The technological landscape is ever-evolving, and with it, so too must our tools for creating and managing digital content. A pivotal moment in this evolution was when the Concrete CMS community introduced “Version 7” in 2014, marking a significant transition from earlier versions up to 5.6. This shift was not just an upgrade; it was a renaissance of code and functionality, aligning with modern PHP standards and practices.
For years, upgrading through versions 5.1 to 5.6 was as simple as clicking a button. However, the leap to Version 7 was a leap indeed – incompatible with the straightforward upgrade path many had come to know. The migration tools developed were a bridge, but not the kind that allowed for a simple crossing. They necessitated the construction of a new site framework into which the old content could be integrated.
As the community moved forward, the “5” in the versioning was left behind, symbolizing a new era for Concrete CMS. The magic update button remained functional for subsequent versions post-7, ensuring smoother transitions into the future iterations of the CMS.
The commitment to support Version 6 for security purposes was a testament to the community’s understanding of its user base – many robust websites were built on that version, and time was needed to devise a consistent strategy for migration. However, all things must pass, and on August 2, 2019, the community officially announced the end of life for version 5.6.
This announcement heralded a new direction; it became clear that offering extensions for an unsupported product was not viable, leading to the cessation of sales in the old marketplace as of November 22, 2018. And indeed, it has been over three years since the official Concrete CMS website removed Version 5 from its download offerings and discontinued support.
Emphasizing Upgrade and Migration Services:
In this landscape of change, your digital presence cannot be left in the past. As a dedicated Concrete CMS designer and developer, my mission is to ensure that your website not only survives but thrives. Upgrading from Version 5.6 or migrating to a more current platform like WordPress should not be a journey you undertake alone.
My services are designed to carry your website into the future seamlessly:
Concrete CMS Upgrades: Transition to the latest version of Concrete CMS with expert precision, ensuring that your site’s design, functionality, and data integrity are maintained.
WordPress Migrations: If you’re considering a platform change, my expertise in WordPress ensures that your site can be re-created in this new environment with enhanced capabilities, security, and ease of use.
Tailored Support: Every website is unique, and my approach is always personalized. From initial consultation to post-migration support, I’m with you every step of the way.
Do not let the end of life for earlier versions of Concrete CMS be the end of the road for your website. Let’s collaborate to upgrade your platform and rejuvenate your digital presence.