Hosting Chat Recap: Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Here’s the summary of our meetings in #hosting-community on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 0900 UTC and on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 1800 UTC. (Slack archive).

The meetings were led by @mikeschroder and @jadonn. Notes taken by @crixu and @amykamala.

Attendees: @chaion07, @mazeheld, @JavierCasares, @clorith, @nullbyte, @joostdevalk @riper81


## Greetings
  - Welcome and Personal Check-in
## Highlights
  - WordPress 5.4.2 comes out today!
## Hosting Team Time
  - WCEU 2020 Online Contributor Day
  - Thank you again!
  - Handbook
  - New Repo
  - What was accomplished
  - Task Check-in
## Open Floor


WordPress 5.4.2 RC1 (Release CandidateRelease Candidate A beta version of software with the potential to be a final product, which is ready to release unless significant bugs emerge. 1) was released this week. Details on the Release Candidate can be found here. As always, testing and feedback is appreciated!

Hosting Team Time

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. Europe 2020 Contributor DayContributor Day Contributor Days are standalone days, frequently held before or after WordCamps but they can also happen at any time. They are events where people get together to work on various areas of There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus. was on June 4th! @crixu and @pfefferle spearheaded the event, with focus on two projects:

1. The Hosting Handbook Proposal and rough draft Handbook repository were migrated to a central GitHub repository and the team made progress on expanding handbook content. The new central repo enables the team to track issues and progress more effectively, and allows anyone to contribute by commenting, opening issues, or creating pull requests. Contributions can be made to the handbook using the in-browser editing option (Click ‘edit’ next to one of the Handbook pages) or by forking and cloning the repo.

2. PHPUnit Test Runner and Reporter documentation received a thorough peer review to assure that it is comprehensive and accessible for all Hosting Team members and other interested parties. In addition, some new hosting representatives configured testing and reporting on their hosting systems, while already-participating hosts fired up testing again successfully after a bug had previously interrupted reporting. The bug was resolved during WCEU 2020 Contributor Day, and the Hosting Team hasn’t seen any reports of failed tests since the fix. Hosts that run the phpunit test runner and reporter will want to take steps to update local systems to the latest version of the runner/reporter.

@JavierCasares suggested to have a weekly review of some more critical PRs to mitigate any confusion about steps required for merging requests. This was inspired by pull 15 which enhances security recommendations. This pull was merged prematurely as the content requires feedback from the Make WordPress security team. The Hosting team is also working towards providing more clarity on the guidelines for new reviewers, particularly for major audits. GitHub issue 44 was created to follow up on this subject.

Additionally, 7 new Hosting Contributors joined the Hosting Team and made contributions on Contributor Day! Welcome to the team! Folks who participated in Contributor Day who have not yet received a Hosting Team badge are encouraged to reach out to a team repTeam Rep A Team Rep is a person who represents the Make WordPress team to the rest of the project, make sure issues are raised and addressed as needed, and coordinates cross-team efforts. (@mikeschroder, @jadonn, @amykamala) for assistance.

Open Floor

@JavierCasares shared the new project overview for the handbook.

Two PRs were reviewed and one PR was merged during the meetings to facilitate reverting the Security content in the new Handbook and expand on the new project overview.

Feedback is requested on the following two issues , regarding a proposal list for Databases and Web Servers:

@joostdevalk suggested adding plugins to the test runner to enable both developers and hosts to check if popular plugins are still working. Hosts could easily opt-in for such nightly tests of plugins through the test runner. An issue on the GithubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can can easily be shared, copied and modified by other developers. Public repositories are free to host, private repositories require a paid subscription. GitHub introduced the concept of the ‘pull request’ where code changes done in branches by contributors can be reviewed and discussed before being merged be the repository owner. repo of the test runner will be opened to continue the discussion.

Next Meeting

The next meetings will be in the #hosting-community channel on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 0900 UTC and Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 1800 UTC. Hope to see you then!