Yesterday, we started rolling out an "Alpha" version of Clover Sites 3 to our internal team here at Clover!
Last Friday afternoon the whole team saw the weekly demo at our office, where we walk through core features and the latest developments. Our awesome dev team also surprised us with a couple of feature additions to Clover Sites 3 we can't wait to tell you about.
We've never done an internal alpha launch quite like this, so it's pretty cool to see the countless ways this new approach is already helping us to prepare for the final release later this year. Now of course, not everything in the Alpha right now looks pretty and there are still some missing pieces and a bunch of work to be done, but that's to be expected.
Here's a few of the biggest wins so far of this approach:
1. We can get a much better understanding of how it feels to use the product so we can make any necessary adjustments to the overall experience much earlier in the process. This should really help us avoid any major delays before we release, and it also gives us a lot more time to extensively test every detail, identify any bugs or fixes we'll need to address, and just overall make things look and feel more awesome.
2. We can start creating support resources earlier that will help you use Clover Sites 3 like a pro from day 1, and our amazing Customer Relations team will be even better equipped to help you right off the bat. (We'll tell you more about all the improvements we're making with our Customer Relations team in a future post)
3. We can start to use and update the product just like we would once we release, testing how we handle servers, bug testing, releasing new features and fixes, communicating to you about the changes, and of course creating and editing sites.
As we continue to work towards the release later this year -- creating, building, and testing through the Alpha version this Summer -- we'll continue to give you updates each week. We might even give you a sneak peek of a website built with the brand new Greenhouse as we move closer to the release.
So keep your eyes open for that, and let us know if you have any questions or thoughts. Just leave us a comment - we'd love to hear from you!