Beta testing is part of the rigorous, product perfecting process most software undergoes before it is released to the public. It is the second phase in which the intended audience samples the product. By the time a product is ready for a beta testing period, it is necessary to have a finished, working and reasonably stable version to successfully carry out this phase. During beta testing, it is expected that the product is used on real-world scenarios by a group of users. Not to be confused with alpha testing, it is important that the software is beta-ready which entails that an alpha testing stage has been completed beforehand. It is common for most product features to be unavailable during alpha testing, and the software usually contains multiple code defects. Going through alpha testing first, helps developers fix the most common and glaring problems in the software.
Beta testing can be done in many ways. In general, the software is released as a free trial version so testers can download it and use it for some time. It is important that the software is used outside of the company so that it has real-world exposure. There are two types of stages called open and closed. Closed beta testing takes place immediately after alpha testing is complete. Usually, it involves a small and controlled group of beta testers. On the other hand, some companies choose to release the software to the general public for a limited amount of time for an open beta testing.
Testing the usability and application of new software is important for the success of the product. Without beta testing, many bugs and issues cannot be rooted out because the software has never been used in a real-world context. With a large number of people trying the software in order to find problems, the developers reduce their own cost and time spent on testing. Software that is released to the public with major functionality problems damages the reputation of the company and creates a negative response from consumers. The most important part of beta testing is that it specifically involves people who are part of the intended audience. This approach ensures their customers will be happy with the end product, and that their specific needs are met.
One example of this is Traxalt, a new token and blockchain protocol, which has conducted a beta testing phase to ensure all systems are working correctly. It has formed a strategic alliance with another company by providing them early access to the product. The members of the company have provided feedback which the developers have used to improve the system and fix any possible bugs. Through this, the Traxalt team was able to further refine their transaction process to align with their goal of simple and fast transactions. At first, the testers experienced difficulties completing transactions, and the wait and response time exceeded the expected periods. Traxalt worked to fix the shortcomings of the platform.
With this, they solidified their promise of delivering quick and safe transactions. While Traxalt was completing the beta test, the team also learned of the importance of developing a user-friendly product. Traxalt is marketed as an easy tool for non-experts who wish to get involved with blockchain. Traxalt is committed to educate and help their users with this new technology. Through beta testing, it was able to uncover some elements— specifically with the interface — that created difficulties among users. Minor features like the visibility of currencies, an easy and straight-forward process, and an intuitive interface were important to testers. Implementing these characteristics and making other changes to the product are imperative to achieving a product quality level that is ready for the market.
Traxalt has begun their pre-sale stage the first week of June.