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How to Install TYPO3 CMS in Just a Few Minutes

Updated on March 17, 2022

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Install Typo3

A Content Management System (CMS) is a software application that creates and manages digital content. It is commonly used for Web Content Management (WCM) and Enterprise Content Management (ECM). It can be easily installed on localhost or any server hosting, as this article will demonstrate you how to install TYPO3 within just a few steps.

It allows developers to work collectively with multiple users for creating, integrating and collaboratively editing digital content. WCM is also quite similar to it but provides multiple authors who can create and edit a website’s content including text, videos, images, GIFs, maps, program code, etc. ECM has an organization’s firewall for protection, whereas WCM can be changed by any of the application’s web authors.

TYPO3 has an incredible potential to fill the gaps where many products have gaps. TYPO3 works well for the quick publishing of digital content over an endless cluster of mediums because it offers adaptability. It works for support, marketing, and internal projects as well.

What is TYPO3?

It is a free and open-source CMS written in PHP. It can run on servers powered by  Apache and IIS, and is also compatible with OS like Linux, Windows, macOS, and OS/2. It is among the most popular CMS solutions in the world like WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, and others.

The unique aspect that distinguishes TYPO3 from other CMSs is that it was created to be flexible, because its backend code & content can be dealt with separately, while new functions can also be added without writing any code. TYPO3 11 LTS The latest version with Long Term Support (LTS), It is available in more than 50 languages, therefore, users can publish  content in multiple languages. Other features include editorial workflow, advanced frontend, maturity, and scalability – making TYPO3 a diverse CMS which can be used by individuals, enterprises, and large corporations that use multiple languages. TYPO3 classifies itself as an enterprise-level CMS.

The Core Features of a CMS

Due to features like the editorial work environment and workflow, advanced front-end editing, versatility, and development, TYPO3 is used to build and manage websites of distinctive types and sizes, from small portfolio/blogging sites (personal or nonprofit organizations) to multilingual ones (venture solutions for large corporations).

  • Indexing, searching and retrieving functions that enable users to get desired content by searching through publication dates, keywords, etc.
  • To convert a scanned document into an electronic document format such as HTML or PDF
  • Publish content in order. It includes a predefined editable template and a function to create and add the desired content. .

CMSs are the most used software to create websites. Based on statistics provided on Wikipedia, 59% of all websites in the world are developed on popular CMS solutions including WordPress, Joomla, TYPO3, Drupal and others.

Major Features

  • More than 5000 extensions are available.
  • Run HTTP servers such as Apache and IIS.
  • Compatible with PHP 5.3 or above.
  • Backend displayed on a browser with JavaScript.
  • It can be run on a server with a modern CPU and a minimum of 256MB RAM.
  • Any relational database is supported including MySQL, Oracle, etc.
  • A large community for support and queries.

Smart Content Management

TYPO3 enables an author to experience an environment where content can be created, reviewed, and published independently. It also allows authors to create content which is reusable and created in a flexible editable workflow. In TYPO3, SEO is easily applicable to URLs, metadata, and keywords within the content, as the CMS is also compatible with leading SEO tools such as YoastSEO and others. Using TYPO3 you can create content with the collaboration of the team members within a structured workflow.

Multisite and Multilingual

Working with multiple websites at a time while using a CMS can be a difficult task to handle. To remove obstacles and hurdles from server management, users often go for CMS hosting. TYPO3 offers tools to manage it easily. The platform allows installations of multisite in a tree-structured model. It also offers a collection of diverse languages to outreach the maximum audience, because you can create a website in different languages with a single installation of TYPO3.

Digital Marketing Enabled

TYPO3 is so well designed that marketing funnels can be connected directly through its backend. All this can be achieved without switching between marketing apps and the platform. It also comes with plugin extensions for advanced analytics and monitoring tools. It can be integrated with ecommerce platforms, CRM and ERP without any hassle. TYPO3’s official certification and training aim to target the best service providers, partners, and web pros.

Nothing as Easy as Deploying TYPO3 Apps on Cloud

With Cloudways, you can have your PHP apps up and running on managed cloud servers in just a few minutes.

Flexible and Open-Sourced

TYPO3 lets you choose database technologies from its Abstraction layer, and select the easiest deployment solution according to your needs. It gives you many options to customize your website, from small blogs to enterprise-level sites. It comes with a rich set of functions to help you integrate third-party extensions as well. Moreover, there is a Bootstrap package available which provides an optimized TYPO3 theme, based on the advanced Bootstrap framework.

Globally Understandable FrontEnd

TYPO3 offers a user experience that is second to none. It is accessible on all devices. It powers mobile devices which are the first option and easy to access. It delivers content, all channeled to an environment that is user-friendly.

Secure and Compliant

The priority of TYPO3 CMS is to make the website secure. The platform provides several security features including restriction of IP addresses, domain and  role-based permission, etc. It uploads files and stores other things outside the webroot that needs the right permission to access. It has a dedicated team to work on precise security functions including security bulletins, security news (RSS), etc.

TYPO3’s Community

The platform has dedicated members who offer their skills and contribute to the project with design, coding, writing, and other skills. Developers supply patches, tests, and reports. Meanwhile, others help with marketing, documentation, event organizations, bar camps, conferences, and other functions. A chat group on Slack is also available that regularly discusses the latest news and upgrades in the market.

TYPO3 Installation Requirements

If you are new to Cloudways, you have to create an account first. There is a free 3-day trial period available, as well as a 24/7 expert support team to guide you through each step of the server installation.


