Agiliway Carries Out Gradual Migration from TYPO3 to Laravel

Project Background

Although the migration often happens because the website owners regret their initial choice, this is not the case in this project, as the migration from TYPO3 to a framework was planned from the very beginning.

Project Challenges

There were a number of features, which had to complement the existing functionality, but could not be effectively accomplished with the help of TYPO3. In particular:

  • Neural network search. The neural network search, which performance relies on big data and machine learning algorithms, had to facilitate the choice for the client;
  • AI support bot. The bot did not only have to lead the customers through the predefined tunnel, but also use AI to educate itself towards better performance;
  • Complex logic for calculating cost and ROI considering various parameters and relations between various entities;
  • Multiple languages. Although TYPO3 supports multilingual websites, localization on the product is much more convenient on the framework. Thus, when the client expressed the wish to localize the product to more than two languages, it was decided to perform this step after the product migrates.

Provided Solution

It was decided that from TYPO3, the website will migrate to Laravel PHP framework. This framework was chosen as a quality, flexible and reliable solution that will allow the platform to grow in power and functionality. Moreover, the system Laravel Admin & BREAD, which was used for the project, had a variety of libraries addressing project needs, such as:

  • Laravel API Documentation Generator automatically creating documentation for the Laravel routes when new microservices are added;
  • Laravel Debugbar facilitating errors detection for all current Routes, queries and events;
  • Laravel IDE Helper allowing autocompletion and having the files up-to-date;
  • Laravel Entrust helping to manage roles and permissions;
  • Laravel Extended Generators improving website speed and user experience.
  • Laravel Translatable facilitating localization of the product;
  • Installation of Laravel on the base as a separate folder. Such solution allowed Laravel access all existing classes and codes;
  • Development of new functionality. New functionality has been developed and launched on Laravel.
  • Creation of routes between TYPO3 and Laravel. According to the created logic, the request is directed from TYPO3 to Laravel each time the system does not respond.
  • Rewriting core functionality. After the new functionality developed on Laravel has been enabled, time has come to rewrite all the core functionality, which is done gradually and in the background.

Value Delivered

First, the well-though migration strategy developed by Agiliway allowed developers to concentrate on the development of the anticipated new features and, thus, deliver them in a relatively short term. Overall, TYPO3 CMS to Laravel PHP framework migration has allowed the platform to move beyond the MVP status and set good prerequisites for growth by

  • improving the system’s architecture;
  • enabling transition to microservices connected with the help of APIs;
  • allowing the system to develop rapidly with the help of various technologies and programming languages;
  • making the system scalable, reusable and easily integrated with their-party services.



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