Le roi du TYPO3 – king of TYPO3Seite 4 / 6
Be fruitful and multiply
How many websites run TYPO3 today? Unfortunately we can only estimate. Today, there are nearly 7000 websites registered at TYPO3.org. Only one year ago this number was around 4000. And we popped champagne bottles when we had reached 1000 only a few years before! But is that number real? In itself it is impressive, but each time I tell people, I hear “Can I register my sites? I didn’t do that for any of mine!” Can we safely assume that only 1/10 sites are listed on typo3.org? It wouldn’t be too far off. So we have 70.000 websites made with TYPO3! Oh well, this includes high and low profile sites. What about interesting references? Well, take almost any major German company and chances are they are using TYPO3 somewhere in their organization and often for mission critical information delivery. Or search google.com for “Content Management System” and TYPO3 will regularly show up among the top ten. Numbers can be poor proof of popularity, but one thing can be seen everywhere in our statistics: We are growing exponentially!
Dealing with growth
I remember days when the rain was just pouring down – inside that is! I just felt depressed, overwhelmed and incapable of sitting in front of my computer and working on TYPO3. I felt that no matter what I did, the work burden would just grow. No matter how much I tried to delegate, I would never gain the sense of being on top of things. I constantly felt behindhand, there was always a growing list of bugs, like a wave that would swallow you. Personally managing this growth has been the hardest thing in my life and I don’t feel that I really have succeeded. As a person. I’m not well suited to handle such scenarios because I aspire to be a perfectionist. However, I found an oasis here and there, mostly characterized by having clear and obtainable goals that I could concentrate on and indulge in. Later I learned that this working mode is called “flow”.