Concrete5 Problems on Windows 8

Handy News: I recently did a training for Concrete5 and editing images and various other things in the editor were not working.  It turns out that Internet Explorer on Windows 8 does not like the editor for Concrete5 very well.  Big shock (sarc’ mark)!

The trouble was with resizing images using the resize handles and using the image properties function.  Both did not work very well or at all with Windows 8’s default Internet Explorer on a brand new machine.

The training was able to continue luckily because Google Chrome was also installed on the machine.  So, I would like to point out: Chrome on Windows 8 with Concrete5 does work just fine!  Just not the Internet Explorer.  Way to go IE, another victory (not) :(

Now back to working on more WordPress Sites, as I have been doing more with WordPress lately.

Concrete5 – Using Gallery

How to add Photo Galleries to Concrete5 (Updated with ScreenShots)

First install Simple Image Gallery (a free plugin for Concrete5)

Next, you organize your photos per Gallery into a FILE SET…
Making FILE SET: Go to Dashboard >> FILES >> FILE SETS

  • Click ADD FILE SET, name it something meaningful.  If you are going to organize your Galleries into many separate categories, make a different File Set for each Gallery!
    concrete5-file-set
  • Then go back to Dashboard, go to File Manager, click UPLOAD MULTIPLE
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  • Add Files from your computer, remember to get the whole bunch for the gallery (hold shift to select multiple files in a range or Control to select multiples one by one)
  • This will just put the files in the Queue to upload, remember to hit START UPLOADS (at Bottom of Popup screen)
  • Now, VERY IMPORTANT!!! The window that shows completed has 3 tabs… go to the SETS tab and select the FILE SET you just created. Then click UPDATE
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Hit Return to Main Website button

Then, Add a new page to hold the gallery (if not done prior):

  • If the page is to be a top level page on the main site menu:
  • go to the Home Page, click Edit and ADD A SUBPAGE.  If you want the page to be a Sub-Page and show up on the drop down menu under a Top Level page, first go to edit that top level page then ADD A SUBPAGE.
    concrete5-dealing-with-menu

Choose a design for the page that works well with Galleries… I think one with no sidebars is best… more room for photos.  Also, if a default header image comes up that makes no sense, just click on that block and DELETE

Add a Block to the Main Content Area
Concrete5 screenshot emphasizing where ADD TO MAIN is
For a title add a Content Area and simply add some text describing the Gallery.
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Then Add 1 more block to main: Simple Image Gallery…
concrete5-add-simple-image-gallery-block  – Set it up how you like and choose a FILE SET.simple-gallery-choose-fileset  Click ADD button.

Make sure to save the page and you are done (up at top “Editing” mouse over and click PUBLISH MY EDITS)

Sounds like a lot, but it becomes quite easy after doing it a few times.

Concrete5 Seattle Custom Web Design

Seattle, have you heard about Concrete5?

Concrete5 is a relatively new Content Management System (CMS) that focuses more on creating an easier to use environment for non-tech savvy users.  Even in Seattle, many tech-aware people have trouble with keeping up on their web systems.   Concrete5 makes it easier to edit by first having a REAL What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get environment (WYSIWYG).  Many CMS’s have been saying for years that they have WYSIWYG, but what they mean is they have an editor for 1 main area that allows you to edit text, add pictures, and doesn’t require coding like HTML to make simple pages.   (Examples are WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, etc.)  But that’s not a true WYSIWYG! It’s only allowing you to edit the CONTENT area, and if you want to edit Sidebars or Header Graphics you have to go into a separate part of the system to do it (often with much more complicated methods of editing).

Concrete5 allows you to edit any visual area of the website easily by clicking into that area.  You can also drag one area to another area, like a sidebar area can become a “Main Page Content Area” if you like.  Different kinds of content can be added in the form of “Blocks”.  New types of blocks can be downloaded if you need more functionality or if you need something that you can’t find, a developer can make it for you (easier development than for other CMS’s)

Example of Edit Mode in Concrete5 Site

In edit mode “Blocks” are easy to see and work with

“That sounds great, why didn’t they make this a long time ago?”

There have been some proprietary systems that have done this in the past but they were usually tied into some paid web service to get it.  Concrete5 is the first one to do it well and is Open-Source, so there is no cost to purchase it and is open for developers to take it further.  It also can run on many popular web hosting platforms.

Mountain MultiMedia provides custom designs for getting you started with Concrete5 in the Seattle area.  Get your company branding to work beautifully with this platform and get ready to be more productive!  Concrete5 also makes having a mobile-friendly website a lot easier than any other CMS.  Many features that you have to download and set up as extras in other systems are already built-in to Concrete5, like slideshows! (Many more)

Here are some sample sites done by Mountain Multimedia:

One great and affordable option offered is:  Say you like the design of your current web site but HATE how difficult it is to edit.  Have Mountain MultiMedia convert your site to a Concrete5 site.  Keep all your style, none of the headaches.

If you are interested but not sure if you’d like Concrete5, contact us to try a free demo of the system.  It’s always good to make sure you are going to be happy before moving to a new system.  We like happy clients!

For new projects and those who have never had a website before, it’s good to set up a meeting to educate on the process and make sure you have the right content ready to proceed.

Concrete5 presents a great new solution for managing a website.  It makes it much easier to edit pages and layouts without technical knowledge, and it is an efficient platform for designing websites.  Contact Mountain Multimedia to learn more.