dotCMS will periodically specify specific product releases as Long-Term Supported (LTS) releases, which will be maintained for a longer period than other dotCMS releases, and which will provide a number of advantages for customers that choose to install them.
- All releases of dotCMS will still be fully supported for the duration of their designated support period.
- So, customers that desire or have a need to be on the newest releases will still receive full normal support.
- The advantage of LTS releases is that customers who choose to run an LTS release will receive an even higher level of support.
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To download LTS releases, please see the Release Downloads page.
Advantages of LTS Releases
LTS releases provide advantages to both Cloud and on-premesis customers.
- dotCMS will periodically deliver LTS patch releases, which will backport fixes made in newer dotCMS versions to the LTS release.
- LTS Patch Releases are, by design, Maintenance Releases.
- Cloud customers on LTS releases will automatically be scheduled for upgrades to new LTS patch releases, to proactively prevent customers from experiencing issues addressed in the patch release.
- Upgrades to LTS patch releases will, by design, be quick and low-risk.
- LTS patch releases can be installed with no need for data migration, and minimal downtime (or no downtime on clustered instances running version 5.3.8 or higher).
- Because LTS releases will receive regular patches, customers on LTS releases may not need to undergo full upgrades (including data migration and testing) as frequently as customers on non-LTS releases.
- When customers upgrade from an older LTS release to a newer LTS release, they'll have a lower risk of encountering version incompatibilities.
- In addition to the normal minimum one year support period following the final LTS patch release in a product series, all LTS releases will be officially supported until they have been superseded by at least two newer LTS releases.
- For example, as of December 2020, the designated LTS releases are 5.2.8 and 5.3.8.
- The 5.2.8.x LTS release will be supported for a minimum of one year after the final 5.2.8.x LTS patch release, or until a new LTS release (later than 5.3.8) is designated, whichever is longer.
Limitations of LTS Releases
It's important to note that LTS patch releases will include fixes for known issues only.
- New features will not be backported to LTS releases.
- So, customers with a desire or need for the newest features and enhancements will need to install newer (non-LTS) releases to have access to the newest changes.
What Version to Use?
We recommend the release version for customers who want to take advantage of the newest features or for customers who are in an implementation phase and plan to launch some time in the future - after launch, they might want to switch to an LTS version.
We recommend the LTS version if your company has policies that don’t allow for frequent upgrades or restrict using non-LTS software. Additionally, you might want to use an LTS version if you are using dotCMS in secondary products that either don’t require newer dotCMS features or if you don’t have enough resources to keep dotCMS updated.