New Typo3 6.2 Release Introduces New Install Tool with Easy Upgrade Capabilities

A new version of the popular open source CMS, Typo3 has been announced. Typo3 6.2 is the latest long term support release of the popular CMS from the Typo3 Association.  This means that TYPO3 CMS 6.2 LTS will receive at least three years of support from the development team behind the open-source software.

The newly developed Install Tool with its practical wizard makes it very easy to upgrade from the still widely used 4.5 LTS version. Integrators can use a compatibility check to test existing installations for upgradability, identify possible challenges, and immediately resolve general problems. Backward compatibility facilitates the smooth migration of 4.5 LTS extensions, which need little, if any, adapting for 6.2 LTS.

New functions

The solution contains numerous new functions for optimized use: the file abstraction layer serves as an interface for the TYPO3 system and extensions to allow uniform treatment of files wherever they are stored, whether locally or in the cloud. In addition, a drag-and-drop upload function makes it easier to upload to the file repository and to link files to content elements.

With the new Distributions concept, the core application is delivered as an “empty” installation, so users can subsequently install configured distributions via the management module. The distribution management functionality enables third-party developers, agencies, and hosts to create and realize their own distributions.

The new version provides optimum support for modern web design, including full HTML5 support and responsive image rendering.

Security is a top priority for TYPO3, and the security team had a big hand in shaping the new release: the formerly optional salted passwords extension is now pre-installed in order to safeguard the passwords of back-end users and the Install Tool. In addition, there are comprehensive mechanisms to guard against cross-site request forgery (CSRF).

The new package manager ensures the interoperability of TYPO3 CMS with Composer-based PHP libraries and TYPO3 flow packages. To this end, it implements PSR-0 autoloading and supports vendor namespaces. Other new features include a core updater in the Install Tool, a PSR-3-compatible logger, standardized back-end styles, and a style-guide extension.

Further information on TYPO3 is available at typo3.org; for more on TYPO3 CMS, visit http://typo3.org/about/typo3-cms/ 

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