Author: Marcus Schwemer

How do you earn money with TYPO3?

This was one question I was asked at the WorldHostingDays last September in Munich. This made me really think about it. How do we earn money with TYPO3? Basically this question is valid for all other FOS-Software too. So I took a look at what agencies and freelancers around TYPO3 offer to the world. Most of us provide services like Consulting Website – Integration Individual Extension Programming Support As one offers these services, only the time spent on a customer can be charged. The only variable is the amount charged per hour or per day. The amount charged is dependent on how valuable the service seems to the customer and / or how good the sales person is. But it is limited by the available workforce. To some extent there were some crowdfunding initiaitives. As examples there are the extensions gridelements or themes. I don’t know for sure, but the aim was to fund the development of those extension, to make them public afterwards in a more or less long timeframe. A second variant is asking the community for some kind of sponsoring like Georg did with his extension „news“. It is quite similar to crowdfunding, but without a sponsoring goal that has to be reached upfront. Another flavor of crowdfunding are EAPs (Early Access Programms). This was used by dkd.de for the TYPO3 SolR Extension. The difference to crowdfunding is, that main parts of the functionality...

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TYPO3 Forger: Get in Touch with Issues and Reviews!

You feel lost on forge.typo3.org? With all the tickets? Categories? Tracker? You do not know which patch you like to put your energy on review.typo3.org? You do not find those topics / reviews you have the best expertise? So forger.typo3.org is probably the answer you are looking for!  It basically provides an intuitive interface to filter reviews and shows some statistics. In this article I will give you an overview over all the possible views. But let us start with a little side feature: TYPO3 Team Invitation for #slack Until some weeks ago you had to send an email to admin(at)typo3.org with the request to get an invitation to the TYPO3 team on #slack. Everybody who requested an invite got one, but every request implied some manual work to acknowledge it. This could take some days until it was done. But forger.typo3.org offers a (still hidden) feature to get an automated invitation for the TYPO3 team on slack. This form is available under http://forger.typo3.org/slack/. After providing your user data, you receive your invitation a couple of moments later. After confirming your account you can start using #slack right away. But now let’s see, what else could forger.typo3.org can do for you. Dashboard The dashboard on the start page gives an overview about what ist going on on forge.typo3.org & review.typo3.org (Gerrit) in general. There are a couple of nice charts to show several numbers regarding the development of TYPO3; f.e. the velocity of on Forge and Gerrit or the cycle time. The dashboard provides also a search box...

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Flexible PHP-Development-Setup on MacOS X with Homebrew

Many (all?) php developers face the challenge that they have to test their work using different PHP versions. For MacOSX 10.10 Yosemite I found a  real simple solution that is setup in within about hour (excluding compile time 😉 ) Thanks to Tobias Liebig (@etobi auf Twitter) I came across the very good and well thought blog post of Alan Ivey about his php development setup on MacOSX. Until a couple of days ago I had a rather similar setup except the following features: homebrew based apache server auto virtual host feature for apache php installation using fpm The really cool thing of this setup is that you can create / use virtual hosts and switch php versions without touching the apache and / or php configuration! I can only recommend this setup. While installing I came across two small glitches: If you are switching from a mod_php- and homebrew-based installation, you must uninstall and remove every prior php installation and install all php versions from scratch. Otherwise the usage with fpm will not work. I recommend to compile and install all available php versions, as it is quite simple to switch between them at any time later. The “mysql”-database in version 5.6 together with MacOS X 10.10 (Yosemite) may cause some headaches, resulting in the error: “Lost connection to MySQL server at ‘sending authentication information’, system error: 32”.  The reason seem to be the...

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TYPO3 Budget Applications 2015 – Part 2

Welcome to second part of the TYPO3 budget applications overview. Before continuing, I would like to highlight three related things, that were mentioned on the comments of the prior post. Please read on … 1) It is not (all) about numbers Michael Stucki (@stucki on Twitter) commented in the first post that the it is not solely about the plain numbers, but about what we like and what we do not like in the applications. So it is really necessary to have a closer look at these applications. All application titles in these two posts are directly linked to the forum topic where you find the description and the details. 2) Thanks to Budget Owners While digging through the applications I asked several questions about content, goals and numbers. Others asked more questions. All of them got answered in a very pleasant and informative way. Thank you, budget owners, very much for your time and patience! 3) RSS – Feed to follow discussions Since each application resides on an own topic in the forum it is quite hard to follow the discussion just by using the web. But it is possible to follow the discussion by RSS feed. You find the link at the bottom of the overview page. TYPO3 Teams continued In the last post I missed two teams: TYPO3 CMS Team. They apply for round about 135.000 €. I asked about the UX code sprints...

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TYPO3 Budget Applications 2015 – Part 1

Last week, on Oct. 22nd, the applications for the 2015 budget were published on forge.typo3.org. In this article you find a grouped list of the budget applications together with some comments. If you want to have a very quick impression of the application title, their owner and the amount, the spreadsheet of Matthias Schreiber gives i very good impression of the budget including some nice charts. So let’s start with the first group! T3A “Core” Budgets This is about running the TYPO3 Association itself. These are needed just to fulfill the purpose of the T3A, AKA “the administrative costs”. In my opinion they sound all very reasonable. The overvall budget applied for in this section is 169.555 €. Backoffice ( € 34,350.00 ) Expenses Lawyer ( €15,000.00 ) Expenses Accounting  ( €8,000.00 ) Executive Secretary  ( €89,155.50 ) BCC Travel Costs ( €1,600.00 ) CEBAB Meetings ( €21,300.00 ) T3A – Broader Goals Applications, covering costs that belong to the tasks of the T3A in strengthening the community and the brand are summed up here. The amount applied for this section is 283.300 €. Membership in other Organisations  ( €5,600.00 ) Licensing Team ( €6,200.00 ) Strategy T3A ( €20,000.00 ) Marketing TYPO3 ( €152,000.00 ) Community Management  ( €99,500.00 ) For Marketing and Community Management please read the questions and answers on forge. At the writing of this article there are some important questions open. ( Remark: If there are answers or more information, I will...

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