Shiny Updates v3 Kickoff Chat

While the biggest chunk of Shiny Updates v2 was merged into WordPress 4.6, there were still plenty of ideas that didn’t makemake A collection of P2 blogs at make.wordpress.org, which are the home to a number of contributor groups, including core development (make/core, formerly "wpdevel"), the UI working group (make/ui), translators (make/polyglots), the theme reviewers (make/themes), resources for plugin authors (make/plugins), and the accessibility working group (make/accessibility). it in time. I think it would be worthwhile to bring more shininess to WordPress 4.8 or 4.9. Regular chats have been dormant for a while, but I’d like to continue them starting Wednesday, 19 October 2016, 17:00 UTC in the #feature-shinyupdates 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/. channel.

Topics for the first chat will include a brief update on current shiny updates bugs in WordPress coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. and the planned goals for Shiny Updates v3 (e.g. update-core.php). Some of the ideas can be found on GitHub.

Now is a great time to get involved and help making WordPress updates even more shiny. Please come join us next week and contribute to the continuing abolishment of The Bleak Screen of Sadness™.

#feature-projects, #shiny-updates

Feature Proposal: A New Experience for Discovering, Installing, and Previewing Themes in the Customizer

This is the feature merge proposal for the new themes experience in the customizerCustomizer Tool built into WordPress core that hooks into most modern themes. You can use it to preview and modify many of your site’s appearance settings. introduced with #37661. Here’s an overview of the current proposed UIUI User interface:

Customizer themes design and user flow mockup

Customizer themes design and user flow mockup by @folletto.

A theme is the most fundamental aspect of customizing a site. This project seeks to unify the theme-browsing and theme-customization experiences by introducing a comprehensive theme browser and installer directly in the customizer.

Walkthrough of the latest patch on #37661.

Walkthrough of the latest patchpatch A special text file that describes changes to code, by identifying the files and lines which are added, removed, and altered. It may also be referred to as a diff. A patch can be applied to a codebase for testing. on #37661.

Background & History

The customizer originated as a tool for previewing and customizing themes and as such, was closely integrated into the theme browsing experience in wp-adminadmin (and super admin) when it was introduced in WordPress 3.4. The theme browser and installer were rewritten in WordPress 3.8 and 3.9, respectively, offering a fast JavaScriptJavaScript JavaScript or JS is an object-oriented computer programming language commonly used to create interactive effects within web browsers. WordPress makes extensive use of JS for a better user experience. While PHP is executed on the server, JS executes within a user’s browser. https://www.javascript.com/.-based way to explore, install, and switch themes.

Eventually, as the customizer’s role grew to that of a framework for live-previewing any change to a site, it became apparent that it would benefit from a more direct way to switch themes, without entering the wp-admin context. The Customizer Theme Switcher 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 was created, and after some refinement, merged into WordPress 4.2. However, while it initially included external links to install themes in the admin, these were eventually removed due to the jarring experience of unexpectedly leaving the customizer.

Currently, there is no indication that additional themes can be installed when viewing available themes in the customizer. For new users, it may take quite a bit of time to discover the ability to install themes, via wp-admin, or they may give up on WordPress before making this discovery. This is a usability dead-end where a user’s flow is disrupted in the process of discovering, installing, previewing, and activating themes, both on initial site setup and when considering a redesign.

When the theme switcher plugin was developed, the team made preliminary plans for a theme installation interface as a second phase of the project. Specifically, it would leave the “preview” context of the customizer but retain the same identity in the user experience. @folletto helped develop this initial concept in early 2015.

Technical Constraints & Requirements

There have been several technical limitations preventing theme installation in the customizer from being addressed previously. Most notably, such an interface requires “shiny” ajax-based theme installation, updates, and deletion, so that the user flow can persistently stay in the customizer themes interface rather than jumping to separate “installing” views. This is now possible with phase 2 of “Shiny Updates” in WordPress 4.6. Additionally, expansions of the customizer JavaScript and JS-templated controls APIs to better support dynamically-registered controls were needed to support theme installation within the customizer framework, and these were fully fleshed out for the customizer menus interface introduced in WordPress 4.3. With these technical constraints eliminated, theme installation in the customizer is now possible without additional significant improvements to the underlying themes or customizer APIs.

