Hosting Meeting Notes: April 15, 2019

Here’s the summary of our meeting in #hosting-community on Wednesday, April 15, 2019 at 1400 UTC (Slack archive).

This was the first meeting at the alternate day/time, and I’m excited to see so many folks!

Attendees: @javiercasares @tylerthomas @j-falk @clorith @boborchard @danfoster @redituk @arvindsingh @katebolin @earnjam @brechtryckaert @mazeheld @tnash @mikeschroder

HostingHosting A web hosting service is a type of Internet hosting service that allows individuals and organizations to make their website accessible via the World Wide Web. Meeting Notes

@redituk noted that he wasn’t able to review meeting notes, so we chatted briefly about the need for folks to review notes/lead meetings and enable that.

@mikeschroder noted that permissions were something we could add, but also that public previews could be enabled if make/hosting had the proper 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 or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party.. Since the meeting, this has been added so that anyone can review. Thanks @dd32!

Site HealthSite Health This WordPress functionality will perform a number of checks on your installation to detect common configuration errors and known issues, and also allows plugins and themes to add their own checks.

As a followup on the chat from last week @mikeschroder suggested folks test the 5.2 beta and linked to a doc that has details on tests and filters for the Site Health tool that is set to ship.

Specifically, he noted that some tests may not apply, or require changes for certain hosts, so please take a look! For instance, there’s a check for automatic update support that requires that WordPress be writable and not have a .git directory. Hosts that have a non-writable WordPress directory or native version control and handle upgrade for users manually may want to change or remove that test using the available filters.

@earnjam pointed out that there will also be a post on make/coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Team builds WordPress. soon regarding Site Health.

@j-falk asked if there was any documentation on the PHPPHP PHP (PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor) is a general-purpose scripting language especially suited to web development. PHP code is usually processed on a web server by a PHP interpreter. On a web server, the result of the interpreted and executed PHP code would form the whole or part of an HTTP response. modules that Site Health checks for availability. This may be in the upcoming dev note, but in the meantime, it’s visible in the hosting handbook and in the Site Health source.

@mazeheld noted that Site Health was working well for them.

Hosting Automated Testing

@redituk asked to discuss the hosting automated tests.

@earnjam explained that when he set up the tests for Bluehost recently, there were a couple of things he noticed.

First, reporting of the specific error encountered stopped working when the autosave endpoint was merged to core. This makes it so that we can no longer see which tests failed on a host from make/hosting.

Fixing this will involve changes both in the test reporter and on the metaMeta Meta is a term that refers to the inside workings of a group. For us, this is the team that works on internal WordPress sites like WordCamp Central and Make WordPress. side, but there is currently no way for hosts to know when the test runner/reporter needs to be updated. This makes it difficult to get hosts up to date.

Secondly, some tests were added to core that were failing on hosts that run the tests as root and were since removed temporarily.

He said he’d check to find out which hosts we should contact and recommended we document that the tests should not be run as root (this documentation has since been updated).

Feedback

If you missed this week’s meeting and have questions or feedback, leave a comment on this post and share your thoughts! OR….Come join for the next meeting!

Next Meeting

The next meeting will be in #hosting-community on Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 at 1700 UTC. Hope to see you then!

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