Both Concrete5 and WordPress are open source content management systems (CMS) which are used for publishing content on the internet. Both are used to operate websites, blogs and intranets. But how does Concrete5 and WordPress compare and which system is suitable for you and your organisation? In this article Which Development Agency explore both systems and point out the comparisons between Concrete5 and WordPress.
WordPress and Concrete5 are both stable systems which have formed strong reputations in the world of technology and web development. Both WordPress and Concrete5 are used globally by many organisations, institutions and businesses, and have large communities supporting them. Both systems may look the same but when you ‘look under the bonnet’ and start playing about things it soon becomes clear that these systems are actually quite abit different. In this post, we run through a few things what makes Concrete5 and WordPress different.
Themes, Extensions & Their Appearance
When you install Concrete5 and WordPress their default themes look quite similar and they both have similarities between them. The overall look and feel of both Content Management Systems are easily changed by deploying a theme or extension. There is no denying that WordPress is the more popular CMS out of the two and has more installations than Concrete. Because of this, the choice of themes and extensions is much greater than Concrete5. There are many developers within the WordPress community offering their themes or plugins, some free and some for just a small outlay. WordPress don’t control their plugins or themes and sometimes when you install one you can experience compatibility issues which can alter the appearance of the site or even break it. If the code has not been updated this will also leave your installation seriously exposed.
Which is Better, Concrete5 or WordPress?
With Concrete5, they control their own marketplace and what users can download, i.e. themes and add-ons. This has many benefits as it means that their users will have much fewer compatibility issues and reduced security risks. The themes and add-ons available on Concrete5 are all rigorously tested before they are released and available for download. Concrete5 is a winner here. WordPress don’t control their marketplace which potentially leads to issues.
WordPress release updates for the core only and it is up to the vendor of the plugins and the themes to keep their product updated. If you look at the WordPress marketplace you will see some themes and plugins that have not been updated for many years. Anyone which uses these products will hit difficulties and issues. They may even experience being compromised.
Concrete5 is different, they maintain the core and their add-ons (although this is done by a third party). This really is important for the maintenance of a website.
Because WordPress is so popular there is going to be more computerised hacking machines and hackers who are looking for vunerable code so they can break into WordPress sites to create havoc. This is something which a typical user may not have thought about when they are looking for a CMS or an agency to build them a website.
What Do Concrete5 and WordPress Do?
WordPress was originally just a blogging platform with a few basic themes and plugins but over the years it has evolved. It has evolved into the most popular CMS available. It is widely used by nearly most types of businesses, small, medium and large. Start-ups to enterprises. Concrete5 was developed for developers so they can quickly setup and build a website. Like WordPress, their system has also evolved and users are now able to create fully functional websites using Concrete5. You can build any type of website using Concrete5, just like you can with WordPress.
Can You Customise WordPress & Concrete5?
Yes, both systems can be customised. Customisation can be done by adding a new theme or extension. There is a much wider choice available in WordPress, purely because it is more widely used. However, if you require a certain look and feel for your Concrete5 site and you can’t find a suitable theme or add-on which meets your requirements your Concrete5 development agency can always start from scratch and create something for you. Please note; this may carry a higher cost for development.
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Is Concrete5 or WordPress Faster?
Many users who are first entering the world of web development get excited by creating additional functionality to their website without understanding the true facts. The more plugins which are installed on a WordPress website can be detrimental to the performance and slow things down. We have personal experiences of running other WordPress sites and when you install plugins we have seen things ‘slow up’ significantly. Some WordPress plugins also leave traces their configurations in the database too, which can also result in your site running slowly too.
To answer the question, which runs faster? Both systems are fast but WordPress can lag especially if poorly written plugins and themes are used. Users will then have to use a caching plugin to help speed things up, hmmmmm…..another plugin! WordPress runs fine when only a handful of plugins used and plugins which are regularly updated.
How Many Installations Do WordPress & Concrete5 Have?
Sadly we can’t find any statistics on the number of Concrete5 installations there are but we remain fairly confident that the number of WordPress will greatly surpass the number of Concrete5 installs. According to reports on the internet, there are WordPress around 75,000,000 websites which are using WordPress right now. Half of these sites are being hosted on the WordPress.com shared hosting installation. Those numbers are very impressive!
WordPress & Concrete5 Communities
WordPress is the clear leader with this one because of its popularity, the WordPress community really is huge! There are thousands of WordPress developers and development agencies globally who are able to support WordPress users. Concrete5 has a much smaller community but that doesn’t mean that there is not a specialist ready to help you and provide the support you need. It’ might mean that it’s a little bit harder to find an expert, but our site can help you with that.
Both systems have good points and bad points. The system which is right for your company can depend on many factors, including your in-house development skills, your budget, functionality and specifications required. Your time-frame should also be considered too. If you are looking for a website which is heavy on functionality, has a slick looking design, and looking for it to be setup and running in a short time frame then Concrete5 may not be suitable for you. However, this could change if you are flexible on your time scales.
It will also depend on the budget available. Because of the plugins and themes which are readily available in the WordPress community, a website can get setup using WordPress fairly quickly. With Concrete5 the same functionality and look of the website can be achieved but additional development may be required to provide a solution which meets your requirements. This will take time to develop, which will need to be paid for.
Security, this goes to Concrete5. The way they keep their systems secure and updated is much better than WordPress, we think anyway.
In our opinion, if you have a healthy budget available to develop your website and have given yourselves more time to develop something then we recommend using Concrete5. This is purely based on how they keep their systems updated. We might be contradicting ourselves here because we use WordPress. The reason we chose WordPress to build Which Development Agency was because of our time-frames and budget available. To achieve what we wanted it was not possible using any other platform other than WordPress, mainly down to the budget available.