Alpha and beta releases
The development process for major updates to the Beaver Builder plugin and theme includes an alpha release, beta release, and the final stable release. If you are interested in trying out the new features for the next release and want to test and provide feedback, we encourage you to try out alpha and beta releases.
We strongly recommend that you do not install alpha and beta releases on live sites. Use them in a test environment so you can try out the new features, see what breaks without worrying about the consequences, and give us feedback.
Both the alpha and beta releases may contain multiple minor updates (for example, 1.0-alpha.3 and 1.9-alpha.4) until we are comfortable moving forward to the next stage in the release cycle.
Before you decide to test out an alpha or beta release, please read the following sections so you know what to expect.
Alpha releases are very early versions of the next major update. They may be made available months before the beta release. They typically receive minimal testing by our team and have the potential to be unstable or be missing features planned for the first stable release.
When you report bugs and provide feedback on new features during the alpha release, we can catch bugs more quickly and improve features based on user feedback before the final stable release. Look at the change log during the alpha release stage for a list of what is available in each alpha version.
Beta releases are early versions of the next major update. They follow the alpha release and are typically made available 2 to 4 weeks before the final stable release. They have been thoroughly tested by our team, but may still contain bugs that need to be fixed.
During the beta release stage, there is a freeze on any new code, aside from what’s needed to fix remaining bugs. This means that aside from bugs, any feedback on new features during the beta stage will be held until the next major update.
There will typically be a post on our blog announcing the first beta release.
How to get an alpha or beta release
When alpha or beta releases are available, you can download them from your My Account page. They are listed in the Alpha/Beta Testing Downloads section, just below the regular Downloads section. The alpha/beta download will match the premium package of Beaver Builder for which you have a license.
If you have an existing version of the Beaver Builder plugin on your test site, you'll need to delete it and manually install the alpha or beta release. After that, the alpha or beta will auto-update. See the Related Article below on manually re-installing Beaver Builder.
Alpha and beta releases can also be updated on your test site using the WordPress updater when new versions are released.
Bug Reports and Feedback
If you run into any bugs or notice something that can be improved during your testing, please please submit a Support ticket under the category Alpha/Beta Feedback.
Happy testing and thanks for your participation!