||Concrete CMS Inc.
||Jun 13, 2010
||Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows NT, Windows ME, Windows 98, Windows 95, Windows 7, Windows 2008, Windows 2003, Windows 2000
||A webserver with PHP
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Publisher's Description of concrete5
" A content management system (CMS) that is free and open source. "
- From Concrete CMS Inc.
What is concrete5?
concrete5 makes running a website easy.
Go to any page in your site, and a editing toolbar gives you all the controls you need to update your website. No intimidating manuals, no complicated administration interfaces - just point and click.
What can I build with concrete5?
* Online magazines and newspapers.
* Government web sites.
* Small business web sites.
* Non-profit and organization web sites.
* Community-based portals.
* Church, club and team web sites.
* Personal or family homepages.
* Marketing focused sites for a corporation.
* Any school, college or university web site.
* Many online communities.
* Extranets and intranets.
* Anything else you can dream up!
Why concrete5 instead of others?
Building and running a website are two very different challenges. Certainly, one person may wear both hats, but the process of launching a great website is far different from running a great website over time. Concrete5 lets you do both: build and run great websites. Most other content management systems are built for one side of the equation or the other.
Systems like Drupal and Joomla were designed by and for developers. Building and maintaining a site in Drupal or Joomla is pretty complex and intimidating for someone who can't program computers. Imagine having to call a consultant every time you wanted to write a new Word document. How useful is that to your business?
Conversely, blogs like Wordpress were designed entirely for the casual site owner, with few concerns about extensibility. Imagine being told your document was always going to have a cover page, a table of contents, and an index – no matter how short you wanted it to be. Sure it's great you can get started quickly, but if you want to do anything more than blog, Wordpress is like using a hammer to drive screws.
With concrete5, you get the best of both worlds. Anyone can start making their own website in seconds, and the editing experience is easier than using a blog; just click on what you want to change. Developers still get a flexible and robust framework for building sophisticated web applications. Web geeks can build anything they might with Drupal or Joomla. With concrete5, however, site owners will be able to make changes and additions on their own, for years to come.
What am I downloading?
concrete5 is middleware. It was designed for a LAMP stack but works on Windows webservers running IIS and PHP as well.
It is NOT a desktop application you run on your local computer to design a website.
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