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WCEU 2020 Team Intro Video – Call for Submissions

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. EU 2020 will be entirely online! The conference organizers have asked each Make.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/ team to put together a short video (no longer than one minute) to introduce the team to the conference. The #hosting-community team is looking for team members to record short greetings to include in the team introduction.

The video is going to be published ahead of WCEU 2020 so new contributors can watch the team videos and decide which teams they would like to contribute to. The #hosting-community team would like to give team members a chance to be a part of this introduction.

If you would like to participate, please record a very brief video of yourself (about 5 seconds) saying a greeting from where you live. For someone in the United States who is a native English speaker, you would say “Hello from the United States”. The #hosting-community encourages team members who are not native English speakers to say the greeting in their native language if team members are comfortable doing so.

Once you are ready to share your clip, please send a direct message in 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/. to @Crixu, @amykamala, @jadonn, or @mikeschroder to submit the video clip to the team.

If you have any other questions, leave a comment on this post and we’ll do our best to answer you!

Thank you to @mazeheld for volunteering to edit the video clips together, to @Crixu for helping organize video clip submissions, and to @amykamala for managing the work for WCEU 2020!

Hosting Chat Recap: Wednesday, April 29, 2020

This is the summary of both meetings in #hosting-community on Slack on Wednesday, April 29, 2020, at 0900 UTC and Wednesday, April 29, 2020, at 1800 UTC Here is the Slack archive for this week’s meetings.

The early meeting was led by @mikeschroder. The late meeting was led by @jadonn. Notes were taken by @crixu and @amykamala.

Meeting attendees: @mazeheld, @chaion07, @hristo-sg, @pfefferle, @javiercasares, @FahimMurshed, @passionate, @DHSean, @amykamala

Agenda

## Greetings
Welcome and Personal Check-in

## Highlights
WordPress 5.4.1 release candidate planned to ship this week

## Hosting Team Time
WCES 2020 Online Contributor Day
WCEU 2020 Online Contributor Day
Task Check-in

## Open Floor

Recap

WordPress 5.4.1 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

WordPress 5.4.1 RC1 is scheduled to be released on April 29th, 2020 or April 30th, 2020, depending on your local timezone. Because of some upcoming public holidays it might be difficult for hosts to properly test everything before updating their clients, however team members will do their best.

More information about the 5.4.1 Release Candidate can be found here.

Feedback Requested

Feedback has been requested for the WordPress 5.4 Retrospective and the WordPress 5.5 call for tickets. The deadline for both is April 30th.

WCES 2020 and WCEU 2020

Tickets for WordCamp Europe 2020 and WordCamp Spain 2020 are now available!

Although online WordCamps tend to be free of charge, registering helps organizers prepare for potential spikes in traffic and to know what to expect and collect metrics. Registerring also gives folks the opportunity to be listed on the camp attendees pages.

WCES is going to take part between May 6th and May 9th with a 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/. on the last day. @JavierCasares will share details on WCES Contributor Day soon, and in addition this document has been prepared to help team members get ready for Contributor Days. As the site is EUPL, the hosting team can utilize this for the new Hosting Handbook pages, as well.

For WCEU Contributor Day, which will take place on June 4th, 2020 from 13:00-18:00 UTC, @amykamala started putting together a 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. https://github.com/ project and some issues for tracking our team WCEU preparation.

Team members are starting work on a new handbook structure with new content for WCEU.

Office Hours are being discussed, and will be held from May 25th through June 3rd, 2020. The team is leaning towards holding office hours before and after the regularly scheduled meetings on Wednesdays. @crixu and @amykamala have volunteered to facilitate Hosting Team office hours.

Team members have been brainstorming on ideas for the video introduction. The team introduction will consist of information about the team and contributor day, as well as clips of team members saying hello from their location. Team members are invited to start recording your video clips now!

Instructions for hosting team members who wish to participate: Please record a short video clip of yourself saying “Hello from {{ YourLocation }}”, using your location. If you speak more than one language, you may say hello first in your language and then in English e.g.: “Hallo aus Deutschland! Hello from Germany!”

Folks can use a phone, webcam or another type of camera of your choice for this. Please make sure that you do not wear or display any company logos within your clip.

