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May 25, 2018, 1:31 AM

Whew, it’s been a remarkably busy spring with lots of exciting developments for the PortlandLabs team. We still need to come up for air and make some public announcements. Stay tuned for more on that stuff soon.

Dec 20, 2017, 10:34 PM

We are happy to announce that the first update to concrete5 8.3, version 8.3.1, is now available. This is a maintenance release but it's add some nice new features and fixes some bugs in 8.3.0. Any site running 8.3.0 is encouraged to update, and those that are behind should now take another look at 8.3.0. 

The biggest new feature to 8.3.1 is the upgrade path: it's now possible to update from any version as far back as to 8.3.1 directly. This update also comes with some improvements to the process for multilingual sites, so anyone with a multilingual site running 5.7.x that has wanted to upgrade, we're hoping you'll take another look at 8.3.1.

View all the new features in 8.3.1 here.

8.3.0 is a huge release, adding previous commercial add-ons like the Document Library and the concrete5 calendar to the core for free! Learn more about 8.3.0 here.

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Aug 2, 2017, 10:11 PM

concrete5 8.2.1 is now available! It is strongly recommended for anyone running version 8.0 and above, and fixes a number of issues with 8.2. It also adds searching to express objects and more!

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Jun 9, 2017, 7:23 PM

concrete5 is now available! Version 5.6 has been stable for a very long time (the previous version,, was released nearly two years ago.) We're forging ahead with exciting updates in version 8, but 5.6 still contains some worthwhile fixes and improvements for legacy sites, including

  • Security improvements
  • Workflow improvements
  • Bug Fixes
  • Export Improvements

You can download concrete5 here >

This last one is a big one; if you have a legacy site and you'd like to migrate it to version 8, the first step is to upgrade it to version 5.6 so you can use the 5.6 legacy migration tool to export your sites. fixes a lot of bugs with that process. You can get the full list of fixes and changes here.


Nov 18, 2016, 8:10 PM

The second release candidate for concrete5 version 8 is here! Featuring Express Data Objects, UI improvements, File Manager upgrades, User desktops, notification updates, multilingual improvements, better installation and much more, concrete5 8 is our biggest upgrade in years – and will be fully backward compatible.

Nov 4, 2016, 8:10 PM

You can now download the first release candidate for concrete5 version 8! Featuring Express Data Objects, Fieldless Forms, File Manager upgrades, User desktops, notification updates, multilingual improvements, better installation and much more, concrete5 8 is our biggest upgrade in years – and will be fully backward compatible.

Oct 21, 2016, 12:37 PM

The beta 6 version of concrete5 8.0 has been released for testing and feedback. You can download it here.To find out about the new features, see what’s in store for version 8. This version is good for site builders that are comfortable reporting and fixing bugs, and who are prepared to build their test sites from scratch. Beta releases are not recommended for production websites. Do not upgrade any of your production sites to the beta release. Betas are ONLY intended for testing. This version will not upgrade cleanly over previous betas, but you should test upgrades over

Oct 20, 2016, 4:57 AM

We’re often asked what the core team uses as our development stack. We tend to lean towards BYOD strategies. As long as a craftsman is using good tools and loving them, who are we to tell them what is better? That said, one of several apps that is universally loved at PortlandLabs for working on concrete5 is PHPStorm.

Oct 16, 2016, 5:02 PM

We had such fun at the London one, we're going to do it again in Munich.

Wednesday November 9th in München, Deutschland!

Please RSVP early so we can find a location that fits the crowd.

Oct 3, 2016, 12:36 PM

I had the pleasure of meeting 30 some people at a meetup thrown in our honor and sponsored by JBX last week in London.