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!

+make.wordpress.org/updates

#weekly-hosting-chat

#todo

Hosting Meeting Chat: Wednesday, February 26, 2020

This is the summary of both meetings in #hosting-community on Slack on Wednesday, February 26, 2020, at 0900 UTC and Wednesday, February 26, 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! Thanks to @mikeschroder for reviewing these notes!

The following team members attended this week: @fahimmurshed @pmbaldha @skithund @xkon @passoniate @brettface @pbiron  @mikeschroder @amykamala @crixu

WordPress Highlights

5.4 BetaBeta A pre-release of software that is given out to a large group of users to trial under real conditions. Beta versions have gone through alpha testing in-house and are generally fairly close in look, feel and function to the final product; however, design changes often occur as part of the process. Version 3!

There’s a lot in store for WordPress version 5.4 and you can test the most recent version today! WordPress 5.4 Beta 3 is now available!

Hosts are welcome to test this Beta version and relay any issues or concerns back to 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/!

Community Happenings

Pop Up Live Stream

There was a Pop Up Livestream on Friday, February 22nd, 2020 that featured a series of talks and interviews. The talks ranged in topic covering 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/, GraphQL, interviews with organizers and community members from the region and an interview with Matt Mullenweg!

Here is the announcement about it. If you weren’t able to catch it live, you can watch the replay here, and soon on WordPress.tv.

Hosting Team Happenings

Test Failures and Fixes

There has recently been an increase in phpunit test failures and the hosting team is looking into a fix for that. There’s a GitHub issue for it here. @mikeschroder set up a workaround.

Team Check-In

A number of attendees have been requesting hosting badges and @fahimmurshed asked what qualifies someone to receive a hosting contributor badge. The Hosting Team Reps promised to take steps to more clearly define this in the handbook. This will be discussed further at the next meeting.

WordPress coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. and the Core 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 are looking for statistics from hosts about the availability of the 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.

As a host, do your systems support and enable this extension globally? Do you offer hosting platforms that do not support the extension? Will any of your customers be disadvantaged if the core sitemaps (when the feature plugin is merged into core) were a no-op if you do not support the PHP extension? This will also be discussed further at the next meeting. Thanks so much for your feedback, everyone!

Next Meeting

The next meetings will be in the #hosting-community channel on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 0900 UTC and Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 1800 UTC. Hope to see you then!

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#weekly-hosting-chat

#todo

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Hosting Meeting Notes: Wednesday February 19, 2020

This is the summary of both meetings in #hosting-community on Slack on Wednesday, February 19, 2020, at 0900 UTC and Wednesday, February 19, 2020, at 1800 UTC

Here is the Slack archive for this week’s meetings.

The 0900 meeting was led by @crixu and the 1800 meeting was led by @jadonn!

Thanks to @jadonn for the peer review on these notes!

The following team members joined us this week: @pfefferle @mazeheld @gtaniguchi @hristo-sg @xkon @passoniate @amykamala @crixu @jadonn

WordPress Highlights

Community Team Reps 2020

Community Team Reps for 2020 have been announced! A lot of folks are looking forward to a fantastic year with these two amazing reps at the forefront of the WordPress community!

Sneak Peek into WordPress 5.4

Check out these new features in the works for WordPress 5.4!

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. EU Call for Contributor Stories

WordCamp Europe has invited contributors to submit their stories to potentially be featured at WCEU and on the WCEU blog! Find out more info here.

Hosting Team Happenings

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. Test Runner Multiple Submissions Project

The hosting team has started a GitHub project to improve the phpunit test runner and reporter submissions process.

A number of hosting team members have expressed a desire to be able to make multiple test report submissions from the same user. As such, the project to implement the improvements kicked off this week. The project is currently in a research phase, and volunteers are welcome!

@pfefferle mentioned that their team is “currently working on adding a shared hosting stack and are also interested in the multi submission part”

@gtaniguchi stated they feel inspired to help improve hosting pages for beginner users.

Thanks everyone!

Next Meeting

The next meetings will be in the #hosting-community channel on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 0900 UTC and Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 1800 UTC. Hope to see you then!

+make.wordpress.org/updates

#weekly-hosting-chat

Hosting Meeting Notes: Wednesday February 12, 2020

This is the summary of both meetings in #hosting-community on Slack on Wednesday, February 12th, 2020 at 0900 UTC and Wednesday, February 12th, 2020 at 1800 UTC

Here is the Slack archive for this week’s 0900 meeting.

