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Understanding Umbraco Support Options: STS vs. LTS

INSIGHTS | 22nd March 2024

Article by Kevin Triggle

In the ever-evolving world of web development, choosing the right content management system is essential, and Umbraco stands out as a top contender. At Digital Wonderlab, we recommend Umbraco CMS to our clients for a very specific reason: it beautifully bridges the gap between a fantastic user experience for website editors and the flexibility for us, as developers, to create a fully tailored, integrated, and bespoke system that fits their requirements.  

Key to making the most out of this platform is understanding its two primary support options: Standard Term Support (STS) and Long Term Support (LTS). This knowledge is crucial when deciding which release to update to, ensuring that the chosen version aligns perfectly with the project's needs and goals. 


What is the difference between STS and LTS versions? 

Standard Term Support (STS): STS versions of Umbraco are cutting-edge, incorporating the latest features and updates. They are ideal for those who want to stay ahead of the curve, offering early access to new functionalities. However, the support for these versions is shorter, typically around six months, requiring more frequent updates. 


Long Term Support (LTS): On the other hand, LTS versions are about stability and reliability. These versions are supported for a longer period, usually around two years, providing a more stable foundation for websites that require long-term dependability. LTS is particularly suited for critical applications where consistent performance and extended security are paramount. 


Choosing between STS and LTS 

Choosing between STS and LTS depends on several factors. STS is suited for environments where adapting to the latest trends and features is essential. It's perfect for projects that are short-term or experimental in nature. Conversely, LTS is designed for projects requiring long-term stability, such as enterprise-level applications. LTS versions are less about riding the wave of new features and more about ensuring a secure, stable platform over an extended period. 


Why consider STS or LTS when updating 

The decision to go with STS or LTS should be based on the specific needs of your project. For instance, if you are developing a temporary promotional site that will only be live for a short duration, an STS version might be more appropriate. However, for a large e-commerce site that demands uninterrupted uptime and long-term security, an LTS version would be more fitting. 


Understanding your project's requirements and future trajectory can help in making an informed decision. While STS can keep you on the forefront of technology, LTS offers peace of mind with its extended support and stability. 


Aligning with .NET LTS releases 

Umbraco CMS LTS releases are aligned with the LTS releases of Microsoft .NET; an open-source developer platform, created by Microsoft, for building many different types of applications. This means you can have both your CMS and platform supported for a longer period.  


Version  Release type .NET release .NET release type
Umbraco 9 STS .NET 5 STS
Umbraco 10 LTS .NET 6 LTS
Umbraco 11 STS .NET 7 STS
Umbraco 12 STS .NET 8 STS
Umbraco 13 LTS .NET 9 LTS


After the simple terms of what this means? 

  • Enhanced stability and reliability  
  • Extended support lifecycles 
  • Predictable upgrade path  
  • Cost efficiency 


Not sure what support version is best for your project? 

Choosing between STS and LTS versions of Umbraco is a decision that should align with your project's goals and requirements. Whether it’s the cutting-edge appeal of STS or the stability of LTS, each has its unique advantages. 

As Umbraco Developers, our expertise enables us to guide clients through making decisions on which version to upgrade to and what type of support they will need. Leveraging our deep understanding of Umbraco, we ensure that our clients make informed decisions that align with their strategic objectives. 


For those seeking more detailed guidance on upgrading and the best times to do so, we invite you to visit our comprehensive blog on Umbraco Releases: When should you update. Here, you’ll find in-depth discussions and tips tailored to help you make the best decision for your project. 


Remember, whether you choose STS or LTS, Umbraco’s flexibility and supportive community ensure that you have the tools and resources to build a successful and efficient web presence. Situated in Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, our team of Platinum Umbraco Partners are ready to guide you. Whether you’re envisioning a new project or need expert advice on an existing one, reach out today 

About the author

Kevin Triggle

Heads up our Creative bunch, Kevin not only make things look pretty (damn good!) but does so in a way that people love to use too! Our clients enjoy his rapid response to all things design related.

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