Support meetup summary for April 2nd

Todays meetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through A meetup is typically a chance for local WordPress users to get together and share new ideas and seek help from one another. Searching for ‘WordPress’ on will help you find options in your area. was a quick one but important none the less. Topics revolved around WordPress 4.2 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. and items for the OMGWTFBBQ draft.

Items mentioned:

  • The utf8mb4 Upgrade: DB upgrades will be taking place with 4.2. You can find out more information about the upgrade at In short, this change will check to see if the server specs meet the minimum requirements and if so, the database tables are upgraded. Testing is looking good, but be prepared to handle issues in the forums and IRC.
  • Term Splitting/Term Sharing: More information can found at This should not cause to many issues (if any) as 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 developers have been notified of the change. If any issues arise, you should direct the OP to the author of the plugin in question. This is something that can only be fixed by changing the way a plugin uses shared terms.

We wanted to start gathering a list of new features today in the meetup but decided to hold off until a ticket is created for the latest about page. Other than what was mentioned here, the OMGWTFBBQ draft will be updated soon and as always, continue to test 4.2 Beta when you have a chance.

If anyone has more 4.2 specific items to include please reply back here or pingPing The act of sending a very small amount of data to an end point. Ping is used in computer science to illicit a response from a target server to test it’s connection. Ping is also a term used by Slack users to @ someone or send them a direct message (DM). Users might say something along the lines of “Ping me when the meeting starts.” the support team on the #forums SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at channel.