concrete5's first big release of 2015: Version 5.7.4

Last week, Andrew Embler announced the availability of concrete5 5.7.4. In his announcement, Andrew stated that this is so far concrete5's biggest release in 2015 and also the biggest release since launching 5.7 last year. 

Features found in concrete5 5.7.4 include:

  • A new help system, with guided walkthroughs, multiple videos and more.
  • Improved conversation block support, including better support for non-logged-in users, notifications on new messages, new message moderation, better conversation display in the Dashboard including contextual menu for acting on messages, Gravatar support.
  • An update to concrete5's rich text editor, Redactor. Version 10 includes an undo/redo plugin, special characters palette plugin and better lightbox support.
  • Better and safer dashboard updating.
  • Improvements to mobile editing.

concrete5 logoThis latest version of concrete5 also returns a 5.6 favorite: a file manager success dialog window but with an improved interface. Like previous versions, you can also add blocks for the page area menu. concrete5 5.7.4 also includes more than 20 other improvements and hundreds of bug fixes. For additional details on the improvements and changes included in this latest version, the release notes are available.

concrete5 is free and open source under the MIT software license. The CMS can be download from's Download page and requires PHP 5.3.3. or greater to run. While Concrete5 is hosted run mostly on Apache 2, the software also work on IIS and Nginx web servers.

Update: After this article was published, concrete5 released According to Andrew Embler, concrete5 fixes a number of "important bugs in 5.7.4, including broken dialogs on Windows servers and an inability to edit your site while asset caching is enabled".