The 0900 meeting was led by @mikeschroder and the 1800 meeting by @jadonn!

Attendees: @crixu @xkon @hristo-sg @passionate @danfoster @javiercasares @lcf @mikeschroder @jadonn @amykamala

Highlights

WordPress 5.4 BetaBeta A pre-release of software that is given out to a large group of users to trial under real conditions. Beta versions have gone through alpha testing in-house and are generally fairly close in look, feel and function to the final product; however, design changes often occur as part of the process. 1

The first Beta of WordPress 5.4 has been released and beta testing is encouraged. WordPress 5.4 beta v1 can be downloaded here.

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. Asia Cancelled

WordCamp Asia has cancelled. More information on that found here.

Hosting Team Happenings

Test Runner and Reporter Multiple Submissions Project

The hosting team is starting 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 geared towards making improvements and updates to the phpunit test runner and reporter. The project is kicking off with a feature request for the runner and reporter to facilitate multiple result submissions per host. The project is in its research phase and anyone who wishes to get involved is welcome to!

Next Meeting

The next meetings will be in the #hosting-community channel on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 0900 UTC and Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 1800 UTC. Hope to see you then!

+make.wordpress.org/updates

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Hosting Meeting Notes: Wednesday February 5, 2020

This is the summary of both meetings in #hosting-community on Slack on Wednesday, February 5, 2020, at 0900 UTC and Wednesday, February 5, 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!

@crixu peer reviewed these notes before publishing, which is much appreciated!

Attendees: @crixu @xkon @passoniate @clorith @danfoster @gtaniguchi @IvanP @abramoca  @javiercasares @hristo-sg @mikeschroder @amykamala

WordPress Highlights

Global Community Sponsors 2020

WordPress Global Community Sponsors for 2020 have been announced! Thank you to the following hosts for your sponsorship of WordPress and all it’s moving parts:

Bluehost, GoDaddy, GreenGeeks, Liquid Web !!!

Thank you to Jetpack and WooCommerce as well for your global sponsorship! More details on this years sponsors can be found here while more detailed information on Global Community Sponsorship is available here.

@hristo-sg mentioned that the Global Community Sponsors for 2020 have been forwarded to their events and sponsorship team for consideration!

Community Happenings

Design Team Call for Involvement

The design team has put out a call for feedback on Gutenberg and asked for help with creating designs. Jump in if you feel inspired!

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. Phoenix

WordCamp Phoenix is this weekend on the 7th and 8th! Lots of folks were out today in the 1800 meeting while traveling to WCPHX! There’s going to be 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/., but not a hosting table this year. Last year brought in over 600 attendees and this year is expected to be just as amazing!

WordCamp Asia

WordCamp Asia is in the end of February! There is going to be a ‘Get Involved’ table at Contributor day. More info found here.

@mikeschroder stated that he’s going to be helping lead contributor day with the hosting team and is looking forward to working with everyone!

Hosting Team Discussion

Mini Bug Scrub / Triage

There are some open issues for the test runner and open issues for the reporter 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 https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party. The hosting team held a mini bug-scrub or triage today to help get momentum behind making improvements to the phpunit test runner and reporter.

@crixu volunteered to take on Runner Issue 91 regarding adding Travis documentation to the handbook. @crixu also mentioned that he’s researching ways to best support the test runner on internal systems to enable partners to contribute with more ease in the future.

@mikeschroder suggested building in some example test scripts for the test runner in hosting and test documentation, as well. Runner Issue 102 was created to follow up on that idea.

@xkon and @sergeybiryukov took ownership of Runner Issue 89 which turned into TracTrac Trac is the place where contributors create issues for bugs or feature requests much like GitHub.https://core.trac.wordpress.org/. #49367, this commit and this patch.

Well done, everyone!

Next Meeting

The next meetings will be in the #hosting-community channel on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 0900 UTC and Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 1800 UTC. Hope to see you then!

+make.wordpress.org/updates

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Hosting Meeting Notes: Wednesday January 29, 2020

This is the summary of both meetings in #hosting-community on Slack on Wednesday, January 29, 2020, at 0900 UTC and Wednesday, January 29, 2020, at 1800 UTC

Here is the Slack archive for this week’s meetings.

The 0900 meeting was led by @mikeschroder and @amykamala led the second meeting at 1800 UTC.

