Hosting Meeting Notes: January 3, 2018

Here’s the summary of our meeting in #hosting-community on Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018 at 1800 UTC (Slack archive).

Distributed Testing

  • Cloudways is now reporting results! That brings us to 4 hosts reporting results.
  • @danielbachhuber indicated it would be a good idea to create a game plan on what we would like to have accomplished by the end of Q1
  • @mikeschroder suggested a few long term goals for Distributed Testing:
    • Have more hosts represented
    • Report information back to hosts when failures occur that are not also failing on WordPress coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Team builds WordPress.’s Travis CI.
    • Expose that information to committers so that they know if they’ve broken things on hosts when it’s passing on WordPress core’s Travis CI.
  • @danielbachhuber indicated it would make sense to do a 2-4 week dev sprint at some point to cover the following:
    • Research to determine whether an environment-specific failure has happened yet.
    • Writing WordPress core’s Travis CI results to the 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., so the system can determine environment-specific failures.
      • @danielbachhuber indicated that this item seems like a low-hanging fruit that he could start with over the next week or so.
    • Sending notifications (email, 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/. or otherwise) when there’s an environment-specific failure.
    • Minor UXUX UX is an acronym for User Experience - the way the user uses the UI. Think ‘what they are doing’ and less about how they do it. improvements to the reporting page (display all reporters at the top, etc.)

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. Best Practices Documentation

  • @andrewtaylor-1 made the hosting environment page live in the hosting handbook
  • @andrewtaylor-1 said it would be better to finish the sections that are closest to being done before exploring auto-publishing from 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. to the hosting handbook
    • Reliability is the closest to being done
      • Final review to be done by next meeting
        • @andrewtaylor-1 will look for comments from @jadonn and @mikeschroder, as well as any others willing to help out, then he will do a final review for publish after the next hosting meeting.
    • Security has placeholders and needs content for User Accounts, Uploads vs. Core Files, and WordPress Users and Roles
    • Performance has the most placeholders

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Next Meeting

The next meeting will be in #hosting-community on Wednesday, January 10th, 2017 at 1800 UTC. Hope to see you then!

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Hosting Meeting Notes: August 30, 2017

Here’s the summary of our meeting in #hosting-community on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 1700 UTC (Slack archive).

Distributed Testing

  • @danielbachhuber reported no significant updates on this topic. In particular, no new hosts have been added to the page since last week.
  • @jadonn noted that he’s setting up the test runner on InMotion 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..
  • We discussed the procedure for hosts to report issues while running the test runner and for hosts to receive support on those issues. @danielbachhuber suggested, and we agreed, to use the PHPUnit Test Runner GitHub Issues page as a support forumSupport Forum WordPress Support Forums is a place to go for help and conversations around using WordPress. Also the place to go to report issues that are caused by errors with the WordPress code and implementations. for now to centralize diagnosing issues with the test runner and to help hosts with resolving failing tests.
  • @danielbachhuber recognized @straussd from Pantheon for logging #41716, a bug in the automated 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. tests. Thank you, David, for reporting the bug!

Hosting Best Practices Documentation

  • @mikeschroder recognized pull requests and contributions that had been made since the last meeting.
  • The documentation is still incomplete. People who want to contribute should submit pull requests with the changes they would like to submit. The best practices repo is open, and both pull requests and reviews are appreciated!

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Next Meeting

The next meeting will be in #hosting-community on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 1700 UTC. Hope to see you then!

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Hosting Meeting Notes: August 23, 2017

Here’s the summary of our meeting in #hosting-community on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 1700 UTC (Slack archive).

Distributed Testing

  • This became live on make/hosting last week, and there are now two hosts participating.
  • @danielbachhuber notes that we should run a betaBeta Beta is the software development phase following alpha. A Beta phase generally begins when the software is feature complete but likely to contain a number of known or unknown bugs. Software in the beta phase will generally have many more bugs in it than completed software, speed or performance issues, and may still cause crashes or data loss. The focus of beta testing is reducing impacts to users, often incorporating usability testing. program for more hosts to work through process before wide promotion. If you work at a host and are interested in getting the WordPress automated test suite running, please pingPing The act of sending a very small amount of data to an end point. Ping is used in computer science to illicit a response from a target server to test it’s connection. Ping is also a term used by Slack users to @ someone or send them a direct message (DM). Users might say something along the lines of “Ping me when the meeting starts.” @danielbachhuber for more details.
  • The primary concerns are around the process for what to do when a failure occurs — how hosts get notified, and what the process should be for for getting them fixed, so we’ll be working through that during beta.

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Next Meeting

The next meeting will be in #hosting-community on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 1700 UTC. Hope to see you then!

#best-practices, #documentation, #notes, #testing, #weekly-hosting-chat

Hosting Meeting Notes: August 16, 2017

Here’s the summary of our meeting in #hosting-community on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 1700 UTC (Slack archive).

Distributed Testing

  • An initial version of this is live on make/hosting! @danielbachhuber notes that we should try to get a couple more hosts on-boarded before promotion. If you work at a host and are interested in getting the WordPress automated test suite running, please pingPing The act of sending a very small amount of data to an end point. Ping is used in computer science to illicit a response from a target server to test it’s connection. Ping is also a term used by Slack users to @ someone or send them a direct message (DM). Users might say something along the lines of “Ping me when the meeting starts.” @danielbachhuber for more details.

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. Best Practices Documentation

  • @andrewtaylor-1, who has been heading things up, is out until September, but the best practices repo is open for pull requests for edits or new sections. Help there is welcomed!

Feedback

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Next Meeting

The next meeting will be in #hosting-community on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 1700 UTC. Hope to see you then!

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Call for Best Practices Documentation

One of the topics that has been largely discussed during #hosting-community meetings is coming up with a list of best practices for 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. companies to follow. Currently, we know that virtually every hosting company has a different 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. OS, default php.iniphp.ini The main configuration file of PHP. values, NGINXNGINX nginx is a web server that can also be used as a reverse proxy, load balancer, mail proxy and HTTP cache. Nginx is free and open-source software, released under the terms of the 2-clause BSD license./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. configs, etc. We’re looking to get some of those things aggregated to provide suggested defaults and best practices.

Here is some of the data we are looking for:

  • Any plugins or mu-plugins installed by default
  • Any modifications made to wp-config.phpwp-config.php One of the most important files in a WordPress installation is the wp-config.php file. This file is located in the root of your WordPress file directory and contains your website’s base configuration details, such as database connection information. by default
  • 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 offered
  • Modules available in each PHP version
  • Default php.ini files
  • Default cachingCache 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. configs (Varnish, Memcache, RedisRedis Redis (Remote Dictionary Server) is an in-memory data structure store, in-memory key–value database. It is open-source software.., etc)
  • Default web 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. configs (NGINX, Apache, etc)

Of course, we’re aware that some things (i.e. security configurations) may be sensitive. We don’t want those things.

This information will be compared, discussed, and picked apart to determine best practices to follow. Our goal is not to debate which hosting company is better. This should be an objective analysis by involved individuals from many hosting companies and potentially individuals not affiliated with any hosting company.

If you would like to contribute to the formation of WordPress hosting best practices and have information to offer, please contact @voldemortensen 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/..

#documentation