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More on Typo3

Some (very) abreviated History

Typo3's home is located at http://typo3.com/  and http://typo3.org/ (for developers)

Typo3 was created in 1997 by Kasper Skårhøj in Germany.  He realized that as the Web grew there grew a need for a way to separate content from architecture and design.  

There came a few years of development, testing and a lot of hard commitment but by 2000 Typo3 started gathering a community of users.  On May 24, 2002 the first real version was released.  

Why Typo3 was chosen

Typo3 is open source, that just doesn't mean free, it means that there is a large community of developers working on it.  At the Dallas Typo3 convention last year I met many of these developers.  They are passionate about Typo3 and committed to contributing to it's continued growth.

Typo3 is a Enterprise CMS, which means it's built to handle large installations.  It's one of the few Content management systems that allow for more than one or two templates, or to allow for subdomains.  The ability to use more than a couple templates is why so many sites here at Creighton have distinct looks.  If we switched to another CMS, more than likely there would be no choices in the way your sites looked other than colors and images. 

Not only would we be restricted in how many distinct looks we could offer, but most Content management system's do not have the ability to have subdomains associated with them.  What would this mean?  business.creighton.edu, or aesop.creighton.edu could not exist in these. They might handle one, but not multiple.  

Open Source

Typo3 is open source software.  

What does that mean?  According to the Open Source Initiative open source is "Open source is a development method for software that harnesses the power of distributed peer review and transparency of process. The promise of open source is better quality, higher reliability, more flexibility, lower cost, and an end to predatory vendor lock-in."

Wikipedia defines Open source as "Open source is an approach to the design, development, and distribution of software, offering practical accessibility to a software's source code."

Since Typo3 is open source software there is a large community of developers working on it.  On the flip side of that the documentation for Typo3 is limited. 

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