Who wants to test the new WordCamp blocks?

The WordCamp.org GutenbergGutenberg The Gutenberg project is the new Editor Interface for WordPress. The editor improves the process and experience of creating new content, making writing rich content much simpler. It uses ‘blocks’ to add richness rather than shortcodes, custom HTML etc. https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/ blocks that were discussed and designed some time back are now ready for betaBeta A pre-release of software that is given out to a large group of users to trial under real conditions. Beta versions have gone through alpha testing in-house and are generally fairly close in look, feel and function to the final product; however, design changes often occur as part of the process. testing!

Please note that currently Speaker, Session, Organizer and Sponsor blocks are available for testing. Development work on the schedule blockBlock Block is the abstract term used to describe units of markup that, composed together, form the content or layout of a webpage using the WordPress editor. The idea combines concepts of what in the past may have achieved with shortcodes, custom HTML, and embed discovery into a single consistent API and user experience. is in progress, and will hopefully be available for testing in a month or so.

Beta testers, please report issues and bugs on Meta Trac or in the #meta-wordcamp channel on WordPress Slack.

Leave a comment on this post if you’re interested in testing these new tools on your WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. site. Thanks in advance for helping to improve our tools via testing and bug reports!

#blocks, #wordcamp-org

Request for Public Post Preview on WordCamp Sites

Hey all,

The WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. US team has run into several times recently where it would be super helpful to allow people outside our team to be able to see and offer feedback on draft posts. A great example of that is the contributor team is about to write 18 posts, one for each WordPress contributor group, that summarizes what they do and what their current projects are. It would be amazing to be able to get direct feedback from each team as we do.

I made a Meta Trac ticket requesting to have the Public Post Preview plugin installed for this purpose, and @iandunn said there’s no technical problems with it but suggested that I get buy-in from the community team first. If you all are on board, he would be able to add it to the list of plugins that is off-by-default but can be turned on by any WordCamps that want to make use of it.

Any thoughts? Worries? Cheers? General feedback?

Thanks,
Aaron

#wordcamp-org

WordCamp.org 5.0 Upgrade

WordCamp.org hasn’t been upgraded to 5.0 yet, because @coreymckrill and I were busy with WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. US and the WP 5.0.1 releaseRelease A release is the distribution of the final version of an application. A software release may be either public or private and generally constitutes the initial or new generation of a new or upgraded application. A release is preceded by the distribution of alpha and then beta versions of the software.. Now that those are done, we’ve had time to plan and test the upgrade, and everything is working well in our development environments.

Given that, I’d like to deployDeploy Launching code from a local development environment to the production web server, so that it's available to visitors. the upgrade to the production server on Tuesday, January 1st. Things will essentially remain the same as they are today, where users are able to choose between the BlockBlock Block is the abstract term used to describe units of markup that, composed together, form the content or layout of a webpage using the WordPress editor. The idea combines concepts of what in the past may have achieved with shortcodes, custom HTML, and embed discovery into a single consistent API and user experience. and Classic editors.

The specific changes are:

  • The Classic Editor pluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the WordPress.org Plugin Directory https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party will be enabled. The Block Editor will be the default for most post types, but Classic will be available for all types. Users will be able to choose which editor they’d like to use. Site admins can override those if they’d like, though.
Settings for the Classic Editor plugin (under General > Writing)
  • The GutenbergGutenberg The Gutenberg project is the new Editor Interface for WordPress. The editor improves the process and experience of creating new content, making writing rich content much simpler. It uses ‘blocks’ to add richness rather than shortcodes, custom HTML etc. https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/ plugin will be deactivated. Once the Phase 2 changes have matured to the point where they’re ready for testing on production sites, then we can discuss re-enabling it (similar to the discussion we had for Phase 1).
  • The Block Editor will be available for some of our custom post types, like Speakers, Sessions, and Organizers.

Please leave a comment below if you have any questions or concerns.

#gutenberg, #wordcamp-org

Feature Request: Give WordCamp attendees ability to mark/save sessions of interest on camp schdeule

Attending WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. is great, but as an attendee I have to repeatedly refer to the schedule to see which talks I wanted to go to next and which room I should be in, etc. I’d like to suggest a new feature to enable users to create a custom track from a published schedule on a WordCamp website. A way for users to select their desired session and somehow save this “custom” track or collection of sessions.

