Hosting Chat Recap: Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Here’s the summary of our meetings in #hosting-community on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 0900 UTC and on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 1800 UTC. (Slack archive).

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

Attendees: @chaion07, @clorith, @pfefferle, @mazeheld, @jonathansulo, @fahimmurshed, @thebengalboy, @amykamala, @nullbyte

Agenda

## Greetings
- Welcome and Personal Check-in

## Highlights
- APAC Triage Sessions
- XML Sitemaps Merged

## Hosting Team Time
- Open Handbook PRs
- Task Check-in

## Open Floor

Highlights

APAC Triage Sessions

APAC triage sessions have moved days, to account for the new APAC coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. dev chat:
https://make.wordpress.org/core/2020/06/22/new-date-and-time-for-apac-triage-sessions

@mikeschroder invites everyone from the team to join the sessions.

XML Sitemaps Merged

The XML Sitemaps feature was now merged to the core and the hosts are called to help to test the new feature on their platforms:
https://core.trac.wordpress.org/changeset/48072

Hosting Team Time

Open Handbook PRs

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. https://github.com/ page for the Hosting Handbook there are some pull request which need to be reviewed. Feel free to review and comment them:
https://github.com/WordPress/hosting-handbook/pulls

Hosting Team Tasks and Check-in

@pfefferle brought up the issue #65 on the Test Reporter repo. There is already a proposed way to send/store the data and the next step was to figure out how to display it. An idea was to bring it to the design team and ask them for help on how to display multiple reports per bot/host.

@mikeschroder was working on <a href="#36455“>#36455 (Invalidate files in opcode cache after 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, theme or core update).

Open Floor

@Crixu brought up the question about the 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. Memory limit requirements and recommendations. See issue #45 on the handbook repo. As requirements change from website to website @mazeheld mentioned there can’t be an official recommendation while @mikeschroder is the opinion that we should give a recommendation with the remark that the requirement changes the more plugins and themes are installed and used. @mikeschroder suggested checking with hosts to get their average memory usage for WP so we might get at least a feeling about the consumption.

Next Meeting

The next meetings will be in the #hosting-community channel on Wednesday, July 01, 2020 at 0900 UTC and Wednesday, June 01, 2020 at 1800 UTC. Hope to see you then!

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Hosting Chat Recap: Wednesday, July 01, 2020

Here’s the summary of the meeting in #hosting-community on July 01, 2020 at 09:00 UTC and on July 01, 2020 at 18:00 UTC.(Slack archives).

The meetings were led by @mikeschroder and @jadonn. The Notes were taken by @chaion07.

Attendees: @tillkruess, @ugyensupport, @decipher05, @chaion07, @GMSamejo, @javiercasares, @pfefferle, @francina, @Crixu, @mikeschroder, @jonathansulo, @jadonn, @amykamala, @fahimmurshed, @passoniate, @evanstanton.

At the beginning of the meeting, there was a discussion about the requirements for getting a hosting team badge. Details on this can be found in the hosting handbook. If you have any questions, or are missing a badge, please leave a comment on this post, or contact any of the team reps!

Agenda

## Greetings
- Welcome and Personal Check-in

## Highlights
- WordPress 5.5 Beta 1 upcoming
- jQuery update

## Hosting Team Time
- PHP 8 and Hosting Tests- Task Check-in
- Open Handbook PRs

## Open Floor

Highlights

WordPress 5.5 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

WordPress 5.5 Beta 1 will be released on 7 July 2020!

5.5 will be the second 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. of 2020 and aims to include an update of the block editor to the latest releaseRelease A release is the distribution of the final version of an application. A software release may be either public or private and generally constitutes the initial or new generation of a new or upgraded application. A release is preceded by the distribution of alpha and then beta versions of the software. of 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/, automatic updates for plugins and themes, a blockBlock Block is the abstract term used to describe units of markup that, composed together, form the content or layout of a webpage using the WordPress editor. The idea combines concepts of what in the past may have achieved with shortcodes, custom HTML, and embed discovery into a single consistent API and user experience. directory, XML sitemaps, and lazy loading of images.

@pfefferle and @javiercasares mentioned that testing has been going well so far.

jQuery Update

jQuery is getting a major update this time around, and testing has been requested.

@javiercasares pointed out a plugin that makes it easy to test.

Hosting Team Time

Host Testing and 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. 8.0

@pfefferle brought the hosting tests and PHP 8 up for discussion, specifically: “How we can effectively test and report PHP 8 problems and does it make sense to change the host tests to PHP 8 when development of 5.6 starts?”

