August 29th Support Team Meeting Summary

This weeks chat is focused on the items from the agenda found here:

PHPPHP PHP (recursive acronym for PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor) is a widely-used open source general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited for web development and can be embedded into HTML. Version Soft-Bump

Recently a soft version bump was done (where the minimum preferred version is increased without the minimum required version going up).

Anyone that is running PHP 5.6 or below will now see a dashboard widgetWidget A WordPress Widget is a small block that performs a specific function. You can add these widgets in sidebars also known as widget-ready areas on your web page. WordPress widgets were originally created to provide a simple and easy-to-use way of giving design and structure control of the WordPress theme to the user. with a notice encouraging them to update. Hosts have the ability to pass custom values in.

Some figures of the changes of PHP version that users are running are being tracked in this sheet. Data has been collecting for over a week however the freshest data has only arrived in the previous 2 days as there was a roughly 1 week cache to clear through.

It was brought up that some hosts are using the notice to inform users they are using ‘Hardened PHP’ rather than provide upgrade information.

Follow-Up On Last Weeks Modlook Misuse Issue

There has been less misuse this week compared to last week but the problem still persists. Some users continue to use the modlook tag as a way to flag posts they do not like, rather than for violation of forum guidelines.

The plan to deal with it remains the same – educate the user when misuse is spotted. This post is a good resource for helping educate:

CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. Updates

The WordPress 5.2.3-RC1 is available – please test it

You can update with WP CLICLI Command Line Interface. Terminal (Bash) in Mac, Command Prompt in Windows, or WP-CLI for WordPress. using this command:

wp core update

With no major issues reported against early betas or RC1 it looks like RC2 may not be necessary and a release could be soon.

Checking in with international liaisons

Members from our Brazilian, Spanish, Italian, Indian, Dutch, Portuguese, Russian and Urdu communities took place in this weeks discussions.

If you are a part of a non-English speaking part of our community, we invite you to join our weekly meetings (if you can), as we would love to get to know you!

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