What does saving mean?

I think the MVPMinimum Viable Product "A minimum viable product (MVP) is a product with just enough features to satisfy early customers, and to provide feedback for future product development." - WikiPedia would be save and print or email the custom schedule/agenda. The user would select one talk (maybe more? if they’re interested in multiple sessions) per time slot to attend by clicking that slot in the schedule, and visually the schedule would highlight marked sessions. Perhaps selecting a session would even create a new list of sessions as that attendees custom agenda for the Camp and that agenda can be printed. I’m sure proper UXUX UX is an acronym for User Experience - the way the user uses the UI. Think ‘what they are doing’ and less about how they do it. would deem it necessary to include some type of buttons or interface to add a session to an agenda and then to remove selected sessions too. As MVP, this could be front-end only and not even save any data. It could populate an email or be ready to print – or even simply allow users to keep the page open on their phone for quick glances during the conference.  I especially see this agenda layout being useful on mobile, where it’s tough to fit a complex schedule.

For a nicer experience though, the site would save the user’s selections and allow them to return to the schedule to see their saved/selected sessions. Ideally this would be tied to their .org account or something so either on the computer or phone they could log in and view their saved agenda.

How could it be useful to more than just the attendee?

Then if we end up being able to save this data, why not allow users to opt-in to share their schedule with other attendees or even the public. Attendees and sessions are displayed, let’s connect them. Each session abstract could indicate interest either by how many attendees have selected this talk or even list all interested attendees. I could see this being useful information to gauge general interest for talks and may help ensure to have ample space for each session. For example, if one session has a high level of interest it could be moved to a larger room to account for more attendees. Anyways, I digress…

Here I’ve mocked up a quick and ugly schedule with some marked sessions:

wordcamp raleigh schedule with marked sessions

Here’s a nasty screenshot of a schedule for WordCamp Raleigh with sessions marked as proposed. Notice there are two sessions saved at 11am, while only one session for later times.

The main point here is to have a way that when viewing the WordCamp schedule, attendees can select which sessions they are most interested in to create their own agenda during a WordCamp, and then a convenient way for users to save this agenda for quick reference during WordCamp. Sharing this interest may help attendees network and connect with others before and during the event. This data could possibly provide general feedback to organizers for planning purposes too.

I don’t believe this is the first time this type of idea has come up and I’ve had positive feedback from others and hope this can generate a useful discussion and roadmap. Thoughts?

#improving-wordcamp-org, #wordcamp-org, #wordcamps #feature-request

WordCamp Central Admin Maintenance

We’re planning on rolling out some possibly breaking changes to the WordCamp CentralWordCamp Central Website for all WordCamp activities globally. https://central.wordcamp.org includes a list of upcoming and past camp with links to each. admin on Tuesday, April 5th between 16:00 and 17:00 UTC. During that time, the Central admin will not be accessible by deputies and WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. organizers. Other parts of the WordCamp.org network should not be affected.

We apologize for any inconvenience and we’ll post more information about what has changed after the rollout is complete. As usual, we’re available in the #meta-wordcamp and #events channels on SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/..

#wordcamp-org, #wordcamps

WordCamp.org URL Migration Status

The URLURL A specific web address of a website or web page on the Internet, such as a website’s URL www.wordpress.org structure for all WordCamp.org sites has been migrated to the newest year.city.wordcamp.org format, all the redirects are in place, and all the SSLSSL Secure Socket Layer - Encryption from the server to the browser and back. Prevents prying eyes from seeing what you are sending between your browser and the server. certificates stuff has been taken care of.

All new event sites created in the network should now use the new structure, and the deputies handbook has been updated to reflect this change. Please note that SSL certificates for new domains are issued only twice daily. This means that after creating a new site in the network, you’ll have to wait up to 12 hours before it gets a valid certificate. Previously issued certificates auto-renew every 60 days unless the site has been deleted.

If you have any questions or come across any issues that might be related to this change, please feel free to leave a comment or pingPing The act of sending a very small amount of data to an end point. Ping is used in computer science to illicit a response from a target server to test it’s connection. Ping is also a term used by Slack users to @ someone or send them a direct message (DM). Users might say something along the lines of “Ping me when the meeting starts.” us in #events or #meta-wordcamp on SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/..

