Guidelines for TYPO3 integrators

Role definition

A TYPO3 integrator develops the template for a website, selects, imports, installs and configures extensions and sets up access rights and permissions for editors and other backend users. An integrator usually has “administrator” access to the TYPO3 system, should have a good knowledge of the general architecture of TYPO3 (frontend, backend, extensions, TypoScript, TSconfig, etc.) and should be able to configure a TYPO3 system properly and securely.

Integrators know how to use the Install Tool, the meaning of configurations in typo3conf/LocalConfiguration.php and the basic structure of files and directories used by TYPO3.

The installation of TYPO3 on a web server or the configuration of the server itself is not part of an integrator’s duties but of a system administrator. An integrator does not develop extensions but should have basic programming skills and database knowledge.

The TYPO3 integrator knows how to configure a TYPO3 system, handed over from a system administrator after the installation. An integrator usually consults and trains editors (end-users of the system, e.g. a client) and works closely together with system administrators.

The role of a TYPO3 integrator often overlaps with a system administrator and often one person is in both roles.

General rules

All general rules for a system administrator also apply for a TYPO3 integrator. One of the most important rules is to change the username and password of the “admin” account immediately after a TYPO3 system was handed over from a system administrator to an integrator, if not already done. The same applies to the Install Tool password, see below.

In addition, the following general rules apply for a TYPO3 integrator:

  1. Ensure backend users only have the permissions they need to do their work, nothing more – and especially no administrator privileges, see explanations below.
  2. Ensure, the TYPO3 sites they are responsible for, always run a stable and secure TYPO3 Core version and always and only contain secure extensions (integrators update them immediately if a vulnerability has been discovered).
  3. Stay informed about TYPO3 Core updates. Integrators should know the changes when new TYPO3 major versions are released and should be aware of the impacts and risks of an update.
  4. Integrators check for extension updates regularly and/or they know how to configure a TYPO3 system to notify them about new extension versions.

Further topics

Please see the chapters below for further security related topics of interest for integrators: