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Unread 15-09-2010, 10:09 AM   #1
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Post JShop Server 2.3.0 (Beta 2) Released

We are pleased to announce the availability of 2.3.0 (Beta 2) for all customers. This is the second and final beta version for 2.3.0 before we turn it into an official release, which we are aiming to do in around 3-4 weeks. Beta 2 includes a host of bug fixes, a new version of the built-in WYSIWYG editor, some additions to the new discount system for front-end display of discounts and many other enhancements and changes. Beta 2 can be downloaded from our registered users area from the 'Downloads' page and it is available to all users, regardless of support package. As previously announced this is being done to provide the widest possible number of test installations for the beta to help fully test the large number of new features and enhancements in 2.3.0.

Installers are available to update existing stores running 2.2.0 and 2.3.0 (Beta 1) to Beta 2, along with a full installer of 2.3.0 (Beta 2). Update documentation is also available which includes details of the wide range of template changes you can make to your existing templates to take advantage of the new features.

A dedicated forum is available for feedback on the beta release and we'd like to encourage any user that installs and tests 2.3.0 to provide feedback via. that forum. In addition, for those with a support package, we can offer direct support for any issues encountered, including on live sites. If you do not currently have a forum account one can be opened at http://forums.jshopecommerce.com/- once you have opened an account, login to your registered users area and on the 'Account Settings' page use the section on the right to link your forum account to your license.

Whilst full documentation will not be available for 2.3.0 until official release, a number of sticky topics are available on the beta testing forum containing details on how to use some of the main new features and please use that forum for any functionality questions.

The Purpose of the Beta Test

This Beta test is designed to test the software for official release. Features are now considered locked and requests for new features or enhancements to the existing features cannot be undertaken.

Beta versions of software will have bugs and issues, that's only to be expected. These could range from small issues to larger problems causing stores to stop working correctly. Installing beta versions is done at your own risk, and whilst we are available to those with a support package to help with any issues, you need to decide for yourself if you want to install this on your live site, understanding that problems may happen. Of course, you are more than welcome to setup a test version of your live site and install the beta onto that so that you can work changes to the templates into a test version of your site before going live and this may be the preferred option for some users.
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