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Why is it called Beta Tester if it doesn't allow me to test a beta release?

  • Hi,
    I just installed this plugin because I’ve read that WP 3.2 beta1 has been released, and wanted to try a different way to install it using a plugin. I found this plugin, and in the setup screen of the plugin I only can choose newer releases from my actual branch (3.1.x) or “Bleeding edge nightlies”, which I don’t want in this moment. Why? Where is the beta option?

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  • Plugin Author Peter Westwood

    @westi

    “Bleeding edge nightlies”, which I don’t want in this moment. Why? Where is the beta option?

    Is equivalent to the beta at the moment.

    Once you install the beta (or any other development version of WordPress) you will be encouraged to keep up to date with the nightly builds so you benefit from fixes made.

    I was confused was like almarma. I was on 3.1 and wanted to try 3.2 beta via automatic updating with the Beta Tester plugin. With Point release nightlies selected it linked to “3.1-latest.zip”. Which didn’t seem to be what i wanted. With Bleeding edge nightlies selected it linked to “nightly-builds/wordpress-latest.zip”. But that didn’t seem right either. I didn’t want nightlies — i wanted the beta “point release” aka 3.2 beta 2.

    Eventually i just tried them both. First the Point release nightlies, which put me on 3.1.2 something — which is older than the current stable 3.1.3 (latest.zip). Odd.

    Then i tried the Bleeding edge nightlies option. It installed ok, but at the bottom is said i was on 3.1.2-alpha.

    It wasn’t until i clicked to the main dashboard page that it said i was on 3.2-beta2-18145. And the “3.1.3 update available” notification was still displayed on a couple pages.

    It all seems far too confusing. I get that the plugin name probably implies “beta testers” in the generic sense, not necessarily a specific “beta release”. And perhaps the nightlies aren’t any more scary than the labeled beta downloads. But it can be misleading. I don’t always want to run nightlies, but i am more comfortable installing official betas and release candidates. Perhaps a new update channel could be added to the plugin for pre-release point releases like betas and RCs.

    I have the exact same problem. I want to be able to update to WordPress 3.2 Beta, RC, etc and not the nighties. I had trouble with these some times.

    This plugin doesn’t really works as advertised. :/

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