5.4.0 is now available. This update includes a much smoother editing experience, powerful in-context layout controls, a better sitemap and page search, an improved update center, better integration with the concrete5 marketplace, and much more.

A complete list of changes is available here

5.4.0 Release Notes

You can download concrete5 5.4.0 from here:

Hey Gang,

I'm writing you from lovely Austin TX as we wrap up our exhibit hall stuff at SXSW. It's been super fun and a LOT of people seem really excited about concrete5. We've met plenty of directors of huge companies and consultancies, new media reporters, all sorts of folks, but often its the Joomla developers who have the most amusing response. After starting slow with a "I guess I'll check it out" and then going through a couple "Holy-Moly its that easy?!?" moments they end up leaving somewhat disgruntled. "Where the h#ll have you guys been? I just wasted 2 years learning Joomla and it took me 10 minutes to get as far as it took me 2 weeks to do in it!".. That's good stuff.

Thought we should also let everyone know we FINALLY re-did our documentation and it's waaaay better now. We still have some pages we want to add, but now everything is nicely organized and makes sense with a cool slidey jump nav. We even hooked it into our forum system using some tags and a "helpful answer" system so instead of those annoying guestbook comments that just grew out of control, our doc pages can start discussions that remain encapsulated but are still searchable.

concrete5.4 is out as a Release Candidate now so you should certainly check that out and let us know if its ready to ship. We think it just about is.

Thanks for your attention,



ps: here's pics from SXSW. now features much improved documentation, both for developers and for end users.

No more developer docs separated from user docs. Tags also make it easy to cross-reference pages with forum posts that refer to them. Related discussions marked as helpful should also float toward the top on their related docs pages. Much, much more (and sensibly organized) developer content. No more "page coming soon" messages. Search should also be much improved.

This thing on?? * tap-tap *

Wow, it's been an embarrassingly long time since anyone looked at this wordpress blog. First, lets pass out blame for that:

  • Time – once you have children it stops being endless.
  • Twitter – who knows what that thing is gonna become, but it does kinda take a big slice of motivation out of anyone posting to a blog. While crafting the perfect 140 characters isn't "easy," it does always seem like the shortest path when you have something new to announce. I'm not arguing that's right, there's certainly a lot of crap content with no real voice there – but still. I think every one's kinda knee jerking over there for news announcements these days.
  • Do concrete5 and WP compete? Sure kinda. I guess we say we do on our about page, so *shrugs*. We've talked about this here in the past. My view is concrete5 is a flexible CMS (legos), while Wordpress is a really nice Blog (Barbie). Both have value. We never tried to recreate the blog editing experience with concrete5 – but along came some 3rd party developers to do just that. Now there's kinda an unspoken question of why our blog isn't in concrete5 and frankly the answer is just Time, again.
  • Me. The buck stops here.. ;)

So what's happened since MAY of last year??! Ugh.. well.. a lot!

  • Launched the marketplace, had it grow dramatically, fueled by the work of 3rd party developers as much as us.
  • Rebuilt the way we do hosting and started developing a true server management application for running multiple concete5 installs on a box.
  • Launched a few versions of concrete5 that changed around all sorts of stuff nicely.
  • Launched eCommerce add-on, Launched Discussion Forums
  • Built a concrete5 cyborg that is laying waste to the American west.

Okay so that last one was a lie, but what's going on right now?

  • We're just about halfway towards our fund-raising goal for going to SXSW! Thanks to all our donors.
  • We were just given a few pages in The New Rules of Marketing & PR by David Meerman Scott. I guess transparency and community are the new big things in marketing, and happily – we're good at ‘em already! It's certainly worth picking this up if you're trying to bring your company into the 21st century – he does a great job covering everything in detail.

What's next?

Meh. I'm all tuckered, this is waaay more than 140 characters.. you'll just have to stay tuned to find out.

We want to show off concrete5 at SXSW, and we could really use some help getting there.

We've never asked for much beyond your attention since we went free and open source some 18 months ago. We've gone from a dozen clients around Oregon to over 100,000 downloads and 25,000 active sites with almost 14,000 members in our forums - we've built something people love and depend on. is now available. This update fixes a number of bugs in 5.3.3. A complete list of changes is available here Release Notes

Those release notes only cover what has changed since 5.3.3. For a complete list of a what has changed in 5.3.3, check out the concrete 5.3.3 release notes.

You can download concrete5 5.3.3 from here:

concrete5 Downloads

Important note: If you are upgrading to 5.3.3. from a previous version of concrete5, please read these important instructions.

5.3.3 is now available. This update includes more SEO improvements, new design controls, improved user search, bulk user editing, update support for marketplace addons, improved mail and user profile support, a host of bug fixes, and a completely overhauled attributes framework for add-on developers.

A complete list of changes is available here

5.3.3 Release Notes

You can download concrete5 5.3.3 from here:

concrete5 Downloads

Important note: If you are upgrading to 5.3.3. from a previous version of concrete5, please read these important instructions.

Version 5.3.3 brings some dramatic changes to the way we handle custom attributes across the system. These are now very flexible, standardized, and we're quite happy with what they let you do. That being said, upgrading is at this point not a "one-click" process. We get that'd be awesome. It's very much part of what we're shooting for with the next major release, but there's only so much time in the day.

So, here's what we recommend:

Our latest release is here, and it includes more than 60 feature updates, bug fixes, behavioral improvements and security updates. We've tried to address a lot of the concerns and wishes of our users.

Full release notes are available here:

You can download concrete5 5.3.2 from SourceForge here:

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Yesterday, I was lamenting the fact that searching (specifically, finding the search input field on the website) wasn't as easy as I thought it ought to be.

Todd, one of our excellent developers, came up with a great solution for those who use Firefox: a custom Firefox search plugin. His original used to search, and while I can appreciate that, I'm hoping that our search has improved to the point where that's not necessary. With that in mind, I've tweaked it so that it searches directly.

Download the concrete5 Firefox Search Plugin

Installing the search plugin:

The following instructions assume that your copy of Firefox is in a standard location.

First, download concrete5.xml above, and then…

On Windows: Copy it to "C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\searchplugins"

On OS X: Copy it to "/Applications/"

Restart Firefox and concrete5 should appear in the search engine list, below the search field, complete with a nice icon. Thanks again, Todd. You may have even given me a reason to occasionally ditch Safari.