At long last, the time for beta has finally arrived! Thanks to the patient crew that participated in the limited alpha, we’ve worked out most of the major issues that would have been show-stoppers to most people in the beta.
There is just one major feature left to complete which by all reasonable estimates will be finished over the weekend.
The current plan has beta invites being sent out next Tuesday morning. Some things to keep in mind in case you don’t get an invite on Tuesday…
If you do not get an invite on Tuesday, it doesn’t mean you are out of the beta completely. If the alpha has taught me anything, it’s that I can expect to get feedback from maybe half of the people I send an invite to. Remember, if you don’t participate in the beta process (by providing regular feedback such as forum posts of your opinions, bug reports on the issue tracker, etc), you won’t get a functional update key for getting new updates. You’ll be stuck with the incomplete (potentially still buggy) version you end up with at the end of the beta. Despite that, there will still be people who simply don’t participate, so that leaves room for more people to be invited. With that in mind, there will be multiple rounds of invites. Each round of invites will go out every week on Tuesday mornings.
I’m looking for people serious about helping make the best ecommerce solution available on WordPress. You can help me determine who is really serious by registering on the forums and introduce yourself there, or contact me via Skype (ingenesisltd) or AIM (ingenesis) and let me know what you want out of Shopp and how you’re going to help.
Those that contact me first and demonstrate how committed they will be at giving regular feedback (touching base every day or every couple days), will be “upgraded” on the invite list and get in on the earlier invite rounds. I’m also willing to “upgrade” people on the invite list who are willing to post reviews about Shopp on their blog to help spread the word, again post on the forums or contact me via instant messenger or email. I’ll be putting my final list together on Monday evening, so you have until then to get registered or contact me.