If you've used a content management system before, you're probably familiar with applications such as Joomla!, Drupal or Magento or maybe you've used the Wordpress blogging platform.
If you've used Joomla!, you're probably recoiling in shock at the thought of using a CMS system. Fortunately Concrete5 is much easier to use. It's killer feature is in-page editing. You literally click on the part of the page you want to edit, type in the text, upload a file/image or pick one from the file manager and save. That's it! Don't worry about making mistakes - Concrete5 keeps copies of previous versions of your page and you can easily roll back to one of those if you make a mistake.
Still not convinced? Here's an extract from the Concrete5 website:
Many CMS's were designed by developers, for developers. Building and maintaining a site with them can be pretty complex and intimidating for someone who can't program computers. The end editing experience works, but to make even basic content changes you're typically working with long web forms in a "back-end." Adding new functionality is something you'll need some technical know-how to pull off. Imagine having to call a consultant every time you wanted to write a new Word document. How useful is that to your business?
Conversely, there's a number of solutions that are geared for the DIY market. Typically starting as a blog, these sites get added to and added to over time until they fall apart. Imagine being told your document was always going to have a cover page, a table of contents, and an index - no matter how simple you wanted it to be. Sure it's great you can get started quickly, but if you want to do much more than what these systems were designed for 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 easy; just click on what you want to change. Developers still get a flexible and robust framework for building sophisticated web applications. With concrete5, however, site owners will be able to make changes and additions on their own, for years to come.
Not only is Concrete5 great for you, the user, it's great for developers too. It's architecture is such that it is quite straightforward to extend and to add new functionality. The Concrete5 marketplace is full of great addons that enhance the functionality of a Concrete5 installation.
One such addon is the eCommerce addon, which turns your regular web site into a general ecommerce platform. It's even possible for addons to have addons - we have written a number of additional addons for ecommerce, such as sidebar cart products, recently purchased products, DPS Payment Express payment and csv mass update.
If you're looking for experienced New Zealand Concrete5 developers to assist with a migration to Concrete5 or development of custom themes or blocks, contact us for a no obligation chat.