TYPO3 CMS has long had great UX for editors and admins in the backend. Here are 10 great admin/editor UX features in coming your way in TYPO3 CMS v10.
TYPO3 v10.3 has just come out, this feature freeze phase is the best time to download and try it out. Your feedback will make it the best version of TYPO3 CMS yet. Mark your calendars for 21 April for the release of TYPO3 v10 LTS.
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Great user experience in TYPO3 comes from the out-of-the-box capabilities, but it also relies on how well the site and custom extensions have been set up for ease-of-use.
From the start, integrators click through UIs for site-wide configuration, multilingual setup, secure access control, workspaces, and all the internals that are managed in the admin area. And every day, content editors navigate the admin area, create new content, and manage files.
When we talk about user experience—it’s partly the out-of-the-box UI that TYPO3 offers and partly how their site has been set up. It’s up to the integrators and developers to set up the site to make it easy to use for content editors.
So let’s look at some improvements coming in TYPO3 v10 on 21 April 2020!
Getting in just before feature freeze, the Dashboard module offers a great starting point in the admin area for TYPO3. This includes a dashboard module in the backend, the API to create your own widgets, and some simple widgets. Read more here: An Update About the Dashboard for TYPO3, by Richard Haeser.
The TYPO3 page tree is a much-loved interface that makes site and content management intuitive. TYPO3 v10 introduces keyboard navigation which is a major accessibility improvement.
Now when you add media, you have granular control. You can add media by URL and select and add multiple files.
Extending on the improvements for human-readable URLs in v9, now when you update a URL segment, it will automatically update URL segments of subpages and create redirects from all old URLs to the new URLs. Both the update and redirect creation are easily revertable by the editor. This ensures end users don’t end up on dead links.
Now, content editors can use the telephone link handler on phone numbers. A telephone link turns a number into a “call us now” link instead of causing mobile users to just click away. This is a handy improvement for mobile user experience and marketing capabilities.
Forms are an important part of many websites and web applications. From requests on an intranet to lead-capture forms on a product site, content editors need to be able to create easy-to-use forms. Now there’s a multi-step form-creation wizard.
When you’re editing forms, you can click to edit form elements directly. And when managing forms you can sort and browse to find what you need quickly.
Now content editors can validate external links as they add them—also in the rich text editor. This small detail ensures a better end-user experience with no dead links.
The system info toolbar provides at-a-glance info about the system status. Now they can see the status of the scheduler.
Now developers can include action buttons on notification messages. This can improve the user experience of their custom extensions and web applications.
The TYPO3 CMS user experience includes initial site configuration, site maintenance, and content creation. These are just a few of the features which have seen user experience improvements in TYPO3 v10.
Want to get involved in improving the content editing UX in TYPO3?
The Structured Content Initiative is currently conducting a survey about the most common use cases when creating content with TYPO3, in order to optimize the corresponding user experience. Check out News from the Structured Content Initiative, by Rachel Foucard.
Share this TYPO3 UX survey with colleagues and clients so they can get the best possible picture of user experience in TYPO3.
What makes a great user experience in TYPO3? It’s a mix of the out-of-the-box UI and the capabilities for integrators and developers to make customized experiences with site configuration and custom extensions.
A great CMS user experience means both the backends site management UX and content editing UX: from site creation and management to everyday content management. An easy to use CMS ensures sites are more secure, performant, better tuned for SEO, and, in turn, offer a better user experience to visitors. It’s win-win-win.
If you’d like us to look at your TYPO3 projects and give you feedback that will improve your sites, we can give you a thorough review and prepare you for the next version of TYPO3.