concrete5, an open source content management system created for the end-user (e.g. your non-technical clients) teamed up with Six Revisions to give away a one-year Commercial account (worth $300), free set-up, and $155 in credits on their marketplace for themes and add-ons. Read on to see how you can be the lucky winner of this awesome prize.

What is concrete5?

concrete5 is just about the most end-user-friendly content management system out there.

A bit of a back story: I happened across this wonderful open source project close to a couple of years ago and was impressed with it so much and puzzled by its lack of attention in the developer community that it set me out on a search to look for other content management systems like it outside of the CMS triumvirate (WordPress, Drupal, Joomla!). The result was a post called 10 Promising Content Management Systems, which continues to be a popular article here on Six Revisions.

Until this day, whenever I’m asked what a good CMS is for project work that involves clients that aren’t very tech-savvy, I point them to concrete5.

concrete5 Features

Here are just a few things that make concrete5 the next-generation CMS.

In-Context Editing

The central feature that sets concrete5 apart from most other CMSs is what’s called in-context editing. It’s a feature that lets you edit your pages right in the web browser in a similar user experience as editing a word-processor document making it extremely easy for both clients and developers to update and create content.

For developers working on a site design, this feature is like your very own WYSIWYG editor in a web browser.

Advanced Permission Groups

concrete5 comes with a granular permissions system they’ve hidden behind a seemingly simple interface.

For the individual with a small website, everything just makes sense out of the box, but for a large organization, you can lock down areas of your site or even specific parts of a page to different editing groups.

There’s a complete version management system that lets you compare differences. The more you dig as a developer into concrete5, the more you’ll find that there’s well thought out solutions to the real problems you run into when building large sites.

Add-ons are Tested for Quality and Security

These guys have taken a very different approach with their add-ons by keeping their marketplace small with tested add-ons and the promise that everything will actually work with everything else. Quality versus quantity is the working philosophy when it comes to add-ons.

Other Features

And, of course, concrete5 comes with fundamental features of a good open source content management system such as extensibility via add-ons, an active community that’s 24,000-strong (though I feel it should be 10 times that size!), and a beautiful UI that’s super slick and intuitive.

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What You’ll Win

This giveaway is for a 1-year hosted account for their Commercial hosting plan (worth $300) and $155 in credits in their marketplace.

How to Win

To win, simply leave a comment answering the following question:

Why would you use concrete5 over other more popular open source content managements out there (such as WordPress, Drupal, or Joomla!)?
Hint: browse their website to learn about concrete5 before leaving a comment.

Giveaway Details

This giveaway end on Monday, June 21, 2010, after which comments will be closed and you will no longer be able to participate. The winner will be selected randomly from the comments using the same process as previous Six Revisions giveaways. Please only comment once and leave a valid email address when you are filling out the comment form fields so that we can contact you if you’ve won. Comments are moderated so your comments may not show up right away. Comments that do not follow the instructions in the "How to Win" section above cannot be posted.

About the Company

concrete5 is a free and open source content management system that wasn’t designed by committee. Started in 2003 as a commercial solution for a web shop that served ad agencies, it went open source in the summer of 2008 and has been gaining popularity ever since.

The team behind concrete5 focuses on serving the relationship between site owners and site developers, which is refreshing in a market that is typically dominated by intimidating technology. There’s an active job board and the core team has carved out a profitable niche where they can ensure the core toolset grows in a healthy fashion while not competing with web designers on client facing work.

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About the Author

Jacob Gube is the Founder and Chief Editor of Six Revisions. He’s also a web developer/designer who specializes in front-end development (JavaScript, HTML, CSS) and PHP development, and a book author. If you’d like to connect with him, head on over to the contact page and follow him on Twitter: @sixrevisions.