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Concrete5 > Concrete CMS Version 9 Upgrades

‘Concrete CMS’
– the new name for concrete5

Our favourite content management system concrete5 has rebranded as Concrete CMS and has a major upgrade in Version 9.

Concrete CMS Version 9 features an overhaul of the editing interface and some fantastic new features that add to its legendary flexibility and ease-of-use.


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What’s new in Concrete CMS Version 9?

So what’s new? Well, too much to list completely but highlights include:

  • Cleaner lighter interface

    A lighter and fresher dashboard and editing interface making navigation clearer and easier on the eye.

  • Improved File Manager

    A major File Manager overhaul with enhanced search and file management tools.

  • Containers

    A new content structure making it easy to place reusable, pre-formatted editable areas exactly where you need them to go.

  • Boards

    A new way to group together different content types – you can combine lists of pages, events or other items intelligently and have them update automatically over time.

  • Bootstrap5 Theme Framework

    Concrete CMS version 9 is is tightly integrated with the new Bootstrap 5 theme framework.  Bootstrap 5 is a proven front-end toolkit that allows your website to work dependably for users on any device and yet still look exactly as you want it to.

  • New Block Types

    Version 9 also adds several new Blocks for Concrete CMS users and brings useful new features to existing Block types.

  • Fit for the future

    All underlying code and third party components are updated to make your CMS fit for the future.

Introducing Concrete CMS Version 9

Can I upgrade my website to Concrete CMS Version 9?

The answer to this question is almost certainly yes, exactly what is involved will depend on your starting point…

If you are using concrete5 version 5.7+ or 8.0+ the upgrade path to version 9 is quite straightforward. It will usually be possible to make your existing website theme work with the new Bootstrap 5 powered Concrete CMS dashboard.

To ensure maximum compatibility with version 9 you may choose to upgrade your website theme to use the new Bootstrap 5.  Taking this approach will ensure your website is built on the most up-to-date front end framework and maximise compatibility with future web browser and mobile device updates.

Your upgrade can maintain the look and feel of your existing theme or you may decide it’s a good time to consider a design refresh too.

We have helped many concrete5 site owners through major website updates.  There’s often a lot to consider and a thorough planning process is essential.  If you’d like to talk about the best way forward for your website please contact us for a chat.

concrete5 versions prior to 5.6.4 are often referred to as ‘Legacy’ concrete5.  Support for Legacy concrete5 officially ended in August 2019.  While many websites using Legacy concrete5 continue to run today maintaining these sites is becoming more problematic and site owners should urgently consider moving to the latest Concrete CMS version 9.0.

A migration from Legacy to the latest concrete5 needs careful planning and could be dealt with as part of a planned redesign or content restructure.

We’ve been migrating Legacy concrete5 websites to newer versions since 2014. If you’d like to talk about about giving your legacy site a new lease of life please contact us for a chat.

If your site is built on another content management system, maybe WordPress, Drupal or Joomla we can help you make the move to Concrete CMS.

As with all website migrations careful planning is the key to success.  You’ll want to ensure continuity and be sure that your new Concrete CMS site builds on the capabilities of your current site.

If you’d like to talk about switching from WordPress, Drupal, Joomla or another system to Concrete CMS we’d be only too happy to help.  We have over 10 years experience as a concrete5/Concrete CMS Partner and will be happy to show this fantastic content management system off to you.

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