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  • Sara Rosso 3:55 pm on July 6, 2015 Permalink |
    Tags: contributor day, marketing, wceu   

    WCEU 2015 Contributor Day – Marketing group notes

    This is the 2nd time we’ve had a Marketing contributor day group at WCEU, and the 3rd I’ve led (also at WCLDN) We had 15 people join the Marketing day group, which was double that of last year’s group, and I heard from several people that they weren’t sure they would be able to contribute on Contributors Day until they joined, so that was great.

    We worked on 3 main things:

    • Furthering the open source WordPress presentation started at WCEU 2014
    • Generating a list of ideas for other marketing contributor day groups to tackle
    • Re-imagining the Features page on WordPress.org

    Open Source WordPress Presentation

    • If you haven’t heard about it, it’s a reveal.js presentation (i.e., manageable on GitHub, platform-independent, easily modifiable by anyone who knows HTML) incorporating a lot of the reasons and selling points I’ve shared in some of popular enterprise presentations at WordCamps. The idea of this presentation is to help agencies and freelancers ‘sell’ WordPress and they can customize it to their market / country with a great set of starting examples and case studies, and focus more on building sites vs. selling WordPress.

    We came up with an outline at WCEU 2014 and the outline is almost complete for me to get a first draft online in a Github repo. With the work we started in 2014, I took some personal/work time to further it between meetings, and will continue to do so. We made some progress on the open source and multilingual sections.

    Marketing Sub-group ideas for Contributions
    We took 10-15 minutes to brainstorm some ways that we could contribute back to the Community and here are a few things we came up with:

    • 1-page datasheet/flyer about WordPress features
    • Information banners with infographics
    • Comparison charts of different CMS
    • 1-page summary of the WordPress ecosystem (or a map/graphic)
    • Infographic about security? non-technical
    • Benefits of open source
    • Redesign features page
    • Modular Landing page for presenting WordPress
    • Redesign tag landing page tempate for .org Showcase with tag description/intro
    • Country-specific landing pages (aka tag landing page) for .org Showcase

    Re-imagining the Features page on WordPress.org

    This was a fun exercise to try and we broke the group up into two teams so they could work together, faster. We were lucky to have some UX designers in the group, and each team took a different approach. Here are their suggestions below, one focused more on content and addressing the three audiences we believe are addressed/interested in this information (user/content creator, administrator, and developer), and the other focused more on the display of information.

    I did preface the exercise by saying I wasn’t guaranteeing we could change the page, but I think it’s a good exercise for the community and it would be nice if we could update it – some of the content is rather old, like highlighting “ability to have comments.” :)

    I’m not able to post pictures, so you can check out the gallery I uploaded here on GDrive of the team and their landing page suggestions:

  • Ian Dunn 7:44 pm on June 16, 2015 Permalink |
    Tags: git, sandbox,   

    Editing WordCamp.org CSS Locally with Git 

    Over on make/Community, we’ve been discussing ways to eliminate some of the worst pain points that WordCamp organizers have with building their sites.

    There’s one discussion in particular that I’d love to get feedback from Meta team members on, which is determining the best way that we can support a traditional development workflow.

    Right now organizers have to edit the CSS for their site in Jetpack’s CSS editor, which is painful because it wasn’t intended for the kinds of use cases that we have.

    Instead, we want to allow organizers to build their sites in a local sandbox, managing the code with Git, and be able to easily push updates to production.

    If anyone is interested in giving feedback or helping to build the tools we need, please check out the discussion.

    • George Stephanis 7:46 pm on June 16, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Possible way to do it would be to roll in an xmlrpc endpoint or json api endpoint or something that they can use to push the local source up to the wordcamp site? Seems like that’d likely be the easiest solution.

  • Samuel Sidler 10:00 am on May 19, 2015 Permalink |
    Tags: , ,   

    Weekly i18n chat 

    Just a reminder that the weekly i18n chat will happen in 1 hour from this post at 11:00 UTC. If you haven’t joined us before, we discuss progress on a number of fronts for i18n on WordPress.org. We’ll likely be discussing the forums plugins audit today, in addition to other things, so read through that post ahead of time.

  • John James Jacoby 1:55 am on May 15, 2015 Permalink |
    Tags: bbPress, ,   

    WP.org Forums Plugins Audit 

    The version of bbPress powering the WordPress.org support forums is (despite being near and dear to my heart) out of date to the point of being a bottleneck towards progress on Rosetta. The plan has always been to migrate everything to bbPress 2.x, but the caveat to that otherwise (relatively) easy feat is the custom functionality that’s already built into the bbPress 1.x plugins that modify core behavior in a way that might not easily port over directly.