The customizer must currently be completely reloaded from PHPPHP The web scripting language in which WordPress is primarily architected. WordPress requires PHP 5.6.20 to preview a different theme. To perform a theme switch without a reload, theme-defined settings, sections, and controls would need to be updated dynamically with JavaScript. While the customizer internals have been working toward making this possible for some time, significant work remains to makemake A collection of P2 blogs at make.wordpress.org, which are the home to a number of contributor groups, including core development (make/core, formerly "wpdevel"), the UI working group (make/ui), translators (make/polyglots), the theme reviewers (make/themes), resources for plugin authors (make/plugins), and the accessibility working group (make/accessibility). inline theme switches possible. Therefore, changes to this part of the theme-switching workflow are out of scope for the current project, which focuses on the user-facing flow.

The biggest usability 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. that this limitation causes is that unsaved changes are lost when the theme is switched. Unsaved changes are currently handled by prompting users with an are-you-sure notice in the browser before making the switch. Unfortunately, limitations in JavaScript require the loading indicator to be hidden after the user decides to stay on the page or to continue to the new theme, causing confusion. In the new interface, this is further mitigated by displaying a warning that there are unsaved changes, with an inline button to save and publish them, at the top of the interface. With customize changesets (transactions) (#)30937, a “save draft” option could also become possible in the future, allowing changes to be saved (potentially automatically) without being published between theme previews.

Previewing Themes

One of the biggest challenges with theme installation in wp-admin, and opportunities in the customizer, is previewing themes. Currently, a customizer-like frame displays a preview hosted on WordPress.orgWordPress.org The community site where WordPress code is created and shared by the users. This is where you can download the source code for WordPress core, plugins and themes as well as the central location for community conversations and organization. https://wordpress.org/, with limited content. Rather than opening this potentially-disorienting similar but different interface, the proposed flow de-emphasizes the distinction between installed and available themes. The primary action for available themes is now “Install & Preview”, which installs the theme and live previews it in one step.

Users can now see any theme on their site with their content and play with its options in the customizer in one click. If they decide it’s the wrong theme for their site, the themes panel can be quickly reopened and another theme selected and previewed with no harm done. A secondary action allows themes to be installed without instantly previewing, so that the installed themes tab can become a personal theme library of sorts, where users can save themes that they might want to try on their site. Installed themes being a filterFilter Filters are one of the two types of Hooks https://codex.wordpress.org/Plugin_API/Hooks. They provide a way for functions to modify data of other functions. They are the counterpart to Actions. Unlike Actions, filters are meant to work in an isolated manner, and should never have side effects such as affecting global variables and output. along with the available theme headings unifies the previously-disorienting separation of themes and add-new themes on separate screens, with confusingly-separate search and headerHeader The header of your site is typically the first thing people will experience. The masthead or header art located across the top of your page is part of the look and feel of your website. It can influence a visitor’s opinion about your content and you/ your organization’s brand. It may also look different on different screen sizes. (add new/upload theme) functionality.

Proposed Themes Interface

Due to the tight integration with the existing system, with the existing theme control and section as well as internal elements in the customizer manager and theme details template requiring moderate modifications, this project was implemented as a patch and cannot be reasonably converted into a plugin and back. The patch has been available on trac for six+ weeks, with iterations continuing to improve and polish the new experience.

The technical implementation continues adapting the concepts present in the backbone.js-based themes experience in wp-admin to leverage the customizer APIAPI An API or Application Programming Interface is a software intermediary that allows programs to interact with each other and share data in limited, clearly defined ways.. With the themes experience natively built on the customizer framework, it should be much easier for developers to improve and maintain the coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. experience in the future as well as extending the core experience in a structured way.

