Calling all Beta Testers: Notes on the pending Beta1 preview release

With the pending release of Magento's Beta1 preview (by August 31), we'd like to reiterate a few important points that have been discussed on the blog (through postings and comments) in the last few weeks.

  • This is Magento's preview version and an early release of the product. We expect bugs (and lots of 'em) given the complexity and intricacy of the system. As such, we strongly advise not to use in production environments at this time. Many things may change as we receive feedback (including the core), so please take this into consideration when making a decision.
  • We've been contacted by hundreds of individuals from across the world that wish to take part in beta testing. This is your time to shine smile ... and we look forward to working together to address any issues that may come up.
  • Documentation is an area that will be greatly improved on in the weeks to come. If you feel you can contribute (as a developer or an end-user), get in touch with us - we'd love your help.
  • The upcoming community site will provide a platform for us all to communicate. We are excited to start working with the community and getting feedback about the product. So don't be shy smile
  • Support for international users is coming. We are currently focused on the architecture and core feature set. Once everything is stable, we'll be working with our friends from across the world to adapt Magento to the local flavors. This is an important part of our strategy and you can be assured we are coming your way.

That's it! Thanks again for the support and we can't wait to share Magento with you.

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  1. Nick

    1Nick from Hobson|posted August 26 2007

    Roy,
    As a end user & developer here I’d like to first tell you I think your doing a great job with communicating with us. Your enthusiasm for the project shows, and that encourages me to really look into putting time and energy in helping magento into “business shape”!

    I do plan to beta test the platform myself, and I hope I can contribute to the community site with what I find. 

    As far as your comments about not using the platform in production, Thank you for your honesty. I can tell your concern.  But judging from the great job you guys have done in marketing, I HIGHLY expect many people to still take the risk with using the beta in production. Most developers are highly stubborn.

    SO… The brightside to this is this SHOULD further bug fixes and activity on the community site. I’ll be active in helping share the load.

    Go Go Magento!

    Happy August.

  2. Nick

    2Nick from Hobson|posted August 26 2007

    Also… Once Magento becomes available..

    It’d be great to post the KNOWN bugs and issues. We all know its a Beta, so we expect some imperfections -=1 .  It’s a great product regardless.

    But I think a documented list of the bugs the Magento team has found could help further direct us developers attentions to know which areas to focus on fixing.

    This could also help drill home your point about it being a PREVIEW version. A Bug Fix Roadmap so people can know a more detailed progress.

    Just a thought. Keep up the work.

  3. John

    3John from Hobson|posted August 26 2007

    I have a dedicated server ready and waiting for me to install the Magento Beta so I can start playing with it, and reporting bugs.

    Go Go Magento!

  4. Douglas Price

    4Douglas Price from Hobson|posted August 26 2007

    Roy,
    In making my decision whether or not to deploy in production, the main issue becomes speed of iteration. If we come across an earth shattering bug, will it probably be fixed in an incremental release in a week, a month? or will it be fixed in beta 2, 9 months or whatever from now?

    We have no problem kicking the tires, so to speak, so long as we aren’t 200 miles from the next gas station.

    Keep up the good work.

    - Doug

  5. roy

    5roy from Los Angeles, CA|posted August 26 2007

    Nick - We plan on having a list of known issues published and provide access to the bug list (although not initially but soon after launch). Thanks for kind words!

    Doug - We will work fast initially to nail all the critical issues right away. You can expect weekly releases in the first few weeks until things settle down.

  6. Dave

    6Dave from Hobson|posted August 26 2007

    Good idea making this post as I’ve seen people ask the same questions over and over, even though they were answered in the comments.  Now you can just refer them here smile

    Highly looking forward to testing the first beta and providing feedback and submitting bugs.

    Good question above about tracking bugs.

  7. Robert

    7Robert from Hobson|posted August 26 2007

    I am not the greatest php developer but I am a decent graphic artist.
    I will be willing to help with any graphical needs you might need in the future.

    Roy, I would like to personally thank you and the varien team for creating a new e-commerce solution.

    Just imagine the kick in the pants the world economy will get when thousands of new internet sales websites spring up and allow the average Joe to present their wares in a clean and professional manner.

    Go magento!

  8. Nick

    8Nick from Hobson|posted August 26 2007

    @John

    Dedicated server here ready as well. -=1

    I’m going to be building a new site starting this week, one version in Magento and one in ZenCart. Hopefully Magento will become more stable, and I can get rid of the ZenCart and use magento in production.

    Zencart hardly seems production to me even now… but hey What’s the other option? OScommerce?

  9. Chris Mc

    9Chris Mc from Hobson|posted August 26 2007

    ill be here waiting, also ready to test, thanks for keeping us updated as usual

  10. Roman

    10Roman from Hobson|posted August 26 2007

    I’m also standing by, waiting to get my hands on the Beta and starting to test. All the best for the final spurt this week!

  11. SpotSec

    11SpotSec from Hobson|posted August 26 2007

    Love to get my hands on the Beta to test it out.

