Beginners Guide to TYPO3 CMS, Community and Resources

Beginners Guide to TYPO3 CMS, Community and Resources

Beginners Guide to TYPO3 CMS, Community and Resources

Are you a TYPO3 beginner and interested to explore TYPO3 CMS? Congratulations and, Welcome to TYPO3 universe - 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

HistorySource: https://typo3.org/project/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?

Name

Source: https://typo3.com/

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

By d way, One of our successful project Paysafe is there https://typo3.com/case-studies/paysafe-group also won the TYPO3 award by our agency NITSAN.

TYPO3 Success in Statistics

TYPO3 Success in Statistics

Source: https://typo3.com/

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

Setup at your local server

Source: https://docs.typo3.org/m/typo3/guide-installation/master/en-us/QuickInstall/TheInstallTool/Index.html

Step 1: Go to https://get.typo3.org/ and choose the latest version like current TYPO3 v9 LTS https://get.typo3.org/version/9

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

TYPO3 Theme

I suggest to avoid learn 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: Login to your TYPO3 Backend yourdomain.com/typo3/

Step 2: Go to Admin tools > Extensions, Choose “Get preconfigured distribution”

Step 3: Select Introduction package and click on Install button.

Packages

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

Get Editor-level Backend Knowledge First

TYPO3 have a large number of features which suitable from 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 Tutorial documentation.

TER - A free TYPO3 App Store!

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

Sharing and Caring TYPO3 CommunitySource: https://typo3.org/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

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.

TYPO3.com

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 their new version release. Since its last release of TYPO3 version 9.5.8, a lot has changed. There were a number of other versions release 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 News

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/ 

TYPO3 Events

If you’re interested in to get involved in a meetup, the community is a great place to get started. There are groups working to support events, to create outreach and training programs, and generally, support the community. Check out the next events nearer to your location at here https://typo3.org/community/events/

Community Support

Honestly, in my career of  10+ years with TYPO3 CMS community, I must say “TYPO3 is the strongest OpenSource community that believes in give back to the community”. TYPO3 always care 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

Professional Support

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 as their professional support partner! Need support? Check them out -   https://typo3.com/services/find-a-typo3-partner/

Official TYPO3 Resources

Official TYPO3 ResourcesSource: https://typo3.org/article/typo3-site-package-tutorial/

Documentation

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 in it. Find it here - https://docs.typo3.org/

TYPO3 Videos

You may find some tutorials, event’s video at TYPO3’s official youtube channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwpl8LY9Tr3PB26Kk2FYW_w 

TYPO3 Talks

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 Blog

TYPO3 is an evolving platform. It’s developer community increases rapidly globally. In such a scenario, it is best to stay updated with 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 

TYPO3 Resources

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?

One of the TYPO3 team is working hard to prepare TYPO3 Book, Read more at https://www.typo3book.com/ You can also find good TYPO3 Resources.

Wrap-up!

We 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.

Where are you at with TYPO3? Let us know that and any TYPO3 related question in the comments below so we can tackle them and include in our blog.

Sanjay Chauhan - TYPO3 Technopreneur

A young technology enthusiast and entrepreneur. At 24, he co-founded NITSAN – a TYPO3 Agency in Bhavnagar, India. He is sought-after marketing face of NITSAN, is accredited with the management of customer-service teams, collaborations with agencies and clients, projects executions, and more. A tech guy in every sense of the word, Sanjay is the real TYPO3 Guru at NITSAN.

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