TYPO3 Association Co-Founds the Open Website Alliance

The international community organizations behind Drupal, Joomla, TYPO3, and WordPress join forces in a leadership-level alliance. The members of the Alliance are united in their shared values, and their message to decision-makers to always choose open source software over proprietary systems.

Baar, Switzerland – 5 February 2024

The Alliance represents the content management systems (CMS) behind roughly 50% of all websites online today. The Open Website Alliance was founded to promote the choice of open-source software and facilitate collaboration between free and open-source web content management projects, furthering openness, trust, and quality. Other free and open-source CMS organizations are encouraged to apply for membership.

“Open-source software is all about working together for the common benefit,” says TYPO3 Association president Olivier Dobberkau, commenting on the news. “A choice of open-source over proprietary software has wide-reaching positive effects, supporting international cooperation, democratic practice, and peaceful coexistence.”

Collaboration at Leadership Level

The Alliance comes about as the result of the collaboration between the Drupal Association, Open Source Matters (Joomla), the TYPO3 Association, and the WordPress Project around an open letter to the European Union.

The Alliance uniquely connects its members on a leadership level. This means the organizations can more easily coordinate both strategy and actions, creating a unified platform that fosters new and strengthens existing cross-community collaboration projects.

Leadership of the organization is also based on collaboration. The presidency rotates among the members, and all decisions are consensus-based.

“Collaboration has always been at the core of open source,” Olivier Dobberkau, recounts. “However, the Open Website Alliance is a novel example of a product category standing united behind shared values and promoting the choice of open source first.”

A Common Stance for Open-Source Software

According to the Alliance’s purpose statement, the “members commit to jointly encourage prospective website owners and developers to always choose open source software over proprietary systems, and to educate why this decision is the first and most important one in a website project. Through this advocacy, we are expanding opportunities for all open source CMS projects.”

The purpose statement continues by describing the Alliance as a “community of communities, built on and furthering openness, trust, and quality”. The collaboration organization also seeks to “benefit the public perception of open source projects, the reliability of open source software, [and] the quality and safety of open source communities,” by being “a platform where members can share and discuss best practices.”

Accounting for the distributed and collaborative nature of open-source software — also beyond content management — the Alliance also includes support of upstream dependencies: “Whenever possible, the Alliance should support third party open source projects and communities upon which our projects depend.”

Shared Values on Open Web

In addition to a promise of joint collaboration, the Open Website Alliance members adhere to the Open Web Manifesto. Originally pioneered by the Drupal Association, the manifesto is a commitment to the web as an empowering tool, built on freedom and decentralization: “Everyone in the world, regardless of background, identity, ability, wealth, or status, has a home on the open web as a user, creator, architect, and innovator. It requires participation: The open web is a shared resource and a shared responsibility, sustained by deliberate choice and collaborative effort.”

Harnessing the concept of shared responsibility, the manifesto continues by describing the open web as a protector of privacy and freedom of speech. It should also “enable the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs” and “must be resilient to a changing world and not controlled by a select few.”

TYPO3 Association a Proud Co-Founder

The manifesto ends with a grand perspective on the role of the open web and open-source software that could also be a credo for the Alliance’s member projects: “Together, we’re shaping the foundation for how the digital world operates, and how future generations will live, work, connect, and express themselves. As long as our software exists, that foundation will be an open web that is open source, open access, and always open to improvement.”

The TYPO3 Association is proud to be actively involved in co-founding an alliance that is closely aligned with the TYPO3 project’s vision, mission, and purpose. Their hope is that more community organizations will join and that the Alliance can be an inspiration to other open-source industries.

About TYPO3


TYPO3 is an open-source enterprise content management system (CMS). You can download and find more information about TYPO3 at typo3.org.

TYPO3 Association

The TYPO3 Association is a Swiss not-for-profit association founded by members of the TYPO3 Community in November 2004 that provides software to the public free of charge. Headquartered in Baar ZG, Switzerland, the TYPO3 Association is non-partisan and denominationally neutral. The association has approximately 1,000 members and coordinates and funds the long-term development of TYPO3 CMS. It is the owner of the TYPO3 trademark. Find more information at typo3.org/project/association.   


TYPO3 GmbH is a service company established by the TYPO3 Association to provide support services and to take on the development of the TYPO3 CMS software. More about the TYPO3 Company can be found at typo3.com/typo3-gmbh.

About Drupal, Joomla, and Wordpress

Drupal, Joomla, and WordPress are, along with TYPO3, the most popular FOSS content management systems on the web today. While all are based on the PHP programming language and distributed under the GPL open-source license, each platform takes a different approach to website publishing. With strength in diversity, they are the founding members of the Open Website Alliance.

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