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 CSS 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.

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

WordCamp 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 PHP Extension

The Core Sitemaps feature plugin 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 trac #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:

  • Accepted PRs to the distributed tests
  • Contributions to the documentation for best practices
  • Helping to lead meetings or write up notes
  • Actively participating in meetings regularly and giving feedback on things discussed.
  • Helping out at a contributor day

@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 Beta 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.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 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 core and the Core Sitemaps feature plugin team are looking for statistics from hosts about the availability of the SimpleXML 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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