Host Feedback Requested Regarding SimpleXML

Hello WordPress Hosts!

WordPress Core 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 Slack!

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

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

Hosting Meeting Agenda – August 14, 2019

Hello, everyone!

This is the agenda post for the meeting in #hosting-community on Slack that is scheduled for August14, 2019 at 1700UTC.


  • A post providing the hosting-community collective feedback on PHP extensions is pending.
  • Please contact @jadonn, @mikeschroder or @amykamala to volunteer to help with this, other projects or meeting notes.


As always, feedback is encouraged.

Follow Up on

  • The matrix used to approve the hosting options listed on needs to be reviewed and updated.
  • Volunteers needed for this project
  • What is the current matrix, and what are potential improvements that could be made?
  • What next steps and action items should be pursued by whom?

Open Floor

Do you have anything else to add? Please leave a comment on this post! Look forward to seeing you there!


Hosting Meeting Notes: July 31, 2019

Here’s the summary of our meeting in #hosting-community on Wednesday July 31, 2019 at 1400 UTC (Slack archive).

Here is the agenda from the meeting.

Attendees: @jadonn @brettface @chanthaboune @aaroncampbell @dhsean @clorith @antpd


A follow-up post in response to the PHP extension discussion is pending!

Volunteers are welcome! If you are interested in helping with blog posts, meeting notes or in being more involved in the hosting community team in general, please reach out to @jadonn@mike, or @amy kamala to get started!

Thank you @aaroncampbell for volunteering to proof read. Much appreciated!

#core – Feedback Requested!

The #core team is looking for feedback on this post: should security fixes continue to be backported to very old versions of WordPress

Also looking for feedback on this proposal to update WordPress versions lower than 4.7 automatically.

Host input is encouraged! Please don’t hesitate to participate in the conversation by replying to the post or bringing it up in the channel discussion!

Hosting Options on

Host listings on are pending review.

@chanthaboune apologized for being unclear about this process at WCEU, and stated the main goal is to “offer hosting options on our /hosting/ pages that take into account localized service.”

As a first step, the matrix used for hosting requirements must be re-visited and refined.

@clorith stated that doing requirement checks in the public arena alleviates liability

@aaroncampbell brought up that allowing public input could flood the /hosting page with an overwhelming amount of host listings.

@brettface would like to see a visual re-vamping of the /hosting page to make it easier to read and more accessible.

@jadonn believes that “having a more transparent process or set of requirements would be beneficial”

@aaroncampbell mentioned that  @remkus at Yoast may have previously helped put together what they use for

@chanthaboune would love a copy of this as a starting point and stated that “.. our next steps are to figure out what the requirements to be included are”

Thank you to @antpd who volunteered to collect notes, ideas and information for the next meeting where the discussion will continue.

Other teams to be involved in this project are Marketing, Design, Polyglots and Meta to name some.

Open Floor

@clorith asked that hosts please be aware of the proposal to increase the minimum recommended version of PHP in WordPress

Please feel free to comment on the post!


If you missed this week’s meeting and have questions or feedback, leave a comment on this post and share your thoughts! OR….Come join for the next meeting!

Next Meeting

The next meeting will be in #hosting-community on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 1700 UTC. Hope to see you then!

Hosting Meeting Agenda – July 31st, 2019

Hello, everyone!

This is the agenda post for the meeting in #hosting-community on Slack that is scheduled for July 31, 2019 at 1400UTC.


  • Looking for help to write a post about the recent changes that were made to help people locate and track upcoming meetings
  • Looking for help to write a post collecting and summarizing the feedback on the PHP Extension recommendations


Team Interest Check-in

  • Projects?
  • Anything else folks are interested in helping out with, or changing with the team?

Open Floor

Do you have anything else to add? Please leave a comment on this post! Look forward to seeing you there!


Hosting Meeting Notes: August 8th, 2018

Here’s the summary of our meeting #hosting-community on Wednesday, August 8th, 2018 at 1700 UTC (Slack archive).

@mikeschroder @dhsean @pbiron @jessecowens @antpb @schlessera @pdclark @andrewtaylor-1


WordPress Hosting Best Practices Documentation


  • @mikeschroder asked hosts to provide reports on any noteworthy developments or experiences with the roll out of Try Gutenberg.
    • @pbiron joined today from the #core team to gather any feedback
    • @mikeschroder and @dhsean reported nothing trending for DreamHost
    • @antpb said WP Engine has not observed any issues
      • @antpb did say the Try Gutenberg roll out has almost doubled adoption of Gutenberg


Miss this week’s meeting and want to discuss the initiatives above? Spend some time in the comments and share your thoughts!