1. About this package ****************************************** Refer to PACKAGE.txt to get some short information about this package. If you are new to TYPO3 it's strongly recommended that you first download and import the "quickstart" package, that contains a fully functional site. You can find a great tutorial for the quickstart site on http://typo3.org/ 2. What is TYPO3? ******************************************* TYPO3 is developed by the Danish programmer Kasper Skaarhoej. It is the most advanced GPL Content Management Framework available, and competes very successfully with commercial products costing US $50.000. TYPO3 is distributed under the GPL license, however Kasper has expressed certain aims for the system which we ask you to respect (see typo3.com for more information). To get more info about the GPL license, visit http://www.opensource.org/licenses/gpl-license.php. 3. What TYPO3 is not? ******************************************* TYPO3 is not a portalpage toolset like PHPNUKE, or bulletin board like PHPBB2... it is not designed to offer one specific function. If you have a defined requirement, a product designed to address that may be a better choice. TYPO3 offers a huge toolbox for developing and managing your dynamic web site, with many built-in features and the possibility for an update from the Internet. TYPO3 however is not a ready-made solution to cover all needs. 4. What is a Content Management Framework? ******************************************* A Content Management Framework is more than just a content management system, because of the separation of the streamlined core, and optional plugins (extensions). TYPO3 has an open API that allows you to extend the frontend (web site) and/or backend (administration) functionalities. This concept of extension makes TYPO3 capable of being developed in almost any way you can imagine, either by using any of the many extensions already available, or writing your own. 5. The TYPO3 core requirements ******************************************* TYPO3 is based upon PHP4, and uses a MySQL database. If you want to use the graphics functions (which are highly recommended) you will need the PHP GDlib extension, and the serverside image processing program ImageMagick or GraphicsMagick (that are both available for almost all operating systems). For more information regarding these requirements see the INSTALL.txt file in this folder. 6. What should you do if you have a problem? ******************************************* TYPO3 is a powerful and complex professional application. When you start, many things will be out there that you simply don't understand, or that don't seem to make sense. There is a widely used mailinglist (see resources below) where many experienced users and developers lurk... they are always willing to help, provided you followed these steps BEFORE you ask the list: 1. Read the available documentation carefully 2. Search the mailinglist archive carefully 3. If you still can't figure it out - ask on a mailing list: - Newsgroup: news://news.netfielders.de/ (preferred!) - Mailing-List: http://lists.netfielders.de/ When posting to one of the lists, see the following guidelines... - Be polite Always include the version of used TYPO3 and server environment (phpinfo())... note that this is available within the TYPO3 Install Tool. - Be as specific and clear as possible - questions like "my TYPO3 installation does not work - what can I do???" will be ignored. Although English may not be your first language, if those reading your posting can't understand it, you won't get the help you need. - If you are really having a tough time getting something working, stay cool and don't criticise or flame. Problems are normally caused by lack of research into the documentation, or misunderstanding, not because of bugs. Be logical about your troubleshooting, and you'll get there. Please be aware that if you ask questions that are answered in the available documentation, you may not get a reply, or any help from the developers or any experienced users! 4. If you have identified a genuine new bug report it at http://bugs.typo3.org/ - do not post to the mailing list about it 7. How to get started ******************************************* Please see the INSTALL.txt in this folder. Once you have succeeded with installing the test site you should proceed to the "first-steps" folder which contains tutorials covering the most basic actions in TYPO3. This should get you started very quickly. Once you've succeeded in creating some basic pages and templates, you'll want to do some more advanced stuff. You'll then need to learn some TypoScript. This is the scripting/definition "language" developed by Kasper, that is the powerhouse at the heart of TypoScript. It is used to define the parameters within the page templates. A good starting point is the document TypoScript by Example, where the basic concepts are explained and demonstrated, followed by the main reference document, the TSref (see also below). Good luck. 8. TYPO3 resources ******************************************* http://www.google.com/search?q=typo3 - no just kidding, here is an overview of the most important TYPO3 resources that should be checked first. http://typo3.com ******************** Homepage of TYPO3. Here you find related TYPO3 related links as well as more general overview of TYPO3 http://typo3.org ******************** TYPO3 Community/Projects related platform. This is the place to go for TYPO3 developers and admins, mailing list archives etc. http://lists.netfielders.de ******************************* The TYPO3 mailinglist information site. There is an archive of some mailinglists at typo3.org: http://typo3.org/index.php?id=1422 It is recommended to use a newsreader for posting to any of these lists: news://news.netfielders.de/ http://wiki.typo3.org ************************* TYPO3 Wiki homepage Documentation ************* TYPO3 is once of the most thoroughly documented OpenSource products around, with manuals covering basic tutorials, TypoScript, administration, development, core structure, etc. You should make the time to locate the various documents, and read those that apply to the work you want to do. You'll find most of the questions you may need to ask will be answered somewhere. The documentation is available from typo3.org. 9. Some final notes ******************************************** TYPO3 is said to be one of the most sophisticated PHP/internet related applications available, and the more you play with it the more you will agree. Due to the advanced level of the code and functionality, a degree of study, time and perseverance is required to fully understand it, and get the best from it. But keep trying, it's definitely worth it. TYPO3 is the ultimate Content Management Framework "for all". The GPL license allows for developments that are based upon TYPO3 to also be freely available under the GPL. Please remember this, because it is actually what TYPO3 is about... it is a gift for us all to use and benefit from, but where our developments are given back to the community. If you are making money with TYPO3 you are asked to donate to Kasper Skaarhoej who is developing TYPO3 on a full time basis, and making money only due to the support of the growing community. See details on typo3.com. (c) Nigel Jackson, Ingmar Schlecht A few additions & modifications made by Michael Stucki and others -- Michael Stucki Sun, 26 Mar 2006 21:33:25 +0100