Role definition

Typically, a software development company or web design agency develops the initial TYPO3 website for the client. After the delivery, approval and training, the client is able to edit the content and takes the role of an editor. All technical administration, maintenance and update tasks often stay at the developer as the provider of the system. This may vary depending on the relation and contracts between developer and client of course.

Editors are predominantly responsible for the content of the website. They log into the backend of TYPO3 (the administration interface) using their username and password. Editors add, update and remove pages as well as content on pages. They upload files such as images or PDF documents, create internal and external links and add/edit multimedia elements. The terminology “content” applies to all editable texts, images, tables, lists, possibly forms, etc. Editors sometimes translate existing content into different languages and prepare and/or publish news.

Depending on the complexity and setup of the website, editors possibly work in specific “workspaces” (e.g. a draft workspace) with or without the option to publish the changes to the “live” site. It is not required for an editor to see the entire page tree and some areas of the website are often not accessible and not writable for editors.

Advanced tasks of editors are for example the compilation and publishing of newsletters, the maintenance of frontend user records and/or export of data (e.g. online shop orders).

Editors usually do not change the layout of the website, they do not set up the system, new backend user accounts, new site functionality (for example, they do not install, update or remove extensions), they do not need to have programming, database or HTML knowledge and they do not configure the TYPO3 instance by changing TypoScript code.