[TYPO3] SPAM-LOW: Re: Typo3 vs other CMSs

Christopher bedlamhotel at gmail.com
Fri Jul 14 16:50:27 CEST 2006


On 7/14/06, Ryan Off <ryan at ryanoff.com> wrote:
> I see it as a step which should not be necessary. Ideally it should
> be possible to see how templates effect your site without having to
> spend much time (meaning somewhere around 15 seconds).

Exactly what are you asking for? It is absolutely NOT significantly
easier to 'skin' a package like drupal than it is to build a custom
template for TYPO3--drupal, in fact requires MUCH more php coding than
any normal TYPO3 design implementation AND is much less flexible when
all is done. It's also quite possible--and not especially
difficult--to set up a site in TYPO3 where administrators can switch
between multiple templates (it takes three mouse-clicks to switch...)

Are you just complaining that nobody has done this work for you?

> The idea of
> skinning is to take it very easy and quick to change the look of your
> site/program/etc. Take for example, Mambo, Drupal, other CMSes,
> WinAmp, Windows XP, etc. You create a theme for the software which
> alters all the colors and layout very quickly and easily.

Given your description, I really find it pretty difficult to believe
you've ever done this--building a new 'theme' in something like drupal
is quite a lot of work.

> So you can
> try out maybe 10 different skins/themes to your site to see which
> fits your content the best. I don't understand why most of the Typo3
> users don't see why Typo3 should be different than most other pieces
> of software out there that allow skinning/themes?

Simple reason: by and large, TYPO3 is a tool used by developers and
agencies, not by end users. In this type of work, each project has its
own requirements, and it's rarely appropriate to re-use a design.
Drupal and other packages that make a big deal of 'theming' are partly
targetted towards audiences who need to get a generic site up quickly;
this just isn't what the majority of TYPO3 users are using the
software for.


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