WordPress vs TYPO3: Comparison for Agencies and Users

Michael Firnkes Last updated on 23.10.2020
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WordPress  TYPO3
Last updated on 23.10.2020

WordPress or TYPO3? This question is controversially discussed. The agency d-mind implements both systems. We talked to Jens Fuchs about the advantages and disadvantages of WordPress vs TYPO3.

This involves issues such as scalability, security or the implementation of multilingual projects. But also the extension by means plugins of and extensions plays an important role. WordPress has its strengths, TYPO3 as well. You are welcome to join the discussion: Use the comments at the end of the article.

Jens, how do you decide which CMS to use for which project?

Customers often have concrete ideas about a system already at the time of the inquiry. If this is the case, then this is set - subject to a technical and price check. With free choice of CMS we use TYPO3 for multilingual sites and increasing technical complexitysites .WordPress

Note: Even very extensive projects WordPress can be implemented - with the right performance in the background. For example Reuters, BBC America or the University Fresenius on WordPress .

SEO and multilingualism

With strong editorial maintenance, i.e. constantly new articles with a focus on Search engine optimization (SEO), is suitable WordPress . Especially due to the easy to use backend, especially since the new Gutenberg Editor.

Gutenberg for WordPress
The WYSIWYG Gutenbergeditor makes editing easier

Is the changeover to Gutenberggood working for your customers? What do you have to consider?

We did not have any existing websites on Gutenberg but in these cases allow the selection between Classic and Block Editor. The latter should be supported until the end of 2021. Since the old editor only supports text and images, it is basically upward compatible. The old text block can also be converted to blocks of Gutenberg convert.

Editing with Gutenberg

Personally, I find the Gutenberg Editor, it converts list elements, hyperlinks and blocks during copy and paste from third-party applications - better than other editors. Drag&drop also works well. An essential difference is the consistency in handling own fields (Advanced Custom Fields). In the past, we used to place these controls below the content in the backend, but now we build flexible Gutenberg-Blocks.

Let's start with the typical reservations. TYPO3 is considered powerful, but expensive and cumbersome. Companies tell me time and again that even the smallest changes are developed manually by their agencies - at high cost. What's on there?

The initial development of a website with the same technical requirements will not differ fundamentally between the systems. In the past, however, updates of old TYPO3 versions were very costly. Especially if you have worked with foreign extensions that are no longer being developed. In the past, this has been done in part shortsightedly, even here.

Here is WordPress an advantage. Because popular Pluginsones are always kept up to date and, due to the number of pieces, are usually also distributed commercially. But I don't see a huge difference between the two, since I don't use third-party plugins or extensions anymore.

WordPress scores with the plugins

But it is also true that TYPO3 was offered at a higher price in the past. The effort for updates or an extension that cannot be mapped by means of an extension can shock especially customers who do not have much experience with agencies. However, large customers usually understand the effort involved.

WordPress plugins and TYPO3 extensions
Plugins for WordPress , Extensions for TYPO3

WordPress has a reputation for insecurity. Is that true? And what measures do you take to ensure WordPress projects with your customers?

Currently, apparently a third of all websites worldwide are running WordPress . Due to the high distribution it is an attractive target for hackers. However, we have not had a hack developed sites by us for years. Simple measures are :

  • Invalid database prefix
  • Change Salt-Key in the wp-config.php
  • No username "admin" as admin, a strong password
  • Renouncement of external plugins and four times per year updates
  • Gladly still set the access data in the environment variables
  • If necessary, double backup the admin area via .htaccess or use the Plugin Wordfence use

Since the host backups rarely last long, I sporadically make backups for local backup. Successful hacks in the past were always caused by foreignplugins. So keep your eyes open when choosing.

Another explanation for successful hacks and the reputation of being insecure: WordPress compared to TYPO3, it is often set up by laymen with a lack of security.

Cookie solution, backups and child Themes

What are WordPress your most important tips and Pluginrecommendations?