A few highlights of the proposed details:

  • Installed themes are no longer loaded every time the customizer is opened, resulting in potentially significant performance improvements by only calling wp_prepare_themes_for_js() when needed. This also allows themes in the customizer to be fully disabled with remove_panel( 'themes' ).
  • The themes experience is unchanged on the top level of the customizer, but selecting the change theme button now opens a panel that fills the entire screen, as the preview is not relevant when considering a theme change.
  • The UI diverges somewhat from what is found in the theme installer in wp-admin (which will remain), particularly around the filters.
  • The theme details view is unified between installed and available themes; clicking on a screenshot opens the details view to match the admin UI.
  • Primary buttons are used where clicking them takes you away from the current page (ie, for previews); secondary buttons are used elsewhere.
  • The loading strategy attempts to balance performance with wait time by loading theme data from Ajax in large batches (100 themes) and following up by rendering screenshots as they become visible (as the existing interface does).

Usability Testing

Four usability tests have been conducted so far. The full test screencasts are available on Make/Design, alongside key takeaways. These tests expose a lot of largely-known issues with themes and the customizer in general, but did not reveal any significant issues with the proposed new theme browser. Because the tests were conducted in-person with a limited set of volunteers, additional testing with a broader user base would be ideal.

There has been design feedback since the user testing was conducted, resulting in some significant changes. @karmatosed has volunteered to coordinate additional testing in the next week to verify that the changes haven’t introduced usability regressions, and to test with a broader audience. Check out the call for user testing on make/design to help out here.

A visual record on a phone of the revised design has been posted on make/flow.

Extensibility

Because the new interface is built entirely on the customizer API, third-party plugins should now be able to integrate much more easily. This means that other theme marketplaces (including commercial themes) could realistically be browsed (and maybe even installed) from within WordPress, while leveraging the core UI exactly.

The presentational flexibility is available via the customizer API (with custom theme sections for other theme sources, and theme controls for individual themes), but there are likely some gaps in the ability to do this seamlessly in the internals. If anyone is interested in building this sort of functionality, please evaluate whether any additional hooksHooks In WordPress theme and development, hooks are functions that can be applied to an action or a Filter in WordPress. Actions are functions performed when a certain event occurs in WordPress. Filters allow you to modify certain functions. Arguments used to hook both filters and actions look the same. are needed so that they can launch alongside the new feature.

Review and Approval

In addition to a general core approval of this proposal, the following sign-offs are required before the feature could be approved for merge, based on the applicable elements of this list:

  • Flow (and mobile) review (see also an initial post)
  • Docs review
  • Security audit
  • Polyglots/i18ni18n Internationalization, or the act of writing and preparing code to be fully translatable into other languages. Also see localization. Often written with a lowercase i so it is not confused with a lowercase L or the numeral 1. Often an acquired skill. review
  • Design/UXUX User experience review – tentative approval has been provided from @karmatosed and @folletto (with additional input from others in last week’s design meeting) with an expectation that minor adjustments will continue to be required. General design feedback is still welcome, but major changes are unlikely to be feasible at this point.
  • AccessibilityAccessibility Accessibility (commonly shortened to a11y) refers to the design of products, devices, services, or environments for people with disabilities. The concept of accessible design ensures both “direct access” (i.e. unassisted) and “indirect access” meaning compatibility with a person’s assistive technology (for example, computer screen readers). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accessibility) review – @afercia completed an initial review, with the issues fixed in a subsequent patch. A comprehensive final review would be a good idea as well, since there have been significant design changes.
  • Code review – to be handled by @westonruter once the patch is otherwise deemed “ready” based on review from other teams.

To test, update to latest trunktrunk A directory in Subversion containing the latest development code in preparation for the next major release cycle. If you are running "trunk", then you are on the latest revision. and apply the latest patch on #37661. On your test site, open the customizer and “change” the theme. Try out the various filters, browse themes, and install and preview them. Also test the inline update and deletion functionality.

To meet the feature merge deadline for 4.7 (10/19), reviews from various teams and any corresponding iterations need to be completed by October 12th, leaving a week for final code review and commit. General feedback and specific reviews and action items should be provided as comments on this post.


Update: this feature was merged in 4.9.

#4-7, #4-9, #customize, #proposal, #shiny-updates, #theme-switcher, #themes

Shiny Updates in 4.6

After being approved for a partial merge, Shiny Updates V2 was added to WordPress coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. in [37714]. Thanks to that change, updating as well as installing and deleting plugins and themes has become much easier for users. With the exception of the wp-admin/update-core.php screen, those actions are now all performed via AJAX, avoiding what we internally called The Bleak Screen of Sadness.

