Why hosters should install the PHP-intl extension

Although there are many types of hostingHosting A web hosting service is a type of Internet hosting service that allows individuals and organizations to make their website accessible via the World Wide Web., most WordPress users use shared hosting, and some use VPSVPS A virtual private server (VPS) is a virtual machine sold as a service by an Internet hosting service. A VPS runs its own copy of an operating system (OS), and customers may have superuser-level access to that operating system instance, so they can install almost any software that runs on that OS. or Cloud hosting. Those who use VPS or Cloud usually manage their own servers and therefore decide the use of PHPPHP PHP (PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor) is a general-purpose scripting language especially suited to web development. PHP code is usually processed on a web server by a PHP interpreter. On a web server, the result of the interpreted and executed PHP code would form the whole or part of an HTTP response. extensions, but those who use shared hosting usually do not have that option.

A few weeks ago came to the Hosting Team a request to analyze the suitability of using the Internationalization PHP extension because, although the WordPress CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Team builds WordPress. does not need it just now, partly because it is known that it is not recommended or mandatory, development teams do not use it because it is not there, and hosters do not install it because WordPress does not use it. It’s the fish that bites its own tail.

Deciding which ApacheApache Apache is the most widely used web server software. Developed and maintained by Apache Software Foundation. Apache is an Open Source software available for free. modules, which PHP extensions, which databaseDatabase A database is an organized collection of data. Access to this data is usually provided by a "database management system" (DBMS) consisting of an integrated set of computer software that allows users to interact with one or more databases and provides access to all of the data contained in the database. Because of the close relationship between them, the term "database" is often used casually to refer to both a database and the DBMS used to manipulate it. configuration or choice of cacheCache A cache is a component that stores data so that future requests for that data can be served faster; the data stored in a cache might be the result of an earlier computation or a copy of data stored elsewhere. is not something to be taken lightly.

Why is the PHP Intl extension important?

WordPress is a global, international software, with support for a multitude of languages and with infinite combinations. Approximately half of the installations are in a language that is not the default (English) and this leads us to think about localisms, transliteration, encoding conversions, calendar operations, collation … in short, everything you have with the different languages and formats that are around the planet. And this is what the PHP Intl extension provides.

What do we as a WordPress Community gain from this extension?

Above all, we gain the possibility to use a lot of functions that can make our life easier than developers and that would improve the way we develop to improve WordPress.

Functions like collator_compare will allow us to compare Unicode text strings; with numfmt_format we will be able to format a number according to the selected locale; the normalization of characters; the formatting of messages; to know which is the first day of the week according to the locale, without needing to ask the user for it.

And not only in functionality or ease, also to improve security, with functions such as Spoofchecker that can tell you if ‘google.com’, ‘goog1e.com’ can confuse the user, or functions related to Internet domains, both to convert an IDN domain to text and text to IDN.

Yes, you may well think that WordPress already does many of these things, but in many cases it does them using hacks that could now be deprecated and used natively.

Hosting Team Recommendation

Taking into account that WordPress continues to grow, the Hosting Team has considered a good recommendation, but not an obligation, for all hostings that work with WordPress the possibility of offering this extension, by default, to all users.

Also, we open discussion to all hosters and also the Core Team and Plugins Team.

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Hosting Team meeting agenda 2021-05-12

The next meeting is scheduled with the following details:

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  • Make Openverse
  • 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/ 10.6.0 RC1

HostingHosting A web hosting service is a type of Internet hosting service that allows individuals and organizations to make their website accessible via the World Wide Web. Team Time

  • Post about PHPPHP PHP (PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor) is a general-purpose scripting language especially suited to web development. PHP code is usually processed on a web server by a PHP interpreter. On a web server, the result of the interpreted and executed PHP code would form the whole or part of an HTTP response.-intl
  • WP Hosting Live

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  • Handbook pending PR
  • Test-Runner pending PR

Hosting Team meeting agenda 2021-05-05

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  • 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 Update
  • BlockBlock Block is the abstract term used to describe units of markup that, composed together, form the content or layout of a webpage using the WordPress editor. The idea combines concepts of what in the past may have achieved with shortcodes, custom HTML, and embed discovery into a single consistent API and user experience. Pattern Directory Update
  • 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/ 10.5

HostingHosting A web hosting service is a type of Internet hosting service that allows individuals and organizations to make their website accessible via the World Wide Web. Team Time

  • Intl extension in Site HealthSite Health This WordPress functionality will perform a number of checks on your installation to detect common configuration errors and known issues, and also allows plugins and themes to add their own checks. Check
  • Rebuild of the PHPPHP PHP (PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor) is a general-purpose scripting language especially suited to web development. PHP code is usually processed on a web server by a PHP interpreter. On a web server, the result of the interpreted and executed PHP code would form the whole or part of an HTTP response. Compatibility Checker pluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the WordPress.org Plugin Directory or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party.
  • WordPress 5.8: What’s on your to-do list?
  • Updates on updating the updaters

