Mobile Team Community Summit Notes

WP-APIAPI An API or Application Programming Interface is a software intermediary that allows programs to interact with each other and share data in limited, clearly defined ways. and the Mobile Apps

Currently the apps use WPCOM API and XML-RPC. WP-API works just like any REST APIREST API The REST API is an acronym for the RESTful Application Program Interface (API) that uses HTTP requests to GET, PUT, POST and DELETE data. It is how the front end of an application (think “phone app” or “website”) can communicate with the data store (think “database” or “file system”), but the big problem for the apps is Authentication. The discussion focused on that.

  • SSLSSL Secure Socket Layer - Encryption from the server to the browser and back. Prevents prying eyes from seeing what you are sending between your browser and the server.
  • Need a centralized server
  • Ultimately: we are going to (probably) use “”The Broker””
    • Multiple centrally-hosted OAUTH providers (.org, .com)
    • .org could be the basic case (default)
    • In interim we can hardcode a client ID for the app – once we move to the broker we can move it over (will not require app update).
    • Q: does this require connecting .org accounts to individual sites? A: no
  • oAuth2 support is in progress for WP-API
  • Concerns about The Broker as a security vulnerability
    • Is it possible to de-trust the broker itself?
  • This will be a 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 initially, so the apps can’t rely on it existing – at least 6 months out (feature pluginFeature Plugin A plugin that was created with the intention of eventually being proposed for inclusion in WordPress Core. See Features as Plugins.)
  • Right now any (non-authenticated) public stuff – apps can start moving over.
  • WPCOM is already running WP-API & starting to migrate over

Idea: magic login links for apps in WP new user email?

Mobile Views on Sites

We’re probably failing users on mobile because most views on sites probably aren’t coming from mobile.

  • AMP may be making people lazy.
  • AMP, responsive themes is the view.
  • Exciting things, like JavaScriptJavaScript JavaScript or JS is an object-oriented computer programming language commonly used to create interactive effects within web browsers. WordPress makes extensive use of JS for a better user experience. While PHP is executed on the server, JS executes within a user’s browser., overshadow  mobile.
  • Show ways people can gain, like PWA.
  • Performance is necessary for developing countries.
  • TRT will meet with Google about performance, etc.
  • How do we carrot/stick people?
    • How do we help them?
    • Matt Marquis doing some interesting work here.
  • Make speed cool.
    • Helps with page rank.
    • Make a hangout.
    • Reframe as performance.
    • Do some different benchmarking with top themes. Top 10 themes. .Org/.Com – but it on
  • TRT has too many rules and they’re trying to reduce the burdens.
    • Theme creators are a skillset that’s vast.
    • Don’t know what the baseline is for a good mobile theme.
    • Could use theme preview on .Org.
  • How do we seek out people to talk about performance?
    • How do we get them thinking about mobile and performance?
    • TagTag Tag is one of the pre-defined taxonomies in WordPress. Users can add tags to their WordPress posts along with categories. However, while a category may cover a broad range of topics, tags are smaller in scope and focused to specific topics. Think of them as keywords used for topics discussed in a particular post. would need to be automated and added.
    • Articulate the problems with themes.
    • Use different devices at WordCamps.
    • Needs to be in user’s face – 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. talks?