Why upgrade to newer version of TYPO3 CMS

Besides security, with newer version of TYPO3 CMS comes improved and more appealing Back End interface that makes day to day tasks easier. Interface is now mobile friendly and more oriented toward editors to ensure better productivity.

Security

Security

Keep website secured - apply latest security patches, performance optimisations and bug fixes.

Productivity

Productivity

Back End interface is easier to use and easier to learn. It’s mobile friendly and loads faster.

Future proof

Future-proof

New modules and updates of existing modules will only support newer versions of TYPO3 CMS.

Upgrade methodology and timeline

Upgrades can be costly in some cases and the price is always different since every project is unique. Some can be upgraded in a day and some can take even a week or more. Proper analysis of the current situation is therefore a must in order to determine the exact efforts needed for the upgrade before any work can start.

Step 1 - Assert current situation

First step of the upgrade process is analysis of the current situation. These are the main questions to answer:

  • What version of TYPO3 CMS your website is using right now? Most probably it is TYPO3 6.x or 4.x
  • To which version do we need to upgrade? Current LTS versions are TYPO3 7.6 or TYPO3 8.7. LTS stands for long-term support. The best option is always the latest version but it takes more effort to upgrade to it.
  • Which public extensions is your website using? Some extensions are obsolete and should be replaced, some just need an upgrade and some can be removed. Ext such as News, Powermail and Indexed Search can be easily upgraded. Some are obsolete like TemplaVoila, DAM etc.
  • Are there some custom programmed extension? Most websites have some specific needs or features. Developers create custom extensions to meet these needs. Such extensions are unique to your website and they need to be partially re-programmed to work on newer TYPO3 version.

Based on this analysis, an exact estimate of time and material needed for the upgrade is made.

Step 2 - Upgrade on development server

The first point is creation of a development server – an exact, independent copy of the live website. It will serve as a test server for the upgrade.

Programmers are working on the development server (DEV server) without interfering with the live website. After the upgrade is finished, a detailed quality assurance check is performed on DEV server to ensure that everything is working just fine after the upgrade.

Website should work the same and look the same in front-end after the upgrade. Back office will change in terms of layout and design, but the public part of the website must remain the same.

Step 3 – Upgrade of the live website

Everything is already upgraded and well-tested on DEV server. It is now fast and safe for developers to simply reproduce the upgrade on the live website. All content is preserved during this process.

Tips and tricks

  • A backup should be created before upgrade of live website starts. This way, if anything goes wrong, it is easy to revert to a stable version.
  • Newer versions of TYPO3 CMS sometimes have different server requirements. This must be resolved before an upgrade can start.
  • Avoid doing upgrade and redesign or feature changes in parallel. By doing things one by one, we reduce complexity.

Walkthrough TYPO3 7.6 strong points

Redesigned user interface

The biggest change that attracts the eye of every user is the revamped Back End interface, which both delivers a modern design and a concise approach to more effective work by streamlining all parts.

Increase in performance

The speed of the TYPO3 Back End has been improved (up to 4 times faster). The rendering engine also used in most parts of the TYPO3 Back End now has gained a performance boosts, making the TYPO3 backend feel more like a real web application.

Backend completely responsive

Content management with TYPO3 is now responsive, allowing for editing content on touch-based devices and adapting better on small screens.

Image cropping

The editor can modify an uploaded image when inserting it into a content element.

The editor can then select the part of the image that should be visible to the user with a simple user interface.

All other logic like scaling is still applied to the image when outputting it on a website.

Drag & Drop for uploading files

Mass update has never been so easy! If a file upload would overwrite an existing file, editors can choose an action (e.g. replace, rename or skip) conveniently in a modal popup. This feature works for multiple files, too.

Adding Online media

Organizing and working with online media assets like YouTube and Vimeo videos is much easier.

YouTube links can be referenced in the "Text & Media" content element directly by pasting a video URL, a preview thumbnail is shown and they can be organised in the file list module just like any other asset.

You can also embed local files.

Web Bay as your TYPO3 expert agency

Web Bay is a full-service digital agency specialized in web portals, branding and digitalization projects based on TYPO3 CMS. Team of 16 people makes Web Bay the largest TYPO3 CMS provider in the region with more than 120 delivered projects.

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