TYPO3 upgrades from 6.2 ELTS and 7.6 LTS to v8 LTS

Upgrade to the new version TYPO3 v8 LTS
The support period for 6.2 ELTS and 7.6 LTS ends in 2018.

Through the years, TYPO3 clearly emerged as the leading enterprise content management system (ECMS) ahead of other content management systems (CMS) – such as WordPress, Joomla or Drupal. Since TYPO3 CMS became competitive in the commercial sector in 2001/2002, Marketing Factory has used it for internal as well as external projects. In general, we exclusively use TYPO3 versions with Long-term Support (LTS), as these LTS-versions are specifically maintained for seamless operations within business environments and thus offer greater stability.

While the support period for releases without Long-term Support is generally one year, LTS-versions are continuously developed by TYPO3 developers and regularly enhanced with updates for three years. This support involves the elimination of security vulnerabilities as well as technical faults and also offers reliability and stability.

The TYPO3 GmbH offered an Extended Long-term Support (=ELTS) for the 6.2 LTS version, either for one year or two years. The extended support for the duration of one year ceases by the end of March 2018. Furthermore, the regular support period for the 7.6 CMS LTS version ends by the end of November 2018.

Roadmap TYPO3 versions
Roadmap TYPO3 versions

Websites running on a 6.2 ELTS or a 7.6 LTS TYPO3 installation should be updated to a newer LTS-version – version 6.2. ELTS by the middle of the first quarter of 2018 and version 7.6 LTS by the end of the third quarter of 2018 at the latest.

Since April 4th 2017 there is a new TYPO3 version with Long-term Support available: TYPO3 v8 LTS (version 8.7). This version will be further developed and will officially be provided with updates until at least March 2020.

New features of TYPO3 v8 LTS

  • Improvement of the performance and loading time of the backend and frontend by the use of PHP 7:
    Expected performance boost of up to 40% compared to TYPO3 version 7.
  • New database interface „Doctrine DBAL“ which allows the utilization of different database management systems.
  • Fully responsive backend, which allows editors and integrators to work comfortably with TYPO3 on their smartphones.
  • Improved image processing functionality: Individual adjustment of aspect ratios and image sizes, predefinition of areas and aspect ratios for specific devices, selection of a focal point of an image etc.
  • New backend editor „CKEditor“, which lays the foundation for an improved frontend editing functionality.
  • A new, flexible form framework allows editors to easily create complex forms and surveys with just a few clicks.
  • Editors can now decide individually per language, whether single fields should inherit the characteristics of the default language or if these characteristics should be overwritten by language-dependent characteristics.

Why is an upgrade to TYPO3 v8 LTS required?

After the expiration of the support period, errors and security vulnerabilities will no longer be officially eliminated. As a result, the probability of successful hacker attacks is increased enormously.

Only an upgrade offers the highest possible level of stability, security, performance and future-proofness for the system. Moreover, innovations and further developments are no longer available, as they are not compatible with outdated versions.

Your website is running on TYPO3 version 6.2 ELTS or version 7.6 LTS and you would like to update your website to a new version with Long-term Support? Would you like to combine the TYPO3 update with a website relaunch?

We would be pleased to advise you and look forward to your call or message.