Proposal For New Introduction To Hosting Community Team Meetings

The #hosting-community team will soon start regular 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/.-based meetings with an introduction stating the team’s overall purpose. The aim is to inform new meeting attendees of what the team is about, who the team’s participants are, state what to expect during the meeting, and to specifically welcome new team members.

The team had consensus in Slack on the following introduction statement:

If you’re new here, welcome! Feel free to introduce yourself if you like!

This is the weekly meeting for 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, and we work together to help make user experience with WordPress better at hosts. Many folks on the team are from hosts, but there are also some learning to host WordPress themselves, or that work in the community with hosts, like 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. and themeTheme A theme dictates the style and function of your WordPress website. Child Themes derive from the main parent theme. authors, or folks that work in support.

This meeting is usually used to connect about WordPress happenings throughout the week connected with hosting and to catch up on the status of the team’s ongoing projects. Usually we’ll step through a few scheduled items, then open up the floor at the end for any additional topics to be discussed. Notes are taken during the chat for posting on [https://make.wordpress.org/hosting/].

The #hosting-community team would like to welcome anyone with feedback about this introduction or having an introduction to post a comment on this blog post. If there are no further changes or adjustments to be made at this time, the #hosting-community team will adopt the introduction statement. The introduction can be changed in the future, but it will be adopted by the next team Slack meeting in #hosting-community on Wednesday, February 6th, 2019 at 1800 UTC. Hope to see you then!

Finally, thank you @mikeschroder for writing the introduction statement above and @francina for suggesting the team develops an introduction statement!

Host Feedback Requested Regarding SimpleXML

Hello WordPress Hosts!

WordPress CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Team builds WordPress. and the Core SiteMaps Feature Plugin Team are looking for statistics about the availability of the SimpleXML PHP Extension on systems that provide WordPress 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..

Any non-sensitive data that can be shared regarding the following will help facilitate the growth and success of the WordPress software:

  • Do hosting platforms support and enable the SimpleXML extension as a standard?
  • How common is it for hosting platforms to not support the extension?
  • Will customers be disadvantaged if the core sitemaps feature “failed gracefully” (with an alert) if the extension is not supported on the hosting system?

The extension is required for the feature plugin as of version 0.2.0. Unless a large percentage of WordPress sites don’t support SimpleXML, when the feature is merged into core the extension will also be required for it to work; however, it will not be required for core itself.

Have any thoughts, questions or concerns? Want to provide data to help support WordPress? Drop a comment below or message the whole team in #hosting-community 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/.!

Thank you to hosting contributors who provide info on SimpleXML! Your feedback is valuable!

#core, #feature-plugins, #feature-projects, #xml-sitemaps

Agenda for Team Meeting (2021-02-24)

The next meeting is scheduled with the following details:

When

Where
#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/..

Highlights

  • 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

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)

Feedback Form

2021 goals for the Hosting Team

The year 2021 has begun, and after the election of the new Team Reps it is time to look for the goals for this 2021 in the team.

Undoubtedly, on a day-to-day basis, we will continue to help and collaborate with the other teams in the Slack channel, but also continue with the projects.

And here come the different questions…

  • What do you think we can add or improve the Handbook?
  • If you have or are part of a 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. company, have you considered using the tool and appearing in the results page?

I encourage you to leave your comments on this post, or stop by our weekly Slack meetings.

Hosting Team Rep Election

Hi everyone!

It’s been since December 2019 that team reps were discussed/evaluated in 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. team.

After chatting about this in the hosting meeting and amongst existing team reps, the consensus is to allow folks to nominate themselves or others, and hold an election in January.

I’m hopeful this will allow some new folks to have a chance to represent the team, while allowing existing folks the opportunity to step back if they need to due to availability, or choose, to focus on other areas of contribution.

For full details on the role of 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., check out this page, which has current reps for all 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/ teams, along with the responsibilities. There’s also a good description on the most recent call for reps from the core team.

While team reps often come from folks who are are considered to be leaders in a particular area, this is meant as a communication role, to help facilitate team and cross-team collaboration, rather than be tied to leadership.

Are you interested in being a rep, or have anyone you’d like to nominate? Please leave a comment on this post, or DM any of the current team reps (@amykamala, @jadonn, or @mikeschroder) to do so.

Anyone who is nominated by others will be contacted to make sure that they are interested and available for the role.

+make.wordpress.org/updates

Agenda for Handbook Meeting (2020-11-16)

The next meeting is scheduled with the following details:

When: Monday, November 16, 2020 at 1700 UTC (30 minutes)

Where: #hosting-community channel on Slack.

Meeting Agenda

  1. Adding infobox to all Handbook pages
    • Index #PR58
    • ServerServer A server is a piece of computer hardware or software that provides functionality for other programs or devices. Typical servers are database servers, file servers, mail servers, print servers, web servers, game servers, and application servers. Environment #PR59
    • Security #PR60
    • Reliability #PR61
  2. WordPress compatibility table (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. and MySQLMySQL MySQL is an open-source relational database management system (RDBMS). MySQL is free and open-source software under the terms of the GNU General Public License.)
  3. New tests section #PR11
    • Improve / launch this page for Contributor Days (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. México – WordCamp Sevilla)
  4. Open Floor

#handbook, #hosting-community, #meetings

Survey: Weekly Meeting Schedule

As seasons change, the warmer locations in the world experience longer day-time and the comparatively cooler locations experience longer nights, which brings the popular concept of DST (daylight saving time) into the conversation for 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. Team. Typically countries move their clocks forward one hour during summer and spring, and countries in autumn or winter seasons turn their clocks back one hour to save as much daylight as possible.

