The TYPO3 community released the latest Long Term Support version of the enterprise content management system TYPO3. TYPO3 v8 LTS (aka version 8.7) comes with tons of new features, improvements and exciting changes - and it is lightning fast!
PHP version 7 powers TYPO3 now, which provides a significant performance boost. Working in the backend has never been so smooth before, which is also based on the fact that “Standalone Fluid” is used (see further details below) and most parts of ExtJS were replaced.
Mobile Responsive Backend
Due to the fact that Twitter Bootstrap and jQuery are used more consequently, the backend is fully mobile responsive now and even works on smartphones like a charm.
The positive feedback from editors and agencies around the world about the image manipulation functionalities convinced the TYPO3 developers to take image cropping one step further. Areas and aspect ratios can be predefined for specific devices now (for example "mobile" and "desktop") and editors can pick a focal point of images.
A stunning “Form Framework” was introduced in TYPO3 v8 LTS, that allows editors to create all kind of amazing forms of all sizes and complexities with just a few mouse clicks. No programming knowledge is required.
Rich text editor
We already wrote the article about the CKEditor The new frontend editing for TYPO3. The well known “CKEditor” replaces the previously used editor “HtmlArea“ in TYPO3 v8 LTS. The new RTE in TYPO3 is much easier to configure now and comes with some awesome features.
With the introduction of Doctrine DBAL in TYPO3 v8 LTS, the application is decoupled from a specific database system. Doctrine is a database abstraction layer, well known and widely accepted in the PHP universe. It supports MySQL, MariaDB, PostgreSQL, MSSQL, etc. for example - so does TYPO3 now.
Languages and Translations
There are not many open source content management systems on the market which can compete. Now editors can choose if a label should be inherited from an existing language or overwritten by a translation. This works for almost all fields in the backend.
Fluid is now much more flexible, comes with tremendous new features and was decoupled from the core. You can also integrate the template engine Fluid in other frameworks such as Symfony or Laravel for example.
TYPO3 v8 LTS will receive regular maintenance and bugfixes until October 2018 and security and critical bugfixes until April 2020.