Hosting Meeting Chat: Wednesday, February 26, 2020

This is the summary of both meetings in #hosting-community on Slack on Wednesday, February 26, 2020, at 0900 UTC and Wednesday, February 26, 2020, at 1800 UTC Here is the Slack archive for this week’s meetings.

The 0900 meeting was led by @mikeschroder and the 1800 meeting was led by @amykamala! Thanks to @mikeschroder for reviewing these notes!

The following team members attended this week: @fahimmurshed @pmbaldha @skithund @xkon @passoniate @brettface @pbiron  @mikeschroder @amykamala @crixu

WordPress Highlights

5.4 Beta Version 3!

There’s a lot in store for WordPress version 5.4 and you can test the most recent version today! WordPress 5.4 Beta 3 is now available!

Hosts are welcome to test this Beta version and relay any issues or concerns back to!

Community Happenings

Pop Up Live Stream

There was a Pop Up Livestream on Friday, February 22nd, 2020 that featured a series of talks and interviews. The talks ranged in topic covering Gutenberg, GraphQL, interviews with organizers and community members from the region and an interview with Matt Mullenweg!

Here is the announcement about it. If you weren’t able to catch it live, you can watch the replay here, and soon on

Hosting Team Happenings

Test Failures and Fixes

There has recently been an increase in phpunit test failures and the hosting team is looking into a fix for that. There’s a GitHub issue for it here. @mikeschroder set up a workaround.

Team Check-In

A number of attendees have been requesting hosting badges and @fahimmurshed asked what qualifies someone to receive a hosting contributor badge. The Hosting Team Reps promised to take steps to more clearly define this in the handbook. This will be discussed further at the next meeting.

WordPress core and the Core Sitemaps feature plugin team are looking for statistics from hosts about the availability of the SimpleXML PHP extension.

As a host, do your systems support and enable this extension globally? Do you offer hosting platforms that do not support the extension? Will any of your customers be disadvantaged if the core sitemaps (when the feature plugin is merged into core) were a no-op if you do not support the PHP extension? This will also be discussed further at the next meeting. Thanks so much for your feedback, everyone!

Next Meeting

The next meetings will be in the #hosting-community channel on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 0900 UTC and Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 1800 UTC. Hope to see you then!