If you want to help improve the quality of our releases, you can join our beta program. We will provide pre-release versions of the Publisher before official releases. You can download them, test them and report any issues you encounter.

How to Participate

To get beta releases, you need our Podlove Beta Tester Plugin. It is not available through WordPress. You need to download it directly.

Download Beta Tester

In WordPress, go to Plugins > Add New and choose “Upload Plugin”. Then select the zip file you just downloaded.

Once the plugin is activated, there is a new menu entry “Podlove Beta Tester” under the “Settings” menu. Navigate there to manage Beta Releases.

Report Issues & Discuss Changes

If you encounter any bugs or want to discuss changes, please join our community at community.podlove.org.

Questions & Answers

Is it safe?

No. We recommend to only use betas in test environments, not on your actual podcast site. If a beta breaks your system, you’re on your own.

Can I switch back from a beta to the last stable release?

Yes, with caveats. When you activate a beta, the stable plugin is backed up. Then when you disable the beta, the old plugin files are restored and you’re back in stable land. However, in rare cases the beta might have introduced backwards-incompatible data migrations. We will warn you within the beta plugin, though.

How does it work? Where do the beta files come from?

The beta plugin changes the source for plugin-updates inside WordPress. So instead of asking the WordPress plugin repository for updates, it will ask a server maintained by us. You will still get updates through the usual WordPress update interface.