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Happy fifth birthday, Contao

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Exactly five years ago today, the Contao project has been registered at - it was still called TYPOlight back then. Two weeks later, on March 12th, 2006, version 1 was published.

Since then, the success of the project and its community has grown steadily: In January 2011 alone, the software has been downloaded 25,000 times. Among the many users, there are meanwhile also well-known companies like McFit, Lufthansa Systems or Fujitsu as well as prominent individuals like Demba Ba or Alfons Schuhbeck.

Important milestones

Date Occurrence
February 28th, 2006 The TYPOlight project is registered at
March 12th, 2006 The first version of the Open Source CMS is released.
November 24th, 2006 The software has been totally reworked and version 2 has been published.
March 27th, 2007 The first TYPOlight screencast has been created by Ben Robinson.
May/June 2007 TYPOlight is mentioned in the press for the first time: the project is featured in the PHP Journal and the Internet Professional magazine.
November 6th, 2007 TYPOlight comes in second as "Most Promising Open Source CMS" at the yearly Packt Publishing CMS Award.
April 18th, 2008 The first official user meeting takes place in Würzburg, Germany, and the TYPOlight core team is introduced.
May 24th, 2008 As the result of a logo competition within the community, the TYPOlight logo is released in its final design.
August 6th, 2008 The German version of the project website is launched.
September 2nd, 2008 The official TYPOlight book written by the Contao founder and core developer, Leo Feyer, is published by Addison-Wesley.
September 10th 2008 The Extension Repository becomes the central platform for third-party extensions and is integrated into the back end.
April 30th, 2009 With more than 100 tickets, version 2.7 is the biggest release in the history of the project.
May 22nd, 2009 The second official user meeting takes place in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
September 23rd, 2009 The project website is being reworked a third time and relaunched with its current design.
December 15th, 2009 The first TYPOlight video training is published by Video2Brain.
February 16th, 2010 TYPOlight version 2.8 is released.
May 14th, 2010 The third official user meeting takes place in Essen, Germany. The name change from TYPOlight to Contao is announced.
July 2nd, 2010 With the final release of version 2.9, the name change is taking effect. TYPOlight is now Contao.
October 7th, 2010 Contao is a guest at the Open Expo 2010.
Autumn 2010 Further Contao books and video trainings are published by Galileo Computing, Addison-Wesley and mitp.
January 11th, 2011 The planning phase for the Contao conference 2011 begins.
January 25th, 2011 The Contao partner programm is reworked and the premium status is created.

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