Sitecore support service description

  • Sitecore has recently released a new version of the Sitecore Support & Self-Service Portal which is now available at It is designed for improved user experience, self-service capabilities, as well as functions as a single communication channel for Sitecore's Customers and Partners to engage with the Sitecore Support team.

    All our Customer and Partner representatives with access to support are invited to use the New Sitecore Support & Self-Service Portal to create support cases and requests for Sitecore Cloud and SaaS services.

    Old Sitecore Support Portal can still be found at address and used as an alternative way to contact the Sitecore Support team and to view the previously created support cases. Old Support Portal is planned to be closed at a future point in time. This will be announced in advance with a notification in this KB Article and via other communication channels.

    You can learn how to use the new Sitecore Support & Self-Service Portal here: KB263106

    The instructions about using the old Sitecore Support Portal remain available here: KB654910

  • Purpose

    This article describes the eligibility, scope, service levels, and other details of Sitecore's support offering.


    Sitecore's core support offerings consist of two levels of support service: Standard Support and 24x7 Premium Support. These support services provide increasing levels of responsiveness, from three business days for low priority problems, down to as little as one hour for critical issues, and varying hours of coverage.

    Access to Sitecore support is typically provided to a Sitecore Solution Partner on the customer's behalf. This ensures that experienced and knowledgeable support personnel are available to provide direct support of the solution.

    Customers with Sitecore Certified Developers with an active Sitecore Maintenance Program are also provided access to Sitecore support.

    In addition to these support services, Sitecore provides a number of resources for self-help as well as access to professional expert services, such as training, technical consulting, and business optimization services. Further details of these resources can be found in the Additional Sources of Help section of this document.

  • Access to Sitecore Support is offered through the Sitecore Support Portal available at To log in, users should use the same e-mail and password as used for

    How to get access

    If access to the Sitecore Support Portal has not been granted as part of the initial Sitecore on-boarding or training process, ensure the below prerequisites are met and contact your Sitecore Sales Representative or your regional Sitecore office.

    General prerequisites:

    To have access to the Support Portal the following prerequisites need to be met:

    • A user must represent an active Sitecore Partner or Sitecore Customer.
    • A user must have an account registered at web site.

    On Support Portal, the following kinds of access can be provided: Access to Support Cases, Read-Only Access and Access to Cloud Services.

    Access to Support Cases:

    Gives a possibility to create and edit cases on the Support Portal. Also, gives permissions to see the Cloud Requests.

    Access to Support Cases: Prerequisites

    • A user must have passed a Sitecore Certified Developer exam.
    • A user must be able to provide a valid Sitecore License associated with an active Sitecore Maintenance Program.

    Access to Support Cases: Exceptions

    For Sitecore Customers who do not have any users with appropriate Sitecore Developer certifications, it is highly recommended to contact Sitecore Support with the assistance of the Sitecore Implementation Partner.

    If this is not possible, access to support cases can be granted to non-certified users in the following situations:

    • Sitecore Customer has a valid Standard or 24x7 Premium Support contract. Temporary full access can be granted to a single user who scheduled a Sitecore certification exam on a future date and has not completed it yet.
    • Sitecore Customer has a valid 24x7 Premium Support contract. Non-certified users can escalate critical production issues by directly calling a dedicated 24-hour Sitecore Support Hotline number.

    Read-only access

    For users without the valid Sitecore certification but who want to track the status of their colleagues' support cases, read-only access can be granted upon request. Users with that type of access can see Cloud Requests as well.

    Access to Cloud Services

    Please refer to the following article for details regarding the access to Cloud Services here.

    Account sharing

    Every Sitecore user account is assigned to an individual and must not be shared with other people. Accessing the Sitecore Support Portal with another person's account is a violation of Sitecore's security policy.

    How to see other contacts from the same company having access to Support Portal

    On the Support Portal homepage menu click My Colleagues:

  • On the Sitecore Support Portal, every support case is linked to a company that the user is associated with when they open a case.

