Beta Testing

As part of our commitment to developing and releasing reliable, stable software, we now put all minor feature releases through thorough beta testing.

Current active beta: Freeform 3.12

If you wish to join future betas, please check out the instructions and guide below.

CAUTION

While we carefully develop new features and put all of it through rigorous alpha and beta testing, we cannot guarantee that there will be no major issues in beta software. It's also possible that specific edge case scenarios may have been missed, etc. For this reason, we strongly advise you not to use beta versions in production environments.

DANGER

Before you proceed, please ensure the following:

  1. Make a copy of your site for local development testing.
  2. Backup the database and database.
  3. If this is an upgrade, carefully examine all aspects of your site and features after upgrading to ensure they're working correctly.

Overview of Changes

The primary focus of Freeform 3.12 is to improve self-diagnostics, add support for a robust drag and drop file upload field as well as refine form processing to be even more robust, thus eventually allowing for the addition of more features and improvements (e.g. save and continue later, etc). A wide variety of other refinements have been or will be made to other areas of Freeform.

Here's an overview of the key changes in Freeform 3.12:

  • Added new Drag & Drop File Upload field type.
  • Overhauled form processing to allow for alternative session storage options including the new Encrypted Payload default as well as a database table approach.
  • Added new self-diagnostics page to help troubleshoot issues and identify potential issues.
  • Updated newly created Text, Hidden, Invisible, Phone, Regex, and Website field types from VARCHAR to TEXT in database. Changed all other newly created field types to be VARCHAR(255) instead of VARCHAR(100). This is not a retroactive change - it will affect the creation of new fields only.
  • (In Progress) Various minor additions and improvements.

Requirements

There are no new minimum server requirements for Freeform 3.12. It has the same requirements as Freeform 3.11.

Installation

Betas cannot be installed from the Craft control panel. They must be installed manually through Composer:

  1. Open your terminal and go to your Craft project: cd /path/to/project
  2. Then tell Composer to require v3.11 beta of the plugin: composer require solspace/craft-freeform:^3.12.0-beta.4
  3. In the Craft control panel, go to Settings → Plugins and click the Install button for Freeform.
    • If you'd like to try out Freeform Pro, click on the Lite / Trial button beside the Freeform plugin name and inside the Plugin Store product page for Freeform, you can click on Try button for the Pro edition.

Updating

Betas cannot be updated from the Craft control panel. They must be updated manually through Composer:

  1. Open your Craft site's main composer.json file.
  2. Adjust the version number for solspace/craft-freeform to ^3.12.0-beta.4
    • Your final composer.json file might have something like this:



     


    "require": {
      "craftcms/cms": "^3.7.0",
      "vlucas/phpdotenv": "v2.4.0",
      "solspace/craft-freeform": "^3.12.0-beta.4",
    },
    
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  3. Open your terminal and go to your Craft project: cd /path/to/project
  4. To run any available updates for your site, run composer update
  5. Proceed to Craft control panel and click the Finish Updates button if it shows.

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By specifying ^ before the version number (^3.12.0-beta.4), for future updates you can just run composer update and it'll grab the latest available version.

Providing Feedback

We would greatly appreciate it if you are able to provide us with routine feedback throughout your testing and usage of the beta. Even if you aren't using any of the new features or changes, providing feedback allows us to get a better idea of how things are going for all kinds of websites.

To make this even easier, we've included a Beta Feedback widget that displays in the Freeform control panel. Just click a star rating (5/5 to indicate if everything is going well, or less if you are experiencing any issues) and if you have anything to clarify, fill in a quick note in the textarea and click submit. You can optionally include your email address, which will also help us get in touch with you to get more information about any issues and/or assist you as necessary.

Feel free to also just use a Private Support Ticket or report an issue via GitHub Issues.

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This widget will only display during betas. If you wish to disable it from displaying, add FREEFORM_DISABLE_BETA_FEEDBACK_WIDGET=1 to your .ENV file.

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Reporting Issues

If you're experiencing any issues with this beta, please let us know ASAP and we'll be happy to assist you with the issue. If everything is working very well for you, we would appreciate you taking the time to let us know that too! 😃

Last Updated: 9/2/2021, 11:17:40 AM