This Month in TYPO3 - December 2018 - Issue #9

Again, the TYPO3 project can look back on a very successful year. Here is the last issue of This Month in TYPO3 for this year. Thank you very much for the constantly flowing input!

Created by Peter Kraume

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Table of Contents

  • TYPO3 Core
    • TYPO3 9.5.2, 8.7.21 and 7.6.32 Security Releases Published
    • TYPO3 9.5.3 and 8.7.22 Released
  • TYPO3 Association and TYPO3 Company
    • Upcoming Elections in the TYPO3 Association 2019
    • Report from the 2018 Marketing Sprint
    • Result of the Budget Poll 2018
    • COP24 Conference Website Goes Down—How It Could Have Been Avoided
    • TYPO3 Delivers Great Performance
  • Events
    • TYPO3Camp Mitteldeutschland
    • TYPO3 Developer Days 2019
  • Upcoming Events in the Next Two Months
    • TYPO3Camp Mitteldeutschland, 24 to 26 January 
    • Sprint, 10 to 13 February
  • TYPO3 Ecosystem & Community
    • How to Tackle Challenging TYPO3 Upgrades
    • SMEgnorance
    • 3rd Edition of the Well-known TYPO3 Extbase Book
  • Development
    • Deprecation Log Handling in TYPO3 9
    • TYPO3 Surf 2.0 Documentation
    • TYPO3 Routing: Extensions and Enhancers
    • TYPO3 v9’s New Extension Scanner Makes Planning Upgrades Easier
    • Configure Page UIDs for all Content Elements in TYPO3
    • Apache Solr for TYPO3 Review and Outlook for 2019
  • Extensions
    • ​​​​​​​pxa_product_manager 9.3.18
    • gridelements 9.0.0
    • iconcheck 2.1.0
    • seo_aspect_ratios 1.0.0

TYPO3 Core

On December 11th, the TYPO3 9.5.2, 8.7.21 and 7.6.32 security releases were published. Some security fixes can be considered as breaking changes in order to apply strong security defaults. Please read the security bulletins carefully — manual adjustments concerning backward compatibility are described there as well. Read more

Unfortunately, regressions in recent TYPO3 v9 and v8 releases have been identified. Thus on December 14th, TYPO3 9.5.3 and 8.7.22 were released to fix these regressions. Read more

TYPO3 Association and TYPO3 Company

In 2019 all positions in the Board of the TYPO3 Association will be reelected. As the Expert Advisory Board will be disbanded and replaced by the Board, all eight positions in the Board will be elected by the members of the TYPO3 Association directly. Until 28 February 2019 anybody can nominate herself or himself for the vacant positions. Please consider your nomination! Read more

In early December, the Marketing Team met in rainy Venlo, in the Netherlands, with the goal to re-design, re-write, and publish and it’s sub-pages and they did it! They created new materials to help decision makers — and those who sell to or need to inform them — understand what makes TYPO3 CMS so brilliant in terms relevant to them. Read more

In December, all members of the TYPO3 Association were invited to state their opinion on the budget ideas for 2019. The budget committee will use the results of the poll to prepare the budget decisions. Read more

The website of the United Nations conference COP24 went down for several hours during its peak time. An unfortunate incident like this raises one question: What happened to the site? Read our analysis and find out how to avoid a breakdown in your mission-critical web platforms. Read more

Page load performance can vary considerably by CMS. A recent study shows a remarkable result: with almost 45% fast loading websites, TYPO3 is ahead of every other CMS in the analysis. Find out more about how TYPO3 achieves this great performance. Read more


There are only a few remaining tickets left for TYPO3Camp Mitteldeutschland, which will take place from 24 to 26 January! So hurry up and get your ticket soon!

The TYPO3 Developer Days T3DD19 will take place from 1 to 4 August in Karlsruhe, Germany. Please save the date! We're all excited about meeting old and new friends in this beautiful city and technology hot spot in Southern Germany. Read more

Upcoming Events in the Next Two Months

TYPO3 Ecosystem & Community

With each major version of TYPO3, there more or less work has to be done to upgrade to the next major version. Every next upgrade project brings its own challenges. Following these recommendations by Marcus Schwemer will hopefully ease your pains. Read more

Tom Arnold published an article called “SMEgnorance” in which he elaborates on the problems which agencies with customers from the Small and medium-sized enterprises sector have with keeping the pace with the speed of TYPO3 LTS version upgrades. Read more

With the release of TYPO3 v9 LTS in October 2018, Michael Schams started working on the 3rd edition of the well-known TYPO3 Extbase book. This book is still the de-facto standard when it comes to extension development for TYPO3, and the new edition is coming in 2019! Read more


The deprecation log is a handy feature of TYPO3 to learn what parts of your setup will not work anymore in future releases of TYPO3. In the recent version 9 there are important changes to the deprecation log and its handling. Read more

The TYPO3 Surf package is a complete automated deployment tool. It is best used, but by far not limited, to deploy TYPO3 CMS and Flow applications. To prepare the upcoming release of version 2.0.0 of Surf, the project documentation was revamped. Read more

The new routing feature of TYPO3 is one of the major achievements of the last TYPO3 LTS release. Routing for pages works out of the box, but the routing for extensions requires some manual configuration. This post by Marcus Schwemer gives an overview of the various possibilities. Read more

The new Extension Scanner included in TYPO3 v9 helps you analyze websites and applications to better plan and estimate your upgrades. Are you working with an older TYPO3 version? The scanner's standalone version also works with TYPO3 v6, v7, and v8. Read more

TYPO3 uses pages to organize the structure of a website. This leads to situations where you have a specific page for a feature, e.g. a page “Search” containing the plugin to display search results. Or a page containing the profile of the currently logged in user. Typically links to these pages are scattered all over the website, e.g. within some content elements, inside the page layout like header and within some plugins. In his blog post Daniel Siepmann explains how to provide the page uid for a specific page to all three kinds of “content”, where you typically need this information, with three lines of TypoScript. Read more

On behalf of the team that develops the set of extensions to provide a Apache Solr Search for TYPO3, Timo Hund looked back on the past year and gives some outlook on what’s planned for 2019, especially regarding EXT:solr v9 for TYPO3 9. Read more


Pixelant has published its Product Manager extension EXT: pxa_product_manager on TER. Read more

The well know TYPO3 extension EXT:gridelements, which integrates the grid layout concept also to regular content elements is now available for TYPO3 9. Read more

EXT:iconcheck provides a TYPO3 backend module for listing all registered icons within your TYPO3 instance. Useful for integrators/developers who want to make their TYPO3 backends bright and shiny. Read more

EXT: seo_aspect_ratios is a simple TYPO3 extension which extends the table configuration array for EXT:seo (a TYPO3 CMS system extension) to related image fields. Read more