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The Importance of Version Release Dates for Sitecore

I recently ran into an issue while implementing a site on Sitecore 7.1.  I searched the interwebs for an existing solution to my issue, and discovered a number of posts identifying the same issue for the initial release of 7.0.  All of these posts indicated that the issue was resolved in Update 3 of Sitecore 7.0.  I kept beating my head against the wall wondering why my 7.1 Initial Release implementation was having this issue.  (After all, 7.1 is greater than 7.0 right?  Thus, my 7.1 implementation shouldn’t have a problem since Update 3 of 7.0 fixed it already.)  Finally I decided to put a support ticket into Sitecore, and my friend Yuriy from Sitecore Support helped me understand the issue.  Basically, I had to upgrade from 7.1 Initial Release to 7.1 Update 1 – which “includes the fixes from Sitecore 7.0 Updates 3 and 4”.
Confused?  Don’t worry, it took me a minute.  The faulty logic I was using was that 7.1 had to have come after 7.0 (and all of its updates), but the change Sitecore made to their releases last year doesn’t support that.  Look at the dates of the releases (posted in chronological order) and you’ll see what I’m talking about:

Product Release Date
7.0 Initial Release 5/21/2013
7.0 Update 1 8/13/2013
7.0 Update 2 9/23/2013
7.1 Initial Release 11/27/2013
7.0 Update 3 12/3/2013
7.0 Update 4 1/22/2014
7.1 Update 1 1/31/2014
7.2 Initial Release 3/11/2014
7.2 Update 1 3/18/2014
7.1 Update 2 3/27/2014

You can see above that Sitecore is continuing to update “older” versions after the release of a higher major version. The moral of the story is – don’t rely simply upon the revision (or even major version) of Sitecore that you’re working with to indicate feature / fixes from previous versions – you have to pay attention to the release dates!

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Jamie Stump

My name is Jamie Stump, and I am a Senior Sitecore Consultant at Perficient. I was honored to be named one of only 42 2013 Sitecore MVP’s worldwide. I specialize in Sitecore Architecture and Development and my broad Sitecore experience includes Sitecore installation, configuration and CEP development, including custom DMS implementations for clients. I have implemented Sitecore solutions for a number of industry verticals including manufacturing, healthcare, financial services, advertising and retail. In addition to architecting and implementing Sitecore sites and eCommerce solutions, I also work with other Microsoft Technologies, including the .NET platform and SQL Server. You can read through my older Sitecore related blog posts here and my newer ones here. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Development from York College of PA. I am originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA, and still reside there with my wife, son, English bulldog and 2 cats.

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