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

best-web-tool.png"Winning the award for best web tool is not something that many companies or sites can brag about. To receive this award you have to provide extra value to your users. This award is handed out only if we have been convinced that it's a useful and qualitative tool and resource before we even consider it for an award. If you use sign up for, or use one of these web tools you can rest assured that you will be more than pleased."

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.

Feb 28, 2012, 5:35 PM

We're constantly getting converts from other platforms posting about their positive experiences here in the forums. That's awesome, but I wonder how many people try concrete5, can't find a direct correlation to some architecture concept they're used to in their old system, and then quietly give up?

I would love to have a "getting started with concrete5 for XXXX developers" set of docs. Probably start with them in the how-tos and then repurpose them into the new docs we're thinking about if they're solid. I'm not looking for a book here, but yeah a few pages of real content that will help an experienced dev transition. You should touch on the following concepts, relating them to how you would solve the same problems in your old framework:
Pages, Page types, custom templates, areas vs. global areas, stacks, composer, single pages vs. regular ol' pages.

Systems we'd love to see this for:
Wordpress, Drupal, Joomla, Modx, SilverStripe

Why bother?

  1. We really need your help on this one. We're not experts in XXXX, you are, so if you enjoy concrete5 and want to give back at all, this is the #1 thing we could use help with.
  2. Feel free to cross post. I'd even prefer you post this to your personal blog promotion site AND our how-tos section. Good for SEO, good for your biz dev.
  3. If yours is approved & accurate, I'll send ya stuff: A badge (the badge here and a real 1" button you can sport with pride in the real world), a t-shirt, and a free copy of ecommerce.

Any questions? Anything more I can explain to help? Thank you all so much in advance!