Sitecore Databases

Sitecore stores content used in your website in multiple databases. When you start developing in Sitecore it is really important to understand what content is in which database.

The master database is where content is authored. It contains every version of every item.


The core database stores settings that control how Sitecore functions.  Adding “programs” to the Sitecore menu or commands to ribbons in page editor is done through the core database.  The core database also holds the login credentials for the sitecore and extranet domain users.


The web database has the currently published version item from the master database.  This is the content that is displayed for public users.

Author: Dan Persson

As the VP of Technology, Dan leads the MedTouch Product Team and is responsible for our healthcare modules for Sitecore as well as serving as a technical consultant to key clients. Dan has 15 years of experience with a variety of Content Management Software (CMS) tools and was instrumental in building the MedTouch Healthcare Accelerator Framework. He served as Technical Lead on several MedTouch award-winning sites, including The University of Kansas Hospital (Sitecore Healthcare Site of the Year Winner), Drexel Medicine (Interactive Media Awards, Hospital Best in Class 2012) and Providence Health & Services. Dan is a long-standing Sitecore certified developer and graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, with a B.S. in Computer Science.

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