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.

WARNING: No Support is provided for alpha releases. Features may change without notice. Use at your own risk.

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

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

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.

Install an alpha or beta release

Once you have installed an alpha or beta release, the automatic update feature will keep your plugin updated to the latest version of the alpha or beta.

Here's how to install an alpha or beta plugin the first time.

  1. Go to your My Account page.
  2. Download the installer zip file from the Alpha/Beta Testing Downloads section.
    The alpha/beta download version will match the premium package of Beaver Builder for which you have a license.
  3. If you have an existing version of the Beaver Builder plugin on your test site, deactivate and delete it on the Plugins> This won't delete your Beaver Builder layouts and content, but it's always a good idea to have a backup of sensitive data.
  4. Do one of the following to install the zip file you downloaded:
    • Go to Plugins > Add new, then click Upload plugin and select the zip file on your local system.
      If you get an error that the plugin folder already exists, it means that either you didn't delete an existing plugin or that deleting the existing plugin didn't delete the folder in wp-content/plugins/bb-plugin. In this case, FTP to your site or use File Manager from cPanel to delete that folder.
    • FTP to your site and delete the wp-content/plugins/bb-plugin folder. Then unzip the plugin on your local system and upload the bb-plugin folder to the same location.
  5. Activate the plugin.

Tip: This installation procedure works for Beaver Themer alpha/beta releases also. The file location is wp-content/plugins/bb-theme-builder.

Bug Reports and Feedback

If you run into any bugs or notice something that can be improved during your testing, please submit a Support ticket under the category Alpha/Beta Feedback.

Happy testing and thanks for your participation!