    Regarding access to support cases, this means:

    • All users from a company can see and modify all cases associated with the company.
    • All users from the company also have access to support cases, that were registered by an Implementation Partner for that company.
    • When a user is associated with a new company, they lose access to old support cases. Related cases remain accessible only to the original company's users.

    If you have problems with the ownership of or access to support cases, please contact your regional Sitecore office.

  • Sitecore defines support as the investigation and resolution of difficulties with Sitecore products, documentation, and services. Support does not include consulting services or training of any kind.

    In scope

    The following types of issues are defined as in scope for support:

    • Errors or unexpected behavior in Sitecore's supported products during installation, development, and production.
    • Errors or omissions in product documentation.
    • Unavailability or unexpected behavior of Sitecore software services such as the Sitecore Managed Cloud, App Center or Content Hub.
    • Service requests related to Sitecore software services.

    Out of scope

    The following are examples of questions that are not included in the definition of Sitecore support:

    • Inquiries regarding implementation advice, such as sizing information, installation assistance, upgrade planning, errors resulting from unsupported or undocumented installation or upgrade scenarios, best practices, and integration with other software.
    • Questions relating to the design, configuration, or customization of applications built using Sitecore products.
    • Questions relating to any configuration not described in Sitecore product documentation.
    • Any questions or issues due to incomplete development by a Sitecore Solution Partner or customer.
    • Any inquiry relating to administration or optimization, such as performance tuning, optimizing databases, deployment scenarios, archiving, backup and recovery, and any other third-party applications.
    • Any training questions including product use, best practices, and how-to questions.
    • Any inquiries relating to business processes or application logic of applications built using Sitecore's products.
    • Any questions relating to future and non-released products, preview versions of Sitecore products, and shared source modules.
    • Any queries that require analysis or modifications of the .NET code written in programming languages different from the Microsoft Visual C#.

    For questions of this nature, we provide a number of resources to support our partners and customers. Please see the Additional Sources of Help section later in this document.

    In addition, questions of the following nature are not included in the definition of Sitecore support:

    • Any inquiries relating to ETA's for Sitecore products, Feature and Maintenance Updates, Service Packs, or timelines for introducing support for the not yet supported technology platforms.
    • Any inquiries relating to access to Sitecore resources, source code or updating Sitecore account information.
    • Any questions relating to Sitecore license details, marketing, or sales-oriented questions.

    For questions of this nature, please contact your Sitecore Sales Representative or your regional Sitecore office.

    Sitecore JavaScript Services (JSS) support

    Please note that only Server-side JSS components are supported by Sitecore via normal support channels. Client-side JavaScript JSS components are open source, and therefore not supported by Sitecore Support. More information regarding the Client-side JSS components support can be found here:

    Also, taking into account the JSS framework flexibility and customizability, it is important to draw the border between Sitecore-produced parts and the custom parts of the solutions, that were built using JSS. Because of that, we support only scenarios, that can be reproduced using the basic JSS project (produced by JSS CLI) and a clean Sitecore XP instance with the installed JSS package.

  • To help customers manage this end-of-life transition and understand the role that Sitecore can play in helping customers use the latest Sitecore platforms and technologies, Sitecore utilizes three support phases as part of the Sitecore Support Lifecycle applicable to all commercial Sitecore products.

    Mainstream Support Phase

    These are the latest products or product versions eligible for the full scope of support services provided by Sitecore.

    Extended Support Phase

    These are older products or product versions that are no longer eligible to be Mainstream Support products. Ideally, customers will migrate to a newer product version before a product goes into Extended Support. However, as this is not always possible, Sitecore provides Extended Support as a solution to making sure your Sitecore products remain secure and supported on the condition of production issues.

    Sustaining Support Phase

    These are products or product versions that are no longer eligible to be Extended Support products. In rare situations when customers are not able to migrate to the latest product versions before the products are no longer eligible to be Extended Support products, Sitecore provides Sustaining Support as a stop-gap solution for getting limited assistance with production issues and access to online documentation.

