All Shopp key owners now have access to download the pre-release version of 1.1 from their Shopp Store account. If you happened to have picked up a developer key (or upgraded to a developer key) you’ll have access to both pre-release downloads and bleeding-edge releases. The bleeding-edge releases are still updated every morning at around 3am (Eastern Time – GMT-4). The pre-release downloads will only be updated as we reach release milestones (RC1, RC2, RC3, etc). The pre-release channel will remain more stable than the nightly updates, but the bleeding-edge nightlies will have all the latest fixes.
To get your copy, login to your Shopp Store account and access it from the “Pre-Releases” menu option. You’ll have access to the pre-release Shopp 1.1 plugin core as well as 1.1-compatible updates for any add-ons you may have purchased. We also have a handful of new add-ons for 1.1 that have limited testing slots for (SagePay, Manual Processing, AusPost, ShipWire & AmazonS3). We’ll be posting how to get involved in testing those add-ons through an announcement in the forums (you need to be a customer for access).
Upgrading to 1.1
We’ve worked hard to make upgrading to 1.1 as easy as possible. Still, remember that this is pre-release software and is expected to still have some issues as we finish our quality testing process. With that in mind you should take normal precautions to protect your data, most important of which is backing up your database. If you don’t know how to back up your database, you might look for some backup plugins for WordPress. We highly recommend BackupBuddy from the PluginBuddy crew at IThemes.
Once your Backups are in place, deactivate Shopp 1.0 and move the 1.1 files into place. Automatic upgrades from 1.0 to the 1.1 pre-release is not supported. The pre-release will, however, easily auto-upgrade to the official release when it becomes available.
There are a number of new storefront changes that may affect certain Shopp setups. It’s important to review what issues may affect you so that you can upgrade the template files if you need certain features available in 1.1. A full list of known issues upgrading to 1.1 is being put together on the official documentation wiki.
For some time now we’ve been running an open bug tracker where any one can report issues they’re running into. We hope everyone using the pre-release will participate in reporting bugs regardless of your level of expertise. Even if it’s just to report something you think might be a problem, we’d rather know about it than miss it.
Before you report bugs keep in mind some of the following guidelines and review the full Shopp bug reporting guide for details:
- Report one issue per ticket
- Search the tickets first to avoid duplicates
- Provide all relevant details (versions of Shopp, WordPress, Server OS, PHP, MySQL, web server, web browser used, etc)
A lot of people have joined the bug reporting community and as a result we’ve already closed out hundreds of bugs. Most of the bugs getting reported now are minor, environment specific or otherwise niche bugs.
Things have stabilized so well, we’ve been running 1.1 on shopplugin.net for about a month now and have only encountered a handful of bumps along the road. With the state of the codebase today, we’re announcing an official release date for Shopp 1.1 (and all 1.1 compatible add-ons) on August 30th, 2010.
So now that you have a preview to play with, let us know what you love, what you could live without, what you really wish had made it in… What are you most excited about in Shopp 1.1?