Sitecore Versions

In this blog, you will be learning different versions of the site core and their features. Do you know about Site Core? Let me explain, Site core is a digital tool, which helps their customers to upgrade and automate various software products. Now a day almost all the web management operations are done with the help of Site core. There is several Site core software available in the market, before choosing the best version; you should have some knowledge of Site core versions and its features. I am here to help you all in this and get a complete skill set of the site core software.

What is Site Core software?

The site core is a Digital software tool designed to offer web management and multichannel marketing automation facility. This Site core is a Microsoft product, and work as a global leader in digitization. Now a day this software is popularly known as customer management software that offers high relevant content and customized experience across multiple channels.The main purpose of using the Site Core software tool is to build loyalty, highly driven revenues, and delight the audience.The site core software also good for making and updating fully featured and dynamic websites and it has the advantage of scaling, flexibility, and also integrated well with various third-party systems.

Why Site core is so popular?

The below are the few factors which explain why Site core is so popular;

1. Site core offers redesigned web forms and various site core forms.

2. Provides a 360-degree customer view.

3. Offers huge X connect as well as data integration

4. Supports configuration control

5. Helps Omni-channel marketing automation

6. PaaS – Site core experience cloud.

7. Site core Cortex – a nerve center

8. Site core offers huge accelerator facilities

9. Offers Site core installation framework

10. Headless feature – which publishes externally.

Who is using Site Core?

There are lots of industries making use of Site Core;

1. Financial industries: example Merrick bank, South Carolina federal bank, and many more.

2. Health care industries: Example Ascension health, university health system, and Sunrise living.

3. Childcare industries: Bright horizons and Kindercare.

4. Insurance companies: Aflac, Rocky Mountains, Health plans, and Unum.

5. CPG: Nestle Purina, L’Oréal, and Nature Bounty.

6. Food services: Chick-Fil-A, JR Simplot Company, and Pei Wei industry

7. Educational institutions: McCombs Business school, Brooklyn Law School, and Ball state university.

8. Hospitality and Travel: Vail Resorts, Tourism New Brunswick, The palm, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel, and Casino.

9. Public sector: the State of Wyoming, Australian communications, and the Danish parliament.

10. Energy: Direct energy, PFC Energy, and NRG Energy.

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A brief History about Site Core History:

The site core version gives brief details about software upgrades, availability, and features.

Let me explain them one by one;

1. Site Core 5 -> the year 2007:

a. This version of Site core added extranet, security, core, archive, and recycle bin databases.

b. Site core 5 comes with a new workflow facility, Site core desktop feature, and Sheer User interface technology.

c. Site core Version 5 layouts were grounded with various devices and also offer a single application programming interface for CM and CD.

2. Site Core 6.0 -> the year 2008

a. This version of software replaces masters with standard data values, Replaces Web Edit with the available page editor.

b. This version of software eliminates security management, Extranet, Archive, and Recycle Bin databases.

c. Offers a proprietary security implementation is replaces with the ASP.NET membership model.

d. Improves the Content Editor Management tool.

3. Site Core 6.1 -> the year 2009

a. This version of Site core added Rules engine, Fields Editor, and Edit frames features.

b. The Site Core 6.1 version acted as a Foundation for DMS or OMS.

c. Rendered parameter templates.

4. Site Core 6.2 -> the year 2009

a. This is an extended version of Site Core 6.1 that offers Web development or DAV, and the file drop area field types.

b. supports world document field types.

c. Public and Site Core client RSS feeds.

5. Site Core 6.3 -> the year 2010

a. This site core version supports load–balancing and content management facilities.

b. helps in the elimination of staging modules.

c. Offers scalability and Site Core Azure.

D. Also improves the horizontal scalability.

6. Site Core 6.4 -> the year 2010.

a. This is an extended version of Site core 6.3 used for RTE up-gradation, .net 4 implementations, supports ASP.NET MVC compatible.

b. provides Clones and notification engine

c. Also come up with new features like page editor, and it’s extensively improved

d. supports layout deltas and cross-browser implementations

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7. Site Core 6.5 -> the year 2011

a. Offers efficient marketing and engagement automation, measures value and efficiency, and improves real-time personalization.

b. provides dashboards and improves report readability.

c. Automatically classifies visit origins.

d. Increases the performance and scalability

e. supports the foundation for CEP, Supports DMS == OMS 2.

