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. CMS Awards Nomination Form

This week in news: sign up now for discounted Basic Block training next week (0:55).

Help spread the word by casting your vote in theCritic's Choice CMS Awardsand telling Sitepoint what you like best about concrete5:What's your favorite content management system?

Next, we check out the Core Team's exploits in the 2012 Warrior Dash(4:55). Don't miss the full video!

Thr community karma winners (7:22), showcase a pair of new marketplace add-ons (11:00) and answer your questions (14:30)!

Franz and Andy check in on the latest concrete5 news, karma winners (1:50), marketplace add-ons (5:25) and github pull requests (8:35), then answer a ton of great questions from the audience (10:55).

concrete5 is a maintenance release that fixes a number of bugs found in concrete5 5.6.0. It is highly recommended for users of concrete5 5.6.0. Release Notes Available Here > builds on the impressive 5.6.0 update that adds a completely new permissions and workflow system to concrete5. Get more information about concrete5 5.6.0 here.

You can download concrete5 from the concrete5 downloads page:

Head on over to 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

concrete5 5.6.0 introduces a completely rearchitected advanced permissions system that is better in every way. 5.6.0 also adds a new workflow system (which uses these permissions), an updated UI, and over a hundred other bug fixes and feature improvements. Read on for a video of the new permissions and workflow systems.

Full 5.6.0 release notes are here >

You can download concrete5 5.6.0 from here:

concrete5 Downloads

Note: for those of you running sites with overrides or a significant number of packages, you may want to wait for 5.6.0 has many modifications under the hood. As always, perform a full database and code backup before upgrading concrete5.

As always, we announce karma winners (5:30), check out new releases in our add-on marketplace (9:05) and answer your questions in How Would We Do That? (12:00).

In the latest "Lunchtime Learning" session, concrete5 CTO Andrew Embler leads the Core Team through the long-anticipated and much-overhauled Advanced Permissions features in concrete5.6. Inside, you'll find an incredibly powerful, flexible system built to manage just about any scenario you might encounter on a large concrete5 site.

No new epsode this week (Friday 8/24), but we promise to be back again soon. Check out our YouTube channelif you'd like to revisit previous episodes (I know you all do!).