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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/


Jun 11, 2012, 5:25 PM

concrete5 community member Cali has been working hard to coordinate some concrete5-related events at the upcoming RMLL 2012 inGenve.

Events take place on July 9, 2012:

  • concrete5 conference session from 3:20 to 4:00 PM
  • concrete5workshop from 4:20 to 6:00 PM
  • and after work, there's a party from 7:30PM to 1:00 AM

Links for more information and to share with your friends and colleagues:

https://www.facebook.com/events/344379025633953/

http://meeting.concrete5.fr/index.php/eventsys/events/


May 10, 2012, 6:03 PM


July 19 - Advanced Theme Development

Learn to develop powerful themes with the use of PHP. Advanced Themes Class Details.
(Class no longer available for registration.)

The Last CTO Developer Training Intro was such a success that we talked Andrew into doing a series of Last CTO Trainings for developer topics. (Andrew is passing his training duties to Matt after this series is complete.)

All classes will start at10 AM Pacific and cost $95 each(that's $200 off the standard training class price).

May 30: Basic Blocks

Learn how to make a simple block from beginning to end. Basic Block Class Details.
(Class no longer available for registration.)


June 7 - Mastering Auto Nav

For production developers who need to build highly styled navigations, learn the details behind the Auto-Nav block and how it can help you build just about anything. Auto Nav Class Details.
(Class no longer available for registration.)


June 20 - Advanced Block Development

Learn how to make a more advanced block with a Dashboard settings page and Single Page interface. Advanced Block Class Details.
(Class no longer available for registration.)


June 27 - Basic Application Development

Learn how to extend concrete5 with Single Pages and custom Controllers. Basic Applications Class Details.
(Class no longer available for registration.)


July 17 - Theme Production (basic)

Turn a basic HTML chop into a concrete5 theme.Theme Production class details.
(Class no longer available for registration.)


May 9, 2012, 1:16 PM

Fike over on the webdevRefinery.com forums has some great things to say about concrete5 for anyone looking for a CMS.

He writes, "Ireallyrecommend this for people who need a robust (hence "concrete"), stable and super-easy to use CMS...did I mention its free and open source?"

Fike found plenty of content management systems that were too simple or too complicated, but he found concrete5 to be just right for his needs. "When I tested concrete5 out, it was just what I was looking for. Simple for end-users/clients to manage themselves, yet powerful enough for developers to make addons and "blocks" that are easy to use for the end user," he writes.

Check out his full post, or add your thoughts in the comments, athttp://webdevrefinery.com/forums/topic/11396-concrete5-zend-based-cms-for-developers-and-designers-alike/

Also, he called our user interface "sexy." Just saying...