Because the video submission deadline was recently announced to be May 8th, it is requested that team members try to record their video clip by Wednesday, May 6th. Thank you all for your flexibility and participation!

@Crixu will provide a NextCloud instance for video uploads and @mazeheld has volunteered to edit the video. Thank you both!

Once complete, please contact @crixu, @mikeschroder, @jadonn or @amykamala for upload instructions.

Volunteers who wish to help with facilitating this process are still welcomed. Feel free to comment on the GitHub project or in these notes.

During the meeting @pfefferle asked: Who is hosting the hosting contributor day? According to this blog post there should be a team of contributors as mentors to help and guide new contributors.

Volunteers are welcomed for that as well! If you want to be part of this team of mentors, simply comment down below and join the #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/..

Next Meeting

The next meetings will be in the #hosting-community Slack channel on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 0900 UTC and Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 1800 UTC. Hope to see you then!

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Hosting Chat Recap: Wednesday, April 22, 2020

This is the summary of both meetings in #hosting-community on Slack on Wednesday, April 22, 2020, at 0900 UTC and Wednesday, April 22, 2020, at 1800 UTC Here is the Slack archive for this week’s meetings.

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

Attendees: @FahimMurshed, @pfefferle, @redituk, @chaion07, @mehedi_csit, @davidvee, @nullbyte, @crixu, @mikeschroder, @jadonn, @amykamala

Agenda

## Greetings
Welcome and Personal Check-in

## Highlights
WordPress 5.4.1 release candidate planned to ship this week

## Hosting Team Time
WCEU and WCES 2020 Online Contributor Day

## Open Floor

Chat Recap

WordPress 5.4.1 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.

@mikeschroder mentioned that the WP 5.4.1 Release Candidate is scheduled for this week. Hosts are encouraged to test all releases, including release candidates. Testing helps contribute to the continued improvement of WordPress, so thank you to all hosts who contribute with testing!

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 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/.

WordCamp Europe is scheduled to take place as a fully online event and the hosting team will be facilitating a hosting table at Contributor Day. A few things are requested of the team in order to prepare for WCEU Contributor Day:

  • Create or update a “Getting started at a Contributor Day” page in the team handbook.
  • Designate office hours 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/. targeted for new contributors.
  • Create a short video introduction about the Hosting Team and Contributor Day activities at the hosting table.

A GitHub project board has been created to use for team coordination while preparing for WCEU 2020 Contributor Day. Folks have volunteered to help with the following:

Handbook: @pfefferle, @Crixu and @amykamala have volunteered to work on the updates to contributor pages in the Hosting Handbook. A GitHub issue was created for establishing a proposal for the new Handbook Sections. A “Getting Started” page has been created in the HandBook but does not yet have content.

Video: @amykamala suggested that each team member record a quick 30 second video clip saying “hello from [location]” to edit together with a welcome from team reps at the beginning and end.

The dialogue in the video might sound like this: “Hello from Bangladesh” .. “Hello from Japan” .. “Hello from the UK” .. “Hello from Germany” .. “Hello from France” .. “Hello from the USA” .. and then “Hello from the Make WordPress Hosting Team! Thank you for joining…” 

@nullbyte suggested that the team “add something that everyone likes about hosting. For example:
‘I like ngnix rewrite rules’
‘I enjoy combing through log files’…”

Office Hours: The team has not yet established a time slot for office hours. It was proposed that open office hours be held in place of weekly team meetings by some of the team members.

Do you have any thoughts or ideas about the WCEU project? Would you like to participate? Feel free to leave a comment below!

Task Check In

@pfefferle and @mike talked about some new PRs for the test runner. Currently, there are 33 reporters in total. The new limit on the reporter overview will be 3 revisionsRevisions The WordPress revisions system stores a record of each saved draft or published update. The revision system allows you to see what changes were made in each revision by dragging a slider (or using the Next/Previous buttons). The display indicates what has changed in each revision. and 50 reporters while the limit on the revision detail view will be 500 reporters.

Next Meeting

The next meetings will be in the #hosting-community channel on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at 0900 UTC and Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at 1800 UTC. Hope to see you then!

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Host Feedback Requested Regarding SimpleXML

Hello WordPress Hosts!

WordPress CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development 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 hosting.

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

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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