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

Guus (IFS) guus at inspiration-for-success.com
Tue Sep 10 04:01:24 UTC 2013

Hi Michael,

Good suggestion!

I have the same problem and the main issue is that I have no one to 'counter 
test', like download the new version and install it 'fresh' or as an upgrade 

So yeah, something like 'beta test' or 'counter test' would be very useful 
for everybody. Let's think on how to organize,


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Michael Clark" 
<dc153464a11bcf5aeb18180db28017fb.wp-hackers at planetmike.com>
To: <wp-hackers at lists.automattic.com>
Sent: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 5:08 AM
Subject: [wp-hackers] How to test a plugin before release?

> 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
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