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We’ve been building and hosting websites with concrete5 since 2008 and one question we’re often asked is why we choose concrete5 over WordPress…
WordPress is a blogging system that has become popular in recent years as a tool for building for all kinds of websites. Typically WordPress sites are put together using prebuilt themes and a selection of different third party extensions.
concrete5 is designed first and foremost as a content management system. It’s raison d’être is to be a flexible tool to efficiently build and maintain websites of all different types.
Both WordPress and concrete5 are Open Source which means they can be used and modified without restriction. Both projects have communities of users who feed back on bugs and issues and contribute to development.
With concrete5 you’re not limited by the blog structure of WordPress where a rigid set of fields are the basis of all pages. With concrete5 you can have the right content exactly where you need it in an easily manageable format. What’s more with concrete5’s in-context editing you can quickly add or edit content and move it around as needed.
As designers concrete5 provides us with the flexibility to create pages that look and behave exactly as each individual project demands.
concrete5’s built in WYSIWYG editing environment has always been at its core. This combines with a set of 'Blocks' to control a wide range of different content types including: Text, Image, Page List, Autonav, Form, Search, Social Links, Image Slider, Video Player to mention a few.
concrete5’s integrated features provide many benefits, here are a few:
These are just a few examples and all of this is possible within the core concrete5 system without the need for extensions.
With so many features built in the need to deploy third party extensions is dramatically reduced eradicating a source of frequent security issues with WordPress.
concrete5's sophisticated Permissions system works with
the Members feature allowing access to pages or functions to be
restricted to users in particular groups.
Other security features include: modern codebase that allows
modifications to be made without over-riding core code, audit
trail, Captcha on forms, content approval, email verification, login
History and SSL compatibility.
concrete5 was totally redeveloped in 2014 embracing the very best modern development standards.
concrete5’s core system is designed to be redesigned! It is
possible to safely override core functions in order to make your website behave
exactly as you need it to without touching the core code.
So if you do need a little custom development to make your site do exactly what you need for a particular application the code can be safely deployed and easily maintained reducing security concerns and development/maintenance cost.
The WordPress codebase is now well over ten years old and littered with practices now considered obsolete by developers. This leads to a system that will be more and more difficult to maintain in future and is inherently inefficient in use and in development.
One of the issues with WordPress sites is that the plugins change frequently. A site that needs ten or twenty plugins to run may need updating on an almost daily basis. With concrete5 the built in blocks are tested as part of each major update ensuring compatibility when your website is updated to the latest version.
Hopefully this article starts to indicate why we think concrete5 is a much better all around choice for the websites we build. If you’d like to know more about using concrete5 for your website please email or call us for a chat.
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