Advanced Custom Fields Pro is that plugin without me WordPress not using. It allows individual input masks in no time and is well documented. If it has to be multilingual, I have worked with Polylang good experience. When using the Bootstrap CSS framework I find Bootstrap Blocks as an extension for the Gutenberg-editor great.

For the implementation of the newly mandatory Cookie Directive Borlabs Cookie is currently our means of choice. By the way, I use for an overview of all our sites versions and used plugins the tool CMS Commander. With not too big sites ones a One-Click-Backup is also possible here.

My tip: If it is foreseeable that a customer will have several similar sites ones created, then create one Themefor him - with the most important settings and the main CSS. At Child-Theme-level you can then customize and add to everything. For example, you can also use Github to deploy what Themesyou have changed. Another tip: For a project, the follow-up costs - in the form of updates - should be passed on to the customer communicate immediately.

Advantages of WordPress and Typo3

Where do you personally see the main advantages of WordPress ?

WordPress has a low entry hurdle, because the demand on PHP is not high. There are excellent third-party plugins available if required. Nearly all the problems you have during development, someone else has had. In this respect the forum or stack overflow very often. The backend is gladly used by editors. If necessary, there are also educational films on Youtube for editorial use.


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And what are the advantages of TYPO3?

The scalability and the demand on developers to work properly. Not to forget the native multilingualism and a granular rights management. As far as security is concerned, it is unlikely to be a worthwhile target for hackers due to its low penetration rate.

What should companies look for when choosing an agency for WordPress or TYPO3? How can the quality of an agency be assessed and tested in your opinion?

The age of the agency and the size of the team can be an indication of assured sustainable support. The price must be realistic in terms of the offer. If you take that cheapest offerthen you pay for it later. A transparent reference in the offer to support after the end of the project should be visible in the offer.

The support counts

This concerns issues such as support, response times or updates. I would also look for current reference projects. Are they visually appealing and GDPR-compliant? In addition, you should check a few technical details, but not everyone can do that.

How did it come about that you were using both systems and not specializing?

With TYPO3 you usually do large projects with high technical demands. We want to do big, beautiful projects. But you don't find them every day. And that's how it came about that we added to our portfolio a few years WordPress ago. If you look at the market shares, you can hardly get around it. By the way, that's what most agencies do these days.

Can you name us projects that could only be realized with WordPress TYPO3?

TYPO3 is available from the Academy for Teacher Training Dillingen has been the method of choice, due to the mass of contributions and the complexity. With our main customer Stuttgart Region Economic Development a WordPress setup with a constantly evolving main theme setup has paid off. Here we can set up a new website in a few minutes. In principle, sites however, most of them can be implemented with both systems, or even with others. The decisive factor is not so much the system, but how it is set up.

Development for TYPO3 & WordPress

Do you have developers who WordPress implement TYPO3? Or do you need a special expertise in each case?

We have two developers who do both. All others are specialized in one system. When it comes to the frontend, the switch is easier to implement than in backend development. Of course, this also has to do with the order situation. But specialization is naturally more sensible.

A few words about you and your agency? Are you still looking for developers?

WordPress vs TYPO3: Comparison for Agencies and Users
Jens Fuchs

d-mind is located in the beautiful south of Stuttgart, we have been making websites since 1999. Currently we are 10 men and women in the team, with the focus on development. We often work in the background for other agencies.

We are looking for developers who are able to work independently in the web environment. We are looking for a synthesis of planning, front- and backend. Specific CMS experience is not decisive in my opinion, especially since it is WordPress learnable and well documented.

What's your opinion on WordPress and TYPO3? Which questions do you have? Please use the comment function. You want more tips on WordPress received? Then follow us on Twitteror Facebook , or subscribe to our newsletter.

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Michael takes cake care of the areas of content and mental health at RAIDBOXES. He has been active in the blogger and WordPress community since 2007. Among other things as co-organizer of WordPress events, book author and corporate blog trainer. He loves blogging incredibly, professionally but also privately. Michael works and writes remotely from sunny Freiburg.

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