Beta Testing Instructions
Thank You for Helping Us With Beta Testing!
Wordfence 7.0.1 includes significant changes to the user interface for improved visibility into your site’s security and better management of our growing list of options and settings. We have completed extensive testing internally, and we are now ready to share it with a broader audience.
Please keep in mind that this is an early beta release. We do not recommend running it on a production site until the official release, but we consider this to be good quality beta code. Your input during the beta can help make Wordfence 7 a success.
If you would like to report a bug or provide feedback, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, which will create a ticket in our priority ticketing system in a private “beta testing” area for our developers. Please do not send support requests to this email address, as they will be deleted. This is only for reporting bugs and feedback related to the beta version of Wordfence 7.
How to Install the Beta Version of Wordfence
- Download the beta version (.ZIP file) to your desktop by clicking here
- Remove Wordfence from your website by visiting the Plugins section, deactivating Wordfence and then deleting it. (Note: As long as you have not enabled “Delete Wordfence tables and data on deactivation”, your settings should be retained.)
- While still in the Plugins section, install the Beta version by clicking the “Add New” button at the top of the page, clicking “Upload Plugin” at the top of the page and then uploading the .zip file you downloaded in step 1, followed by clicking the “install now” button.
- Activate the plugin.
Once the Beta Version of Wordfence Is Installed
Installation itself can cause issues in rare cases, depending on your host’s configuration, so if you have any problems with the above, please send in a bug report. We would like you to provide as much test coverage as possible, so be sure to try out all of the features you normally use.
- Once you have installed Wordfence, verify that your website is functioning correctly. Check both the administration panel and the publicly visible portion of your site.
- Check Wordfence Live Traffic (if you have that enabled) to make sure that visits by non-admins are appearing normally.
- Try to perform a scan and verify that your scan works. If not, when you report an issue, mention whether it was working before you upgraded to 7.0.1.
- Try out the firewall and blocking features, as well as the items on the Tools page.
- If you are technically able to do so, please check your website error log to see if Wordfence has generated any PHP errors.
Testing With a Clean Installation (Optional)
After you have tested the beta version by upgrading an existing Wordfence installation, you can then optionally test it on a clean installation to see a longer version of the opening tour and new default settings.
If you would like to beta test on a clean installation:
- Go to the Global Options page and export your existing Wordfence settings using the button at the bottom. Keep a copy of the long “export token” that it provides.
- If your site has a Premium license, make sure to also keep a copy of the license key that appears near the top of the Global Options.
- Enable the option “Delete Wordfence tables and data on deactivation” in the General Options section and save the settings.
- Go to the WordPress Plugins page and deactivate Wordfence, then reactivate it again.
- After trying out the plugin, you can import your original options and re-enter your premium license key, if you have not already done so.
Thanks for participating in this program, helping to improve Wordfence, and helping us secure the WordPress community.
Finally, if you’re not already on the list and would like to participate in future beta testing efforts, please use the form below to join our beta tester mailing list.