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TYPO3 Web Content Management System

Free Open Source Content Management

TYPO3 Web Content Management System

TYPO3 is a free, open source "content management system" (CMS), very similar to Drupal, developed by Danish software developer Kaspar Skarhoj and his team of programmers from 1997 through 2007. It is used to create dynamic Web and Intranet pages. This TYPO3 software program was handed over to the TYPO3 Association (out of Switzerland), which has continued the development of this powerful CMS.

As the Internet advances, data management has taken many more forms with documents, images and multimedia expressions. The "content management system" enables Web developers to control this content in more effective ways. The CMS is an application or software program used to organize, modify and store content. CMS assists in Internet communication, interaction and collaboration by improving controls necessary for keeping track of this vast amount of "content".

Some have described the Internet as a "content shop", where consumers go to find and use the latest in "content". The World Wide Web has expanded the opportunities for using information from many different locations and access points. TYPO3 CMS has a key advantage in providing server access anytime and anywhere.

Many individuals, with different skillsets, have Web sites. These range from the novice, whose specialty is in some other field, to the expert Web developer, who knows the intricate details of the Internet. The best CMS can satisfy the needs of all of these experience levels.

Good CMS allows for novices to upgrade their Web sites easily. TYPO3 permits authors to use the graphical user interface (GUI) to write text, update information, insert photographs and download videos. No programming skills are needed. Novices can keep their Web sites current and relevant.

More advanced users can modify templates and incorporate their own special features into Web pages. TYPO3 relies on the Typoscript programming language for writing code.

TYPO3 offers multiple ways for Web page content editing by multiple users on the "frontend" page or in the software "backend".

One of the key strengths of TYPO3 is its separation of "content" from "design". This "form" versus "function" division allows for the different rules that govern each to continue to apply. The "content" and "design" can complement one another in creating popular Web sites. Modification and upgrades of specific elements can be accomplished without affecting other elements, so that Web pages can continue to function during editing.

Many Web page designs are established for long-term appearances. Web page layouts establish the standards for content, providing continuity.

Content arrives from many different sources. Content can be found in many different formats (graphics, text, video). The rapid speed of the Internet has created the need for "ever-changing content" updated "continually". Web sites need to continually be upgraded with the newest blogs, news and information. Only the most recent and current information will attract, maintain and increase Web traffic.

The form" and "function" separation of TYPO3 increases the Web page flexibility in creating a popular location for Internet communication.

Security is very important on the Internet. TYPO3 demands that administrators establish administrative access controls and user permissions. Other security features include the audit trail, user privileges, content approval, login history, e-mail alerts, sandbox (area to test new parameters and features) and versioning. Different users will have different access based on their need to know. These security features aim at ensuring data integrity.

TYPO3 allows for multiple usage of the same data. With tight and firm security, data can be accessed by numerous entities without fear of compromise. When content is stored in databases, it can be used by many individuals, groups and organizations at the same time, thus maximizing its potency.

Ready-made functions, forms and modules assist editors in creating interesting, exciting and entertaining content for Web sites. Core templates for TYPO3 include parent / child, Typoscript language, CSS-styled content, dynamic menus, multiple menu types and multiple page types.

Core features of TYPO3 include the following: rich text editor (RTE), spell checker, clipboard, preview content, searching features, metadata insertion, URL rewriting and the capacity to create search engine friendly URLs.

Application (extension) features of TYPO3 include these helpful functions: live search and replace capabilities, advertising management, digital asset management (DAM) system, Web statistics analysis, user homepages, internal e-mails, visitor tracking, blogs, calendars, chat support and multimedia integration. Some see TYPO3 as a Web application development system due to its great library of extensions.

Core site administrator controls include these options - compare backend users, multiple domains, multiple sites, switch users, customize plug-ins on inserted page and manage backend users / groups (control access and permissions). This empowers administrators to adequately control their Web sites.

TYPO3 is in compliance with the following standards: content syndication (RSS-feeds), WAI, FTP, UTF-8, WML, WAP, plain text, print-friendly, PDF, XHTML, XML, multiple languages and custom templates capabilities.

Advanced caching of TYPO3 allows for navigation, page, content and template caching support.

TYPO3 can be used for page timing - displaying pages on specific days or at designated times.

The image capabilities of TYPO3 are based on the Typoscript programming language and ImageMagick graphics software package. Both of these assist in resizing, cropping and converting file types.

TYPO3 runs on Microsoft Windows, Apple Macintosh and Linux operating systems. TYPO3 is browser-based and compatible with many popular Web browsers - Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera and Safari.

TYPO3 is very powerful. It allows for simple extension of plug-ins or the creation of new ones to improve Web site options. It offers both a simplistic interface for beginners and deeper functionalities for experts.

It is an internationalized software package depending on many nations to advance its capabilities. Thus, when Web developers need to create multi-language Web sites, they find that TYPO3 is naturally adept at accomplishing this goal.

TYPO3 recognizes the different needs of users: large enterprise, project-based and content-editing tool.

Large "enterprise" organizations have many complex software and hardware technology tools running on multiple platforms. These big enterprises usually manage large databases which are accessed by customers, employees and management. Different entry points and portals must be controlled effectively. A large financial investment has been made into these "enterprise systems".

Web developers oftentimes work on specific time-sensitive projects. Usually, these experts have an individual, project or specific task that needs to be performed. They are looking for a cost-effective solution, with specially tailored functions.

Basic authors need quick "content-editing" solutions for rapid, fast and easy updating and upgrading of Web page information. They don't need a lot of functions, tools or extensions. All they need is a simple tool that works effectively.