Matrix chat Summary – July 20, 2023

The meeting was conducted on #meta channel of the Make WordPress Slack and on Matrix in the room in parallel. This was enabled by our new SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at bridge (see below).

First, the most important takeaways from today’s meeting:

  • The Matrix server is now live at and you can start chatting there! Login works via your account.
  • The Slack bridge is active in all public channels so you can join conversations from either side.
  • For some rooms the history is already imported (for example, the metaMeta Meta is a term that refers to the inside workings of a group. For us, this is the team that works on internal WordPress sites like WordCamp Central and Make WordPress. room or a number of archived Slack channels), for others we’ll continue to import them over the coming week.

In the meeting itself, we first summarized important points from the previous meetings:

Login to the 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. Matrix server has been implemented using Single Sign On (SSO) with using OpenID Connect (OIDC). The plugin we created is open source and can also be found in the 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 Plugin Directory or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party directory as OpenID Connect Server.

Compared to Slack this means a vastly simplified onboarding process. Instead of waiting for an e-mail arriving at a special e-mail address, you set the server in your Matrix client to and click “Login with” (the name of that button might vary by client).

You can use any Matrix client (that supports SSO) in order to adapt the chat experience to your liking. Examples of client include on Desktop: Element, Cinny, Hydrogen, Thunderbird, Mobile: Fluffychat, Element, soon to come: Element X.

As another way to access Matrix, we’ve created a 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. 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. that hosts an in-page Matrix client, called Chatrix. It can be added to P2P2 P2 or O2 is the term people use to refer to the Make WordPress blog. It can be found at pages or posts to add a Matrix chat there and when you’re logged in to, joining the chat is a matter of going to that page and proceeding with SSO inside the block (which, the first time, will redirect you to authorize the login). An example of this can be found at

Slack Bridge

We’ve enabled the Slack bridge on all public channels, and we’re gradually importing Slack history to Matrix. For some channels, like #meta, this has already completed.

As part of the history migrationMigration Moving the code, database and media files for a website site from one server to another. Most typically done when changing hosting companies., you’ll be automatically invited to rooms on Matrix when you have joined the channel on the Slack side. You’ll also be autmatically invited to the respective Matrix rooms if you said something on Slack in the channel since we started the bridge earlier this week.

DMs are not part of the bridge, so on Matrix you can DM people but you’ll only get a response if they also use Matrix.

Private channels are not bridged at this point either but it will likely be possible to bridge them. In one of the next meetings we’ll discuss that.

You Can Try It Today

So, please go and start trying to use Matrix today and give us feedback!

The simplest ways to do so are either to go to, or to go to Element and enter as a server.

We’re planning to do some more wide-scale announcements after this has been running stable for a while. If you have any questions, please ask them in the comments!