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TYPO3 vs WordPress – Choosing Right Platform as Content Editor!

Are you trying to decide between TYPO3 vs WordPress to build your website? Being a non-technical person there's always a concern about which platform is easier and feasible to use as a content manager. While TYPO3 and WordPress are the most popular website builder in the world,

TYPO3 Vs WordPress as Content Manager

Are you trying to decide between TYPO3 vs WordPress to build your website? Being a non-technical person there's always a concern about which platform is easier and feasible to use as a content manager

While TYPO3 and WordPress are the most popular website builder in the world, we've compared them covering all the aspects that a content editor needs to consider. Our hope is that with this TYPO3 vs WordPress review and comparison, you will be able to decide which platform is right for your needs. 

So grab a large cup of coffee and get started with the article!

Let’s get started with Basics: TYPO3 & WordPress

TYPO3

On the other hand, we can say the TYPO3 is the most popular open-source CMS in a true manner. It can handle an enterprise-level content and system and is constantly updated and kept technically current by a team of experienced developers. TYPO3 is a great solution for large corporate portals and complex content structure.

WordPress

With around 18 million downloads and installations, WordPress is the most widely used open-source CMS available worldwide. It’s more popular for its blog System than for a CMS purpose but eventually, it turned out as a blog CMS System. Several plugins are now available for the basic installation, more functionality and to make it possible to upgrade the software to a fully functional content management system

General Differences affecting website building

Before we dig deep into the technical and content management experience level factors, here are some basic points to consider.

#1 Price

Both CMS are open source, which means you can use it for free.

#2 Best Suitable for

Both CMSs are best in their business but,

TYPO3

TYPO3 is a perfect CMS containing all the basic features which should be in a perfect CMS. It is more robust. It can handle complex content structure, multilingual, and multi-site structure with ease. It is also more secure than WordPress

WordPress

If you are looking for just a simple content or blog then you may go with WordPress.

Being more of a blog system, WordPress doesn’t have all the CMS features by default and raises dependency on extra plugins/themes for functions.

#3 Requirement of technical knowledge

TYPO3

The TYPO3 may require basic technical knowledge to manage the content. You have to understand some of the basic features. But nowadays TYPO3 core members are working hard to make it smoother.

WordPress

To use the WordPress one doesn’t require a deep technical knowledge. Because most of the things are plug & play and drag & drop as well as you can do some basic configuration. A blogger can easily understand and publish the content. 

#4 User Interface Experience

TYPO3

In TYPO3, It’s full package as a CMS. So you will have a lot of menu items with big icons, with a lot of configuration and settings which gives you a power to manage your site with full access.

WordPress

By default WordPress doesn't give as many options as a CMS. You have to install a few plugins to make it work as CMS. So the first look is very much simple. There are not that many configurations. Just a simple Dashboard and settings and Manage Pages, Blog content and categories. Also a Media management.

Note: For the brief about TYPO3 Vs WordPress please take a look at our Blog - https://www.nitsan.in/blog/typo3-vs-wordpress-which-cms-is-good-for-my-business/

Content Editing Experience

Here are some of the list of differences in the content management methods of TYPO3 and WordPress.

CMS Backend Screens

#1 Dashboard

TYPO3

In TYPO3 You can have this option in one of the configuration tabs. You can also have a graphical overview of the template. So you can have an idea of what your page will look like. You can also select the layout for your subpages.

WordPress

Both WordPress and TYPO3 support page templates. Just the method is different from each other. In Wordpress you have to select the page templates from the sidebar.

#2 Manage Pages & Content

TYPO3

TYPO3 is much more than just managing the content. You can see the complete sitemap of your site. Parent and child pages. Also, disabled pages etc… You can have a lot of configurations for the Pages that you can manage and configure.

WordPress

WordPress Post and Pages are almost handled in the same way called post types. So all the pages are stored in the same table as the content. As Wordpress is a Blog system first, you can see a simple list of pages/posts and can filter/search your pages.

For TYPO3, all configurations are mostly self explanatory and can be found at one place.

