Hosting Meeting Notes: June 5th, 2019

Here’s the summary of our meeting in #hosting-community on Wednesday June 5th, 2019 at 1700 UTC (Slack archive).

Here is the agenda for the meeting.

Attendees: @jadonn @fahimmurshed @supersoju @ugyen @emaildano @kamala @rahuldsarker @pandjarov


Team Leadership

We are still looking for people to help with taking notes and leading meetings. If you are interested in helping out, please feel free to comment on this post! Helping with meetings is a great way to start contributing to the team.

Thank you @kamala and @emaildano for volunteering to help out with team organization and notes!

Anyone else interested in learning more about being a team representative should also consult @chanthaboune’s post about team lead interest for more information and links to helpful resources.

Meeting Time Change

We mentioned again @mikeschroder’s team blog post about the meeting times change. If you have any thoughts or feedback about the alternating meeting times, the best way to share it is leaving a comment on that post.

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. Extensions Audit

The Hosting Community team has been asked to audit the list of recommend PHP extensions in the Hosting Community handbook. It appears this list is no longer up to date and no longer accurately reflects the true requirements of WordPress.

Trac ticket 47454 was filed in relation to this question. The extension list was referenced when making the Site Health tool. Inaccuracies in the extension list are driving inaccuracies in Site Health it seems.

@jadonn will write a post on this topic for a place to provide feedback and have further discussion among the team.

PHP Statistics

@dd32 asked for feedback about how useful a centralized collection of anonymized PHP usage statistics would be for hosts. The general consensus seemed to be that such information would be valuable.

Some of this information, such as PHP versions and extensions in use, is currently being captured by hosting companies who participate in the WordPress PHP Unit Testing program the Hosting Community team supports.

@supersoju asked for information about how to best run and report data for multiple products or hosting environments. @earnjam suggested that feedback should be submitted to either the GitHub repo for the PHP Unit Test Runner or to the GitHub repo for the PHP Unit Test Reporter.

@dd32 did provide more information after the meeting. @dd32 did caution that this project is still just an idea at this stage. In addition, although hosts running the tests is useful, @dd32 pointed out there’s a significant long-tail of hosts with less than optimal PHP setups. Collecting PHP version and extension information in general would help the WordPress project capture information about these other hosts.


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 Monday, June 10th, 2019 at 1400 UTC. Hope to see you then!