    Below is an audit of those plugins, along with a brief description of what they do and the level of effort I estimate it will take to port that code. Thankfully, about half of these plugins will no longer be necessary. The other half will need to built as WordPress plugins that modify bbPress 2.x behavior.

    fwiw, bbPress 2.6 is imminent (has been for a while) though I’m comfortable adding any actions or filters to bbPress core that might prevent an otherwise easy port. Stephen Edgar and myself are both available to help/assist/guide and/or to start porting these ourselves as well.

    The plugins below represent 10 years of modifications to the WordPress.org support forums, and also represent an enormous opportunity for any volunteers who might want to help build the next generation of WordPress.org but maybe are not sure where to start.

    Let’s use the comments below as the beginning communications towards what will likely be several individual initiatives, all working towards the common goal of bringing our support forums and the related moderation tools up to speed with the rest of bbPress and WordPress.org.

    Migrate? LOE File Description
    Yes Low _author-badges.php Adds badge to plugin and theme author replies for their replies in plugin snd theme-related forums (reviews, plugins and hacks, themes and templates) that pertain to their
    Yes Low _bb-mail.php Custom email subject from headers for support forums
    Yes Medium _codify.php Converts [[wiki markup|links]] into <a href=”http://www.example.com/wiki_markup”>links</a&gt;.
    Yes Low _geriatric-threads.php Add <meta name=”robots” content=”noindex,nofollow” /> to old closed topics
    Yes Low _gravatar-retina.php copy of bb_get_avatar, but with support for the devicePixelRatio 📱 cookie on .org
    Yes Low _lowfollow.php View replies by IP address
    Yes Low _mailing-list.php WordPress Announcements/Development News mailing list form
    Yes Medium _plugin-reviews-listing.php Plugin forum custom views
    Yes Medium _plugin-support-listing.php Plugin forum custom views
    Yes Medium _plugin-svn-tracker-support-mock.php SVN_Tracker_Support_Mock
    Yes Medium _plugin_stickies.php Sticky topics for plugin forums
    Yes Low _reg-hack.php This is to block those stupid spam registrations
    Yes Medium _registration-captcha.php Captcha for registration
    Yes Low _registration-speed-limit.php max number of attempts per time period // time period user must wait before getting freed
    Yes Low _reviews.php Miscellaneous modifications related to the reviews forum/feature.
    Yes Low _security.php This file loosely corresponds to wp-content/mu-plugins/security.php
    Yes Low _subscribe_to_plugins.php Subscribe to Plugins for wp.org
    Yes Low _subscribe_to_tags.php Subscribe to Tags for wp.org
    Yes Low _support-wporg-notifications-allow-superadmin-regex.php WordPress.org Notifications Allow Superadmin Regex
    Yes Low _support-wporg-notifications.php WordPress.org Notifications
    Yes Low _tag-codex-links.php Forum codex links
    Yes Medium _template-mods.php Custom template queries
    Yes Medium _theme-reviews-listing.php Custom views for theme forums
    Yes Medium _theme-support-listing.php Custom views for theme forums
    Yes Medium _version-dropdown.php New topic form WordPress version dropdown field
    Yes Low _views.php Custom bbPress views
    No None _bb-quicktags.php Inserts a quicktag toolbar on the post topic form.
    No None _default-role.php This should only run once per new user, as it’ll then have a capabilities meta for this site.
    No None _email_login.php Disable email login???
    No None _fix-badly-utf8-trimmed-strings.php FIlters topic title and terms via return iconv( ‘utf-8’, ‘utf-8//ignore’, $string );
    No None _fix-topics-replied.php fix_topics_replied
    No None _fix-user-search.php bbPress user search doesn’t deal with empty role arrays well
    No None _fix_code_clickable.php this replaces the make_clickable function with one that won’t do anything inside <code> blocks
    No None _forum_row_click.php disable until we can make this not open in a new window. If only you could do <tr href>. Curses, W3C, curses.
    No None _hack_utf8_slugs.php Sanitize URL’s with dashes (Previous versions of bbPress didn’t try using mb_strtolower(), so all slugs were in original case. This makes the slug in the database and the one which we test again different, which causes 404s.)
    No None _hidden-forums.php Hides configured forums from general forum listings and prevents the forum’s topics listings. Only directly are its topics accessible.
    No None _inception-fix.php Because of either bad data or some other bug, the support forums don’t know the date of their first post properly.
    No Medium _international.php Hack all the i18n w.org login, menu urls, CSS, keymaster roles, admin capabilities and user caps and roles
    No Low _memcache.php Custom memcache settings
    No None _never-upgrade.php Never upgrade the bbPress 1.x database
    No None _new_plugin_post.php Filter post titles and tags for plugin and plugin reveiew topics
    No None _new_theme_post.php Filter post titles and tags for theme and theme reveiew topics
    No None _no-duplicate-emails.php DO not allow duplicate email address’ for bbPress users
    No None _profile-additions.php Custom profile fields and profile sanitization
    No None _queries.php Query Debug
    No None _random_seed.php Skip the DB for random_seed transient – just generate an new (not very good) rnd_value on the fly
    No None _return_helpers.php
    No None _spamhell.php Spam Hell. Blocks for assorted spammers.
    Maybe Low _add-replies-argument.php Hangs a replies=# onto every topic link, so by appropriate styling users can see new posts
    Maybe Low elfakismet.php Adds the ability to stop akismet check after a user has x posts, and to always check for any you don’t trust.
    Maybe Low _bb-google.php
    Maybe Low _phishing_honeypot.php Check a couple of specific IP addresses and email Nacin if true
    Maybe Low _registration-chars.php Block certain types of characters from being in usernames on registration.
    Maybe BP? _registration-log.php Check user registration log
    Maybe Low _ssl.php SSL overrides and tweaks
    Maybe BP? _stats_extra.php stats logger for support forums
    Maybe High _support-forum-admin-mods.php Related to Bozo
    Maybe Low _support-forum-autoload.php Autoload support forum
    Maybe Low _support-forum-mods.php Moderator support for support forums and plugin/theme author moderators
    Maybe Low _block-spam-searches.php block_spam_searches_parse_query
    • Marius (Clorith) 11:00 am on May 18, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I believe `elfakismet.php` might need to be required, some of the states set by it as of right now might be used other places on w.org (not certain, though judging by the labels they get on profiles.w.org they quite likely are)?

