We're back! We talk news, karma, review PRB submissions and and answer your questions about our next big release, concrete5.7.

The Core Team is taking some time off for the holidays, so there will be no new Totally Random episodes until the new year. Check back in January to find out when the next live episode will air.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from the concrete5 Core Team.

Check out news, community karma winners (2:40), new marketplace themes and add-ons (5:55), and new work in GitHub (14:45).

We're back! This time we check out news, community karma winners (5:10), new marketplace add-ons (9:45), core code submissions from GitHub (15:20) and answer viewer questions (17:12).

Check it out--We've got developer training classes scheduled for December and January.
  • December 12 - Developer Intro
  • December 19 - Basic Blocks
  • January 9 - Advanced Blocks
  • January 16 - Single Pages
All classes are at4 pm PST, taught in a group format using GoToMeeting, and typically last 2 hours.

The Core Team is off eating turkey (or vegan alternatives), so there will be no Totally Random this week. We'll be back on November 30, live on UStream at 10 am PST.

We're back! This week we talk news, community karma (3:40), show off a slew of new add-ons released to the Marketplace (7:40) and-- surprise! We preview work on an all-new inline content editor for the next version of the core (27:00).

Thanks to our amazing community, concrete5 is thewinner of the People's Choice Award for Best Open Source CMS from CMS Critic!

CMS Critic writes, "Congratulations to everyone at Concrete5 for their awesome work. It was a hard fought battle with CMS Made Simple for first place but Concrete5 took over in the end and won this year with the most votes."

Without this type of press, we wouldn't be able to give away so much free goodness in the core. Thanks to everyone who voted for us.

Read about it at

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


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

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