Mode
  • Preview vs. Publish
  • Managing Page Versions
  • Basic Page Properties (Paths, Descriptions, etc)
  • Page Design Options (Selecting Page Types and Themes)
  • Content Block vs. HTML Block
  • Content Block: Best Practices
  • Block Design Options
  • Using Layouts
  • Using Stacks
  • Adding Navigation Elements to Your Site (Auto-Nav and Page List blocks)
  • Creating a Basic Form (Form block)
  • Sitemap: Basic Structure
  • Sitemap: Moving and Copying Pages
  • Sitemap: Deleting Pages
  • Installing marketplace Add-ons
  • Installing and Activating Themes

Need help getting started? Our Basic Editor Techniques class covers the common tasks & tools you'll encounter when editing a concrete5 site, plus best practices to make sure you do things right the first time.

Basic Editor Techniques Training Class

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

9 AM PST

Registration is now closed for this class. Watch our blog for more training opportunities!


Oct 14, 2012, 8:03 PM

Thanks to nominations from the community, concrete5 is a contender in the CMS Critic2012 Critic's Choice CMS Awards. It's super easy to vote, just go to the Critic's Choice Awards page and click the thumbs up for concrete5.

Vote Now!


Sep 14, 2012, 2:24 PM

CMS Critic is taking nominations for best content management system in seven categories:

  • Best Open Source CMS
  • Best Free CMS
  • Best Budget CMS
  • Best CMS for Small / Medium Sized Businesses
  • Best Enterprise CMS
  • Best Website Builder
  • Best Social Networking Solution

Head over to their website before Ocober 16 to nominate concrete5.

CMSCritic.com CMS Awards Nomination Form


Sep 4, 2012, 3:26 PM

Head on over to WebDesignerDepot.com for a great article about concrete5 written by community member ChadStrat.

Chad talks aboutwhy so many developers and designers love concrete5. He writes, "Although Concrete5 is a MVC/OOP centric CMS and has ridiculous power under the hood, the front end editing is the first noticeable aspect of Concrete5: adding a page is super quick."

Creating a theme, finding add-ons in the marketplace, and getting help from the community are covered well. "If you still have questions, the Concrete5 community, albeit smaller than many CMSs, is extremely proactive in helping others," Chad writes.

If you have friends or colleagues who are considering concrete5 and want to know what makes it so great, point them to this article.

An introduction to Concrete5, at WebDesignerDepot.com


Aug 23, 2012, 11:30 PM

Aug 6, 2012, 4:43 PM


Advanced Block Development - TBD

Learn how to make a more advanced block with a Dashboard settings page and Single Page interface.

Save big on upcoming training classes! All classes are on Tuesdays and will start at10 AM Pacific time and cost $95 each(that's $200 off the standard training class price). Classes are about two hours long, and taught in a group format. We'll stop periodically during the sessions to answer your questions. Instructions for connecting to the training classes are emailed out the day before the class.

Editor Techniques - Aug. 21, 2012
(registration closed)

Developer Intro - Aug. 28, 2012
(registration closed)

Basic Theme Production - Sept. 4, 2012
(registration closed)

Advanced Theme Development - Sept. 11, 2012
(registration closed)

Basic Block Development - Sept. 18, 2012
(registration closed)


Aug 5, 2012, 12:52 AM

You're a kick ass PHP developer. You believe that communication is the key to all of life's challenges. You've built serious web applications from the bottom up, so you know how important great documentation can be. You're passionate about consistency and details. You've got a great imagination. You aren't afraid to ask hard questions and think something all the way through, while still at the abstract level.


Jul 13, 2012, 1:39 PM


July 19 - Advanced Theme Development

Learn to develop powerful themes with the use of PHP.

Covered Topics

  • Accessing, displaying and acting on custom attributes for current page
  • Displaying User specific information
  • Wrapping blocks in Custom Templates
  • Including Custom Logic in Templates
  • Choices in architecting flexible themes

(Class no longer available for registration. Check back soon for more discount classes, or visit our training page to sign up for a standard class.)

Learn basic theme production and advanced theme development from the concrete5 CTO Andrew. Classes will start at10 AM Pacific and cost $95 each(that's $200 off the standard training class price). Instructions for connecting to the training classes are emailed out the day before the class.

July 17 - Theme Production (basic)

Learn how to turn a basic HTML chop into a concrete5 theme. Prerequisites:Understanding of HTML. Willingness to learn basic PHP commands.

Covered Topics:

  • Starting, setting up and installing a simple concrete5 theme
  • Referencing assets in your theme, including images, stylesheets and JavaScript
  • How page types and template files relate
  • Adding template files to your theme
  • Ensuring your theme can be used by add-ons and custom development

(Class no longer available for registration. Check back soon for more discount classes, or visit our training page to sign up for a standard class.)


Jun 25, 2012, 2:10 PM

Learn how to extend concrete5 with Single Pages and custom Controllers.The class isJune 27and will start at10 AM Pacific and costs $95(that's $200 off the standard training class price).

Covered Topics

  • Single Pages
  • Controllers
  • Working with User Accounts
  • Programmatically adding files to concrete5
  • Using Page Types & Custom Attributes as data objects
  • Creating custom forms with concrete5 widgets like color picker or page selector
  • Creating add-ons: the package format

Prerequisites

Understanding of concrete5 architecture and an intermediate understanding of PHP.

(Class no longer available for registration. Check back soon for more discount classes, or visit our training page to sign up for a standard class.)


Jun 19, 2012, 6:30 PM

According to piwik.org,Piwik is a free software alternative to Google Analytics that is used on more than 320,000 websites.

If you are interested in using Piwik with your concrete5 site, check out Adrian Speyer's informative article about how to get the most out of your Piwik installation when you are using concrete5.

Read the full article at Stat Story:http://www.statstory.com/concrete5-and-piwik/