TYPO3 is one of the world’s most powerful OpenSource CMS and Community.
Generally, the developers are not sure where to start and learn from in TYPO3. Don’t worry here I’m going to guide you with a step-by-step overview of TYPO3 CMS product, community, and available official resources.
To be honest, to learn TYPO3 requires more time and efforts compared to other CMS. Because TYPO3 has a vast number of features to develop for small to medium to large scale website.
Hope this blog will guide you well to initiate your great journey with TYPO3, Wishing you all the very best!
Fall in love to TYPO3
Always Great To Start with History
It’s always good to start anything by knowing and learning the history of a particular thing. And, I’m sure, you will have general TYPO3 related questions in your mind like;
- Where did the name of TYPO3 come from?
- What is the story of TYPO3?
- Who was the founder of TYPO3?
- and so on.
TYPO3 – by the people, for the people!
TYPO3 have a great history like how Kasper (the founder) started TYPO3 at 1997, How TYPO3 Association begun, etc.
I recommend reading detailed history https://typo3.org/project/history/ to feel the power of OpenSource, Enthesuism, Passionate – the People and Product.
What all big names prefer TYPO3?
To feel the power of TYPO3, Take a quick look the big name who uses the TYPO3 CMS for their great sites at https://typo3.com/case-studies
TYPO3 Success in Statistics
Let’s Have a Quick Try
Now without wasting of time, Let’s have a quick tour to TYPO3 with 5 mins famous installation.
Option 1: Try it online
If you don’t want to setup TYPO3 to your local server, then you can try https://get.typo3.org/#try-online by choosing Bitnami, Amazone AWS or Platform.sh
Option 2: Setup at your local server
Step 2: Check the compatibility of your server with TYPO3, Read this System Requirement
Step 3: TYPO3 can be installed in variance way like Git, Composer, etc. For now, You can simply download zip package https://get.typo3.org/9/zip
Step 4: Put the code at your server, run the cool and easy Installation Wizard.
Recommend to read detail official TYPO3 Installation Guide.
Ready-made TYPO3 Themes
I suggest avoiding learning editor-level knowledge and theme integration from zero. For the learning purpose, It’s nice to set up a ready-made available theme. Let’s try an official TYPO3 Introduction package theme.
Step 1: Log in to your TYPO3 Backend yourdomain.com/typo3/
Step 2: Go to Admin tools > Extensions, Choose “Get pre-configured distribution”
Step 3: Select the Introduction package and click on the Install button.
Now, you will have demo pages and content, It’s time to play around TYPO3’s features.
Later on, you can download and try more TYPO3 themes by searching from Extensions repository like;
Get Editor-level Backend Knowledge First
TYPO3 has a large number of features suitable for small to medium to enterprise-level projects.
It would be nice to know-how backend features like page tree, list, file, etc., extension backend modules. Quick checkout Getting Started Tutorialdocumentation.
TER – A free TYPO3 App Store!
TYPO3 enthusiast developers created many TYPO3 extensions which we called TER (TYPO3 Extensions Repository). You can simply search and download it from https://extensions.typo3.org/
Sharing and Caring TYPO3 Community
Don’t get confused between TYPO3.org and TYPO3.com
If you’re new to this, you might be confused about the difference between TYPO3.com and TYPO3.org. To clear this up, let’s start with what TYPO3 is.
TYPO3.org is the central location for the TYPO3 software project. You can download it, view the documentation, ask and answer questions in the forums. Moreover, TYPO3.org contains TYPO3 news, TYPO3 community, TYPO3 certification, and membership details and much more.
The TYPO3.com site is the professional website of TYPO3 GmbH (a 100% subsidiary of TYPO3 Association). The GmbH guarantees the further development of the TYPO3 range of products and services and supports the community with professional service.
TYPO3 Version Release Announcements
TYPO3 always comes with a special plan when it comes to its new version release. Since its last release of TYPO3 version 9.5.8, a lot has changed. There were a number of other versions released that came in after that. And now this year there is an announcement made for another major TYPO3 version 10.
So be patient, surely bigger things are coming for all of us. So for TYPO3 version releases stay tuned at https://typo3.org/cms/release-news/ and to get notified via Mail subscribe to http://lists.typo3.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/typo3-announce
What are TYPO3 LTS and ELTS version?
LTS – Long-Term Support. 3 years of free support by the TYPO3 core team and the community.
ELTS – Extended Long Term Support. 3 further years of vendor support with ELTS by TYPO3 GmbH. Extended Long Term Support (ELTS) prolongs security and compliance support for your expired LTS version and keeps you legally compliant and up-to-date.
There’s no other open source project which can guarantee us 6 years of support for a particular version.
TYPO3 community shares news to keep you updated with what’s hot in the TYPO3 community. Stay updated with TYPO3 releases, Announcements of TYPO3 Association, Recap of TYPO3 Events, News from TYPO3 core and different teams, and much more at https://typo3.org/project/news/
If you’re interested in getting involved in a meetup, the community is a great place to get started. There are groups working to support events, create outreach and training programs, and generally, support the community. Check out the next events nearer to your location here https://typo3.org/community/events/
Honestly, in my career of 10+ years with the TYPO3 CMS community, I must say “TYPO3 is the strongest OpenSource community that believes in giving back to the community”. TYPO3 always cares about your happiness and ease! If you need help, don’t sweat it. TYPO3 is always there for you. Reach out for help and support at Slack https://typo3.slack.com/ and https://stackoverflow.com/search?q=typo3
One of the great strengths of the massive open-source TYPO3 ecosystem is the quality and breadth of relationships that run through it. This applies as much to the global pool of talent and expertise and you could select the best options elected by TYPO3 GmbH and make them their professional support partner! Need support? Check them out – https://typo3.com/services/find-a-typo3-partner/
Official TYPO3 Resources
Welcome to the TYPO3 documentation, the online manual for complete detailed TYPO3 information and documentation. As per my opinion, TYPO3 still needs a better user and developer manual, the documentation team is already working very hard to bring improvements to it. Find it here – https://docs.typo3.org/
You may find some tutorials, event’s videos at TYPO3’s official youtube channel – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwpl8LY9Tr3PB26Kk2FYW_w
TYPO3 community-based Support Forums are a great place to learn, share, and troubleshoot. Your one-stop destination where you’ll find information on everything. Visit- https://talk.typo3.org/
TYPO3 is an evolving platform. Its developer community increases rapidly globally. In such a scenario, it is best to stay updated with the TYPO3 blog that can help you stand ahead of the curve. TYPO3 blogs consist of both technical and non-technical blogs to learn and avail knowledge from. These blog platforms enable you to know the latest news and reviews about TYPO3 – https://typo3.com/blog
Trying to tackle TYPO3 as a beginner can be challenging, and the learning curve has slowed down many new users. So what can you do to go to the top of the class?
I hope this blog would’ve helped you.
TYPO3 is an extremely deep platform. This elementary look into the CMS should, however, provide a good basis moving forward. If you’re totally new, then this is all the information you’ll need to get started on TYPO3.