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.)

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...

"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:

We had connection troubles during the first part of the show, but jump right in and catch up with the last 40 minutes. We hit up the Karma, Forums, PRB and git segments, then talk about high-traffic concrete5 server setups during "How Would We Do That?"

This week we launch our new "Switch and Learn" section, announce another deal on developer training and answer questions from the USTREAM chat. Tune in!

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.

Franz and Andy review a new git pull request, talk about improvements to and answer viewer questions about Composer blog features.

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:

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:

This week Franz and Andy decode concrete5 core version numbers, check out new Marketplace items and answer your questions in "How Would We Do That?"