Send Your Delegates to the July 11th Hosting Community Meeting

The 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/ Hosting Community (#hosting-community) wants to help prepare hosting support teams for the launch of 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/ by producing documentation and resources hosting companies can use to prepare their support teams to best assist their users with Gutenberg before Gutenberg launches.

Anyone interested in preparing for the launch of Try Gutenberg and the launch of Gutenberg in general is welcome to attend the meeting of the Hosting Community team at Wednesday, July 11th, 2018 at 1700 UTC. This will be an opportunity for everyone to meet, establish key milestones, and figure out how to collaborate. Feel free to join #hosting-community in the WordPress.org Slack before then if you have any questions, etc.

At a high level, our goals are to help hosting support teams:

  1. Understand what Gutenberg is and how it works.
  2. Be confident in diagnosing support requests / bug reports / 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 conflicts.
  3. Know how to act on the result of their diagnosis (let it be opening a new Gutenberg issue, reporting the conflict to the plugin author, etc.).

Gutenberg is the redesigned WordPress editor launching later this year with WordPress 5.0. It marks a relatively significant change to WordPress’s editor interface, and the WordPress.org Hosting Community team wants to support a smooth transition to Gutenberg for hosting companies’ customers.

WordPress users will also soon receive an invitation in their WordPress admin dashboard to Try Gutenberg. Users who opt in to Try Gutenberg will have the Gutenberg plugin installed to their WordPress websites. We expect that WordPress users will go to their hosting providers’ support teams first for help with Gutenberg.

We are developing documentation that outlines the best practices for assisting customers with Gutenberg and where support teams can find additional help. The documentation currently lives in a shared Google Document. It contains information about Gutenberg, including:

  1. What is Gutenberg
  2. How to try Gutenberg before it launches
  3. Common support questions
  4. Common bugs
  5. How to file a bug template
  6. Suggested steps for troubleshooting Gutenberg-related issues
  7. Guidance on looking for plugin conflicts with Gutenberg

We want to work directly with hosting companies to cultivate Gutenberg Subject Matter Experts who can take the lead in coordinating with their hosting team and the WordPress.org Hosting Community team to prepare for Gutenberg. Hosting companies interested in collaborating on plans for preparing their teams for Gutenberg should send a representative to the Wednesday, July 11th, 2018 at 1700 UTC. We will discuss the launch of Try Gutenberg and Gutenberg in more detail at that meeting.

We aim to partner with hosting companies to capture user feedback about Gutenberg in order to help drive improvements in Gutenberg. Hosting companies are well-positioned to best assists WordPress users with the move to Gutenberg and to communicate to the Gutenberg team the problems their users are experiencing with Gutenberg. Hosting support teams can contribute to Gutenberg directly through submitting bug reports and providing feedback to the Gutenberg team and the Hosting Community team on how Gutenberg can be made better for WordPress users.

We look forward to seeing you on July 11th!