TYPO3 was conceived by Danish developer Kasper Skårhøj in 1997. The idea was to solve what had emerged as a problem for the young internet—as websites grew, the need to separate the management of design and content became apparent.
By August 2000, the core components were distributed to a development community that extended the concept and functionality of TYPO3 into the robust, and richly featured CMS that it is today.
TYPO3 now runs more than 500,000 websites worldwide and powers sites for many esteemed institutions, including Cisco Systems, General Electric, Mercedes-Benz, and Harvard University.
TYPO3 is a free, open source content management framework designed to simplify the creation of feature-rich websites that can be updated by nontechnical editors. It is written in PHP and is compatible with a number of popular databases, including MySQL.
Feature-rich and Extensible Core
TYPO3 stands out among other content management systems because of the impressive array of functionality that is incorporated into its core. This extensive core functionality allows users to quickly develop sophisticated sites with out-of-the-box TYPO3 installations. Moreover, TYPO3's well-documented extension-based architecture makes it possible for the system to grow to meet the unique needs of each individual or organization. During the course of the last ten years, tens of thousands of TYPO3 service providers and enthusiasts have created over 500,000 sites, including
- global, multi-language enterprise solutions
- corporate web portals
- community and government web portals
- enterprise web applications
- full-featured eCommerce sites
- online brochure and catalog sites
- small business sites
- nonprofit web sites
- personal and corporate weblogs
Dedicated to Open Source
TYPO3 is maintained by a nonprofit core development team and an active worldwide community of users. TYPO3 operates under the GPL license.