Themes

#1 Theme Concept

TYPO3

Nowadays TYPO3 has also jumped in this competition very strongly. You can have ready-made multiple themes available. You can find a good range of Template at TYPO3 Marketplace, T3Terminal- https://t3terminal.com/typo3-templates

WordPress

Maybe this is the one sector which users like the most in Wordpress. WordPress has a lot of contributors/community members who develop good and impressive themes.

#2 Child Themes concept

This feature is almost the same in both the CMSs. You can have one base theme and structure and can have a child theme that uses the basic configurations of the Parent-Theme and have a new layout in the child theme. 

#3 Edit Themes

To edit the template, one would need basic programming knowledge as an editor in both WordPress and TYPO3.

TYPO3

In the TYPO3 you don’t have the access to theme editor directly. But if you know the TypoScript then you can manage some configurations from the backend.

WordPress

In WordPress you can edit the themes and it’s files right from the backend. But make sure you have enough knowledge otherwise you can mashup your sites and you have to take help from any of the developers.

Page Structure

#1 Page Templates

TYPO3

TYPO3 is much more than just managing the content. You can see the complete sitemap of your site. Parent and child pages. Also, disabled pages etc… You can have a lot of configurations for the Pages that you can manage and configure.

WordPress

WordPress Post and Pages are almost handled in the same way called post types. So all the pages are stored in the same table as the content. As Wordpress is a Blog system first, you can see a simple list of pages/posts and can filter/search your pages.

#2 Backend Preview

TYPO3

For TYPO3 you will have a cool feature that you can see a complete site/page in the backend preview. It also gives the feature to see and review how the site will look in different device screens and resolutions. 

WordPress

In the WordPress it doesn’t give a backend preview but it gives a feature that without saving or publishing the content you can see the preview in the frontend and can have an idea about how the page will look like after adding the content.

#3 Grid Structure

Both  WordPress and TYPO3 doesn’t provide the Grid structure by default. So you have to depend on external plugins/extensions to make the CMS more flexible and structured in all kinds of layouts. 

TYPO3

In TYPO3 there are most popular plugins Gridelements available for free but it also offers a lot of new features like advanced drag & drop or real references, that improve the usability of the page and list module to speed up the daily work with the backend.

WordPress

In WordPress there are a lot of free and premium plugins available like Beaver Builder, Divi, Elementor, Visual Composer etc... But they are a bit costly.

#4 Save as Draft

In this segment both WordPress and TYPO3 are mostly similar. 

TYPO3

 TYPO3 it saves all the content in records so that there is no such overhead in the Database.

WordPress

WordPress stores every single change separately in the Database as revision type record. So with few intervals and auto-save it saves a separate record which creates overhead on the Database. 

Editor Experience

#1 TYPO3 Content Elements Vs Gutenberg

There are a lot of things to find the difference between the TYPO3 content Elements and Gutenberg. But here we can explain the major graphical and working experience between both of them.

TYPO3

For the TYPO3 you will get a very clean look and easily find options. Whenever you want to add a new element, you can find tons of various elements under their specified category.

WordPress

In the new Gutenberg the content editing offers a lot of elements which are more useful for a Blogger. But if you will add more elements to manage your complex elements or big enterprise level website then you might get confused or lost to find and select a proper element that can match your needs.

#2 Text Editor

TYPO3

When you opt for TYPO3 you can have a large number of elements available that help you to format your content visually if you are not aware of the HTML structure. 

WordPress

The WordPress provides very few and quick visual text editor buttons by default. So you have a limited number of sources to work as a text editor. 

#3 Full Page Editing experience

If you compare the full page editing experience of WordPress with TYPO3 then the editor may feel that editors are not able to edit the whole page at once, but only single content elements. 

Hence the editors have to switch the elements in order to edit them. However this problem can be solved using the frontend editing extensions.

Multi Language Capability

This is the most important part for any content management system and WordPress has backstep. 

TYPO3

The TYPO3 by default provides multilingual functionality. Checkout this brief detail about the multilingual configuration of your site - https://docs.typo3.org/m/typo3/tutorial-editors/master/en-us/Languages/Index.html

WordPress

WordPress by default doesn’t provide a Bilingual or Multilingual feature. However there are plugins available to make it multilingual.