    • Stephen Edgar 11:24 pm on May 19, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The following 9 plugins can be removed from the “Yes” migrate list:

      Each of the above are only used in the theme or plugin support forums, at this stage each locale will not be have localised support forums for themes or plugins, only general “WordPress” support forums.

      • John James Jacoby 2:38 pm on May 20, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        To be clear, these plugins will eventually need to be ported to something, just likely not specifically for Rosetta at this time, for this initiative.

    • Ipstenu (Mika Epstein) 4:12 pm on May 21, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Volunteering @clorith and myself for any help with rewrites if needed :) And me certainly to test and break things. You know I’m great there.

    • @mercime 2:42 am on June 4, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Can volunteer to test and break things as well.

  • Konstantin Kovshenin 3:29 pm on April 30, 2015 Permalink |

    HTTPS on WordCamp.org Update 

    Hey all, just a brief update on the status of HTTPS for WordCamp.org sites.

    We’ve enabled HTTPS on all WordCamp sites and rewrote the URLs, even though we’re not forcing it yet. The majority of the traffic will likely hit HTTPS from now on, and we should catch and fix all (or at least most) mixed content warnings before forcing it. Most of these are probably related to embeds from Flickr, Typekit and other third-party services.

    So if while browsing any WordCamp.org site you’ve stumbled upon a page with mixed content warnings, please leave a comment with the URL. You can identify these by the “broken” lock in your browser address bar, or the shield icon which prevents execution of unsafe JavaScript:



    Update: We’re now forcing HTTPS on domains that support it.

  • Samuel Sidler 11:47 pm on April 20, 2015 Permalink |
    Tags: , ,   

    Weekly i18n Chat 

    As a reminder, we have a weekly i18n chat this coming April 21st, at 11:00 UTC, which is just over 11 hours from now.

    Last week, we discussed a number of things, but mostly forums and Rosetta generally. There was no direct outcome last week, except that we will be setting up individual sites for each part of “Rosetta.” That is, the theme directory on de.wordpress.org (for example) will be its own WordPress site, while a local P2 will be its own site.

    We did go into depth on the forums a bit. The next steps there are:

    The plugins (which are currently private) changed hands to bbPress developers shortly after last week’s chat.

