Authoring Experience

TYPO3 provides an intuitive and easy-to-use authoring experience. Content editors can independently create, review, and publish their content.

When publishing content across multiple channels and in multiple languages, any technical bottleneck will affect your editors’ ability to efficiently produce good content.

TYPO3 is a centralized, easy-to-use platform for content publication. With role-based access and streamlined production and translation workflows, you can maintain quality and production velocity while publishing in multiple languages and on multiple sites and channels.

Image cropping

Introduced in version 7.6

An image manipulation functionality allows editors to crop images in the backend. This way you can cut out a certain area of an image that appears in the frontend of your website, without changing the original file – it remains intact and can be used later on. No additional software needs to be installed for this: this feature is part of the TYPO3 CMS backend now!

The image cropping functionality is also available to integrators to be used in custom content elements and extensions as well.

Drag & Drop for uploading files

Introduced in version 7.3

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. And if that wasn't enough: this feature works for multiple files, too! Mass­ update has never been so easy!

Responsive Backend

Introduced in version 7.1

In our continuous efforts to bring the basis of the TYPO3 CMS Backend closer to the responsive functionality brought by Twitter Bootstrap, one of the key areas, the Backend FormEngine, is now fully responsive. Also, a new DatePicker has been introduced which integrates nicer in the new look & feel of the TYPO3 system.

The UI of the recycler module was also rewritten and is completely based on a responsive layout.

There is still much to do, but through the agile process of the releases it is easier to split up certain tasks into smaller finishable jobs that contributors pick up.


Introduced in version 10.3

This biggest and probably the most exciting new feature that has been eagerly awaited by the community made it into the TYPO3 core in time: dashboards.

The dashboard  provides backend users with a quick overview of important system information and statuses. At-a-glance information is displayed in widgets, and a wide range of types and styles are available out-of-the-box. Some standard widgets are included in the TYPO3 core, for example a “call-to-action button”, the Getting Started Tutorial, the TYPO3 news as a RSS feed, and some basic information about the current TYPO3 instance.

Flexibility and expandability were important factors during the concept phase and development of dashboards. Developers can create their own widgets and backend users can not only configure multiple dashboards (and easily switch between them), but also add, remove, and even rearrange widgets to their heart’s content.

To learn more about dashboards, read the article “An Update About the Dashboards” by Richard Haeser (Initiative Lead).


Backend notifications

Introduced in version 10.1

“Notifications” are an essential element of the user interface. These are small boxes that sometimes pop up in the top right corner of the TYPO3 backend and inform the user about certain events. This could be a notification about a process that successfully finished, a warning that something occurred unexpectedly, or a fatal error to inform the user that he/she is really in trouble now.

Wouldn’t it be awesome if these notifications would feature buttons the user can click? Good news: as a matter of fact, developers can now implement actions to execute JavaScript functions.

However, keep in mind that notifications usually disappear automatically after a few seconds, so think carefully how users may interact with these components before you implement buttons in backend notifications.