Releasing Beta Versions of a WordPress Product

PaddlePress PRO allows site administrators to distribute beta versions of their software without extra effort.

To release a beta version, you first need to tag a download item with “-beta” suffix. For example, if you are distributing your products under “sample-slug”. You have to use “sample-slug-beta” for beta distributions.

Secondly, you have to pass the “beta” parameter to true for API calls. Our sample updater for the WP plugin and theme supports this feature. Just ask your users if they want to opt-in the beta updates and pass that value to the updater class.


Beta versions should have a greater version number than stable releases in order to provide auto-updates.


You have to grant the same membership access in order to provide auto-updates to beta downloads.