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Trying Out Tomorrow’s WordPress Today

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This talk encompasses the idea that each of us can be empowered to use and improve WordPress through beta testing of upcoming releases. The 4.4 release is set to hit Beta 1 just three days before WCPDX, which makes this talk a unique opportunity to educate WordCampers on the value of beta testing, and even to interactively participate in testing the next version of WordPress during the talk. I’ll cover my personal journey and lessons learned in dogfooding WordPress for a living, as well as ways anyone (yes, anyone) can get started testing with little to no barrier to entry.

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Trying Out Tomorrow’s WordPress Today

  1. 1. Trying Out Tomorrow’s WordPress Today Drew Jaynes WordCamp Portland 2015
  2. 2. Beta Testing WordPress
  3. 3. You are ideal beta testers
  4. 4. Be empowered
  5. 5. What’s beta testing?
  6. 6. — The second phase of software testing in which a sampling of the intended audience tries the product out. Beta Testing
  7. 7. Development Process
  8. 8. • Alpha (development) (6 weeks) • Beta (dev+testing) (4-6 weeks) • Release Candidate (testing) (2-3 weeks) • Release Development Process
  9. 9. • Feature plugins have been merged • New enhancements frozen • Bug fixing, testing, iteration Beta: Overview
  10. 10. Getting Started
  11. 11. • Setup • What to test • Where to report feedback Getting Started
  12. 12. 1. Existing site +Beta Tester
  13. 13. • Low barrier to entry • Use your own site • Test your theme and plugins • Nightly updates • Access to the “Beta Testing” plugins tab Existing site: Pros
  14. 14. https://wordpress.org/plugins/wordpress-beta-tester/
  15. 15. • Upgrades your database • Rollback options are limited Existing site: Cons
  16. 16. 2. Dev site + Beta Tester
  17. 17. • “Bleeding edge” • Can break things and no big deal • Access to the “Beta Testing” plugins tab • You can use DesktopServer Dev site: Pros
  18. 18. https://make.wordpress.org/core/handbook/ tutorials/installing-a-local-server/desktopserver/
  19. 19. • Higher barrier to entry Dev site: Cons
  20. 20. 3. trywpbeta.com
  21. 21. • Low/no barrier to entry • Access to the “Beta Testing” plugins • Updated hourly trywpbeta.com: Pros
  22. 22. http://trywpbeta.com/
  23. 23. http://wcpdx.trywpbeta.com Username: wcpdx Password: wcpdx15
  24. 24. • Can’t test with all themes or plugins • Locked-down • “Vanilla” trywpbeta.com: Cons
  25. 25. Where to find out what to test
  26. 26. • WordPress.org News blog • make.wordpress.org/core • Feature plugins list • WP Tavern, Post Status Where to find out what to test
  27. 27. Where to report feedback
  28. 28. • Alpha/Beta forum • Core Trac • Your own blog or social media Where to report feedback
  29. 29. Test some stuff
  30. 30. • Twenty Sixteen • Embed a WordPress post in
 a WordPress post • New oEmbed providers • Responsive Images • New default comments form Test some stuff: 4.4 Beta 1
  31. 31. • REST API infrastructure • Accessibility improvements in wp-admin • New post permalink flow • Customizer widgets speed improvements • Keep your menus when you switch themes Test some other stuff: 4.4 Beta 1
  32. 32. Questions? Drew Jaynes | @DrewAPicture Slides: http://drewf.us/wcpdx15

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