By business.com editorial staff, business.com Writer | Updated Jan 16, 2019
concrete5 is open source content management software with pre-designed templates and add-ons for those who want some flexibility with coding their website but aren't interested in doing it all from scratch. It has an active user community, several training opportunities and professional support.
This CMS software allows you to select themes to start, and you can customize them using the menu or CSS coding. You can also format each page individually with videos and images, layout modules, stacks and responsive grid points. It uses a WYSIWYG editor plus drag-and-drop capabilities to create the look that matches your brand. It creates mobile-responsive sites, an important consideration since over 40 percent of consumers are now using their mobile phones to make buying decisions.
You can employ marketing tools like forms for collecting customer data, reporting both on website performance and customer use, blogs with RSS syndication and comment moderation, and site optimization features to make sure you get the best search engine optimization.
If you are looking for advanced tools, you can check the documentation for codes for specific needs, ask on the forums or check out the add-on library. You can find hundreds of add-ons for everything from image carousels to eCommerce. The eCommerce apps were limited, however.
In addition, the software is very secure. You can modify it without overriding the core, and the CMS software itself has been tested at hackerone.com. You have audit trails and CAPTCHA tools as well as login histories to track issues. The program is SSL compatible.
The website includes documentation and tutorials created by the founders and the users, plus you can purchase online courses from beginner user level to advanced developer level. There is an active forum as well as the ability to hire professional assistance.
concrete5 content management system software is open source, giving you a lot of flexibility in programming the code to create attractive, useful and mobile-friendly websites. It has themes and add-ons for those not interested in heavy coding and training for those who want to learn, but the real power of this system lies in its coding capabilities.