Although we do not really believe in comparisons, and would rather appreciate the individualistic strengths of each of the parties involved, but at the same time we live in a real life competitive environment, where we have to think at our feet and make important decisions in an instant.
And so, let’s get down to the business: Concrete5 or Joomla? Which is better?
Concrete5 it is! And that is not just our opinion, but the opinion of a lot of web development and CMS enthusiasts across the globe. But this answer does not sound much convincing, does it? Of course not! And hence, let us provide you with an informative break down of the thought process that led us to declaring Concrete5 as superior to Joomla.
But first, a comprehensive view at the powerful features of Concrete5:
- Simple editing – Concrete5 offers simple provisions to edit pages and functionalities. Simply click on the sections of the pages you need to edit, and see the changes go live within seconds. Besides, just like WordPress, even Concrete5 offers a WYSIWYG editor.
- Impressive toolbar – nearly 70% of all the functions that you may need are already made available in the toolbar. With the extensive range of options and shortcuts, even the most novice developers can easily edit the web pages.
- Easy management – Concrete5 provides an amazing File Manager, which makes it a breeze for anyone to search and order the files – even while we are talking about large scale and intensive websites.
- Easy image editing – the system comes with a preinstalled picnik.com image editor which offers advanced and adorable image editing options.
- Extensive Add-ons – Add-ons can be easily included to make the website extensive and scalable, with the help of automated dashboard without any coding hassles. One may also use long FTP operations for the same.
- Differentiating permissions – the site owner may assign or restrict several permissions and limit the access of users to intimate information.
- Coherent URLs – a friendly URL function by concrete5 ensures easy creation of search engine friendly URLs.
- Help just a click away – and if you feel stuck, as one often does with present day advanced technologies, the help is made available just a click away.
Concrete5 and Joomla – Heads ON!
We have actually used Concrete5 and along with a complete community of developers, we also believe that the interface of Concrete5 is truly exceptional. Besides, one can set an entire page up with Concrete5, within minutes – all that you require is a template and few PHP statements to get on with it. And as we already discussed, you can edit the front end simply by clicking and watching your changes go live within minutes. Besides, the editor also enables you to add different blocks of texts, images, flash and HTML elements etc, and even when you are done adding the blocks you can still edit the layout of the entire page, and also can easily rearrange these blocks.
On the other hand, it is quite draining and hard to set up Joomla, and even its backend is not as user friendly and intuitive as Concrete5. Besides, you are required to be in admin console in order to edit the pages of the website, and are not as visually guiding and stimulating as in Concrete5. Although with practice Joomla may appear quite easy, but still, it stands nowhere close to the ease of use provided by Concrete5.
Joomla Fights Back
We intend to have a very nonplussed and non biased view at both of these platforms and hence it’s only fair that we give Joomla its fair due. To begin with, Joomla has been around the block for quite a long while and hence enjoys and extensive community support. You can easily find free Joomla extensions and themes and Concrete5 might not be as generous.
But even here, Concrete 5 comes with a promise; it is a fast growing system and we can easily expect a strong and flourishing online community dedicated for Concrete5. Besides, although the plugins may cost a few bucks, but if a website seeker is looking for developing a well advanced and competitive website, he or she is surely not going to bother that much about these little costs. After all, aren’t we the same people who spend so much in securing various licensing fees etc? A Concrete5 plugin hardly costs a dime when you compare it with the other expenses.
The Essential Peace Making
It does not give a nice feeling, leaving one exceptional system for developing complex and community based websites (Joomla) feeling high and dry. And hence, let us strike a compromise here, a peace are where both the systems can easily co-exist.
Concrete5 is exceptional for developing small scale websites, with no strenuous features, and is ideal for clients who do not have the time or patience to learn the concepts of a content management system. Joomla will be the right choice for developing more demanding and large scale websites.