Benefits of being a BETA site

If you make a good suggestion, and the impact is low, we can usually implement the new suggestion straight away (if it does not involve database structure changes). If you wait till the final release, then make a very good suggestion, it may, unfortunately, have to wait for the following year’s release.
Also, if you are a site that has some obscure methods, you may find you still encounter a problem after the final stable release has gone out. At this stage, CD’s are getting shipped to stores, and it becomes a lot harder to alter things.