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  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing; 2nd Revised edition edition (23 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782169318
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782169314
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.9 x 23.5 cm
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About the Author

Remo Laubacher

Remo Laubacher grew up in Central Switzerland in a small village surrounded by mountains and natural beauty. He started working with computers a long time ago and then, after various computer-related projects, focused on ERP and Oracle development. After completing his BSc in Business Administration, Remo became a partner at Ortic, his ERP and Oracle business, as well as a partner at Mesch web consulting and design GmbH. At Mesch—where he's responsible for all development-related topics—he discovered concrete5 as the perfect tool for their web-related projects and has since become a key member of the concrete5 community. You can find his latest publications on http://www.codeblog.ch/.

He has also authored concrete5 Beginner's Guide and Creating concrete5 Themes.


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By Will on 12 Jun. 2013
Format: Paperback
Written by Remo Laubacher and published by Packt, this updated beginners guide continues to be one of the best books available for Concrete5. It's ideal for anyone comparing content management systems or interested in building a new website using Concrete5. It starts out with the absolute basics of how to install Concrete5. It then progresses through several chapters to more advanced aspects of site deployment and management. I don't really think there is anything this book lacks and it covers all the important aspects. It's a good companion to the other book available on creating Concrete5 themes.

Although much of the information contained in this book can already be found freely online, it is good to have everything consolidated into a single book. Each chapter approaches a different topic in a methodical manner. Important details are emphasised and short quizzes are used to help recap on information learnt. It lets you study at your own pace.

I think the only thing to be aware of is that the next version of Concrete5 (due for release in a few months from now) is going to introduce a pretty radical overhaul of the editing interface and changes to the way you can drag and drop blocks within a page. So that is something to watch-out for, as the instructions given in this book may not correctly match future versions of Concrete5. Things like the TinyMCE editor appear to be getting replaced with an in-page content editor instead (if the latest Beta builds are anything to go by). But apart from that, this book is totally relevant.
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HASH(0x85155378) out of 5 stars If you want to use concrete5 you need to read this 21 May 2013
By UrbanInbound - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
So first a little background. I am a developer of two years who started specializing in concrete5 last year. The docs to concrete5 are fantastic and I was up and running in no time. I was walking around thinking I was playing in the big leagues. Then I read this book......Holy monkey shines batman!

If you are going to use C5 (and you should) you need to read this. The guy who wrote is is one of the most active members of the concrete5 community (Remo). His understanding of the system is vast and because of all the time he spends answering forum questions he has a very easy to follow explanation style. This isn't your fathers book on Computer Science theory, get ready to roll up your sleeves, grab a wrench and get ready to get dirty!

Example: I was on a 13 hour train ride form Adirondacks to DC and thought I would just finish up a site i was working on (I had not yet read the book) I needed to set up a section of the site that handled new customer registration/login and an advanced permission system. The trains Wifi was out so I cracked my C5 for beginners guide. I was finished with the whole permissions system with registration and login in less then 1 hour. I was shocked. So now it is my go to book.

If you work with C5 (again, you should) you need to read this book, whether you are a professional or DIY type this read will give you the basics that will let you soar.

Sidebar (make sure you read the themeing site over portion and block creation as that part also just pulled me out of the proverbial fire)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x851553cc) out of 5 stars Started off good... 30 Jun. 2013
By Robert Young - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The book started off very good and full of useful stuff and then quickly jumped into stuff you can only do with PHP. I know Concrete is not based around knowing PHP so it is disappointing that the beginner book jumps into that without even covering everything else first. I would suggest beginners find another book.
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HASH(0x8ac70108) out of 5 stars The Helping Hand you want to start with Concrete5 13 Jun. 2013
By Concrete5 Fan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is a must have for anyone starting to use Concrete5 CMS.
The CMS is a really powerful tool but this book gives you so many great methods of getting more out of it.
The writer explains things in easy to understand ways and uses real world examples. By the end of the book you can easily have a up and running website that you have full control over.
If your new to Concrete5 and want to get a good handle on it then this is the book for you.

Although it is called a 'Beginners Guide' you will need some basic HTML and CSS knowledge and a tiny bit of PHP, so it may not be for a total beginner with no experience at all.
Even if you don't have any knowledge you would probably still manage to get a lot out of the book.
HASH(0x8514fdc8) out of 5 stars concrete5 Beginners Guide 11 Jun. 2014
By John Carr - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is a good step by step guide to learning C5. If you learn by doing it is great and easy to follow the exercises for creating your website. It does not cover everything but it is a good start. C5 is not as intuitive as I thought it would be but this book helps you through the processes. Regardless of what software you use - it just takes time an practice to use it efficiently. Do not expect to go far creating a website without some knowledge of HTML and CSS. Even if you just understand the basics it makes it so much easier to understand C5. I found "Build Your Own Website the Right Way using HTML & CSS" by Ian Lloyd to be another step by step type guide for learning and actually building web pages without a CMS like C5. But it is easier with C5.
HASH(0x85155468) out of 5 stars I strongly recommend this book to all that are new to concrete 5 26 Jun. 2013
By gingebean - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A very good read with up to date easy to follow information.
I strongly recommend this book to all that are new to concrete 5.
It is extremely well written with practical exercises and pop quizzes that make reading both enjoyable and fun.
The book is full of best practices that will prove vital in avoiding any beginner errors
All visual aids are up to date and accurate
It provides you with everything you need to have your own custom made concrete 5 site up and running.
10 out of 10 , Congratulations to the author.
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