TYPO3 talk with Georg Ringer: TYPO3 needs more people!

TYPO3 talk with Georg Ringer: TYPO3 needs more people!

Welcome to the TYPO3 Interview Series - 10!

This week we're honoured with interview from Georg Ringer, our very own Project Lead of TYPO3 Core development and one of the driving forces behind the TYPO3 renaissance from last years.

Explore the interesting article where Georg shares his insights about his views, history and potential of TYPO3 and open-source community, and how we can build a better TYPO3 Eco-system together!

Let’s hear about his journey with TYPO3, and a lot more!

  • Interviewee : Georg Ringer
  • Company : TYPO3 project
  • Designation : Intiative Lead
  • Topic : Together Building a Better TYPO3 Eco-system
Q1
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Hey Georg, Tell us something about yourself to our audience.

I have been around TYPO3 since 2005 and mostly known for my extensions which started with the prefix “rg” like rgsmoothgallery. The most used extension is for sure “news”.

Q2
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First question, How did you initially get involved with TYPO3?

I supported a nonprofit organization of my mother and after using Frontpage and Dreamweaver, I searched for a CMS as a replacement and ended up with TYPO3

Q3
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How do you contribute to TYPO3? How does your company encourage open source business practices?

Besides being part of the core team as a framework merger I invest a lot of time into creating extensions and maintaining those.
Since Summer 2020 I also teach at the FH-Oberösterreich (https://www.fh-ooe.at)
My employer strongly believes in Open-Source and sponsors quite some hours as well.

Q4
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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?

Do what you can do best vs learning new things. While I am definitely a so-called backend developer I currently spend some time learning the current frontend techniques.
Special tip: Be an active part of the community which enables you to easily stay in contact with top developers to learn from and to ask if you got some problems to solve.

Q5
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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?

Feeling very lucky to be able to shape the future and to benefit from the sucess. Not only TYPO3 has evolved but the web in overall

Q6
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Can you give us a sneak peek of TYPO3's future visions?

TYPO3 should not only be the best tool for enterprise websites but also for smaller sites or landing pages. We constantly try to remove entry barriers and make it easier for everybody.

Q7
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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 the TYPO3 journey?

State of the art frontend template

Q8
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Unlike other CMS' where do you think the TYPO3 opensource ecosystem lags behind?

TYPO3 users are not used to paying for extensions or services. Maybe this is related to the missing marketplace or something else?

Q9
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For people, it’s challenging to understand the philosophy of OpenSource and Business together. What’s your opinion on making a successful OpenSource Eco-system by maintaining the ethics of OpenSource?

The requirements for websites are so diverse and amount of customers so high, there is simply no need to keep developed extensions or knowledge behind closed doors - just the opposite - not required to develop something again what others already did enables developers and agencies to concentrate on other, new and exciting stuff.

Developing the 10th version of tt_address also means that this extension has to be maintained by you alone. Also, every feature needs to be done by yourself and nobody helps you with bug fixing.

Q10
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What do you think of the global expansion of TYPO3? What do you feel the TYPO3 OpenSource Eco-system needs most?

Reaching more people and helping those to reach their goals in an easier way is always good. TYPO3 needs more people getting involved - in every manner.

Q11
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As we are managing T3Terminal, TYPO3 Marketplace, What do you think about the T3Terminal.com? What are some key factors & characteristics that would attract you?

I haven’t used this marketplace yet but as a typical backend developer, I will give it a try for sure to avoid writing any CSS code ;) It’s great that there are so many templates available already!

Q12
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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?

Very important as PHP can just be copied to the server and it runs.

Q13
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There are extensions, multilingual, multisite enterprise CMS, ease of use, among all these, what attributes for the TYPO3 success?

The page tree and the page module.

Q14
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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?

Benni Mack, Sebastian Schreiber, Oliver Bartsch, Benjamin Franzke, Helmut Hummel, Michael Telgkamp

Q15
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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?

github.com/b13

Q16
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Do you think TYPO3 still needs more active contributors? Especially in awareness, branding, and marketing.

More people caring about TYPO3 is certainly a good thing.

Q17
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Would you suggest some ideas on how TYPO3 could be expanded globally?

Finish the features TYPO3 is good at and invest in a good frontend default template

Q18
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Besides TYPO3, what's your favorite open source CMS/Tool?

Currently looking into Laravel

Q19
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Last but not least, Apart from TYPO3, What're the things you love to do?

Biking, Running, and now as my kids get older starting with hiking

We heartily thanks Georg 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, 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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