  12. Jens

    12Jens from Hobson|posted August 26 2007

    We are also standing by, waiting to get our hands on the Beta and starting to test it. Great work. Go Go

  13. Refly Kaplin

    13Refly Kaplin from Hobson|posted August 26 2007

    I’m ready for i18n testing smile

    I can’t wait any longer

  14. Rene

    14Rene from Hobson|posted August 26 2007

    I´m also waiting for this KILLER Beta Release ......

  15. Einsicht in die Produktverwaltung von Magento » Magento eCommerce - XTCommerce Blog

    15Einsicht in die Produktverwaltung von Magento » Magento eCommerce - XTCommerce Blog from Hobson|posted August 27 2007

    [...] die einzige Infoquelle. Das dürfte sich Freitag ändern, wenn das Beta erscheint. Im letzten Blogpost wurde das Datum nochmal bestätigt. Chancen sind also groß, dass es wirklich eingehalten [...]

  16. Piet

    16Piet from Hobson|posted August 27 2007

    I never had a longer august in my whole life ; (

  17. Chris

    17Chris from Hobson|posted August 27 2007

    Give me a taste of the hottest php project 2007… - I’m realy nervous…

  18. steve lam

    18steve lam from Hobson|posted August 27 2007

    Can’t wait to test this out. Hopefully it can be integrated well with Textpattern.

  19. MrMoins

    19MrMoins from Hobson|posted August 27 2007

    Hi, i’m french, i’ve a dedicated server ready for Magento Beta, and i"ve also a real project of e-commerce.
    thanks

  20. Faruq Hunter

    20Faruq Hunter from Hobson|posted August 27 2007

    I am a Senior Business Analyst and former Tech Writer and programmer. I have a dedicated server that I will be running Magenta on and I am offering my services and those of my internet consulting firm DBFHCO.com to assist you with user documentation. I am also willing to discuss technical documentaton if that is in your plans. Of course I am offering these services for free as a service to the community.

    I believe in your project and we would really like to see it gtow in to something great. I know you guys could use additional resources right now so I am offering my own.

  21. Mushon Zer-Aviv

    21Mushon Zer-Aviv from Hobson|posted August 27 2007

    I would love to try it out, been waiting for this release for a long time. I’m so happy to see this high-end open source project come together.

  22. Andre Lang

    22Andre Lang from Hobson|posted August 27 2007

    I would LOVE to use it.

    So over joomla.

  23. Magento Beta | blog.zadow

    23Magento Beta | blog.zadow from Hobson|posted August 27 2007

    [...] Magento angekündigt wurde, wurde jetzt noch einmal bekräftigt, dass noch im August (31.) eine Beta-Version verfügbar sein [...]

  24. Peter

    24Peter from Hobson|posted August 27 2007

    OK Roy,
    When will this be available. I have a 3.2TB of storage .. can do lots of UNIX testing ...

  25. Qumer Mumtaz

    25Qumer Mumtaz from Hobson|posted August 27 2007

    I love to try it out , test it and add my contributions to development as well. smile

  26. kameko.rouge

    26kameko.rouge from Hobson|posted August 27 2007

    Hey Faruq Hunter aka “Senior Business Analyst” and “Tech Writer”. First thing you would probably have to do is spell Magento right hmm?

  27. Qumer Mumtaz

    27Qumer Mumtaz from Hobson|posted August 27 2007

    hmm
    Kameko in his spelling o is replaced by a But his offer are good to look at

  28. Jay

    28Jay from Hobson|posted August 27 2007

    How does one become part of the beta testing team?

  29. Christopher

    29Christopher from Hobson|posted August 27 2007

    Having been using Trading Eye (both PHP and Cold Fusion versions) for the past few months it will be interesting to see how Magento compares.

    Has there been mention on the templating engine being used in Magento? Sorry if this has been previously answered but I haven’t seen anything about it yet.

    Anyone know what engine it uses, or is it custom?

  30. Christina

    30Christina from Hobson|posted August 27 2007

    Yes...I’d like to also take part in the Beta testing

  31. roy

    31roy from Los Angeles, CA|posted August 27 2007

    For everyone inquiring about beta testing ... Beta1 will be available later this week. Once you download and install it you can begin testing. Bugs can be reported on the community site through a form (under the Community tab). Your help is appreciated - thank you.

  32. Austin Biggs

    32Austin Biggs from Hobson|posted August 27 2007

    I would love to beta test Magento as i’ve been looking for a better alternative to things like oscommerce, zencart, & xcart.

    can’t wait for the release so i can start developing on it.

  33. Aarne

    33Aarne from Hobson|posted August 27 2007

    Count me in. I’ve been developing osC and it’s other braches for some time now. And also I’m very interested about the end-user reactions.

  34. Nic

    34Nic from Hobson|posted August 27 2007

    I am ready to test this thing till i am blue in the face! Bring it on.