  • Stephane Daury (stephdau) 8:11 pm on April 7, 2015 Permalink |
    Tags: chat, , ,   

    Internationalizing it all 

    There are a number of internationalization projects going on towards localizing most of our web properties, along with providing localized assets for core users (localized plugins, etc).

    I have and am working on providing a translation platform for all plugins (code and readmes), and the related internationalization of the plugins directory and API.

    @nacin has done some work on being able to install plugins (and themes?) in the same locale as a WordPress install, when set.

    I’ve read that @dd32 has been looking into translating the new themes directory (info in theme headers, from styles.css) and probably API.

    @samuelsidler (who is away this week) and I would like to organize a general chat in #meta-i18n sometimes during the week of April 13th, so we can map out everything in front of us, and push on all of them together.

    To be discussed: Rosetta, forums, theme directory, plugin directory, themes, plugins, local P2s, GlotPress (soft and install).

    Chat date/time suggestions: April 14th, at 2000 UTC (same time range as core chat, 1 day before).

    cc @obenland, @ocean90

  • Konstantin Obenland 5:38 pm on March 31, 2015 Permalink |

    Theme Directory Stats 

    Since my last post

    After I wrote my post mortem for the Theme Directory launch, the last three weeks were spent fixing bugs and adding in enhancements that were not deemed launch blockers.

    On the admin side a custom post status for suspended themes was added, as well as a custom view for themes that have new version pending. Also, there is now a simpler way to approve new versions and set them live from wp-admin. On the front-end the JS and CSS files that power most of the Directory were merged, removing the direct THX dependency that we had (it broke parts of the directory during beta). Development on the Directory will not stop of course, but it will be part of ongoing maintenance and feature development.

    Analytics Stats

    At the beginning of the project there were no formulated stat goals. Personally, my goal was not to drop in stats too badly, in a way that would suggest a major flaw in the Directory’s new structure. I’m happy to say that with the exception of the Commercial Themes page, that is the case—we even saw a lot of nice improvements!

    Let’s start with the negative. The Commercial Themes page saw a drop of ~40% in visitors between the old Directory and the new. That number was at 60% right after launch, but it recovered and continues to recover with some adjustments we made to the link placement on the site. We concluded that the image-heavy (instead of text-heavy) design is likely causing people to use the directory and not click on sub-links as frequently as they did with the previous design, and we’re satisfied with the preliminary result of our mitigation.

    Since we were about to complete change the markup and technical makeup of the Directory, my biggest concern going into this project was to lose page-rank and experience a drop in overall visitors. Thankfully this is not the case, visitor numbers remain constant, as are the search engine referral numbers. Another KPI that remained constant were theme downloads, which also indicates that there were no bugs on the Themes API and download handler side on WordPress.org. Given the level of optimization of the old Directory, I consider those numbers a success! It’s hard to improve a #1 page rank, but with added semantic markup and more structured data around themes it should definitely be solidified.

    The most overwhelming result has been the huge jump in user engagement though. Users stay longer on the site, look at a lot more pages, and are way less likely to leave without any interaction. Comparing the week before the relaunch with this past week, session duration is up 9%. The amount of pages a user looks at is up 34%. And the overall bounce rate went down from ~30% to under 10%. Even on the homepage, where the bounce rate was at around 45%, we can see that drop by 2/3.

    Overall this is a nice step in the right direction. I’m looking forward to further improved numbers down the road, and easier to achieve improvements after the move to WordPress.

    • mapme 6:04 pm on March 31, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Very nice!

    • Emil Uzelac 6:55 pm on March 31, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thanks for the notes!

    • Jose Castaneda 6:58 pm on March 31, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply


    • Sarah Gooding 7:27 pm on March 31, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      How’s the progress on the ability to add multiple authors to a theme?

    • Dinev Dmitry 8:12 am on April 9, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      On the Directory page, no links to – my account – and it is inconvenient. This will change?

      On the page of the Plugin Directory is very cool that one can see the number of downloads, the page link of the author rating. Page Theme Directory is a tricky way to proceed to the details page of the author even if you open the page interesting theme.

      And improve the visibility of the links of catalog of Commercial Themes. After changing the design significantly decreased the traffic from this page what does the drop in attendance page Commercial Themes. It’s sad.

      This is my response as the theme author.

      And thanks for the useful note!


