The IU School of Medicine uses the Concrete5 is the web content management system (WCMS). A group of the school's web developers and content specialists selected this application in November of 2009. The first sites went live in May of 2010. For current information on the Concrete5 migration, see the CMS Status blog.
Despite the work involved, we are happily migrating our sites to this new system from the SiteMaker CMS. Here are some reasons why:
- Concrete5 is an open source application with an active user community.
- There is no license or support fee; it comes with the very generous MIT license.
- It runs in the PHP/Linux environment, which is compatible with IU's web hosting environment. We run Concrete5 on IU's "Webserve" server.
- The C5 user interface is simple.
- It allows for in-line editing.
- Unlike many open source apps, Concrete5 comes with a sitemap.
- The software comes with many useful interactive "blocks" including forms, calendars, and image slideshows.
- Web programmers and designers can take advantage of Concrete5's flexibility.