  35. Bjarni Wark

    35Bjarni Wark from Hobson|posted August 27 2007

    Very excited and cant wait to get my hands on this new eCommerce solution, especially since it has an integrated CMS

  36. JASON

    36JASON from Hobson|posted August 27 2007

    count me in. I can’t wait to see what it can do.

  37. Joe

    37Joe from Hobson|posted August 27 2007

    I’m really impressed so far, I can’t wait to try out this beauty! Please count me in!

  38. Craig Astbury

    38Craig Astbury from Hobson|posted August 28 2007

    Very excited. I’ve been keeping an eye on progress… I’d be happy to run some beta testing and provide feedback and input

    Craig

  39. Marten

    39Marten from Hobson|posted August 28 2007

    It would be awesome if the beta would solve all the probs that i have with xt-commerce - hello magento, goodbye all others.

  40. Johnny De Prosot

    40Johnny De Prosot from Hobson|posted August 28 2007

    I’m always on the lookout for new open source developments, so count me in

  41. Martin

    41Martin from Hobson|posted August 28 2007

    3 days and counting…

  42. mihu

    42mihu from Hobson|posted August 30 2007

    they located at pacific time zone. :D it’s not 31th yet.

  43. Tony Zhuang

    43Tony Zhuang from Hobson|posted August 30 2007

    Hi Roy

    I would like to do the beta testing.

    Thanks

    Tony

  44. Martin

    44Martin from Hobson|posted August 30 2007

    it’s the 31st where I am.  no notification.  I wonder if it is going to happen…

  45. Austin Biggs

    45Austin Biggs from Hobson|posted August 30 2007

    Don’t worry it will.
    What i’m suspecting is at 8:00 or whenever Varien opens it’ll be released.

  46. roy

    46roy from Los Angeles, CA|posted August 30 2007

    Austin ... We are still here (at the office) in full force. We’ve been here quite a while with no plans to leave soon smile

  47. Austin Biggs

    47Austin Biggs from Hobson|posted August 30 2007

    Oh, ok.
    well do you have like an estimate of @ what hour it’ll be released?

  48. Martin

    48Martin from Hobson|posted August 30 2007

    That’s reassuring to hear.  10.45pm

  49. mihu

    49mihu from Hobson|posted August 30 2007

    come on guys .. does it matter when to release it? we need a good software but not just a on-time software. I can wait and there is no point to rush for me. :D

  50. Rene

    50Rene from Hobson|posted August 30 2007

    It´s MAGENTO DAY.............

    a bit like X-Mas.........

  51. Adam

    51Adam from Hobson|posted August 30 2007

    Hi Juan

  52. Roy Andre

    52Roy Andre from Hobson|posted August 30 2007

    T minus 10 hours ... aaaand counting ...

  53. Bashkawalik

    53Bashkawalik from Hobson|posted August 30 2007

    Hehe today is THE day !

  54. Ludo

    54Ludo from Hobson|posted August 30 2007

    Come on Roy…
    Let’s go the magento party !!!

  55. Nguyễn Quốc

    55Nguyễn Quốc from Hobson|posted August 30 2007

    It’s August 31st, 2007 3:13 pm now in Vietnam. Waiting for test ...

  56. Ben

    56Ben from Hobson|posted August 30 2007

    Can’t wait to see the Beta! Just remember kids : Roy Rules!

  57. Niall Brown

    57Niall Brown from Hobson|posted August 30 2007

    It seems like you have certainly generated a great buzz.  I am looking forward to the beta and seeing what you have come up with. Will keep in mind it is a beta.

  58. Paryank Kansara

    58Paryank Kansara from Hobson|posted August 30 2007

    I’m eagerly waiting for the 1st release of Magento. I want to feel e-commerce application with real MVC pattern.

  59. aggrosoft

    59aggrosoft from Hobson|posted August 30 2007

    where is the Beta ?

  60. popeofcool

    60popeofcool from Hobson|posted August 30 2007

    hey Roy, It’s now August 31, 22:41 in Melbourne Australia, where is the beta?

  61. Roy Andre

    61Roy Andre from Hobson|posted August 30 2007

    Where can we donate money to you? wink

  62. Pokerface

    62Pokerface from Hobson|posted August 30 2007

    I’m waiting…

  63. Renato

    63Renato from Hobson|posted August 30 2007

    In Paulo (Brazil) it is only 10:10 AM…

  64. Meraj Khattak

    64Meraj Khattak from Hobson|posted August 30 2007

    It is August 31, 18:10 in Karachi, Pakistan.

    Still looking for the beta. I wish you good luck smile

  65. roy

    65roy from Los Angeles, CA|posted August 30 2007

    its coming guys ... stay tuned

  66. Boby

    66Boby from Hobson|posted August 30 2007

    i’m waiting from italy…

  67. Martin

    67Martin from Hobson|posted August 30 2007

    it is 5 pm in Nairobi

    oo oo

  68. daryl

    68daryl from Hobson|posted August 30 2007

    OOOH ooh OOH its coming.............. look .............


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