[TYPO3] newbie trouble - template

Francois Suter fsuter at cobweb.ch
Tue Nov 13 10:29:15 CET 2007

Hi Suresh,

> I just installed typo3 on my debian machine and I would like to say  
> that I am amazed by its power. I want to use typo3 for building my  
> dept website. Very quickly i realised that the available static  
> templates wont give me a professional looking website and i need  
> better looking templates.

Yes, static templates are a bit old and out of fashion :-)

> Somehow I learned that I need to install templavoila for using  
> templates like andreas01 etc. But the doc of templavoila said, i  
> must read futuristic template building before I can start. But  
> futuristic template building document says, i must read modern  
> template building part 1 at least to go ahead.

TemplaVoilà is not the only way, but it is one. I use it daily and am  
entirely satisfied, but other prefer the methods described in Modern  
Template Building.

> Is it that i must study these 3 huge manuals before I can build a  
> nice looking website using typo3, similar to the ones build by my  
> friends using other content management systems? I read the official  
> typo3 book, but it wont help me with professional looking web site  
> design.
> Am i going wrong somewhere? Is there an easy/better approach?

There's no easy way into TYPO3. It is a complex system, but you will  
find immensely rewarding. Reading the Modern Template Building and  
then the Futuristic Template Building documents is certainly the way  
to go. There's also a TypoScript by Example document which is very  
useful (http://typo3.org/documentation/document-library/core- 

It's a lot of reading, but it's worth every penny, even though you  
may discouraged at times. Good luck!


François Suter

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