Attendees: @crixu @xkon @javiercasares @duchesscorp @mazeheld @brettface @fahimmurshed @dhsean @supersoju @mikeschroder @amykamala

Agenda

## Welcome!
## Highlights
- Release Model Working Group
- 5.4 Schedule
- E2E Testing: 3 Recent Test Reporter additions -- Thanks!
## Conversation
- WordCamp EU: Leave no contributor behind
## Updates:
- What did y'all work on last week? Plans to work on this week?
## Open Floor

Highlights

Release Model Working Group

A Release Model Working Group is being formed and had its first meeting on January 29th. The working group is aimed to help streamline the release process, taking into consideration the ambitious release schedule set for 2020. More details on the working group found here.

WordPress 5.4 Schedule

The WordPress 5.4 development cycle is underway with the first BetaBeta A pre-release of software that is given out to a large group of users to trial under real conditions. Beta versions have gone through alpha testing in-house and are generally fairly close in look, feel and function to the final product; however, design changes often occur as part of the process. version geared for release in February!

E2E Testing – Recent Test Reporter Additions

There were 3 new test runner submissions put in recently! Thank you to everyone who contributes to testing!

Testing helps keep WordPress informed on common issues that hosts encounter, which supports the improvement process.

Conversation

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 – Leave No Contributor Behind

WordCamp EU is coming up in June! The organizing team has put a call out for volunteers for 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/.!

@mikeschroder mentioned that he would love to hear how folks think a contributor day would be best spent. People are welcome to share their thoughts in the comments!

@JavierCasares suggested that the hosting team “try to prepare some ideas / projects before the CD, accept or reject in some meetings (or plan them) and then discuss at the CD.”

Updates

@mikeschroder recently iterated on this ‘Media Upload Request Flow’ article and plans on spending more time improving on documentation.

@xkon submitted some new issues to the Test Reporter Github.

@duchesscorp mentioned that they’re in the process of setting up the test runner and may have some feedback soon.

Next Meeting

The next meetings will be in the #hosting-community channel on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 0900 UTC and Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 1800 UTC. Hope to see you then!

+make.wordpress.org/updates

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Hosting Meeting Notes: Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Here’s the summary of our meetings in #hosting-community on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 0900 UTC and Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 1800 UTC

(Slack archive).

Meeting Notes

@crixu and @jadonn spearheaded the conversations this week!

Attendees: @xkon @lichttraeumer @brettface @duchesscorp @fahimmurshed @crixu @jadonn @amykamala

Agenda

-Announcements—
WordPress 5.4:
Bug Scrub schedule WordPress 5.4
WordPress 5.4 tracs and more info
Community Industry Awards!
—Hosting Team Happenings—
E2E testing
Handbook
-Open Floor–

Announcements

Development on WordPress 5.4 has begun, with an ambitious development cycle planned!

In the 1800 meeting @amykamala mentioned that many businesses and developers are being sued for non-compliance with accessibilityAccessibility Accessibility (commonly shortened to a11y) refers to the design of products, devices, services, or environments for people with disabilities. The concept of accessible design ensures both “direct access” (i.e. unassisted) and “indirect access” meaning compatibility with a person’s assistive technology (for example, computer screen readers). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accessibility) standards in California and other parts of the USA.

  • There are 288 tracs (tickets) in the works for WordPress 5.4.
  • @matt, @francina, and @davidbaumwald are the co-leads for this major releaseMajor Release A set of releases or versions having the same major version number may be collectively referred to as “X.Y” -- for example version 5.2.x to refer to versions 5.2, 5.2.1, and all other versions in the 5.2. (five dot two dot) branch of that software. Major Releases often are the introduction of new major features and functionality..

Community Industry Awards

Congratulations to @chanthaboune and @andreamiddleton for being nominated for CMX Awards! Well deserved! Thank you both for all that you do for the WordPress community!

Folks are welcome to vote for them here.

 E2E testing

@xkon re-introduced the idea of phpunit-tests supporting multiple submissions or reports from hosts. He shared this batch script to automate the setup of the phpunit-test-runner on his 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/. This can be used on various infrastructures and triggered with a cron job.

This is a great starting point for improving end to end testing.

Hosting Handbook

@mikeschroder has updated the /hosting team page heading

@mikeschroder also created this team-projects page to help new contributors get involved. 

Documentation, of course, is always being updated and improved. If anyone has anything to add or suggest please don’t hesitate to share.

Open Floor

An inquiry was made as to how results shown on the test results page are prioritized. @crixu pointed out that the page displays ten reports per revision sorted by the company name A-Z.

@xcon suggested that the page display a full list of results.

Feel free to share your own thoughts in the comments!

Next Meeting

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

+make.wordpress.org/updates

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