Written: June 28, 2010
As a web developer I’ve spent the time to become proficient in learning, using and customizing WordPress, the most popular Content Manage System (CMS) around. Today I looked at another CMS called Concrete 5 to see how it compares to WordPress.
Here it is clear that Concrete 5 is easier to install than WordPress because I just upload the files, browse to my folder, supply the Database info, and I’m done:
With WordPress I have to edit the config.php file, upload files, then run the admin/install.php script.
I get confirmation that the Install was OK:
In the Install screen I selected, “Install sample content” so my first impression is wow:
I see a pleasant web layout with panoramic images that rotate, a horizontal menu navigation, content area, sidebar, etc. At the top I can infer that editing will be WYSIWYG instead of the WordPress dashboard concept.
Editing My Home Page
I have read zero documentation on Concrete 5, I’ve just downloaded the files, installed, and am playing with it to see how intuitive it is compared to WordPress. I click the icon on top named Edit Page, mouse over my content on the Home page and click Edit again:
The fact that I can navigate my site graphically makes Concrete 5 more intuitive than WordPress, which makes me navigate pages through a Dashboard and text names, not graphically.
Editing my Home page is quite simple. The WYSIWYG editor is similar to what I use with WordPress, except now I don’t have to click preview to see what my page looks like, so I’m saving time with Concrete again.
Sidebar and Adding Email Form
It was so easy to edit my main content, next I edited my sidebar and then added a simple form to capture email names:
Well, after only a few minutes with Concrete 5 I am impressed. I haven’t had to read any documentation and already I have installed, edited my home page, and feel confident that this CMS is much more intuitive than WordPress. My next quest will be to see how easy it is to create my own custom layouts to meet client requirements.
If I were working at WordPress I would certainly have an eye out for the folks at Concrete 5 because the user experience is much friendlier with Concrete 5.
Linda, CEO of the Tualatin Chamber contacted me recently about sprucing up their web site with a new look. She liked the colors light blue and navy blue, and wanted to see more variety visually. Here’s what I changed:
This site uses my custom Content Management System, which provides an easy way to update content, add events, manage members, accept payments, send emails, display banner ads and allow members to update their own profile or add events, jobs and special offers.Tags: CMS, MySQL, PHP
I had the pleasure of launching a new client site this week for the Sherwood Chamber of Commerce:
I started working with a new client last week and their site used a Content Management System (CMS) called Expression Engine. I’ve used several other CMS tools like:
Often I just write my own custom CMS to be streamlined to the business that I’m doing freelance work for.
There’s always a learning curve to any new CMS and I’m basically productive within an hour of logging into Expression Engine. This tool comes in three prices: Free, Personal and Commercial. It’s a bargain at any price.
Now, I’m thinking about replacing this CMS with a custom one to better fit the business needs and users.Tags: CMS, Expression Engine