Following are the system requirements for installing TYPO3 CMS on Cloudways PHP hosting:

  • Web server compatible with PHP (Apache, Nginx or IIS)
  • The latest version of TYPO3 requires PHP version 7.2 or above
  • Different databases like MySQL, Oracle, PostgreSQL, SQLite, etc
  • GraphicsMagick v1.3 or ImageMagick v6 for automatic image processing

Installation of TYPO3

Step 1: Launch a New Server

Once you complete the signup process, launch a new server with PHP Stack application or you can use your previous server as well, where you want to install TYPO3.

Wait for the Cloudways to finish launching the server. Then, select the Application and go to the Application settings tab and edit the folder name as desired.

Step 2: Download TYPO3 via Composer

Now, go to your server and launch the SSH terminal. Log in with your credentials.

Once you are logged in, you need to change your directory to the application’s Public_html folder and remove every file there, and simply run the composer command.

composer create-project typo3/cms-base-distribution {YourNewProjectFolder}

Step 3: Run Installer

After the installation is complete, you have to run the TYPO3 installer to create your content site. Installer URL will be:

http://phpstack-******-******* (Example URL if you have not assigned a domain to it).

Now, to create the “FIRST_INSTALL” file, you must  run some commands as shown below. To exit from that file you need to insert “:wq”:

Step 4: Set Up

Go to every step accordingly just like signing up a new account. You must select the database or have to create a new one.

Some alteration is required in the database’s schema type. You can do this by navigating  to the application’s database settings.

In the “Alter Database” tab, change the database schema type to ‘utf8mb4_bin’:

Step 5: Set Up Admin Panel

Provide your username, password, email, and site name to setup your Admin panel.

Click on continue:

You will be directed to your Admin Panel:

http://phpstack-******-******* (Example URL if you have not assigned a domain to it).

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This is how by following simple steps, you can set up the TYPO3 application on your Cloudways server.

Why Cloudways for Hosting TYPO3?

Cloudways is a managed cloud platform that provides users an array of choice of servers, including Google Cloud Engine (GCE), Amazon Web Services (AWS), Linode, Vultr and Digital Ocean. The server’s use can also be specific to the technology of the website being developed on, while the choice of application can differ from WordPress, PHP, Magento and many others. It also provides several other features like unlimited app installations, website performance monitoring, fast Scaling, easy server customization and more.

Prominent features of Cloudways

  • Domain Name System (DNS) is available for web apps.
  • Provides free SSL certificate from Let’s Encrypt, while custom SSL can also be added.
  • It provides a staging environment to test any major or minor changes
  • One-click installation of PHP which is easy for users to set up their servers.
  • Server/App analysis and  monitoring helps users optimize their website.
  • Error logs to check if clients or developers are having any issue.

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WordPress Vs. TYPO3

Let’s compare WordPress with TYPO3 head to head, and see which CMS fits best for your application:


The word simplicity and WordPress go hand in hand. Anybody even with no technical knowledge can set up a WordPress site. When developing applications such as  blogs, personal sites, WordPress always works fittingly well. You need to constantly upgrade your CMS to have new features and better security.


  • Easy setup, no need to have technical knowledge
  • Thousands of free plugins
  • Extensive choice of free themes
  • Good security


  • 3rd party plugins make your website vulnerable
  • Costly and time-consuming to get the desired requirements fulfilled.


TYPO3 is user-friendly but not like WordPress. The backend and content works separately. So, to alter anything other than content you should have technical knowledge. TYPO3 is used for websites for large corporations, to handle big networking communities. All the functions and features of TYPO3 are out-of-the-box yet very productive


  • Long term technical support, in some cases, up to 3 years
  • Multilingual to grab a diverse audience
  • Data integration is easy
  • Optimized bootstrap based TYPO3 theme available
  • A good range of 3rd party plugins


  • Medium level of technical knowledge is required to set up.
  • No automatic update available.
  • Limited free themes are available.

Q: How secure is TYPO3?

A: TYPO3 emphasizes heavily on security and comes up with advanced security features to protect applications against malware attacks. The platform allows administrators to configure access control, integrate directory service providers, employ advanced encryption algorithms and more to protect websites from external intrusions.

Q: How to update TYPO3?

A: TYPO3 provides an upgrade wizard to perform major CMS updates. To begin upgrading, just enter the following install tool in your TYPO3 site:
It will open an ‘Upgrade Wizard’ section, where you will find different available wizards to update on. Start updating them one by one according to your project needs and compatibility requirements.

Q: How to clear cache in TYPO3?

A: To clear website caches, navigate to the Maintenance tab given under the Admin tools menu. There you will find a Flush TYPO3 cache option, click on the ‘Flush Cache’ and it will quickly purge all your unrequired site caches.


In this article, I have extensively discussed how to install TYPO3 on Cloudways platform. It is well suited for large organizations. I strongly recommend you to use Cloudways as your Typo3 hosting provider, as it gives you 24/7 support and managed hosting service to prevent any problem regarding hosting issues.

For further queries about the CMS, please feel free to leave your comment below in the comments section. I will be more than happy to assist you with the relevant solution.

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Shahzeb Ahmed

Shahzeb is a Digital Marketer with a Software Engineering background, works as a Community Manager — PHP Community at Cloudways. He is growth ambitious and aims to learn & share information about PHP & Laravel Development through practice and experimentation. He loves to travel and explore new ideas whenever he finds time. Get in touch with him at [email protected]


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