Visual Changes

If you wanna see Shiny Updates in action, check out the merge proposal post which contains screenshots and a video.

Proposal: More Shiny Updates

One big user facing change is about search: There is now an AJAX search on both the Installed Plugins screen as well as the Add New 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 screen, this means the search results change as you type, drastically simplifying your workflow.

Under The Hood

The JavaScriptJavaScript JavaScript or JS is an object-oriented computer programming language commonly used to create interactive effects within web browsers. WordPress makes extensive use of JS for a better user experience. While PHP is executed on the server, JS executes within a user’s browser. https://www.javascript.com/. responsible for shiny updates (enqueued via the 'updates' handle) has been completely revamped to improve the UXUX User experience across the board by displaying better progress updates and error messages.

If you’re in any way relying on this JavaScript, you will notice that wp.updates.update() has been renamed to wp.updates.updatePlugin(). The same goes for the plugin update success / error callbacks.

In addition to that, callbacks are now passed as arguments to the wp.updates.updatePlugin(), wp.updates.updateTheme() and the like, e.g. wp.updates.updatePlugin( { success: wp.updates.updatePluginSuccess, … } ). The whole code is thoroughly documented.

However, you probably won’t ever need to call these functions directly. Instead, you might wanna hook into the custom jQuery events that are being triggered throughout the code, like 'wp-plugin-install-success'.

Shiny Updates V3

While the last iteration of Shiny Updates has been merged into core, development of the plugin continues to happen on GitHub. If you’re running the Shiny Updates feature plugin on your site, everything will continue to work when using 4.6.

The current version of the plugin now only contains things that didn’t makemake A collection of P2 blogs at make.wordpress.org, which are the home to a number of contributor groups, including core development (make/core, formerly "wpdevel"), the UI working group (make/ui), translators (make/polyglots), the theme reviewers (make/themes), resources for plugin authors (make/plugins), and the accessibility working group (make/accessibility). it into 4.6 and is our base for further development. Feel free to keep it running and provide feedback!

#4-6, #dev-notes, #shiny-updates

Shiny Updates V2: Partial Merge Approved

During the extra meeting held today, Monday June 13th, 2016 at 13:00 MDT, Shiny Updates V2 was approved for a partial merge to coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress.. The changes that will be merged are install, update, and delete for themes and plugins in single and multisitemultisite Used to describe a WordPress installation with a network of multiple blogs, grouped by sites. This installation type has shared users tables, and creates separate database tables for each blog (wp_posts becomes wp_0_posts). See also network, blog, site.

This affects:

  • plugin.php
  • plugin-install.php
  • import.php
  • themes.php
  • themes-install.php
  • The “more-detail” modals in those screens

The parts that will not be merged are the changes to update-core.php. The team now has time until Wednesday, June 15th 23:59 UTC to get the core patchpatch A special text file that describes changes to code, by identifying the files and lines which are added, removed, and altered. It may also be referred to as a diff. A patch can be applied to a codebase for testing. committed.

Congratulations and thanks to the Shiny Updates team for all the hard work they’ve put in this 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.. Most notably @obenland, @swissspidy, and @mapk. Thanks to everyone who reviewed, helped test, or otherwise contributed to Shiny Updates V2, we hope to see you involved with Shiny Updates V3. 🙂

The full chat log is located here: https://wordpress.slack.com/archives/core/p1465844429000062

#4-6, #feature-projects, #shiny-updates

Additional meeting to consider the Shiny Updates plugin for merge

As announced in last week’s dev chat we’ll have an additional meeting to consider the Shiny Updates 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 for merge today, June 13th, 2016 at 19:00 UTC.

Following a summary of the merge discussion from June 8th.

Merge Criteria

A plugin exists in the official WordPress plugin repository, is updated regularly, and is used/tested by the community.

✅ https://wordpress.org/plugins/shiny-updates/

Weekly chats are taking place 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/., and the feature lead is attending the weekly coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. dev chat.

✅ Meetings took place in #feature-shinyupdates.

A kickoff post and regular update posts are published publicly, tracking the progress and major decisions of the feature pluginFeature Plugin A plugin that was created with the intention of eventually being proposed for inclusion in WordPress Core. See Features as Plugins..

