FAQ about the content management system TYPO3 CMS

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What is TYPO3?

TYPO3 is a web-based content management system that allows website owners to manage the content of their website themselves.

How expensive is TYPO3?

TYPO3 is free of charge. The software is so-called open source, i.e. anyone can use and modify it as they wish. The licence conditions of the GNU General Public License version 2 apply.

What is the most recent TYPO3 version?

The current version is TYPO3 CMS LTS v11.5

What does LTS mean?

LTS stands for Long Term Support. LTS versions are provided by the TYPO3 associations with function and security updates for three years. More about the TYPO3 versions in our FAQ about TYPO updates..

Can you extend TYPO3 with your own functions?

Yes, TYPO3 can be extended with individual functions via so-called "extensions". Extensions are software modules that are either developed in-house or can be obtained free of charge from a third-party provider via the TER (TYPO3 Extension Repository) or gitHub..

Are TYPO3 extensions always "licence-free"?

Yes. TYPO3 extensions are mandatorily subject to the terms of the GNU GPL v2. This does not mean that they are always free. In some cases, developers and agencies require a share in the development to enable at least partial re-financing or further development. 

Can you manage several websites at the same time with Typo3?

Yes. TYPO3 has always been multi-domain or multi-website capable.

Does TYPO3 have a preview function?

Yes, this function exists. Pages deactivated for the frontend (i.e. normal visitors) can be viewed via the backend. 

To what extent does TYPO3 support search engine optimisation?

TYPO3 offers all conceivable setting options required for OnPage search engine optimisation, technical search engine optimisation and the integration of social media.

How secure is TYPO3?

The TYPO3 Association has its own security team, which is exclusively responsible for the security of the core system and the extensions in the TER. 

Is it possible to restrict the rights of editors to certain areas of the website?

Yes. TYPO3's rights system allows the individual assignment of rights for groups and/or individual users down to the level of content elements. I.e. it is not only possible to block individual areas or pages for users. It is also possible to apply this to parts of a single page. The TYPO3 rights system is considered the most powerful of all known content management systems.

What are the disadvantages of TYPO3?

TYPO3 is open source. This means that the programme code is accessible to everyone. Security gaps can be more easily discovered and exploited by hackers. Another feature of open source is the lack of warranty: there is no liability for code errors and the resulting damage.

Who is TYPO3 suitable for?

TYPO3 is a software solution that is primarily suitable for professional users. The size of the organisation is unimportant. The decisive question is whether one wants to have a website that takes into account today's possibilities in terms of functionality, content complexity and user experience. If you want to use these possibilities in the sense of your own goals, TYPO3 is the right choice.

Is TYPO3 still up to date?

Definitely YES. By "web standards", TYPO3 is an enterprise CMS that has existed on the market for a very long time. It is technologically up to date and offers professional website operators "out-of-the-box" functionality for data protection, security, interoperability, load time and search engine optimisation, multilingualism, multisite support and scalability. A consistent and clear release policy, professional organisation management by the TYPO3 Association and a large developer community are the basis for future further developments and guarantee investment security and adaptations to dynamic changes.