April 7th Support Team Meeting Summary

WordPress 4.5 RCRelease Candidate A beta version of software with the potential to be a final product, which is ready to release unless significant bugs emerge. – How is testing going?

WordPress 4.5 RC 1 is out, as is the 4.5 Field Guide, and so far we haven’t noticed anything consistent or otherwise worth highlighting in our testing.

Please do test the RC when you can. If we can find bugs before 4.5 goes final, we’ll have less threads to deal with after.

Final is still on schedule for April 12.

4.5 OMGWTFBBQ post

The Draft is ready and will go live when 4.5 launches. We’ll be adding (or removing) items as necessary.

Our ‘no hosting discussion’ rule – what is the scale of coverage and why?

The goal is to discourage discussion about which hosts are best or worse, there are better places for such things, but discussions about the operation of hosting or types of hosting (Shared vs. VPS vs. Dedicated, etc) are generally not a problem.

If you encounter a thread getting uncomfortably specific about the good/bad of a particular host, please add “modlook” as a tag to the thread and leave this reply:

Per the <a href="https://codex.wordpress.org/Forum_Welcome#Closing_Posts">Forum welcome</a>, topics like this are closed due to the amount of spam they attract.

The WordPress team has provided <a href="https://wordpress.org/hosting/">a list of recommended hosting providers</a>. For more details and other recommendations, please search through the forums or via Google (or your preferred search engine).

There are more recommended hosting providers on the way, hopefully this month.

Updates from previous meetings (if any)

Work is still underway on the AccessibilityAccessibility Accessibility (commonly shortened to a11y) refers to the design of products, devices, services, or environments for people with disabilities. The concept of accessible design ensures both “direct access” (i.e. unassisted) and “indirect access” meaning compatibility with a person’s assistive technology (for example, computer screen readers). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accessibility) Forum and image embeds.

Calling out specific users/plugins/etc on SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/.

As we do work with many people in public support forums, it’s sometimes necessary to share a link to a user, 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 WordPress.org Plugin Directory https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party, thread, etc so that we know to keep an eye on it. That’s perfectly fine and very much appreciated, but when you do so, please remember that the Slack channel is public too, so please be nice about it. 🙂

Read the meeting transcript in the Slack archives. (A Slack account is required)