✅ Kickoff post at https://make.wordpress.org/core/2016/04/18/shiny-updates-chat/ and update posts at https://make.wordpress.org/core/tag/shiny-updates/

The feature works in all of the browsers that WordPress officially supports.

✅ IE8+ and other current browsers were tested

Touch devices can use the entire feature with no hindrance, with visual records for major flows through all new interfaces on all devices posted on Makemake A collection of P2 blogs at make.wordpress.org, which are the home to a number of contributor groups, including core development (make/core, formerly "wpdevel"), the UI working group (make/ui), translators (make/polyglots), the theme reviewers (make/themes), resources for plugin authors (make/plugins), and the accessibility working group (make/accessibility)./Flow. Make sure it functions properly on mobile by asking the Flow team to review it.

✅ https://make.wordpress.org/flow/tag/shiny-updates/

Visual records comparing old flow with new flow are provided for any feature that changes or replaces existing interfaces.

The code conforms to the WordPress coding standards.

✅ Assured through the use of a code sniffer and Travis CI: https://travis-ci.org/obenland/shiny-updates

Similarly, the code is well-tested, and has unit tests.

✅ QUnit tests: https://github.com/obenland/shiny-updates/blob/master/tests/tests.js, closed issues: https://github.com/obenland/shiny-updates/issues?q=is%3Aissue+is%3Aclosed

The code is well-documented. (Be sure to ask the Inline Docsinline docs (phpdoc, docblock, xref) team to review it.)

🅾️ @drewapicture wasn’t around but @obenland said that “he’d like to wait with the review until there is a core patchpatch A special text file that describes changes to code, by identifying the files and lines which are added, removed, and altered. It may also be referred to as a diff. A patch can be applied to a codebase for testing., and he pinged me this morning saying he wanted to review it today”.

The code follows the plugin security best practices, and has undergone a security audit.

🅾️ Only a rough audit was done. @aaroncampbell was asked to look at it.

The user interface/experience has been tested through user testing, and appropriate feedback was incorporated. (Be sure and ask the Design team to review it.)

🅾️ @mapk was the design lead and provided help with design questions. Turns out there was no review for the whole project, only comments on GitHubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can can easily be shared, copied and modified by other developers. Public repositories are free to host, private repositories require a paid subscription. GitHub introduced the concept of the ‘pull request’ where code changes done in branches by contributors can be reviewed and discussed before being merged be the repository owner. https://github.com/ issues and talks in Slack. A review was requested on May 16th.

The design is fully responsive, displaying properly on any mobile device, and using graphics that are ready for hi-dpi/retina displays.

✅ https://make.wordpress.org/flow/tag/shiny-updates/

HTMLHTML HyperText Markup Language. The semantic scripting language primarily used for outputting content in web browsers. validates to the proper doctype.

The code has all of the proper hooksHooks In WordPress theme and development, hooks are functions that can be applied to an action or a Filter in WordPress. Actions are functions performed when a certain event occurs in WordPress. Filters allow you to modify certain functions. Arguments used to hook both filters and actions look the same. in place for localization. (Be sure to ask the Polyglots teamPolyglots Team Polyglots Team is a group of multilingual translators who work on translating plugins, themes, documentation, and front-facing marketing copy. https://make.wordpress.org/polyglots/teams/. to review it.)

WordPress continues to function, and the feature is still usable, with JavaScriptJavaScript JavaScript or JS is an object-oriented computer programming language commonly used to create interactive effects within web browsers. WordPress makes extensive use of JS for a better user experience. While PHP is executed on the server, JS executes within a user’s browser. https://www.javascript.com/. turned off.

✅ That’s true, except for the Update All button.

The feature can be used with just a keyboard.

✅ Confirmed by @aferica.

Any required accessibilityAccessibility Accessibility (commonly shortened to a11y) refers to the design of products, devices, services, or environments for people with disabilities. The concept of accessible design ensures both “direct access” (i.e. unassisted) and “indirect access” meaning compatibility with a person’s assistive technology (for example, computer screen readers). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accessibility) support has been added, including (but not limited to) off-screen text, ARIA, and JSJS JavaScript, a web scripting language typically executed in the browser. Often used for advanced user interfaces and behaviors.-assisted. (Be sure to ask the Accessibility team to review it.)

