WordPress Beta Tester

Description

This plugin provides an easy way to get involved with Beta testing WordPress.

Once installed it will enable you to upgrade your website to the latest Beta or Release candidate at the click of a button using the built in upgrader.

By default once enabled it switches your website onto the point release development track.

For the more adventurous there is the option to switch to the bleeding edge (trunk) of development.

Don’t forget to backup before you start!

Extra Settings

There is a setting to Skip successful autoupdate emails. It functions to disable sending emails to the admin user for successful autoupdates. Only emails indicating failures of the autoupdate process are sent.

The Extra Settings tab may contain choices for testing new features in trunk that require constants to be set. A checked feature will add a constant to the user’s wp-config.php file in the format as follows:

define( 'WP_BETA_TESTER_{$feature}', true );

Unchecking the feature will remove the constant.

This plugin resets the constants in wp-config.php on plugin activation and removes them on plugin deactivation. Use the filter wp_beta_tester_config_path to return a non-standard wp-config.php file path.

If no settings are present there is no testing to be done that requires this feature.

PRs are welcome on GitHub.

Screenshots

  • This shows the main administration page for the plugin
  • This shows the Extra Settings page for the plugin

Installation

  1. Upload to your plugins folder, usually wp-content/plugins/
  2. Activate the plugin on the plugin screen.
  3. Navigate to Tools > Beta Testing to configure the plugin.
  4. Under Mulitsite, navigate to Settings … Beta Testing to configure the plugin.
  5. Visit Dashboard > Upgrade (Or Tools > Upgrade in versions before 3.0) and update to the latest Beta Release.

Reviews

Nov 14, 2019
I used this plugin to try/test beta version of wp before releasing in WordPress website. After using this plugin, I found so many positive changes on my websites. in my opinion, it is a must for every WordPress website. Thank you very much team for putting your time and effort for developing this useful plugin for free. God bless you.
Nov 22, 2018
I am a very new user of WordPress Beta Tester but I never show as a supporter as WordPress Beta Tester there has all item available and plugins also amazing. The installation system is very easy as a new member/user I am feeling exiting any hesitation wasn't working in my mind. I was thinking for a short time I am playing an interesting game.
May 18, 2018
So far looks good. Thank you for all your continuous effort to make WP better. It but would have been even nicer, to have a full set a built-in cookie disclaimer for GDPR compliance. Can you please add a cookie (may be filtered by cookies name) preference filter disclaimer with different level for visitors to choose from. Which disables all cookies deploy until the visitor accept one of the cookie level option. There could be a section where the WP developer/designer can have fields to add all the required cookie info and a option to categorise their importance for the filtering for the front end. Thanks. Kindest Regards Jay Vijay
Nov 11, 2017
When I activated my plugins page returns 503: Server runs out of time. Deactivated this plugin and all back to normal. Not recommended for 4.8.3!

Contributors & Developers

“WordPress Beta Tester” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors

“WordPress Beta Tester” has been translated into 21 locales. Thank you to the translators for their contributions.

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Interested in development?

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Change log

2.1.0 / 2019-09-17

  • add extra setting to skip successful autoupdate emails
  • add description to checkbox settings
  • composer update

2.0.4

  • add update version information to settings page text

2.0.3

  • a11y fixes for settings tabs
  • update wp-cli/wp-config-transformer

2.0.2

  • a11y fixes for checkbox, thanks @audrasjb

2.0.1

  • fix for incorrect last updated message

2.0.0

  • near complete re-write to use more OOPy practices
  • put distinct process into separate classes
  • allows for multiple settings tabs for additional settings

1.2.6

  • remove extraneous code
  • add GitHub Plugin URI header

1.2.5

  • fixed error message for downgrading version, thanks @andreas-andersson

1.2.4

  • don’t use $GLOBALS

1.2.3

  • updated a few strings and correct typos
  • run through WPCS linter
  • fixed translation strings to include HTML in context and properly escape with wp_kses_post()
  • fixed link to settings page under Multisite

1.2.2

  • change wording from blog to website

1.2.0

  • Escape output
  • Indicate that Bleeding edge nightlies are trunk
  • new screenshot
  • code improvements from linter

1.1.2

  • Remove anonymous function for PHP 5.2 compatibility.

1.1.1

  • fixed PHP notice for PHP 7.1
  • made URL scheme agnostic

1.1.0

  • Fixed to work properly under Multisite.

1.0.2

  • Update tested up to version to 4.7.
  • Fix the location of the settings screen in Multisite (moved under Settings in Network Admin).
  • Minor text fixes.

1.0.1

  • Update tested up to version to 4.5.
  • Fix PHP7 deprecated constructor notice.
  • Change text domain to match the plugin slug.
  • Update WordPress.org links to use HTTPS.
  • Remove outdated bundled translations in favour of language packs.

1.0

  • Update tested up to version to 4.2.
  • Update screenshot.
  • Fix a couple typos.

See old-changelog.txt for previous changelog items