Today, after 1.5 years of dedicated work and meeting the self-set goal of publishing five intermediate Sprint Releases as scheduled, we are now proud to announce that the new major version TYPO3 v9 LTS is available for download.
Native URL routing changes a URI like “index.php?id=123” to a clean, human-readable path. Typically this is based on the page title, e.g. “/team/about-us”. The TYPO3 core now supports page-based URL handling out of the box. Page records in TYPO3 have a field called “URL Segment”, which contains the website frontend path to the page. Languages are taken into account by TYPO3, too and speaking URLs are generated everywhere: in the frontend, in preview links in the backend, etc.
Good practise SEO should not depend on third-party extensions, but should be offered by the core system, together with the option for developers to extend the standard features as required. In TYPO3 v9 LTS, meta tags set in page properties are rendered in the frontend by default and no additional configuration is required. TYPO3 can also generate XML sitemaps out of the box now, with the possibility to render different sitemaps per site and language. In multilingual TYPO3 sites, “hreflang” tags are now also added automatically. A new Page Title API allows integrators and developers to control exactly how the page title gets displayed.
The Site Management module provides one central place where integrators and site administrators can view and manage all aspects of their sites. The “Sites” modules allow backend users to add and modify a global configuration for one or for multiple sites in a web instance.
A further submodule named "Redirects" has been added to configure redirects.
Major Backend Changes
For those of you who have worked with previous versions of TYPO3, you’ll see a few changes straight away when you log into the backend of TYPO3 v9 LTS. An incredibly easy-to-use page tree, which is now based on SVGs and has superfast rendering times, lets users create, rename, move, and delete pages in a breeze. TYPO3 now uses this design pattern consistently in the backend to provide a smooth and non-interruptive interaction with the system when a user interaction is required. Thumbnail images are now loaded asynchronously (e.g. in the filelist), which makes working in the backend faster and smoother.
System Maintenance Area
The Install Tool is an important TYPO3 component and provides options to configure the system, to run system and environment checks, to test the setup, and even to update the instance to a new core version with a single click. Therefore, the terminology “Install Tool” was not accurate anymore and the module has been given a new name: System Maintenance Area. Besides an improved look and feel, which integrates the tool smoothly into the backend of TYPO3, it has also been split into four modules: “Maintenance”, “Settings”, “Upgrade” and “Environment”. By using these categories, a clear, logical and distinct separation of the functions behind the modules has been achieved and users can find the functions they need more easily.
GDPR came into effect in May 2018 and aims to give users more power over protection, transparency and control of their personal data, whilst imposing strict rules on hosting and data processing. As a leading enterprise content management system, TYPO3 v9 LTS supports administrators and integrators to achieve a full GDPR compliance.
To learn more about the new features, changes and improvements of TYPO3 v9 LTS, have a look at the TYPO3 What’s New Slides.