A merge proposal has been published on the Make/Core blogblog (versus network, site) once the plugin is ready.

✅ https://make.wordpress.org/core/2016/06/02/proposal-more-shiny-updates/

 

More Feedback

  • @jorbin: The QUnit tests should be merged with the existing tests.
  • @michael-arestad started with a design review during the chat.
  • @helen asked: “Given that there was a goal of really polishing the plugin and that it literally has the word “shiny” in the name, how much changing post-merge are people comfortable with?”
  • @mikeschroder raised a concern on error specificity which is something that he’d consider to be a big support problem.
  • @jorbin asked: “Who is comfortable merging after the unit testunit test Code written to test a small piece of code or functionality within a larger application. Everything from themes to WordPress core have a series of unit tests. Also see regression. changes unless something the team working on shiny updates team or security team or design team considers major comes up?” @jorbin, @joemcgill, @azaozz, @jeremyfelt, @mapk, @markjaquith, @mikeschroder, @ocean90, @boonebgorges, @karmatosed, @ipstenu, @afercia, @rachelbaker, and @paulwilde reacted with a 👍.
  • @helen objects: “This seems a little like flexing to favor a merge – that poll is actually saying “this is not ready for merge until XYZ”. I am not saying that that is necessarily a terrible thing, but per my question about what amount of change people (project contributors, committers, etc.) are comfortable with, I am wondering if there is a bit of shifting of mindset from “ideal feature process” to “let’s get it in”.

 

With 3 teams having a blockerblocker A bug which is so severe that it blocks a release. and at least one person who needs more time to review it was decided to set a new deadline for feedback: Monday, June 13th 2016 at 12:00 UTC. An additional meeting will be held on Monday, June 13th 2016 at 19:00 UTC.

#4-6, #shiny-updates

Shiny Updates Update 6/12

Three more pull requests were opened, 1) to add basic validation of ajax requests, 2) to swap the term Core with WordPress in updates-coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress., and 3) to only show the compatibility note in upgrade-core if an update is not 100% compatible.
The PR to add the ability to activate a Theme after installation was merged and the feature added.

#4-6, #shiny-updates

Shiny Updates Update 6/11

Both were requested in the design review.

#4-6, #shiny-updates

Shiny Updates Update 6/10

  • There was more discussion on the design review post.
  • @mapk had a discussion with other designers to get a better grasp of the reasons behind the design meeting‘s outcome of recommending to not merge update-core.php changes.
  • @mapk created a survey to determine the severityseverity The seriousness of the ticket in the eyes of the reporter. Generally, severity is a judgment of how bad a bug is, while priority is its relationship to other bugs. of points mentioned in the design feedback.

#4-6, #shiny-updates

Shiny Updates Update 6/9

We’ll be posting daily updates until the approval meeting on Monday.

#4-6, #shiny-updates

Proposal: More Shiny Updates

The Bleak screen of Sadness™ 😢 that users encounter when installing/updating/deleting plugins or themes is a terrible experience WordPress users. It’s not timely anymore and doesn’t reflect the values WordPress strives to adhere to. Instead, WordPress needs a simpler and more straight forward experience when installing, updating, and deleting items.

That’s why the Shiny Updates Team is proposing a merge of the Shiny Updates plugin into WordPress 4.6 💥. We’re eager to hear feedback from WordPress core contributorsCore Contributors Core contributors are those who have worked on a release of WordPress, by creating the functions or finding and patching bugs. These contributions are done through Trac. https://core.trac.wordpress.org. and users alike.

Old plugin install process

Existing 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 install process, showing The Bleak Screen of Sadness.

Purpose & Goals

The Bleak screen of Sadness™ is disruptive to user workflows, pulling them out of the context of plugins or themes, and dropping them into a screen filled with technical details that most users don’t care about or don’t understand. Shiny Updates deals with these details behind the scenes, maintaining the context of the triggered actions and leaving users with clear actions and results.

This caters to two coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. principles of WordPress, designing for the majority, and striving for simplicity. Users don’t really care about the internal process of installing or updating themes and plugins. Listing out these technical steps for them is unnecessary at best.

