First and foremost: congratulations! You reached a point where you have successfully implemented a custom sitepackage for TYPO3. In fact, you have not only developed a “theme” for your website, you also built a fully working extension for TYPO3, which can be installed, uninstalled, copied to another TYPO3 instance and put under version control. You could also share your Site Package with others by uploading your extension to the TYPO3 Extension Repository.
The list below shows a quick summary what you have achieved by working through this tutorial.
- Applied “Fluid Styled Content” TypoScript (files
- Included the Bootstrap framework and jQuery library as external resources.
- Built a fully functional TYPO3 extension and installed this extension via the Extension Manager.
- Created some initial Pages, the TypoScript templates and learned how to preview a page in the backend.
- Developed a navigation menu using TypoScript and Fluid.
- Applied TypoScript to render the content (file
This all sounds very sophisticated and complicated, but keep in mind, the extension (as it stands at this point in time) contains approximately six files only, plus the HTML/CSS files. Only two files contain PHP code.
The sitepackage extension, as it stands now, still has some shortfalls. Let’s have a closer look what you could or should do as the next steps to address these.
One page layout only
At the moment, the sitepackage supports one page layout only (the Jumbotron area and three columns below), which is a typical layout for a standard homepage. However, this layout is the only layout and used across all pages. By extending the TypoScript template and creating variations of the
Default.htmlFluid template file, you could create a number of different templates. For example, one for the homepage and a different one for normal content pages.
By using Backend Layouts you can implement a layout structure in the backend of TYPO3, that reflects the layout used in the frontend. This makes it very easy for editors to understand where the content will appear on the website.
Navigation menu features one level only
The bigger the website becomes, the more likely is a multi-level page structure required. This means, editors will likely create sub-pages of the root page “Page 1” for example. At the moment, the menu does not support sub-pages.
If this becomes a requirement, the TypoScript code used to generate the menu (see chapter Main Menu Creation) and the Fluid template file that outputs the menu (
Resources/Private/Layouts/Page/Default.html) need to be updated.
Unused, but visible column “border”
Backend users (e.g. editors) might be confused about the “border” column when working in the backend and entering/maintaining content. Only three of the four page columns shown in the backend are used and the far right column has no mapping. This results in the fact that even if editors add content elements to the “border” column, the content never appears anywhere.
To simply disable the column, enter the following line in the “Page TSConfig” box of page “example.com” (Page Properties → Resources):
TCEFORM.tt_content.colPos.removeItems = 3
However, the aforementioned Backend Layouts give you much more control about columns, labels, positions, etc. and are the recommended way to implement layouts in the backend.
Jumbotron not editable
The content of the Jumbotron area is currently not editable by editors or any other backend users of the system. We kept the Jumbotron area simple and hard-coded as a Partial in file
Resources/Private/Partials/Page/Jumbotron.htmlintentionally. The Jumbotron stands as a place holder for various options in our example. Some readers may like to implement a banner with rotating images, some prefer a text content element or a video player instead. All this and much more is possible with TYPO3, but beyond the scope of this tutorial.
In general, the nature of a tutorial, such as this document, is to provide detailed instructions to walk a beginner through a particular task. By building your own sitepackage extension from scratch, you have learned each step that is required to turn a basic web design template into a fully working website in TYPO3.
When you create sitepackages in the future, you probably do not want to create every file over and over again, but use a pre-built version of the sitepackage extension. Therefore, it make sense to store and maintain the current state in a central place, such as a Git repository. Despite the fact that for a learning experience it is always beneficial to develop the extension yourself, you can also download the extension built in this tutorial below.
Another option to create a sitepackage extension quickly is an online tool developed by Benjamin Kott: the sitepackage builder.
Videos on YouTube¶
In this three-parts series, Mathias Schreiber and Benjamin Kott set up a TYPO3 site from scratch by building a sitepackage extension.