Sitefinity Lifecycle Policy Guide

The primary objective of this Product Lifecycle policy guide is to help communicate the different lifecycle stages of Progress Sitefinity to our customers and prospects. With the knowledge and understanding of Progress Sitefinity Product Life Cycle, customers can effectively plan update or migration strategies for their Sitefinity installations. We strongly recommend that customers plan upgrading their Sitefinity CMS on a regular basis, preferably at least once per year to take advantage of the latest features, performance improvements, and security fixes. Progress continually invests in simplifying the Sitefinity version upgrade process to make it more reliable and less intrusive.

Terminology and Product Versioning

Progress Sitefinity follows a versioning format that is based on major and minor versions. Sitefinity release versions are labeled as follows:

10.2.6171.0

where the first digit is the major release (10), the digit after the first decimal is the minor release number (2), followed by the build or patch number (6171). The last digit is the revision number, which is used very infrequently.

Lifecycle Phases and Availability of Product Updates

Progress Sitefinity releases are categorized as Supported and Retired, which terms are self-explanatory. The lifecycle for a Sitefinity major version begins on its general availability (GA) release date, following which it is Supported until it is Retired, generally is no sooner than 4 years from the GA release date.

At present, there is one major and two minor releases of Sitefinity per year, which include new features, various functional improvements, and bug fixes. Traditionally, the first release of the year is a major release, followed by minor releases. Sitefinity bugfixes and hotfixes are continually made available through cumulative patch releases produced on top of the latest major.minor release.

While the latest major version V is actively developed (until the next major version V+1 is released for GA), regular cumulative bugfix patches are continuously made available for this version. Upon the release of the major version V+1, bugfix patches for the prior version V are available on request for Enterprise customers only. After the End of Enterprise Support date, patches and updates for older versions are made available only at Progress’ discretion, typically to address immediate critical security or integration issues

Further details of fixes and updates that we provide to customers on Supported versions of Sitefinity are described in the Sitefinity Bug Fixing Policy.

Retired Versions and Best Effort Support

Progress recommends that customers proactively plan to upgrade from Retired phase products using the life cycle policies as a guideline.

Once a product version is retired, Progress will carry no obligation to provide patches, hotfixes, or any other updates for this version. If problems are found using products in the Retired Phase, Progress will whenever possible work with customers towards an appropriate resolution if their licenses are covered under current Updates and Support Program (Best Effort Support). This includes the possibility of a patch or a hotfix solely at the discretion of Progress and for a fee (based on an assessment of the effort required by Progress). However, the availability of knowledge and skills required to resolve issues on Retired Phase products is NOT guaranteed.

Progress will provide commercially reasonable efforts to resolve customer issues and answer customer questions for Retired versions for customers with current Updates and Support Program contracts through its Product Support group. 

Supported and Retired Versions Schedule

The following table summarizes supported product versions and their respective lifecycle milestones. The expected Retired dates for a major version apply to all minor versions, patches, and hotfix versions produced for that major version.

Version

Release Date (GA)

End of Enterprise Support*

Retired

Sitefinity 3.7 and older

August 2009

January 2011

August 2012

Sitefinity 4.x

January 2011

April 2013

December 2019

Sitefinity 5.x

March 2012

April 2014

December 2019

Sitefinity 6.x

April 2013

March 2015

December 2019

Sitefinity 7.x

April 2014

March 2016

June 2020

Sitefinity 8.x

March 2015

March 2017

December 2020

Sitefinity 9.x

March 2016

May 2018

March 2021

Sitefinity 10.x

March 2017

March 2019

March 2021

Sitefinity 11.x

May 2018

Month of Sitefinity 13.0 release

May 2022

Sitefinity 12.x

April 2019 (ETA)

Month of Sitefinity 14.0 release

No sooner than 4 years from release date

*Available only to customers with a Sitefinity Enterprise license as described in the Sitefinity Bug Fixing Policy.