The hosting team currently has two weekly meetings, one at 09:00 UTC and another at 18:00 UTC to provide a wider coverage for contributors from all over the world. The first meeting time is more convenient for folks in regions such as APAC (Asia / Pacific) + EMEA (Europe / Middle-East) and the second meeting time is more convenient for folks in regions such as EMEA + AMER (America).

Taking into account that APAC time zones generally do not change times for daylight savings, but that Europe and America do:

Should meeting times be adjusted for daylight savings?

Here is a quick example of the current situation as DST takes into effect in a few weeks (note: some countries have already made changes and others will do so on the weekend of October 24 or later).

The idea would be to apply the changes by Wednesday, October 28. The proposal is to consider whether to adjust to a better time or not (compared to the current local time).

Meeting 09:00 UTC

CityNow
09:00 UTC
After DST
09:00 UTC
After DST
10:00 UTC
Wellington (NZ)22:0022:0023:00
Tokyo (JP)18:0018:0019:00
New Delhi (IN)14:3014:3015:30
Moscow (RU)12:0012:0013:00
Berlin (DE)11:0010:0011:00
London (GB)10:0009:0010:00
Some timezone for meeting at 09:00 UTC

Meeting at 18:00 UTC

CityNow
18:00 UTC
After DST
18:00 UTC
After DST
19:00 UTC
Berlin (DE)20:0019:0020:00
London (GB)19:0018:0019:00
Brasilia (BR)15:0015:0016:00
New York (US)14:0013:0014:00
Los Angeles (US)11:0010:0011:00
Honolulu (US)08:0008:0009:00
Some timezone for meeting at 18:00 UTC

Which schedule works best for you? Do you prefer to keep the meetings at 09:00 UTC or should we move them to 10:00 UTC?

For the second meeting do folks prefer to stick to 18:00 UTC or should we change it to 19:00 UTC?

Please feel free to drop a comment with your preferred option for either meeting, or both. Your feedback is valuable!

Hat tip to @javiercasares for writing this post and @chaion07 for the peer review.

#meeting-time, #meetings, #survey

Hosting Community: Call for Goals

A few weeks ago during our weekly team meetings we talked about our Goals for the release of WordPress 5.6 and beyond. As we will have more then one goal and want to enable contributors to easily see where we are and towards which goals they can contribute we decided to give the method of “Objective and Key Results” a try. The polyglots teamPolyglots Team Polyglots Team is a group of multilingual translators who work on translating plugins, themes, documentation, and front-facing marketing copy. https://make.wordpress.org/polyglots/teams/. is already using OKRs since now nearly a year:

Having those OKRs public will also allow other teams to check towards which goals we are working and where they might could help us or our goals could help them.

@Crixu volunteered to setup a corresponding sheet to keep track of our objectives and the key results contributing towards them. But while having a method is great we also need to identify the goals we are setting ourselves for the release of WordPress 5.6. Once 5.6 was released we can decide on how to continue.

First draft of OKRs

Goals could include things like:

  • All hosts testing the latest WP Release
  • All hosts test the latest and upcoming 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. Versions
  • All hosts test the latest and upcoming 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. versions (Supported DB Systems only)
  • Our handbook is a complete collection you need to start to host your own WordPress websites

A good example on how to derive a key result from a objective is:

Objective: All hosts test the latest and upcoming PHP Versions
Key Result: The PHPUnit Test runner supports multiple entries per Host

Without this key result the hosts won’t be able to test multiple PHP versions without setting up multiple bot accounts. If we as a team deliver the functionality that a host can submit multiple entries with the same account we also enable them to test WordPress with various setups (Different PHP versions, different MariaDBMariaDB MariaDB is a fork of the MySQL relational database management system (RDBMS), intended to remain free and open-source software under the GNU General Public License. MariaDB intended to maintain high compatibility with MySQL, ensuring a drop-in replacement capability with library binary parity and exact matching with MySQL APIs and commands. Versions,…)

Your proposals

Now its your time: Use the comment section below to discuss about possible objectives and their resulting key results.

The deadline for the Call for Goals will be October 19th 2020 at 24:00:00 UTC

Afterwards we are collecting all ideas, grouping them and bring them up for discussion again in the upcoming weekly team meetings on October 21th 2020 at 9 AM UTC and October 21th 2020 at 6 PM UTC

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

Agenda

## 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 WordPress.org Repo
  - What was accomplished
  - Task Check-in
## Open Floor

Highlights

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!

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

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 https://make.wordpress.org/ There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus. https://2017.us.wordcamp.org/contributor-day/ https://make.wordpress.org/support/handbook/getting-started/getting-started-at-a-contributor-day/. 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!

+make.wordpress.org/updates