#wordcamp-org, #wordcamps

We’ve recently deployed our WordCamp org + Let’s…

We’ve recently deployedDeploy Launching code from a local development environment to the production web server, so that it's available to visitors. our WordCamp.org + Let’s Encrypt integration and it looks good so far. This means that all newly created WordCamp.org sites will get a valid SSLSSL Secure Socket Layer - Encryption from the server to the browser and back. Prevents prying eyes from seeing what you are sending between your browser and the server. certificate within 12 hours after creation, and all SSL certificates will be renewed every 60 days.

We already spotted some SSL-related errors and fixed them in the past few hours, but if you come across anything strange that may be HTTPSHTTPS HTTPS is an acronym for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure. HTTPS is the secure version of HTTP, the protocol over which data is sent between your browser and the website that you are connected to. The 'S' at the end of HTTPS stands for 'Secure'. It means all communications between your browser and the website are encrypted. This is especially helpful for protecting sensitive data like banking information. related, let us know on SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/.. We’ll be transitioning the rest of the network that is still using the city.wordcamp.org/year structure to year.city.wordcamp.org in the coming weeks. I’ll post an additional update about that when it’s done.

P.S. If you’re ever in the WordCamp.org SupportPress instance, we’re expecting a flood of e-mails from staging-expiry@letsencrypt.org or expiry@letsencrypt.org so don’t go crazy if you see one. Keep calm and pingPing The act of sending a very small amount of data to an end point. Ping is used in computer science to illicit a response from a target server to test it’s connection. Ping is also a term used by Slack users to @ someone or send them a direct message (DM). Users might say something along the lines of “Ping me when the meeting starts.” @kovshenin on Slack and we’ll sort it out with some new filters.

#wordcamp-org, #wordcamps

Just a quick note on the WordCamp org…

Just a quick note on the WordCamp.org site creation flow for deputies. We’re still working on our new SSLSSL Secure Socket Layer - Encryption from the server to the browser and back. Prevents prying eyes from seeing what you are sending between your browser and the server. setup and URLURL A specific web address of a website or web page on the Internet, such as a website’s URL www.wordpress.org format change. Some cities have been migrated to the newest year.city.wordcamp.org URL structure, while most cities are still on city.wordcamp.org/year.

To work correctly, the newly created sites should follow the previous year’s structure, so if you’re creating a new 2016 WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. site for City:

  • If the last year’s site is on 2015.city.wordcamp.org, the new site should be created as 2016.city.wordcamp.org
  • If the last year’s site is on city.wordcamp.org/2015, the new site should be created as city.wordcamp.org/2016

In the future (hopefully very soon) all sites will be on year.city domains and this will no longer be a problem. Sorry for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience. If you have any questions feel free to pingPing The act of sending a very small amount of data to an end point. Ping is used in computer science to illicit a response from a target server to test it’s connection. Ping is also a term used by Slack users to @ someone or send them a direct message (DM). Users might say something along the lines of “Ping me when the meeting starts.” @kovshenin on SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. or leave a comment.

#wordcamp-org, #wordcamps

WordCamp URLs

This has been discussed many times in several threads and IRL conversations over the past few months, and as many of you heard, a decision has been made. We’re currently in the middle of changing the WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. URLURL A specific web address of a website or web page on the Internet, such as a website’s URL www.wordpress.org structures back to year.city.wordcamp.org from city.wordcamp.org/year. If you’ve noticed broken images, styles, insecure content warnings, invalid SSLSSL Secure Socket Layer - Encryption from the server to the browser and back. Prevents prying eyes from seeing what you are sending between your browser and the server. certificate warnings, broken redirects or anything odd, please let us know here or via support@wordcamp.org.

Thank you for your patience!

#wordcamp-org, #wordcamps

After reading this post about adding random wapuus…

After reading this post about adding random wapuus as default avatars, I would like to suggest to add the mentioned plugin on wordcamp.org.

Do you like this idea? Want to see all the wapuus on the attendee list instead of the boring grey person? 🙂

#wapuu, #wordcamp-org, #wordcamps