Hosting Team Chat: Wednesday, March 4, 2020

This is the summary of both meetings in #hosting-community on Slack on Wednesday, March 4, 2020, at 0900 UTC and Wednesday, March 4, 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!

The following team members attended this week: @fahimmurshed @pfefferle @xkon @mazeheld @passoniate @mike @javiercesares @hristo-sg @skithund @clorith @pbiron  @brettface @mazzomaz @carl-alberto @mikeschroder @amykamala

WordPress Highlights

5.4 Changes That May Affect Hosts

Some CSSCSS CSS is an acronym for cascading style sheets. This is what controls the design or look and feel of a site. and markup changes may affect the look and feel of a website, particularly if the theme isn’t following coding best practices. A few notable changes are:

  • default padding in blocks will be removed
  • legacy editor- class names are being removed

What this means for hosts is that because websites might look a little different after updating to 5.4, hosts may need prepare support staff or update their product systems to compensate. Developers may want to rework CSS to compensate. More information on CSS changes in 5.4 can be found here.

GutenbergGutenberg The Gutenberg project is the new Editor Interface for WordPress. The editor improves the process and experience of creating new content, making writing rich content much simpler. It uses ‘blocks’ to add richness rather than shortcodes, custom HTML etc. https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/ 7.6

Theres a new version of Gutenberg and it will offer a number of bug fixes and enhancements as well as some fun options for developers, such as new blocks! Check out whats new in Gutenberg 7.6 here.

Community Happenings

WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. Cancellations

Due to the coronavirus epidemic a number of upcoming WordCamps and MeetUps may either be cancelled, rescheduled or moved to online. The community team has released some guidelines for organizers for handling event cancellations.

Hosting Team Happenings

Daylight Savings Time

Daylight Savings starts this month. Time zones are shifting for Daylight Savings on the following dates: 

  • March 8 – US starts DST
  • March 29 – UK/EU starts DST
  • April 5 – AU ends DST

Traditionally, the hosting team adjusts meeting times a few weeks after all of the regions have shifted times. Should the hosting team adjust the meeting times again this year to stay inline with Daylight Savings Time changes?

09:00 meeting attendees stated that although many folks don’t participate in Daylight Savings, the group is comfortable with sticking to 09:00 UTC for the meeting time even if that means a shift in local time.

18:00 attendees also favored adjusting to Daylight Savings time, keeping the meeting at 18:00 UTC.

SimpleXML 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. http://php.net/manual/en/intro-whatis.php. Extension

The CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. Sitemaps feature pluginFeature Plugin A plugin that was created with the intention of eventually being proposed for inclusion in WordPress Core. See Features as Plugins. team is looking for information from hosts about the availability of the SimpleXML PHP extension.

  • Do your hosting systems offer platforms that do not support the extension?
  • Would customers be disadvantaged of the core sitemap feature “failed gracefully” with an error message if the extension is unavailable?

@pfefferle mentioned that IONOS does support the SimpleXML extension.

@mazeheld also stated that their teams support the extension.

@hristo-sg stated that SiteGround has SimpleXML enabled across systems.

@skithund linked to tracTrac Trac is the place where contributors create issues for bugs or feature requests much like GitHub.https://core.trac.wordpress.org/. #48116; a proposal for tracking php extension usage.

Thank you to all hosts who have provided information!

Team Contributor Badges

The following are ways that a volunteer currently can earn a hosting contributor badge:

@xkon recommended that if a hosting representative has implemented and/or is maintaining the phpunit test runner and reporter on their hosting systems, that they should be eligible for a badge.

@mikeschroder agreed that should be included.

Team members are in consensus that any contribution that meets these requirements, big or small, is a contribution worth recognition.

@mikeschroder pointed out that smaller contributions are great ways for new contributors to get more involved, also stating that the handbook can always be updated if this criteria changes.

@pfefferle suggested that folks have the ability to nominate each other for a contributor badge, and @xkon thought that idea “is a nice touch”.

Next Meeting

The next meetings will be in the #hosting-community channel on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 0900 UTC and Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 1800 UTC. Hope to see you then!

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