In the last three months Pixo has transitioned six Fortune 500 websites to Concrete5 version 5.7. These corporations saw the value of the Enterprise level tools that the Concrete5 content management system (CMS) gives an organization. A fair amount of work to port these larger sites over, but the long term value is there for a company of any size. Faster staff training, better management tools and easier website editing have proven to these Fortune 500 companies why Concrete5 is the Open Source leader for enterprise content management.
Don't get me wrong. I don't have anything against Wordpress. In many ways I like Wordpress, but I was reminded again this last two weeks why you may not want to go with Wordpress. It is vulnerable to hacking. I know there would be people that would argue against that. If you properly setup a Wordpress site you can make it much less vulnerable and we've done that more times than we can count successfully. The reality is this, however: when you build a website with Wordpress it is like a deer in the forest wearing neon orange. You can put on a kevlar vest under the neon, but at the end of the day it still wears orange.
I talk with entrepreneurs all of the time who have amazing ideas, but are trying to figure out how to take those ideas, with a limited budget and turn them into a money making reality. Some of these entrepreneurs are just starting out. Others are long time business owners who have new ideas and new products that they want to take to market. The question is what is the best way to do that on a smaller budget?
I've noticed a growing trend that I think is a bit disconcerting in the web design arena. Web designers are now designing web forms so that they don't actually look like the standard forms that we have used for years. No longer is their form boxes and standard check boxes, but forms that have a lot more style to them. This isn't necessarily a bad thing. The forms of the past look kind of drab and uninviting. Larger form boxes look more friendly and if you can add a little flair to them, it only enhances the experience. However, some forms these days don't look like forms at all. Internet giant Google has gone this way with some forms. No longer is a text box an actual box but a single line, that looks something like this: