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With More Than 500,000 Installations TYPO3 Is The Most Widely Used Enterprise Content Management System

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Below is our recent interview with Mathias Schreiber, CEO at TYPO3:

Q: What is TYPO3 CMS?

A: TYPO3 CMS is an open-source, enterprise content management system. Organizations use it to build digital experiences—websites and web applications. For example, Mercedes-Benz runs its B2B platforms for affiliates on TYPO3 and Omega uses it for its customer-facing product websites.

Q: Can you give us insights into your services?

A: One of the criticisms of open source software (OSS) is that it’s free. As weird as that sounds, a lot of OSS is “free-as-in-puppies.” That means it’s up to you to manage it, and that usually means taking on risk.

Decision makers who need the peace of mind of a commercially-backed CMS have an easier time choosing TYPO3 because our CMS has an official not-for-profit commercial arm, TYPO3 GmbH, offering competitively-priced services. These include official integrations with industry partners like Google, Bynder or Microsoft (and more), quality assurance, 24/7 support SLAs, a certified partner network, and more which enhance, mitigate risk and provide project guarantees. The company was set up by our professional organization, the TYPO3 Association, and acts as the official vendor for the CMS—something that many public tenders still require and most OSS projects don’t have.

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Q: What are the benefits of using your platform?

A: TYPO3 is open source, designed from the ground up to be extensible and flexible. On the one hand, there’s a strong, opinionated core feature-set, designed with an eye to delivering large, content-rich websites with great authoring- and user-experiences out-of-the-box. With a large selection of popular extensions and the freedom to add custom code, you can customize TYPO3 CMS with the features you need for every project. TYPO3 GmbH also offers expert project reviews to help make sure websites and applications are secure, performant, and working at the top of their game.

Q: What are the main features of your CMS?

A: TYPO3 offers the content management features that matter for business, government, industry, and education. The biggest differentiator that sets TYPO3 CMS apart from the competition might well be its multisite and multilingual management. You can manage content efficiently, with federated use of assets, and granular user access across large networks of websites powered by a single installation. It’s not unusual for a TYPO3 site to run 80 or 100 sites, localized into as many languages for different target markets, all in one single installation. Smart content approval workflows, drag-and-drop page layouts, digital asset management, and integrations round out the picture, giving you everything your web project needs.

On top of the large out-of-the-box feature set, the TYPO3 ecosystem is reliable and robust, too. Our vibrant professional community of service providers is there for you when you need support and expertise. For example, there are compliance tools built into TYPO3 core to make your application GDPR compliant. And you can extend that with a paid support service with additional features and a support SLA that makes even it easier to keep your site compliant and secure.

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Q: What can we expect from TYPO3 in the future?

A: Our focus is on long-term value and ROI. You can choose TYPO3 now and know it’ll still be running well for you for years to come. TYPO3 version 9 was released in October 2018. Along with many other improvements, it is even more mobile- and cloud-friendly than its predecessors. This version will be supported until October 2021, with Extended Support available until Oct 2024.

The TYPO3 CMS Roadmap is open for all to see and influence. All our planning is done in the open with the community. Our core team delivers releases on-time, on-budget, and with a very smooth upgrade path. Since 2014, TYPO3 has followed a predictable release schedule. A new long-term-support (LTS) release comes out every 18 months, and up until that point, users can start using the sprint releases to test new features. Development is open and transparent. After that, users know when to expect the next bugfix and maintenance releases according to a planned maintenance schedule. This makes it easier for you to plan updates and investments.

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