Hosting Meeting Notes: April 24, 2019

Here’s the summary of our meeting in #hosting-community on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 1400 UTC (Slack archive).

Attendees: @jadonn @brettface @jnash @andrewtaylor-1 @amykamala @riper81 @mazeheld 

WordPress 5.2 Release – May 7th

The release of WordPress version 5.2 has been pushed back to May 7th. More information found here:

WordPress 5.2 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

Hosts: Please test WordPress 5.2 beta before it releases.

WordPress 5.2 is currently set to release with the new Site Health tool.

Check out this doc that has details on tests and filters for the Site Health tool.

Please note that some tests may not apply, or may require changes for certain hosts, so please take a look! For example, 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.

Some more info can be found on WordPress 5.2 beta here:

Automated Unit Testing

Some Hosts have reported issues with the automated unit testing tools:

Please continue submitting test results. Thank you to all who have participated thus far!

Hosting Metrics Tracking

@andrewtaylor-1 suggested tracking how PHPPHP PHP (recursive acronym for PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor) is a widely-used open source general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited for web development and can be embedded into HTML. version offerings across hosts change with the new requirement of 5.6 and up in WordPress 5.2 by grabbing a baseline before 5.2 and then again at 30, 60 and 90 day intervals.

If hosts are unable to gather those metrics by the release of 5.2, any information on adoption rates for newer versions of PHP are welcomed.

It was noted that many hosts started enforcing use of PHP 5.6 and higher prior to the new WordPress 5.2 PHP requirement being issued.


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, May 1st, 2019 at 1700 UTC. Hope to see you then!