Media/File Management Module

TYPO3

But TYPO3 is one step ahead of WordPress. It gives you a visual experience of file management in an advanced way. It manages Files including documents and images in the Filelist module. Similar to the WEB > List module, it displays a navigation tree, which corresponds to the file structure on the server, and a list of all files for the selected directory along with Automatic image cropping according to the configurations. Sorting, list view and search features.

WordPress

The wordpress allows you to upload and manage the files with some great UI features. Drag & Drop files to upload. Automatic image cropping according to the configurations. Sorting, list view and search features. 

User Access & Permissions

If you are just a blogger and handle the content individually you don’t require a user access permissions module that much. But if you want to have a proper CMS and have multiple users to the site to manage the content you will require a good user permissions module. 

TYPO3

In the TYPO3 you have an endless opportunity to create user roles and define permissions from the whole module to a small field. You can manage both users and roles in a better way.

WordPress

As WordPress is a blog that’s why by default it gives only a few predefined roles to create and users and select the permissions. To modify the permission based on your need you are either required to do it in a custom way or you need to find a proper plugin for this.

Just checkout the following images which gives you an idea how in depth you can give access permissions to particular users or any group.

Ways to extend default features

#1 Plugins/Extensions

Both CMSs have a large number of Add-ons as readymade plugins, extensions, themes both free and plugins.

TYPO3

TYPO3 gives a handy service to you as CMS with some numerous great default features.

WordPress

WordPress calls for more plugins to make your site work more as a CMS. 

#2 Custom Elements/Components

You can extend fields, elements or components for your desired CMS in both ways with free plugins or custom component/element development.

TYPO3

In TYPO3 you can create custom components with TYPO3 default method and with some free extensions like DCE, Mask etc...

WordPress

In Wordpress you have  Visual Composer, WP Page BuilderPage Builder by Site Origin etc..

#3 FrontEnd Editing

In this segment also both CMSs don't have a default feature of frontend editing experience. But considering the demand for frontend editing experience the active members of both CMSs have developed some great plugins for this. 

#4 SEO

For better performance, the website’s SEO scores should be high. 

Both CMSs give you some intermediate level functions to improve your SEO. However, there are also free and paid extensions such as Yoast SEO available to improve SEO score.

From Developer perspective

If you have already selected any CMS then you also have to consider that if you need any developer’s help then how much a CMS can offer to customize anything based on your need. So I have listed a few points for that.

#1 Templating

TYPO3

For the TYPO3 the developer should have a basic knowledge of TypoScript and Fluid that’s it. He/She can work on it easily. And all other things will be handled by TYPO3 itself.

WordPress

In WordPress the developer should be aware of the complete in depth knowledge of PHP, Object oriented fundamentals.

#2 Extendable

TYPO3

TYPO3 provides end-less opportunities for a developer to extend the TYPO3 core. There are a lot of methods and actions available which can help to extend the code functionality within the boundaries of the TYPO3 core. So it has fewer vulnerabilities to security.

WordPress

The WordPress code by default doesn’t provide much more to extend any features. You have to create your own logic and methods to extend anything to the WordPress. 

#3 Rich Install Tool

TYPO3

TYPO3 provides a rich level of configurations and settings. You can manage the different kinds of configurations like Cache, Language packs, extension configurations, installation configurations etc...You can realize there are a lot of settings and configurations to manage & customize the site in whatever way you want to have it.

WordPress

The WordPress by default doesn’t provide advanced configurations. It has basic configurations like date and time, country selections etc… 

#4 Security Audit Trail

Administrators have access to one log in the backend or individual logs on each page where they can view changes that have been made to the database for both CMS. Those can be rolled back to previous changes by clicking the history brush.

#5 Robust Extensions

TYPO3 is extendable in a true manner. Even extensions can be extended. From any of the small corners from the TYPO3 you can extend any method from a class due to it’s great structure. TYPO3 has a great, very modern Extbase framework to develop any extension. One can find the list of extensions directly from the community, See here.

