The latest version of TYPO3 6.2 LTS is now available to download from TYPO3.org. What is LTS you might ask? LTS stands for Long Term Support and is used in the software industry to describe the version of an application which will be supported (e.g. bug fixes & security updates) for an extended period of time. Major TYPO3 releases (e.g. 6.0, 6.1) are usually supported for up to 18 months after release. The LTS releases of TYPO3 are supported for at least 3 years.
The main advantage of opting for an LTS version of TYPO3 is guaranteed stability and security for an extended period of time which should be a crucial factor in your continuity planning.
What is new in TYPO3 6.2 LTS?
- FAL matures - The File Abstraction Layer replaced the old files system based approached and is seen as the successor to the DAM. However it was launched in 6.0 with many short comings and bugs. 6.2 has done a lot of work to improve this offering a more mature and complete solution.
- Responsive image rendering in the core - whilst there is no definitive solution for responsive images, the core of TYPO3 now has included a solution which can be adapted depending on your preferred approach.
- Mobile Preview in the back end - allowing you to preview your display in different devices which will be very useful.
- Distributions - allowing the combination of pages, content, assets, extensions and configurations to be packed up and deployed across sites as an extension.
So when are we upgrading?
As most of our clients know we recently went through the process of upgrading every single one of our TYPO3 installations to version 6.0. Luckily the work we carried out during these upgrades paved the way for an upgrade to 6.2 as much of the code clean-up and modifications we carried out were made in order to accommodate the core API changes which are required by TYPO3 6.2.
Our intention in the next few months is to upgrade all our clients to version 6.2.
How about you?
Are you thinking of upgrading your legacy TYPO3 installation to 6.2 LTS? Why not get in touch for expert advice.
Finn is a founding director of Liquid Light, and he still (after 22 years of web design) likes to get involved in projects. When he is not worrying about the clients, he is studying Chinese medicine, working with young criminals and doing spartan challenges.