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Offline murrayatuptowngallery

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Anyone else using Concrete5? I don't see a Concrete5 Wiki in the list mentioned on the 3rd party scripts link.

That's what I'm exploring right now, got my server configuration questions resolved and can log in.

To avoid stepping off the path of compatibility (again), I'd like to know if anyone else has successfully installed a basic free theme like Stucco within Concrete5 on a Basic Lunarpages account (Shared hosting?)

A few years ago I hired someone to create a WordPress-based site and began trying to learn how to edit it & learned it required account services beyond those intended for a Basic shared package. It was too complex for my wife or I to figure out anyway.

So, for the sake of learning curve, I want to keep it simple. Add a theme to an 'empty' Concrete5 installation, add images to the basic slider, have a contact form, and have it be manageable by my smart, but non-techie wife.

She is independently experimenting with Weebly.

I assume I need to import a template or theme because the Concrete5 installation is totally empty except for the training links and toolbar.

The toolbar?:

The pencil edit tool implies it will work but there is no content yet.

The sun tool (not quite an asterisk or gear) for page design, location, attributes & settings opens a blank area.

The + (add content) opens an empty area.

The above could also indicate the server settings are incomplete. I'll assume for now that Concrete5 installs with no content.

In contrast, Sitecake installs with a basic template and the Pseudo-Latin gibberish you can edit. That my admin page for the Sitecake installation is broken (server configuration evidently also needs tweaking like I had to for Concrete5), but that is a bridge I will cross if I can't get Concrete5 (or myself) to play well.

Thanks!
« Last Edit: September 24, 2016, 12:38:37 PM by murrayatuptowngallery »

Offline MrPhil

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Re: Concrete5 users? Boundaries to watch to remain functional on Basic account?
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2016, 02:23:02 PM »
A few years ago I hired someone to create a WordPress-based site and began trying to learn how to edit it & learned it required account services beyond those intended for a Basic shared package.
I thought there were lots of WordPress sites at LunarPages (Basic shared). It sounds like your builder may have gotten carried away and used exotic components requiring additional ($) server services. Not the fault of WP or LP.

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She is independently experimenting with Weebly.
Keep in mind that a Content Management System like WordPress or Concrete5 is a vastly different animal than a drag and drop WYSIWYG site editor like Weebly. Totally different capabilities, and really not comparable. Weebly will get your pages up and running faster, but they'll still be pretty much static HTML pages, not a CMS or Wiki.

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The above could also indicate the server settings are incomplete. I'll assume for now that Concrete5 installs with no content.
Quite possible. It's a CMS, after all. It's waiting for you to create content.

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In contrast, Sitecake installs with a basic template and the Pseudo-Latin gibberish you can edit.
That can be good or bad. Some people like having some simple samples installed, to get them pointed in the right direction, while others detest having crap that they need to delete before they can start doing real work.

So, what exactly are you aiming for? What do you want your site to do, and how much skill do you bring to the party? That could inform whether a WYSIWYG site builder, a canned Wiki, fully custom code (e.g., PHP), or a full CMS would be the best platform for you.
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