With Shiny Updates these actions also don’t require a page reload anymore, which creates a simpler workflow without context changes and lets users achieve their goals of an enhanced WordPress experience quicker.

We also revamped the whole Dashboard -> Updates page to improve simplicity and makemake A collection of P2 blogs at make.wordpress.org, which are the home to a number of contributor groups, including core development (make/core, formerly "wpdevel"), the UI working group (make/ui), translators (make/polyglots), the theme reviewers (make/themes), resources for plugin authors (make/plugins), and the accessibility working group (make/accessibility). the process of updating translations and WordPress core shiny as well. 🎉

Project Background

Whether it was through the update mechanism available under Dashboard -> Updates or the automatic updates introduced in version 3.7, WordPress has always been encouraging users to update their sites to the newest versions.

Plugin updates have been made shiny in WordPress 4.2, but now we want to extend this to other areas as well. Shiny Updates v2 improves the update process for themes, translations and even WordPress itself, as well as install and delete workflows for plugins and themes.
As of today, the plugin has been downloaded about 8,000 times and is actively installed on over 1,000 WordPress sites. We’ve gotten input from many users and core committers through GitHub and during regular meetings in the #feature-shinyupdates.

You can read more about the shiny updates flow with various visual records on make/test, where we also shared results of the various user tests we did. Doing multiple rounds of user testing has really shaped the whole project and helped us refine the plugin and improve the overall usability of installing updates in WordPress.

Implementation Details

Shiny Updates builds upon the shiny plugin updates feature already existing in core, which basically consists of some JavaScriptJavaScript JavaScript or JS is an object-oriented computer programming language commonly used to create interactive effects within web browsers. WordPress makes extensive use of JS for a better user experience. While PHP is executed on the server, JS executes within a user’s browser. https://www.javascript.com/. and Ajax callbacks for updating plugins in the background. As such, it can easily be extended by the new JavaScript parts of Shiny Updates. All new JavaScript functionality is available under the wp.updates umbrella.

Here’s it looks like in action:

In addition to that, we propose a revamped updates overview under Dashboard -> Updates. It’s simpler, more elegant, more shiny:

Shiny Updates Table

With Shiny Updates, the Dashboard -> Updates page gets a much needed overhaul

Relevant Core Tickets

Merging Shiny Updates into core would resolve a long list of outstanding tracTrac An open source project by Edgewall Software that serves as a bug tracker and project management tool for WordPress. tickets related to updates, including #31529, #31530, #31531, #31532, #31534, #31535, #31773, #33637 and #35032. All tickets related to Shiny Updates can be found here.

Remaining Issues

There are a few remaining bugs on GitHub, which will be resolved by Friday, June 3rd. Since the revamped updates table relies on plugin icons being returned by the Plugins APIAPI An API or Application Programming Interface is a software intermediary that allows programs to interact with each other and share data in limited, clearly defined ways., the API needs to be changed as part of the plugin directory update. The new directory will launch well before the 4.6 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., so that shouldn’t be a big deal. As a bonus, this change would also enable us to fix #30186.

Contributors and Feedback

This is a proposal and is subject to revision based on your feedback. If you haven’t already tried out the plugin, please download and install it from WordPress.orgWordPress.org The community site where WordPress code is created and shared by the users. This is where you can download the source code for WordPress core, plugins and themes as well as the central location for community conversations and organization. https://wordpress.org/ or the comfort of your WordPress adminadmin (and super admin). You can review the current code and leave feedback at the project’s GitHub repository or in #feature-shinyupdates 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/..

Thanks a lot to everyone who has been contributing to this plugin since its inception, especially @obenland for leading this project, @adamsilverstein for his numerous contributions, @mapk for helping with testing and UXUX User experience, and @ocean90 for giving valuable feedback despite being super busy with leading 4.6.

So far we’ve received positive feedback from different core teams like the accessibility and design teams, and we have reached out to @drew who will review the docs once a core patchpatch A special text file that describes changes to code, by identifying the files and lines which are added, removed, and altered. It may also be referred to as a diff. A patch can be applied to a codebase for testing. is ready.

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