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After being founded more than a decade ago, TYPO3 is currently used by more than 130,000 websites across the globe. Although this platform has seen some unprecedented growth in the last few years, it doesn’t compare to WordPress’ success. The popular platform now powers nearly 30% of all sites worldwide.

One of the main reasons for this is that TYPO3 is a lot harder to maintain compared to WordPress, and is better suited to operators who have a moderate amount of technical expertise.

Setting up, adding new features and general maintenance of your website will require you to undergo a steep learning curve. Alternatively, you can hire a web developer to take care of the technical aspects since the implementation of the content management itself includes drag and drop features.

In contrast, WordPress is praised for its ease of use and can be installed and set up with virtually no requirement of any technical knowledge. Updates can be actioned from the dashboard itself and adding new functionalities are almost effortless considering the vast amount of help offered by WordPress’ wide-reaching support network.

Customizable Layout

TYPO3 offers a free but limited number of pleasing layouts to modify the appearance and feel of your website’s design without the help of a web developer. However, these layouts are largely core-dependent. This means that while it is relatively easy to build a website by using the extra extensions and 6,000 layouts available to you, you will need to pay a designer to get for extra customization. It also means you are paying for features and extensions that you do not necessarily need.

In a similar fashion, WordPress also offers countless themes which are highly customizable and compatible with certain extensions. The main difference between TYPO3 and WordPress is that the latter readily offers free and affordable themes from the extensive library that are more functionally linked.

Without needing a designer to step in and create a customized theme for your website, you can choose from a great number of layouts and extensions available in the library to give your site functionality and design related to what you need it to do. Furthermore, you can also choose a theme that allows for the integration of custom designs which means you will be able to portray even more creative expression throughout your website.

Diverse Application

TYPO3 is typically used by companies that need to manage large, intricate websites that represent big organizations. Its web page formatting style follows a tree-like structure which strongly resembles folders in a filing system and allows for the design of sophisticated websites. It’s also widely popular for multi-lingual sites as the tree structure means you get to choose whether the varying language versions of your website have a similar or unique structure.

In contrast, WordPress lists all of the web pages on a particular website underneath each other which simplifies the overall layout structure. There is no complicated learning curve to go through in order to identify how to navigate the various web pages. This also means that WordPress is particularly good at building personal blogs and small to medium websites.

However, that is not to say that WordPress can’t handle big websites or e-commerce stores. On the contrary, this CMSs user-friendly interface and overall effortless manageability requirements make it one of the most diverse platforms by far.

When it comes to WordPress, custom modifications implemented by a web developer or graphic designer can turn any website aspiration into a bespoke reality. The modifiable nature of WordPress puts this CMS on equal footing with TYPO3 when it comes to supporting large online organizations.


When comparing content management systems, WordPress has one of the largest online support communities by far. Consisting mostly of avid contributing developers and loyal users of the platform, this CMS’s support network is constantly improving on the security of this content management system.

Consequently, WordPress users can upgrade to the latest WordPress, theme and extension versions via their dashboard on a frequent basis. When installing upgrades, security updates and patches become available which proactively secures your website against any threats.

On the other hand, Typo3 has no automatic updates available and only offers inbuilt security software. If the Typo3 Security Bulletins are informed about a possible vulnerability or threat in this CMS’s core or extensions, they will actively work towards a solution for their users.

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When weighing the pros and cons of both these two content management systems, it is easy to understand why most website builders are choosing WordPress. With its range of customizable themes, ease of manageability, and an overall emphasis on continually improving its security, WordPress is truly a reliable, affordable, and user-friendly CMS. If you need help migrating your website to WordPress, call WordHerd for a free quote.