8. Site Core 6.6 -> the year 2012

a. This version of Site core comes up with a Device simulator, page preview services, and Native MVC support.

b. offers page editor movements, and RTE upgraded

c. Site Core is now using Lucene.NET 2.9.4

d. supports SQL server data base mirroring and improved executive insight dashboard.

9. Site core 7.0 -> the year 2013

a. helps data sources improvements, support for running site core windows server 2012 and Windows 8.

b. Buckets and Sitecore. content search namespace

c. Search screens in the Content Editor, Page Editor, and in many dialog boxes.

d. Supports content tagging and faceting.

10. Site Core 7.1 -> the year 2013

a. Browser enhancements, IE compatibility view mode support removed

b. Available with User interface and speak dialog

c. Sitecore Item web Application programming interface and supports MVC 4.

d. Rules engine improvements and data source improvements and supports for running Site Core on windows server 2012 and Windows 8.

11. Site Core 7.2 -> the year 2014

a. Improvements in publishing, SPEAK, Item Bucket, Site Core. Content search.

b. DMS improvements and supports for IE 11, 5.1

12. Site Core 7.5 -> the year 2014

a. This is an extended version to 7.2 and introduces the experience database (XDB)

b. Offers experience profile and the Site Core tag management library.

13. Site Core 8.0 -> the year 2014

a. Develops cross-platform visual design for the site core client interfaces, applications, and modules, Redesigned Site core login screen and Launch pad.

b. New marketing foundation features, marketing taxonomies.

c. Federated experience manager (FXM), List Management, SPEAK components with a new theme.

d. Experience analytics and experience profile features

e. Automatic content testing and optimization reporting, path analyzer, full UTC support, and versioned layouts.

14. Site core 8.1 -> the year 2015

a. Fully integrated device detection features/IP geolocation features, Enhanced XP Editor features.

b. offers new language fallback features, marketing foundation improvements, and improved content testing user interface.

c. New XP analytics reports and dimensions, newspeak components, and improved component framework.

d. Integrated campaign creator, improved path analyzer components.

e. Site Core MVC -> ASP.NET MVC 5.2.3, supports for SOLR 4.10.

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15. Site Core 8.2 -> the year 2016

a. Content foundation improvements (Dependency injection, caching, and performance), support for the publishing service (which are installed separately), support for express migration (installed separately).

b. Improved content testing user interface, enhanced path analyzer components.

c. Enhanced experience editor features, marketing funnels, new XP analytics reports, and charting.

d. Site core XP accelerator (installed separately) includes all the fixes from 8.1 update -3.

e. + Oracle 11 g support, +SQL always on support, + dependency injection (DI) and support, Edit Frame for Razor views.

16. Site Core 8.2 -> the year 2016

a. Content foundation improvements (Dependency injection, caching, and performance),support for the publishing service (installed separately), support for express migration (installed separately).

b. Improved content testing UI, Enhanced path analyzer component, and enhanced experience

c. Site core XP accelerator (installed separately), includes all the fixes from 8.1 update -3.

d. Enhanced experience editor features, marketing funnels, new XP analytics reports, and charting

e. +Oracle 11g support, +SQL always on support, +Dependency injection (DI) support, Edit frame for Razor views.

17. Site Core 8.2 updates (1-5) 2016-2017

a. This version builds on the core functionality released on the 8.x platform and continues to incorporate feedback.

b. 8.2 update 1-> supports a full Azure PaaS deployment (application insights, Redis, Azure search, and Azure SQL)

c. Fixes that address issues around uploading contact lists and other improvements.

18. Site Core 9.0 -> the year 2017

a. Site core 9.0 version is the latest version, supports Sit core X connect,new site core forms, marketing automation,SSC headless capabilities federated authentication,dynamic place holders, site core install framework.

b. Rule based configuration, improved device detection, and the smart update installation wizard.

c. And also provides platform improvements, improved experience editor performance, and XDB data conversion tool.


In this blog, I have explained almost all the released versions of the Site Core software tool. From this article, you will come to know what are all the advanced features and upgraded functionalities included in the entire site core versions. The main goal of writing this article is to help many companies to acquire the top line revenues and also enables us to work with multiple devices.

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