Extension Installation

This tutorial assumes that your TYPO3 instance is a brand new installation, without any themes, templates, pages or content. See the TYPO3 Installation Guide for a detailed explanation how to set up a TYPO3 instance from scratch. For the sake of simplicity, it is also assumed that TYPO3 has been installed the traditional way, by extracting the source package into the web directory without using PHP composer.

By using this method, extensions (e.g. the sitepackage extension) can be installed using the Extension Manager, which is a module found in the backend of TYPO3. Before we can install the sitepackage extension, we have to transfer the files from our local machine to the TYPO3 server (if all files and directories have been created on the local machine though).

In case you have SSH/FTP access to the server, copy the directory site_package (including all files and sub-directories) to the following directory in your TYPO3 instance: typo3conf/ext/.

If you do not have SSH/FTP access, create a ZIP file of the content of your site_package folder. It is important that the ZIP archive does not contain the directory site_package and its files and directories inside this folder. The files and folders must be directly located on the first level of ZIP archive.

Extension Manager

First of all, login at the backend of TYPO3 as a user with administrator privileges. At the left side you find a section ADMIN TOOLS with a module named "Extensions" (marker 1). Open this module and make sure, the drop down box on the right hand side shows "Installed Extensions" (marker 2). If you have already uploaded the sitepackage extension via SSH/FTP, search for "Site Package". If you created a ZIP file, upload the ZIP'ed extension by clicking the upload icon (marker 3).

Extension Manager

TYPO3 Extension Manager

Once the sitepackage extension appears in the list, you can activate it by clicking the "plus" icon (marker 4), if not already done.

Create Initial Pages

In the next step, we create some initial pages. You and your editors will be able to create further pages, remove pages, enable and disable pages and shuffle pages around in the future. The following page tree is just an example as a starting point.

Go to WEB → Page. Assuming, we are using a fresh installation of TYPO3 as outlined in section Prerequisites, an almost empty area is shown in the page tree area. The only entry is the name of the website as defined during the installation process (e.g. "New TYPO3 site") with a grey TYPO3 logo.

By clicking the page icon with the "plus" at the top, and then dragging the "standard page" icon to its appropriate position in the page tree, you can build the following page tree. Enter the page names as shown (a double-click on the page name allows you to rename it).

Create Initial Pages

Create initial pages

By default, all new pages are disabled (marked as a red icon at the bottom right). Enable all pages by clicking the "Enable" link in the context menu.

Enable Pages in Context Menu

Enable Pages in Context Menu

Once all pages have been created, you should end up with the following page tree.

Final Page Tree

TypoScript Template

Now we will add a TypoScript template to the site and include the TypoScript configuration we have created during the development of our sitepackage. Do not be confused about the terminology "template". In this context, we are referring to TypoScript templates, not HTML/CSS/JS templates.

Go to WEB → Template and select the page named "example.com". Then, click button "Create template for a new site" and change the dropdown box at the top to "Info/Modify". Click button "Edit the whole template record", which opens an editor for Constants and Setup. The latter contains a few example lines ("HELLO WORLD!"). Remove these lines, so that the box is completely empty.

Change to tab "Includes" and look for the section "Include static (from extensions)", which shows two boxes: "Selected Items" (left hand side) and "Available Items" (right hand side). Under "Available Items", click "Site Package (site_package)", which moves the entry to the left box.

Include TypoScript Template

Now save your changes by clicking the "save" icon at the top.

Preview Page

At this point, it is a good time to preview what we have achieved so far. Go to WEB → View and try a few different screen widths. The two buttons at the top left of the screen (marker 1) allow you to show/hide the page tree and to minimize the function menu at the left.

Preview Page

The preview shows the frontend with a menu (NavBar) at the top. In a mobile view (narrow screen width), a button provides access to a toggle menu. However, only one link is shown in the menu: "Home". The other pages we have created in the backend are still missing. Besides the menu, a large "Hello, world!" greets the visitors of the website. This is the "Jumbotron"-partial. Below that, three columns are shown, each of them with a "Heading". In a mobile view, these columns stack on top of each other nicely.

Let's update the Fluid template files and implement a simple menu and enable dynamic content that can be edited in the TYPO3 backend in the next steps.