    Up-to-date details of which versions of a particular product are in support can be found at any time in this Knowledge Base article:
  • Standard Support

    Standard Support is designed to help Sitecore Certified Developers to stay on track with projects and production environment support commitments. Standard Support provides online portal assistance only, where developers can create, update, and track support cases.

    The hours of operation for Standard Support are normal business hours as defined in the location where the Sitecore license was purchased.

    The expected maximum response time for Standard Support cases varies from one to three business days depending on the issue severity.

    Sitecore provides support in the English language globally, and in Japanese for customers located in Japan.

    24x7 Premium Support

    24x7 Premium Support is intended for customers that need enhanced response time for regular support issues, as well as round-the-clock support for business-critical situations.

    24x7 Premium Support is available as an optional extra service to all Sitecore customers on the Sitecore Maintenance Program.

    The hours of operation for 24x7 Premium Support for Critical and High severity issues are 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.


    For every support issue and depending on the Support Program associated with the end customer, Sitecore determines the appropriate severity level and accompanies it with expected response times and resolution standards.

    Full details about Sitecore severity definitions, response times, resolutions, and business hours can be found at the following location:

  • The following references contain additional practical and detailed how-to information about working with the Sitecore Support team:

  • In addition to the Support Portal, Sitecore provides a range of online resources, training, and services. This section outlines some of those resources and provides guidance for locating further information.

    Sitecore Documentation Library

    Sitecore's online documentation includes technical documentation, tool downloads, code snippets, reference documents, FAQs, and articles. Documents cover a range of website construction levels and topics, API details, troubleshooting techniques, relevant conceptual articles, tutorials, external integration examples, training materials and more. Access the Sitecore Documentation Library at and

    Sitecore Knowledge Base

    The Sitecore Knowledge Base site provides access to multiple documented known issues, how-to articles, and security bulletins published by Sitecore. Metadata associated with articles and smart search capabilities allow visitors to find the latest relevant information easily. Access the Sitecore Knowledge Base at

    Sitecore Training

    Sitecore training addresses the learning needs of all types of Sitecore users, from developers and administrators, to business users and marketers.

    We have training centers around the world where we run regular public courses. We also provide private, on-site training for customers and partners.

    Course availability and delivery options vary from region-to-region. Please contact your local Sitecore office for details of available courses, or check training dates on the Sitecore website – –where you can also register to attend courses.

    Professional Consulting Services

    Sitecore's Professional Consulting Services are designed to provide Sitecore Solution Partners with deep technical skills and experience to support project success.

    Designed to work with project teams, these services are focused on providing implementation guidance and technical assistance via a series of reviews, checkpoints, and practical services.

    Professional Consulting Services are available for all Sitecore Solution Partners but can be especially relevant for organizations new to working with Sitecore. Many of these services build on the knowledge gained from Sitecore Developer Training by communicating best practices and real-world knowledge of implementing Sitecore early in the partner relationship, enabling success from your very first project.

    For further details, please speak to your local Sitecore representative.

    Business Optimization Consulting Services

    Sitecore's Business Optimization Consulting Services focus on enabling partners to maximize the return on investment for their customers by enabling them to generate significant, quantifiable business value using the Sitecore Customer Engagement Platform.

    Rather than focusing on the technical aspects of implementing and using the Sitecore Customer Engagement Platform, Sitecore Business Optimization Services focus on establishing the digital maturity of the customer organization, identifying where the customer would like to be and then developing practical plans for achieving that vision.

    For further details, please speak to your local Sitecore representative.

    Sitecore Community Forum, Sitecore Blogs, and More

    The Sitecore Community Forum is an active online community of Sitecore users. This forum offers a wealth of shared experiences among the many Sitecore certified developers worldwide, with fresh and historical insight available 24x7. Access the Sitecore Community Forum through

    There are multiple Sitecore-related blogs and other information resources available on the web and driven by the Sitecore community. Some of the popular locations include technical Sitecore blogs at, as well as the community-driven information at

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