Concrete5 Review – Open Source CMS’s

Concrete5 Review – Open Source CMS’s

This is my Concrete5 review, the second of my content management system (CMS) reviews comparing alternatives to Wordpress.

The system can be found here: http://www.concrete5.org

I have never come across Concrete5 before and don’t have any preconceptions about the system.

So here is my Concrete5 review.

CMS Made Simple review – Open Source CMS’s

CMS Made Simple review – Open Source CMS’s

This is my CMS Made Simple review, the first of my content management system (CMS) reviews comparing alternatives to Wordpress.

CMS Made Simple (CMSMS) is an open source PHP based CMS first released in 2004.  It was designed primarily for editable static-ish websites rather than blogs.  However CMSMS has plugins which enable other implementations such as blogs and ecommerce.

Which is the Best Free CMS?

Which is the Best Free CMS?

I’ve been building websites for several years now, and my default setting, like many others, has become to use Wordpress for nearly everything. Wordpress has such a wide user base now that it powers “over 60 million” websites (source wordpress.org).

In reality the true number of Wordpress powered sites is probably far more than 60 million, but whatever the actual figure, it’s a large portion of the web.

It set me wondering whether we all use Wordpress so much because it’s the best, or just because of the internet herd mentality that says we need to do what others are doing.

Why I’ve switched (mostly) from ManageWP to InfiniteWP

Why I’ve switched (mostly) from ManageWP to InfiniteWP

Managing a lot of different Wordpress sites can be a daunting prospect. I don’t have nearly as many sites as lots of marketers and yet I still always used to struggle with keeping up to date with Wordpress, Plugin and Theme updates.

InfiniteWP and ManageWP [affiliate link] are both applications that take away a lot of the hard work of managing your Wordpress sites. You don’t have to log in to each admin to check for updates; with each service they’re all managed from central control panel.

In this article I’m going to discuss the similarities and differences between the 2 services and tell you why, while I’m signed up to both services, InfiniteWP is now my “go to” Wordpress utility.

Magento Review From the Perspective of a Store Owner

Magento Review From the Perspective of a Store Owner

I’ve been using Magento for over a year now, so have the knowledge to write an informed review about the community version from the point of view of an ecommerce store owner.  You may get plenty of reviews from SEO’s or web developers, here I will try to review it as a reasonably knowledgeable techy, but not a professional developer, but more importantly as an ecommerce store owner.

Magento is now probably the best (free) ecommerce software available.  I say this after having researched and researched just over a year ago to decide which platform to switch too.  My websites used to use osCommerce, and while I don’t want to go into a long talk about that platform, there were 3 main reasons to switch:

  • The necessity for PCI compliance
  • The need for multiple stores with one stock system
  • The slowness of the release cycle of osCommerce

Magento turned out to be the best free option to give me all that my previous shopping cart had, plus meet these criteria.