[wp-hackers] How to test a plugin before release?

Michael Clark dc153464a11bcf5aeb18180db28017fb.wp-hackers at planetmike.com
Mon Sep 9 21:08:23 UTC 2013

Last week I released an upgrade to a plugin. And started getting bug 
reports that same day. Finally late last night I figured out what the 
problem was. I and a few people test the new version, and was mostly 
good. So this morning I released a new version, and am now getting 
different bug reports. Argh! Of course, it's all working just fine on 
my own sites. 

So, how should I be testing my plugin? Searching for answers to this 
question, I found this quote: "Free or not, any type of update 
shouldn't be released until fully tested." There are a zillion 
different themes and plugins out there, and there's no way to test for 
every combination. Should I be building out a "beta test club" to help 
me test new versions? I'm quite frustrated at the moment. And don't get 
me started on the ever so helpful bug reports of "hey, it doesn't work 
- fix it!" and "lame"

If you're curious, my plugin is at 
http://wordpress.org/plugins/ultimate-category-excluder/ Mike


Michael Clark

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