May 9, 2012, 1:16 PM

Fike over on the 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, at

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

May 8, 2012, 4:02 PM

"It's the perfect tool for building a single-page site, a simple landing page, or just the opposite, a huge site supporting an entire online community," Softpedia says about concrete5.

We agree.

Read the full article at Softpedia:

Apr 30, 2012, 3:25 PM

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.

Next up is Basic Block Development.This class teaches developers what they need to know to make a simple block in concrete5.

This class will be taught at 10 AM Pacific on May 30 (date changed). And, it's an amazing deal at $95 (that's $200 off the standard training class price).

Covered Topics

  • Block architecture
  • Files included in a block's directory
  • Block add/edit templates
  • Multiple view layers with Custom Templates
  • Including JavaScript/CSS in a page's header when that block is on the page
  • How the data model works.


Understanding of concrete5 and an intermediate understanding of PHP.

Apr 23, 2012, 3:55 PM

Earlier this month, Round the Bend Blog did a post about why they chose concrete5. Instead of just picking a well-known CMS, Round the Bend decided to make a wish-list for what they would like in a CMS platform and then dug in to do some homework. Their needs led them to use concrete5.

For Round the Bend, critical functionality included:

  • Built-in Features: They wanted to be able to add a form, set up a blog, add new pages, delete pages, manage images, and more with relative ease, right out of the box.
  • Add-on Features: They wanted a good selection of add-ons available for a nominal fee.
  • Security: They expected solid site security and fast updates for critical issues.
  • Ease of Use: They needed a CMS where technical and non-technical users could create a web presence with ease.

Read more about why Round the Bend uses concrete5:

Apr 19, 2012, 2:48 PM

Earlier this month, Adrian Speyer wrote a great blog post about why he prefers concrete5 to WordPress. Adrian still likes WordPress, but he thinks "if non-technical user content manipulation is a major concern, Concrete5 is the best option."

Some of the features of concrete5 that he loves:

  • It's super easy to build with, once you get the hang of things.
  • It has fine granular control for user permissions.
  • Upgrading is smooth.
  • It's extremely user friendly for the non-techincal user once it's set up.
  • The Marketplace. There are tons of things free for use with the core Concrete5, including themes and add-ons galore. The prices are more than fair and reasonable. If you are a coder yourself you can sell or offer for free your own upgrades as well.

Read more of Adrian's thoughts about concrete5 on his blog:

Apr 12, 2012, 4:42 PM

You know and love Andrew's code, and maybe you've been lucky enough to get some answers from Andrew directly in the past. Well as the project and core team continues to grow, it's time for our CTO to pass the torch on much of our training sessions to less senior staff.

Mar 31, 2012, 11:26 AM

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Cool! Thanks guys. Here's the link to the listing.

Mar 20, 2012, 12:12 PM

concrete5, the content management system made for marketing but built for geeks, has joined forces with BitNami to simplify the installation of its software natively, virtually and in the cloud.

Mar 6, 2012, 4:04 PM

Heads up theme wizards: concrete5 is running another theme contest. As opposed to the last one, where the challenge was to chop as many themes as possible, the goal this time around is to craft a single quality theme.

Check out the rest of the details over on this page. Prizes to be determined! Big ups to community leaders mnkras and LucasAnderson for putting this together!

Feb 29, 2012, 2:09 PM

GreatDeals_02.pngToday comes once every 4 years, so to make it something special, we thought we'd give away some great deals on eCommerce and its related add-ons here in the marketplace.

Get a single copy of eCommerce for 20% off.

Buy 10 eCommerce licenses, get 50% off, the Leap Year badge and some swag.

Buy eCommerce bundled with 6 add-ons from the Core Team, get $225 off, the Leap Year badge, and some swag.

and more.. we've put all sorts of eCommerce packages together.