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Beginner's Guide to TYPO3

Getting Started With TYPO3


TYPO3 CMS allows for novices to upgrade their Web sites easily. No programming skills are needed. A familiar Windows-based graphical user interface (GUI) is used for writing text, inserting images, downloading videos and updating information.

The beginner should consider the key differences between "content" and "layout". A good example is the real estate property owner. When he builds a property space, it is "open" with basic features like walls, doors and windows. Electricity, heating and plumbing are necessary. The space is the "layout" which allows the "renter" to determine how it is filled. Over time, there are few important changes to the layout. Later remodelling or refurbishing is possible, but only when the property layout has deteriorated sufficiently.

On the other hand, the "content" of a building may change rapidly. Depending on the store, merchandise might flow through it continually - hourly, daily or weekly. Occupants might also change frequently. Different shops might rent from the property owner. The "content" is flexible, fluid and ever-changing.

The same standards apply to Web sites. The basic design or "layout" of the Web site determines how things will fit into the larger picture. Each individual, firm or organization creates a Web site that reflects its personality and character. The "design" and "layout" tend to last longer. The evolving and changing "content" of the Web site is continually modified, depending on the latest fads, fashions and moods of the public.

TYPO3 is particularly effective because it divides the "content" and "layout", so the particular strengths of each can be used to support the Web site. Each has their own particularities; together they create the depth and breadth of the Web pages. Good design and content attract Web traffic and make businesses successful.

Over time, Web developers can use upgrades, growth, improvement and development in "form" and "function" to improve the Web site, moving it from initial birth towards a mature Web page lifecycle.

Once you choose to try TYPO3, read the vast amount of information on its tremendous functionality. Many have raved about this CMS software's power. Turn to the vast myriad of references in order to learn how to properly harness this power.

TYPO3 has two helpful Web sites: "TYPO3.com" and "TYPO3.org". The TYPO3.com (profit Web site) has a more business-oriented focus. The TYPO3.org (non-profit Web site) has association, community, development and security support.

There are also many developers, programmers and bloggers who are increasingly discussing the numerous options available. Technology magazines are discussing the potency of TYPO3. Gradually, books are being written and translated, introducing customers to the specific benefits of TYPO3.

TYPO3 also runs users conferences to discuss the latest elements of this CMS.

TYPO3 has provided good standard templates with fixed layouts for novices. It is wise to start with these simpler formatting tools - gain comprehensive understanding of these elements - then graduate to more complex templates or create your own.

These templates are HTML files which provide basic layouts, with suggested areas for placement of content. These are good starting points based on an accumulated wealth of knowledge concerning the effectiveness of different positioning arrangements.

TYPO3 uses familiar Microsoft Windows Office cut-and-paste icons for the editing process. Convenient toolbars allow for immediate frontend changes by editors. Images can be automatically resized.

Backend editing features are more complex including record insertion, page creation and search functions. TYPO3 organizes pages using a Page tree hierarchy for backend management.

TYPO3 uses the PHP programming language and the MySQL database core system.

TYPO3 is easy-to-use. It takes only a couple of hours for "content editors" to learn TYPO3 CMS.