Hosting Meeting Notes: December 12, 2018

Here’s a summary of the meeting in #hosting-community on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 1800 UTC (Slack archive).

Attendees: @brettface @akpanpromise @dws122 @antpb @mikeschroder @boborchard @stevenkword @mclancy3 @dhsean @pbiron @javiercasares @clorith @andrewtaylor-1

Announcements/Reminders

There’s been great feedback on how both plans and how things are going with 5.0 rollout within the channel! Thanks everyone! 

5.0

The meeting started out with folks chiming in on how the WordPress 5.0 release has been going so far.

By and large, there has been much less support than expected after the release. So far, it’s widely seen by hosts as going well.

Users reporting issues seem primarily to be due to plugin or theme incompatibilities, with one host reporting confusion around Twenty Nineteen, which is being investigated.

@pbiron offered to make public and collaborate on a list of Gutenberg compatible plugins and themes that his team is working on. If anyone is interested, please comment here, or message in Slack!

There was discussion on documentation in general, that included @antpb pointing out that the Docs team has made a call for contributors for Gutenberg documentation, and later on @javiercasares offered to share a technical manual as a proposal for further documentation for the handbook.

WordCamp US

Many folks from the hosting community team met during WordCamp US. @brettface synopsized from the public notes made during WordCamp US contributor day. I love how the meetings were documented in real time and suggest taking a look at them to get a better picture of the discussion.

Mission and Direction

In general, a lot of the conversation was around direction of the team, and the best ways we can work together and invite others into conversations around hosting WordPress.

By the end, the group gathered came up with a suggestion for a new mission statement, with the aim of being more inclusive.

Work to improve the WordPress’ end-user experience across a variety of hosting environments through a combination of industry collaboration and user education.

What do folks think about that? Let’s bounce this back and forth a little, and decide on a new one.

There were suggestions to have a regular video meeting as an additional gathering to help with connections. What do you think about this? 

Another theme in the conversations I had was around folks that wanted to share information or data, but feel uncomfortable doing so publicly — or at least without anonymity, with one person suggesting a private channel for that use. I’m happy to anonymize any information for meetings if you feel comfortable, but does anyone have additional ideas to help folks feel more comfortable participating in regular chat and meetings?

Site Health Check

The hosting team met up with the Health Check / Servehappy teams to discuss direction and the newly announced initiatives to merge them during the next year and increase the PHP version requirement for WordPress.

The aim is to ship WSOD (PHP Fatal Error) protection and an in-dashboard PHP version warning for PHP < 5.6 in WordPress 5.1, planned for February 21, 2019.

You’ll start seeing the updates related to the above projects cross-posted on this blog so that it’ll be easier for everyone to stay connected.

See more in the notes.

Feedback

Miss this week’s meeting and want to discuss the things chatted about? Please leave a note in the comments or in Slack!

Next Meeting

The next meeting will be in #hosting-community on Wednesday, December 19, 2018, 1800 UTC. Hope to see you then!