TYPO3 Talk with Tim: Author Of TYPO3 Blogger

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TYPO3 Talk with Tim: Author Of TYPO3 Blogger

Welcome to the TYPO3 Interview Series - 18!

We have Tim Lochmüller with us this week for interesting TYPO3 Talk! Tim Lochmüller is author of TYPO3 Blogger and works for the TYPO3 agency HDNET and has been working with TYPO3 since 2004. 

The TYPO3 Talk with Tim is interesting, so grab that cup of coffee to explore Tim's insights into his views, the history and potential of TYPO3 and the open source community, and how we can build a better TYPO3 ecosystem together!

Let's explore his journey with TYPO3 from then to now, and much more!

  • Interviewee : Tim Lochmüller
  • Company : HDNET GmbH & Co. KG
  • Designation : Author of TYPO3 Blogger
  • Topic : Together Building a Better TYPO3 Eco-system

Hey Tim, please tell us something about yourself to our audience.

As you said, my name is Tim. I am a PHP backend developer at HDNET GmbH & Co. KG in Werther, Germany and focused on TYPO3 and Symfony projects. I love OpenSource and in my free time I love playing games in the garden (Kubb, KanJam etc.).


First question, How did you initially get involved with TYPO3?

I started working with TYPO3 in summer 2006. After a few weeks I started blogging about TYPO3 on typo3blogger.de which was a huge knowledge base for me. It is hard to understand technical problems in TYPO3 but even harder to explain them to other people in a way they understand the problem. I love the community ecosystem around TYPO3 and visit many Snowboard tours, Developer days, conferences and camps.


How do you contribute to TYPO3? How does your company encourage open source business practices?

The company I am working for has a TYPO3 gold membership to support the TYPO3 Association. Me and other colleagues contribute via code to the TYPO3 ecosystem. There are many extensions out there, that are the result of the daily agency business (e.g. calendarize or autoloader).


As a TYPO3 Professional, What was your biggest challenge to building your TYPO3 business? Do you have any special tips & tricks for TYPO3 business people?

I think the biggest challenge is, to keep TYPO3 on a high and professional level. There are many people who do not know how OpenSource really works and how much time/money or free commitment a product like TYPO3 needs to keep this level.


Over the years, the TYPO3 open source ecosystem has evolved. When you look back, Are you surprised or feel lucky with the overall success of TYPO3? Where do you see it going in the future?

I started working with TYPO3 with version 3.8.0. Since that version TYPO3 move forward as an evolution. It is always a balancing act between compatibility and modern architecture. In the last years it is more a revolution instead a evolution. The PHP community around us speed up the change process also for TYPO3. PSR, Symfony more „strong default“ push TYPO3, but connect us to other products in the market.


Can you give us a sneak peek of TYPO3's future visions?

I think TYPO3 will be more and more PSR-X related. It will be easier to integrate other components in TYPO3. Based on other great open source components TYPO3 can focus on editor experience and other cool features :)


TYPO3 is 20+ years old OpenSource CMS, Although we have very little CMS Marketshare. eg., At present, TYPO3 0.6%, WordPress 63.6%. In your personal opinion, What do you think about what we majorly missed in TYPO3 journey?

TYPO3 is missing a “easy start”. The Introduction Package or Different Template structures are a good start, but nevertheless: WordPress is easier to install than TYPO3. Furthermore there are technologies like composer, that push TYPO3 in a „more complex“ structure.


Unlike other CMS' where do you think the TYPO3 opensource ecosystem lags behind?

As already said. There are missing themes and smoother integration of extensions. If you use a WordPress plugin, it just works. TYPO3 has always a small integration process (select TS template etc.) and this process is always different. But I think this is not a problem. TYPO3 has many other strengths.


What do you think of the global expansion of TYPO3? What do you feel the TYPO3 OpenSource Eco-system needs most?

I think the community pushes the software a lot. I think there was a Community Manager in the past that pushed TYPO3 in different markets (other countries but also other communities). I think a good community is important for a stable open source ecosystem.


As we are managing T3Planet, TYPO3 Marketplace, What do you think about the t3planet.com? What are some key factors & characteristics that would attract you?

I love your TYPO3 blog. I published my first blog entry in 2006 on typo3blogger.de and I know that good blog entries cost a lot of effort, good investigation and a lot of writing skills. The blog entries on T3Planet fulfill all parts of good blog posts (many details, good layout…). Keep up the good work.


TYPO3 is built on PHP. PHP was established and it’s easy to understand. There was a huge community for PHP already. How important was that “TYPO3 was powered by PHP” for its popularity?

Good question. I don’t know that „TYPO3 was powered by PHP“ was a USP of TYPO3 in the beginning. I think I get in touch with PHP only 1-2 years before I used TYPO3. So TYPO3 was actually my PHP world in the beginning :) Since a few years I have also developed Symfony apps and use also other frameworks. Using a lot of different frameworks help developers to understand different solutions better and avoid the law of the hammer: "I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail."


There are extensions, multilingual, multisite enterprise CMS, ease of use, among all these, what attributes for the TYPO3 success?

I think one successor is the backend/frontend split and the easy to handle backend user restriction. It is easy to manage a huge number of editors, with a website with thousands of pages. In the last 1-2 years I love the migration to the Symfony & PSR base in the core!


Who is your open source mentor/hero? Can you name some people (at least 5) whom you follow to get knowledge and updates of the TYPO3?

In the beginning it was Kasper (I love the Snowboard Tours!), but there are also a lot of other people I follow. Some of the more technical are Georg Ringer and Benni Mack, because they are also developers.


What are some places, blogs, and online communities you would recommend to our readers that you think are the best places to get help about TYPO3?

As extension author I always recommend to use open platforms instead of private E-Mail to communicate about TYPO3 and extensions, so others get the chance to answer or get the information as well. The best place for quick questions is TYPO3 slack and the different channels (Please never mention the complete channel :) ).


Do you think TYPO3 still needs more active contributors? Especially in awareness, branding, and marketing. Also, can you suggest some ideas on how TYPO3 could be expanded globally?

Yes. TYPO3 is very developer driven. All the other roles are always needed to push TYPO3 forward.


Last but not least, Apart from TYPO3, What're the things you love to do?

I love playing games in the garden ( https://360friends.de/7-besten-garten-spiele/ - German only) and meeting friends. If you know any cool games, please let me know. I am always looking for new ones...

Heartily thanks Tim for taking the efforts and time to conduct these interviews and sharing your views with insights. 

If you too want to share your views regarding the TYPO3 Eco-system and TYPO3 Open source community, you are more than welcome. Feel free to reach us or drop us a message in the comment section below.
Also, thanks to all Post Status readers, we will see you at the next interview. Till then stay tuned for next exciting T3Interview :)

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