  • Konstantin Kovshenin 10:53 am on March 11, 2015 Permalink |

    Segments in CampTix 

    One of the features we were asked to develop for CampTix (the WordCamp.org ticketing plugin) is the ability to e-mail attendees based on custom segments using the Notify section in Tickets → Tools. This will allow organizers to get in touch with very specific groups of peoples, such as those who opted in for vegetarian lunch, or those who selected women’s XS t-shirt size.

    CampTix Notify Segments Screenshot

    The feature’s been pushed to the notify-segments branch in the Git repo. We would appreciate a few extra eyes on the new feature before we start rolling it out to WordCamp organizers. Any weirdness can be reported in #920-meta.


  • Konstantin Obenland 9:54 pm on March 10, 2015 Permalink |

    New Theme Directory 

    The update to the WordPress Theme Directory from ten days ago marks the first time since its inception in 2008 that it has seen a major overhaul. The work on it is not done, but I want to take a few minutes and outline the objectives, what we gained from the update, and what still needs some work in the future.

    The Goals

    The WordPress.org infrastructure is almost as old as WordPress itself, with lots of interdependencies, running a mix of GlotPress, an old version of bbPress, BuddyPress, and WordPress. Since the Theme Directory was still based on bbPress, one the main goal was obviously to have it use WordPress. It was also in dire need of a design refresh and improvements to its search-ability.

    The Gains

    The Directory is now finally running on WordPress! It’s part of the WordPress.org multisite network and reaping all the benefits that come with that. With the move to WordPress and the resulting data format change, the theme downloader was also rewritten, along with the info and update check endpoints of the Themes API, and the script that syncs theme review results. User profiles and theme ratings also saw a small update.

    For the first time, the Directory is now open source and the theme and plugin that do the heavy listing can be viewed, checked out, and contributed to on meta trac and svn!


    The front-end is largely based on @matveb‘s work on THX and the theme installer, which results in a now consistent user experience between WordPress’ admin interface and the Directory. It also lets us take advantage of those super fast searches and front-end query caches that we have come accustomed to. The move also came with free improvements to the tag filter (tag permalinks!) and introduced author “archives”. THX was built for the backend, so there were some adjustments needed to make all pages search engine accessible and to make URLs then also consistently work between the server and JavaScript side.

    The pages from the left hand navigation were drastically simplified and merged, leaving us only with preamble page to the uploader, the uploader itself, and the page of commercial theme shops.

    Commercial Theme Shops

    Theme shops used to be a multidimensional array where each change meant a code change that had to be committed. They finally became a Custom Post Type of their own, vastly simplifying their administration. If you look at their page, you’ll also notice that it reuses the regular theme UI, nicely making them blend in with the rest of the Directory.

    Needs more work

    We wanted to get the new Directory into the hands of users as fast as responsibly possible, but that doesn’t mean that it’s finished or doesn’t need any more work. On the admin side a custom post status for suspended themes will be added, as well as a custom view for themes that have new version pending. Eventually there will probably also be a simpler way to approve new versions and set them live from wp-admin. On the front-end the JS and CSS files that power most of the Directory will be merged, removing the direct THX dependency that we currently have (it already broke parts of the directory during beta), and also removing two file requests on a page load.

    The #1 feature request for the Theme Directory is probably multi-author support. With the move, this is going to be infinitely easier to achieve and will also be available shortly. This should also make it possible to change authors on a theme without too much overhead.

    Finally, the Directory is meant to also be made available to rosetta sites. The theme and plugin are fully localized and already translated in a good amount of languages, it’s down to figuring out how we can integrate that site of the WordPress.org network with localized subdomains.

    • Hugo Baeta 10:22 pm on March 10, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      This is fantastic, and a great step forward. Thank you for the summary.

      Because of https://meta.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/947 I got to thinking about the similarities and differences between the Themes and the Plugins directories. I was wondering: do they share this new theme? if not, is that the goal? How can I help? :)

      • Konstantin Obenland 10:53 pm on March 10, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        do they share this new theme? if not, is that the goal?

        They don’t, the plugin directory is still bbpress-based. I’m not sure if it’s necessarily a goal to share the same theme between them, it was more important to get them visually closer to their wp-admin counter parts.

        How can I help?

        I’ll try to add the ux/ui-feedback keyword to all theme directory tickets that needs so you can just go through this list and have your work cut out for you. :) Thanks!

    • Florian Brinkmann 4:31 pm on March 11, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      This should also make it possible to change authors on a theme without too much overhead.

      That sounds great and would be really nice! :)

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