Check-in

  • Handbook pending PR
  • Test-Runner pending PR

Hosting Team meeting agenda 2021-03-24

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  • Consistent minor releaseMinor Release A set of releases or versions having the same minor version number may be collectively referred to as .x , for example version 5.2.x to refer to versions 5.2, 5.2.1, 5.2.3, and all other versions in the 5.2 (five dot two) branch of that software. Minor Releases often make improvements to existing features and functionality. squad leaders for each major branch
  • WordPress 5.7.1 maintenance release schedule
  • Coordinating Sponsored Contributor Teams
  • Tide Chat Summary: March 16th
  • WordPress is applying to Google Season of Docs 2021

HostingHosting A web hosting service is a type of Internet hosting service that allows individuals and organizations to make their website accessible via the World Wide Web. Team Time

  • WP Hosting Live (live streaming events)
  • Meetings Time (DST changes in a few weeks)

Hosting Team meeting agenda 2021-04-07

The next meeting is scheduled with the following details:

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  • 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/ 10.3
  • WordPress 5.8 Pre-planning
  • WordPress.orgWordPress.org The community site where WordPress code is created and shared by the users. This is where you can download the source code for WordPress core, plugins and themes as well as the central location for community conversations and organization. https://wordpress.org/ Patterns Directory

HostingHosting A web hosting service is a type of Internet hosting service that allows individuals and organizations to make their website accessible via the World Wide Web. Team Time

  • WP Hosting Live (live streaming events)

Check-in

  • Handbook pending PR
  • Test-Runner pending PR

Agenda for Team Meeting (2021-02-24)

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#hosting-community channel on SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/..

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  • 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/ version 10.0
  • WordPress 5.6.2
  • WordPress 5.7 RCRelease Candidate A beta version of software with the potential to be a final product, which is ready to release unless significant bugs emerge. 1
  • Feature PluginFeature Plugin A plugin that was created with the intention of eventually being proposed for inclusion in WordPress Core. See Features as Plugins.: Rollback Update Failure
  • Project Tide

HostingHosting A web hosting service is a type of Internet hosting service that allows individuals and organizations to make their website accessible via the World Wide Web. Team Time

  • 2021 goals for the Hosting Team
  • Feedback on 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. Nominees

#hosting-community, #meetings

Hosting Team meeting agenda 2021-03-17

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  • WordPress 5.7
  • WordPress 5.8 and  Full Site Editing
  • A WordPress Project Contributor Handbook

HostingHosting A web hosting service is a type of Internet hosting service that allows individuals and organizations to make their website accessible via the World Wide Web. Team Time

  • WP Hosting Live (live streaming events)
  • Meetings Time (DST changes in a few weeks)

#hosting-community, #meetings

New Hosting Team Reps!

After a nomination process and request for feedback, it’s time to officially announce the new group of hostingHosting A web hosting service is a type of Internet hosting service that allows individuals and organizations to make their website accessible via the World Wide Web. team reps!

For transparency’s sake, there was no negative feedback received re: the proposed set of representatives.

In no particular order, the reps are:

Congrats, and thanks for being willing to contribute in this way!

On a personal note, it’s been great being one of the reps since the beginning of this team. Thanks to everyone for your contributions and support! I’m excited to see new folks added to give it a go, and looking forward to participating as a member going forward.

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Hosting Team meeting agenda 2021-03-31

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  • Google Season of Docs 2021 – Project ideas list

HostingHosting A web hosting service is a type of Internet hosting service that allows individuals and organizations to make their website accessible via the World Wide Web. Team Time

  • WP Hosting Live (live streaming events)
  • New Hosting Team Reps!

Check-in

  • Handbook pending PR
  • Test-Runner pending PR

Feedback on Team Rep Nominees

The HostingHosting A web hosting service is a type of Internet hosting service that allows individuals and organizations to make their website accessible via the World Wide Web. Community Team’s current representatives have been looking for a new set of team representatives to help coordinate communication within the team and with other WP.org teams. There are four nominees to serve as team representatives until the next time the team reviews the team representative situation again.

The four nominees are the minimum number the team requires to cover the first and second weekly team check-ins. Since there are only as many nominees as required, the team has discussed accepting the four nominees as team representatives without a vote.

The current team representatives have made a form for team members to provide feedback anonymously about the nominees for team representative.

This feedback can be seen by the three current team representatives. If you are not comfortable with one of the team representatives seeing your feedback, please direct message another team representative in WP.org SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/..

Current team representatives

1. Mike Schroder (@mike)
2. Amy Kamala (@amykamala)
3. Jadon Naas (@jadonn)

Nominees for team representative

1. Lucas Radke (@Crixu)
2. Javier Casares (@JavierCasares)
3. Amy Kamala (@amykamala)
4. Jadon Naas (@jadonn)

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