@mikeschroder recommended that hosts hold off on switching PHP versions until PHP 8 tests are passing on core’s TravisCI, stating that “CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress.’s TravisCI (it runs the same tests) is already running PHP 8, fortunately, so some things are visible there.”

Per @javiercasares‘ recommendation, two issues were created to check the phpunit-test-reporter and phpunit-test-runner for PHP 8 compatibility to make sure the tools are ready.

@francina investigated the potential for implementing a similar approach to what was taken for PHP 7.4, and mentioned “The test runner could start including PHP8  + ..definitely open tickets in tracTrac Trac is the place where contributors create issues for bugs or feature requests much like GitHub.https://core.trac.wordpress.org/. to highlight new and deprecated things in PHP8 that need fixing in WP.”

PHP 8 related tickets are being tracked with the php8 keyword, and help is welcome — both with existing tickets, and new ones!

Check-in

@javiercasares said they are planning to check pull requests in the team’s 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/ repos today (a review/report of the issues is now posted here).

@mikeschroder did a little handbook change review this week, and hopes to do more this week. Also committed the change to invalidate opcode cache on update in core, and has requested testing.

Next Meeting

The next meetings will be in the #hosting-community channel on July 08, 2020 at 09:00 UTC and July 08, 2020 at 18:00 UTC

Hope to see you then!

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#hosting-community, #meetings

Hosting Chat Recap: Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Here’s the summary of our meetings in #hosting-community on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 0900 UTC and on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 1800 UTC. (Slack archive).

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

Attendees: @chaion07, @JavierCasares, @francina, @sstoyanov, @mazeheld

Agenda

## Greetings
- Welcome and Personal Check-in

## Highlights
- Gutenberg 8.3 
- Feedback requested: WP Notify
- New Meeting Calendar 

## Hosting Team Time
- Taking Notes
- Badge Announcement and Open Call for Hosting Badge Requests
- Hosting Page Updates
- Open Handbook PRs
- Task Check-in

## Open Floor

Highlights

Hosting Team Time

Call for note takers!

Please comment or ask in the channel if you’d like to help out. There are no requirements to take part, and it’s a great way to get involved. There’s peer review for folks helping out, too — so no worries about mistakes.

@chaion07 offered to be added to the rotation. Thank you!

Contribution Badges

Team reps decided to give @JavierCasares and @pfefferle the Hosting Team badge for their great work and leadership with projects in the past months and during the WCEU 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/.. Thanks so much!

Hosting Page Project

@mikeschroder had some details to share about the Hosting Page Project via @aaroncampbell and Josepha:

  • It sounds like Matt is +1 on the rubric that the Hosting Team came up with, the point/addition that hosts that make a large amount of their budget from hosting WordPress need to give back to administrative / CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. efforts in the project to be recommended.
  • The next step is for a small working team to be put together of impartial folks (not from hosts), to evaluate hosts initially, then again once per year.
  • The hosting team is likely done with its part, outside of gathering information that the working team needs and/or consulting on the rubric.
  • The working group will likely not be put together until after Josepha returns from sabbatical in ~3 months.

Hosting Team Tasks and Check-in

Help is requested for reviews on open pull requests in the handbook repo that could be unblocked.

@JavierCasares specifically pointed these out as ready to go:

@pfefferle requested review on  https://github.com/WordPress/phpunit-test-runner/pull/119 for consistency with https://github.com/WordPress/hosting-handbook/pull/11.

@mikeschroder requested review on #36455, both for whether it solves the problems that plugins/hosts have been having with OPcache, and also whether a filterFilter Filters are one of the two types of Hooks https://codex.wordpress.org/Plugin_API/Hooks. They provide a way for functions to modify data of other functions. They are the counterpart to Actions. Unlike Actions, filters are meant to work in an isolated manner, and should never have side effects such as affecting global variables and output. to control invalidation would be helpful.

Open Floor

@joostdevalk asked whether hosts were testing PHP8, and whether they plan to offer it to customers. Multiple hosts noted that yes, they were planning to releaseRelease A release is the distribution of the final version of an application. A software release may be either public or private and generally constitutes the initial or new generation of a new or upgraded application. A release is preceded by the distribution of alpha and then beta versions of the software. it, but didn’t have specifics. Two plan on shipping a few days after release, but not as a default.

Next Meeting

The next meetings will be in the #hosting-community channel on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 0900 UTC and Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 1800 UTC. Hope to see you then!

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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!

Hosting 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. https://github.com/ 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!

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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!

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 releaseRelease A release is the distribution of the final version of an application. A software release may be either public or private and generally constitutes the initial or new generation of a new or upgraded application. A release is preceded by the distribution of alpha and then beta versions of the software. 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!

+make.wordpress.org/updates

#weekly-hosting-chat

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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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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