Support Severity Levels

When you open a support case we kindly request that you specify its severity level, so that we can better prioritize our work to deliver the best service to you and all other customers.

When our support engineers analyze a case they use the below table to determine if the severity level is properly specified and if not, they will change it and notify you.

Severity Level Definition
1 – Production System Down Production system is down.

A severe problem that prevents an existing production system from operating where no workarounds can be implemented.


Issues of this type could be: 

  • A hang, crash, or uncontrolled termination of the system
  • Corruption or loss of data
  • Security is Compromised
  • A failure of the system or critical product component to start or connect 
2 – Restricted Operations A loss of service resulting in restricted business operations.

A loss of service resulting in restricted business operations.

A moderate problem that may restrict a system but does not prevent it from operating. The problem may affect production, development, testing or migration efforts. 

Issues of this type could be:

  • Severe performance problems
  • Production down issues for which a workaround has been implemented
  • Intermittent problem that results in stability issues 
3 – Low Impact / Procedural Question

A limited loss of service resulting in minimal impact to business operations.

A problem with little or no impact to production, testing or development systems. Nuisance issues, or questions about product functionality and usage. 

Issues of this type could be: 

  • GUI or cosmetic issues
  • Nuisance issues that do not restrict the usage of the product 
  • Questions regarding the usage of, or future for, the product
  • Set up or configuration assistance 
  • Enhancement requests (applicable to certain products) 

Service Level Commitments

Customer Support will review the severity level assigned and allocate the appropriate resources. Sitefinity Support will use commercially reasonable efforts to resolve reported cases. If a practical workaround, or temporary solution, is identified the severity level will be re-evaluated.

Severity Level Service Level Commitment
1 – Production System Down

Customer Support will assign Technical Support Engineers to provide full-time continuous support until the case is either resolved or circumvented.

The customer must be committed to making the relevant documentation, system and personnel resources available round the clock to assist in resolving the case.

If customer’s resources are unavailable, or if Support is able to provide a temporary solution, the severity level of the case will be re-evaluated.

2 – Restricted Operations

Customer Support will assign a Technical Support Engineer to investigate the reported case to resolution.

The customer must be committed to making the relevant documentation, system and personnel resources available to assist in resolving the case.

If Support is able to provide a temporary solution, the severity level will be re-evaluated to determine the appropriate course of action.

3 – Question/Inconvenience

Customer Support will assign a Technical Support Engineer to investigate the reported case to resolution.

If the problem is determined to be a product defect the Technical Support Engineer will verify the existence of the defect and document it accordingly.

Response times

Severity Level Case reported via Initial support response Support Resolution
1 – Production System Down Telephone < One Hour 7 Days
2 – Restricted Operations Telephone/Web One Business Day 14 Days
3 – Question/Inconvenience Web One Business Day 21 Days
The stated SLOs are internal guidelines of the Sitefinity Support Team and all times are in business days and hours. They are provided here for information purposes only and are not a legally binding commitment or agreement.