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New in Craft CMS 3.0

Craft CMS 3.0 - Teaser
Pixel & Tonic worked on Craft 3 for three years and three months. 7,700 commits, three pre-release phases, a new commerce platform, six new employees, and three children later, the final version of Craft CMS 3 is finally available

This website has been running with Craft 3 since December 2017, when the first release candidate was published, and I immediately dared to upgrade.

I didn't have any real problems during the several months of testing, so now you should be able to upgrade with the finished version almost without hesitation - as long as all used plugins are available.

The most important new features

  • Multi-Site
  • Image editor: cropping, rotating, flipping, and setting focus points for files is possible in the CMS
  • File preview: Press Shift + Spacebar, and you will see a preview of the files.
  • Debug-Toolbar
  • Element Queries: Get exactly the content in the query that is needed.
  • PostgreSQL
  • Plugin Store: find, try and buy craft plugins directly from the control panel.

Furthermore, Craft 3 requires PHP 7 and takes advantage of all the performance benefits of the new language version. Craft 3 is available as a Composer Package. The CMS is based on Yii 2, and this time is much closer to the Yii conventions.

Versions and prices

Craft 1 was utterly modular. Core CMS was free, and you bought features in the form of packages.

Craft 2 changed this and switched to editions. Personal for personal websites, Client for small clients, and Pro for all other projects. But the differentiation at the content level was not always appropriate. Craft 2.5 dissolved the boundaries a bit further, and Craft 3 sensibly merges the Personal and Client editions into one called Solo.

There are only two Craft licenses: Solo is free to use, and Pro costs $299 (plus $59 per year for updates).

Both versions offer:

  • Sections, category groups, files, etc. without limit
  • Multi-site and localization
  • Support for cloud services such as Amazon S3

Pro variant additionally offers:

  • User management, user groups, and user rights
  • Support for developers


In 2015, I first saw a sneak peek of Craft 3 during Craft Summit. At the time, it was unthinkable to me that this CMS would not be released until 2018, and I am all the happier that the wait is over.

I have been using Craft 3 for several months and have taken with the improvements. But my current highlight is the new pricing structure, which has been meaningfully simplified. For the first time, I feel that Craft is doing everything right in this regard.

Photo from  Thomas Sausen<

Self-employed web developer from Germany who started with WordPress websites in 2005, then moved to ExpressionEngine and lost his heart to Craft CMS in 2013. As the founder of Craftentries, he has been covering the Craft ecosystem since 2015.

Thomas Sausen Web Developer