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Concrete5 Theme Installation Issues

Our original review of Concrete5 has gotten quite a response from the Concrete5 community, and I felt it was time for a closer look. Some quick observations: There are some really nice themes in the Concrete5 Marketplace Installing themes could be made clearer. Here are some problems I had while trying to install a theme downloaded from the marketplace: Currently, you supposedly (according to many posts on the Concrete5 forums) have to unzip a theme’s zip file and FTP the resulting folder to the /themes directory. Trouble is, if you download a theme from the marketplace using Add to Cart, many

Review of Concrete5 CMS vs. Joomla / Drupal / WordPress

While Drupal and Joomla are the leading open-source CMS systems in terms of adoption by developers (not counting WordPress, which is aimed more at blogs), both still have room for improvement (and are indeed improving rapidly). In a nutshell, Joomla comes pre-installed with most everything you would expect to have on a site, and with a few extra addons you’re good to go. The Joomla 1.5 MVC architecture is powerful and the template coding is a clean and straightforward implementation of views in an MVC structure. On the other hand, Drupal is a framework that can be a blog, corporate

Essential WordPress Plugins

If you wanted to set up your own site without professional-level web developer help, WordPress is a very nice tool, and has some nice templates available, although you have to be careful not to go overboard installing every plugin under the sun … because then your site could suddenly go blank, and you won’t know how to fix it. And then you’ll need technical assistance anyway. This *does* happen, so if you do install WordPress, here are the essential plugins I would recommend; All in One SEO Pack or Yoast SEO Google Analytics for WordPress Google XML Sitemaps Sociable WP-SpamFree WP