Install a WordPress Beta Version

If you would like to test and learn about upcoming WordPress version releases, you can update WordPress to a current Beta Version. WordPress Beta Versions are available by installing and configuring the WordPress Beta Tester Plugin. In this guide you will learn how to install and configure the WordPress Beta Tester Plugin, as well as update to the latest WordPress Beta Version.

Install Beta Plugin

Installing the Beta plugin is simple and similar to installing any other WordPress plugin. Follow the steps below to find, install and activate the WordPress Beta Tester plugin.

  1. WordPress username and password fields filled in and login button highlighted

    Log into your WordPress Administrative Dashboard.

  2. Plugins Add New menu option highlighted

    Hover over Plugins and click to select the Add New menu option.

  3. Keyword Search field highlighted with wordpress beta entered

    In the Keyword Search field to the right, type “wordpress beta“.

  4. WordPress Beta Tester plugin Install Now button highlighted

    Click on the Install Now button.

  5. WordPress Beta Tester plugin Activate button highlighted

    Once the plugin is installed, click on the Activate button.

Congratulations! You have installed the WordPress Beta Tester plugin. Now follow the steps below to configure the new plugin.

Configure Beta Plugin

Configuring the Beta plugin allows you to set which release of the beta version you would like to update to. Following the steps below you will learn how to select the option of your choice.

  1. WordPress username and password fields filled in and login button highlighted

    Log into your WordPress Administrative Dashboard.

  2. Tools Beta Testing menu option highlighted

    Hover over Tools and click to select the Beta Testing menu option.

  3. Beta Testing options displayed

    Click on the radio button next to the update stream you would like to use.

    Point release nightlies
    – Recommended for more stable updates
    Bleeding edge nightlies
    – Only recommended if you are a developer contributing to WordPress or a WordPress plugin/theme
    – Updates may become unstable at times
  4. Beta Testing Save Changes button highlighted

    Click on the Save Changes button.

Now that you have selected the update stream to use, you can proceed to follow the steps in the next section to update WordPress to the Beta Version.

Update WordPress

Follow the steps below to update WordPress to the Beta Version release you have configured.

  1. WordPress username and password fields filled in and login button highlighted

    Log into your WordPress Administrative Dashboard.

  2. WordPress Dashboard Updates menu option highlighted

    Click on Updates from the left-side menu.

  3. WordPress Updates Update Now button highlighted

    Click on the Update Now button.

Congratulations! You now know how to use the WordPress Beta Tester plugin to update WordPress to a beta release version.

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