Features that aren't provided by WordPress but TYPO3 does

Here, I would like to mention those features that WordPress doesn’t provide but TYPO3 provides by default. As TYPO3 is a proper CMS tool

#1 Workspace

If your site has a wide range of pages and a lot of content and to manage them you have a huge team then you can set up this great feature of the TYPO3 WorkSpace. This is a Simple workflow or a lifecycle that you can set up and make sure every change done by an editor must be approved by a reviewer. 

With the custom workspace you have a lot of benefits like Safety, Transparent versioning, Previewing, Overview of changes, Flexibility etc...

#2 History / Undo

One can undo their changes back to its original states. To be able to undo the deletion of an element, you will need to use the History/Undo for the entire page. This option will open up the Rollback function, listing all changes made to the page. 

#3 Logs

There is an area in the TYPO3 backend which shows the list of actions, errors as Log, changes etc... This can help the administrator to review the changes in any content/element. Admin can determine who did the changes. It also logs the Login & Logout details of the users. So from this the Admin can review who logged in, at what time and what changes he had done. 

#4 Copy/Paste (Content elements, records etc)

May be the WordPress has introduced the Copy/Paste elements recently but TYPO3 provides this feature since years. You can copy and paste or add reference to any of the elements from one page to another page to reuse any of the elements. Also TYPO3 provides Copy/Paste the element as reference. This way you just have to change the content at one place and the changes can be applied to all the affected elements/content. This can save a lot of time.

#5 Forms

For any of the CMS creating different kinds of forms is a necessity. You should not depend on any 3rd party or external plugin. By default Wordpress doesn’t provide this basic form feature. 

Whereas TYPO3 provides Form management by default. So one can create an unlimited number of forms and can use them.

#6 Clipboard

Every time a record is copied in the TYPO3 CMS backend. TYPO3 provides access to its internal clipboard too. So you can put anything to the clipboard and at the same time you can also retrieve the information from it. It’s the core API so you can use and extend it to your custom extensions.

#7 Internal Search Engine

TYPO3 provides the search engine by default. It’s called Indexed Search.Indexing helps for HTML data priority, Word counting and frequency used to rate results, Exact, partially or metaphone search etc…And the search plugin helps Searching whole word, part of word, sounds like, sentence, language-sensitive based search and many more.

#8 LDAP/SSO Authentication (Backend and Frontend user authentication)

TYPO3 supports the LDAP authentication making TYPO3 a more secure CMS. TYPO3 LDAP/SSO Authentication enables import/update/deletion of users and groups (frontend, backend or both) from a LDAP-directory and provides Single Sign-On (SSO) for frontend users. These features make it the perfect choice when deploying TYPO3 as an intranet CMS

#9 User Management, Frontend Users & Login

As mentioned before in the WordPress it doesn’t provide that much when it comes to User management and role management. TYPO3 comes with a bunch of configurations, settings and features for the Roles, Users management, access permissions, Frontend users and default login module. So, for the very basic things you don’t have to be dependent on any 3rd party tool.

#10 Powerful Built-in Cache

Since TYPO3 CMS 4.3, one of the important parts of the TYPO3 is the data caching framework for better website speed. TYPO3 can cache the frontend content and pages. Along with the localization, system configurations, file cache, opcode related cache etc…

Conclusion

I have worked with both the CMSs in the past years. I can say that both CMSs are great in their business. 

Both CMSs can choose different types of content elements, frames, layouts, and even colors. Both content management systems have their pros and cons.

Then out of the two, TYPO3 is probably the best CMS for you. There are of course many other CMS's, with their own pros and cons, some of the most notable/popular also include Joomla, Magento, Shopify & Drupal. 

Basically: Both systems are aiming for totally different approaches to content management.

  • Gutenberg provides the editors with a frontend editing experience in the backend. The editor can focus solely on design & content without having to switch between different elements.
  • TYPO3 on the other hand primarily focuses on providing a clean and structured way for managing content with fully-fledged CMS functionality. The layout/design approach just isn’t as important. Still, the frontend editing extension enables the editing of content directly in the frontend.

Enjoy managing the content!

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