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Concrete CMS Pricing, Features, Reviews and Alternatives

Concrete CMS product overview

What is Concrete CMS?

Concrete CMS (formerly concrete5) makes running a website easy.

Typical customers

Freelancers
Small businesses
Mid size businesses
Large enterprises

Platforms supported

Web
Android
iPhone/iPad

Support options

FAQs/Forum
24/7 (Live rep)
Knowledge Base
Chat

Training options

Live Online
Documentation
In Person
Webinars

Concrete CMS pricing information

Value for money

4.6

/5

50

Price starts from

Free

Pricing options

Free plan
Subscription
Free trial
Pricing range

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Concrete CMS features

Functionality

4.4

/5

50
Total Features48 5 categories

Most valued features by users

Third Party Integrations
Customizable Branding
Activity Dashboard
Customizable Templates
Content Management
Drag & Drop
Access Controls/Permissions
SEO Management

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Concrete CMS users reviews

Overall rating

4.6

/5

50

Positive reviews

94%

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Rating breakdown
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend9.02/10
Rating distribution

5

4

3

2

1

36

11

1

1

1

Pros
It's intuitive, comprehensive in feature set, easy to set up, easy for clients to use, responsive, adaptable, and secure. The user community is supportive, helpful, and really, really smart.

DZ

David Z.

Works out of the box, easy to setup and is packed with features so you don't need loads of plugins. Great for editors and very good for developers to build off.

TM

Tim M.

Setup is super easy and customization is pretty easy once you understand how it functions.

AR

Anonymous Reviewer

Cons
With the release of version 7 and continued in 8, that was severely reduced due to new addon requirements and some developers not wanting to re-write their products.

DZ

David Z.

Our theme no longer works with current versions of Concrete 5 (5.6) and I have no idea how to fix it.

MK

Marybeth K.

It is quite resource intensive. Errors in configuration may require a rollback to a prior backup.

MJ

Michael J.

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Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Amazing CMS, easy to use for both developers and admins

Reviewed 9 months ago

A great CMS that makes updating a site easy. So easy, that as a web developer I choose it for my own sites safe in the knowledge that I can make updates quickly and easily without having to alter the code in most cases.

Pros

- As a dev, the Page object (coupled with page attributes, nav menus and page lists) makes structuring a website or web app a dream. The separation of page templates from page types also helps, the former being about layout while the latter is more conceptual. - As an admin, you pretty much have as much control as the developers of the site decide to give you. - The versioning system allows admins to roll changes back and work on changes before publishing them. - The permissions system is exceptionally powerful, allowing roles and/or individual users to be included or excluded from each permission. - The attributes system allows pages, files and users to be given custom properties of various types (e.g. text, image, colour).

Cons

- Lack of a REST API for using as a headless CMS (although I believe this will change with the next major version). - No built-in way that I'm aware of to integrate React and/or Vue components. - No equivalent to Wordpress + Advanced Custom Fields' "repeater" fields for adding an indefinitely long list of page/file/user attributes.

Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Awesome tool for a better web

Reviewed 9 months ago

I build a lot of websites for different industries like medicine, construction, food, automation, real state etc. The principal benefit is the time I save building with concrete5.

Pros

Easy: installation, configuration, customization and to do improvements. A great community that help everyone in trouble (if hapens). Tons of add-ons and great numbers of theme options (could be more, but is ok).

Cons

A few options to customize a theme on core system and few themes selling on market place.

Overall Rating
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Have we lost 15 years of work?

Reviewed 2 years ago

The theme we paid hard-earned donor money for was never upgraded to keep up with the updates Concrete 5 made to its operating system. Our theme no longer works with current versions of Concrete 5 (5.6) and I have no idea how to fix it. "Explanations" online require a Computer Science PhD to understand and I don't have the knowledge to figure out what they say to do. We've just let it go for years, but now we have t to change servers and I don't think the new server can handle the outdated version of Concrete 5 needed for our site to operate. YEARS of work are going to go down the drain if I cannot somehow salvage this. I have NO IDEA WHERE TO TURN for a plain-English response as to what to do.

Pros

Concrete 5 was OK in the beginning but now it looks like our choice to use this is going to cost us YEARS of hard work.

Cons

It is VERY hard to understand what to do with this software. Support is poor to nonexistent. Vendors are not required to keep up their products, leaving customers hanging. See our dilemma, below.

Vendor response

I'm disappointed to hear this Marybeth. You're right that in the 10 years we've been open source we've changed a lot. Keeping your site on the latest version is something that does require ongoing attention from a somewhat technical resource. Version 5.6 is actually legacy at this point, we're all the way to version 8.5 and are looking at a version 9 release in 2020. Today, to keep your concrete5...

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  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Powerful, Extendable, User-Friendly

Reviewed 10 months ago
Pros

Concrete5 is great for everything from simple websites to custom, complex, applications. The peer-reviewed marketplace offers out-of-the-box solutions that save plenty of time and cost less than developing on your own with many add-ons available for free. Community support is fantastic with user forums and projects, including an e-Commerce solution that is robust and inexpensive to run with no monthly...

Cons

There can be a learning curve and the technology used in the background has grown more complex over the last few years. This is not to say that it can't be used by those with less technical knowledge, just that like with any CMS there is a learning curve and some occasional pitfalls.

Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Great for end-users and developers

Reviewed 2 years ago

Love it as a developer and I love providing Concrete5 powered websites to my clients. Doesn't get too much more ideal than that!

Pros

I love to provide Concrete5 powered websites to my clients for many reasons. In particular though, the in-context page editing abilities of Concrete5, easy-to-use dashboard, customizable theme styles and extensibility through the Concrete5 marketplace make it a tool that suits a WIDE range of needs.

Cons

My only dislike with Concrete5 is the lack of native e-commerce functionality built into the CMS. If Concrete5 and/or the C5 community were able to develop some simple e-commerce functionality (much like woocommerce) I think C5 could re-gain some market share from other CMS tools in the industry today.

Vendor response

Good news, there is ecommerce for concrete5 here: https://github.com/concrete5-community-store

Concrete CMS FAQs and common questions

Concrete CMS has the following pricing plans:
Pricing model: Free, One Time License
Free Trial: Available


Concrete CMS has the following typical customers:
Freelancers, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Non Profit, Small Business


Concrete CMS supports the following languages:
English, Arabic, Chinese (Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Lithuanian, Malay, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese


No, Concrete CMS does not have an API available.


Concrete CMS offers the following support options:
FAQs/Forum, 24/7 (Live rep), Knowledge Base, Chat

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