concrete5 is an open source content management system (CMS) that you can use to make many different types of websites. For example, using the built in point and click controls, you can create any of the following:

  • Online magazine
  • eCommerce site
  • Church, club, or team sites
  • Educational site

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Installing concrete5

DreamHost offers conrete5 as a One-Click Install. This allows you to use the DreamHost panel to install the program for you, which automatically creates a database and emails you further installation instructions once it completes.

If you would like to install a more recent version than the One-Click panel offers, view the page below for further information:

What can I do if I see a 504 timeout error when I install concrete5?

If you are having difficulty installing concrete5 either through a One-Click or manual install, you can use an alternate method by installing it via SSH.

For more information, visit the following concrete5 resource page:

SMTP mail

When you create a contact form on your site you have the option to send email via PHP or SMTP. SMTP is recommended as mail is sent directly through the mail server which allows you to avoid issues with Sender Domain Policy and Spoofing.

The following steps explain how to enable SMTP authentication:

  1. Log into your site at
  2. Open your dashboard.
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  3. Click 'Single Pages'.
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  4. Scroll down and click the 'SMTP Method' link.
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  5. Click the 'External SMTP Server' radio button.
  6. Enter your SMTP credentials.
  7. Click the Save button.

All emails sent from your site are now sent directly through the mail server.

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