The Test Team helps manage testing and triage across the WordPress ecosystem. They focus on user testing of the editing experience and WordPress dashboard, replicating and documenting bug reports, and supporting a culture of review and triage across the project.
@ankit-k-gupta and I recently had a conversation about our weekly team meetings. Our primary focus was finding ways to boost participation and encourage more individuals to contribute. However, we encountered a scheduling issue related to the occasional overlap between our meetings and the release cycle parties (BetaBetaA 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./RCRelease CandidateA beta version of software with the potential to be a final product, which is ready to release unless significant bugs emerge.). As a result, there have been instances when we’ve had to cancel our Test team meetings to accommodate the WordPress Release parties. In light of this situation, we would like to propose an alternative day and time for our weekly meeting.
We have created a Doodle poll for you to help us determine the new day and time for our weekly meeting. Your input is essential, so please take a moment to cast your vote.
Following this year’s nominations and voting period, we are pleased to announce our new Test Team Reps for the 2023-2024 term! 🎉 Join us in welcoming Pooja Derashri and Ankit K Gupta to represent the Test team!
Pooja got involved with WordPress in 2013 as a developer. In 2015, she co-founded WPVibes, a pluginPluginA 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 development company. It was in 2017 when she attended her first WordCampWordCampWordCamps 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., started getting involved in the WordPress community, and started her contribution journey.
Within the project, she has served as Co-Team RepTeam RepA Team Rep is a person who represents the Make WordPress team to the rest of the project, make sure issues are raised and addressed as needed, and coordinates cross-team efforts. of the Training Team for the 2022 & 2023 term. She has been a noteworthy contributor to the WordPress 6.1 release. She is part of the release squad for 6.3 as Test Co-lead and 6.4 as Test Lead. She is also GTEGeneral Translation EditorGeneral Translation Editor – One of the polyglots team leads in a geographic region https://make.wordpress.org/polyglots/teams/. Further information at https://make.wordpress.org/polyglots/handbook/glossary/#general-translation-editor. of Hindi locale and co-organizer of Ajmer WordPress MeetupMeetupAll local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through https://www.meetup.com/. 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 meetup.com will help you find options in your area..
Pooja’s dedication to WordPress was acknowledged with the Kim Parsell Scholarship, granting her the opportunity to attend WCUS 2022. However, she couldn’t attend the event due to visa issues. In 2023, she was one of the organizers of the inaugural WordCamp Asia.
Pooja lives in Ajmer, a beautiful city in Rajasthan, India. Beyond her WordPress endeavors, she enjoys gardening, exploring new places, and listening to music.
Ankit holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Applications, a testament to his dedication to the field of technology. His journey in the tech world commenced as a computer lecturer at a prominent college in Delhi. However, driven by his unwavering passion, Ankit made a pivotal career move in 2013, transitioning into Software Quality Engineering. Currently, Ankit serves as a Lead QA with the 10up OSP team.
Ankit’s professional mission revolves around ensuring a bug-free and user-friendly experience for everyone within the WordPress community.
His dedication to this mission has led him to become a coreCoreCore is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. contributor to WordPress for an impressive ten consecutive versions, spanning from WordPress 4.0 to WordPress 4.9 and continuing into the 5.X and 6.X release series.
Beyond core contributions, Ankit has contributed to various releases of BuddyPress, bbPressbbPressFree, open source software built on top of WordPress for easily creating forums on sites. https://bbpress.org., Translation, WordPress Docs, and WordPress metaMetaMeta 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. sites. Furthermore, he holds the roles of editor and locale manager within the Hindi WordPress Polyglot team.
Outside of the professional realm, Ankit’s enthusiasm extends to sharing his knowledge and experience with others. He has been a speaker at numerous WordCamps and meet-ups centered around WordPress and Quality Assurance.
When he’s not immersed in the world of technology, Ankit cherishes quality time with his family. His leisure activities include embarking on long drives, exploring new places, and capturing the beauty of the world through his camera.
Navigate to Plugins > Add New PluginPluginA 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 and install and activate GutenbergGutenbergThe 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. https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/.
To test only using your browser (no installation required), try out Playground. These links open WordPress directly in your browser and automatically install Gutenberg so that you can start testing right away.
(Playground limitation: Due to browser network security policies, you will be unable to test installation of Google fonts. However, you can test uploaded fonts.)
Things to Test 🧪
Here are some suggestions for functionality to test, but you are encouraged to experiment beyond these:
Upload fonts using the upload dialog and drag-and-drop.
Install fonts from Google Fonts using the Install Fonts tab.
Verify that uploaded/installed font assets are stored in your site’s /wp-content/fonts/ directory.
Activate/deactivate individual font variants.
Compare active fonts with the list on the Styles > TypographysidebarSidebarA sidebar in WordPress is referred to a widget-ready area used by WordPress themes to display information that is not a part of the main content. It is not always a vertical column on the side. It can be a horizontal rectangle below or above the content area, footer, header, or any where in the theme..
Assign custom fonts to elements (like text or headings) on the Styles > Typography sidebar.
Assign custom fonts to specific blockBlockBlock 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. types (like buttons) in Styles > Blocks.
Check how the fonts appear on your site’s frontend.
Delete an uploaded font family, and verify that the font assets are removed from /wp-content/fonts/.
Note that the Font Library currently only supports block themes, as it is only accessible through the site editor (Appearance > Editor).
Key Known Issues
This is a short list of common issues that will be updated as more testing reports are gathered.
If you find a bug that isn’t listed above, please make sure to check the Font Library issues list in GitHubGitHubGitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can easily be shared, copied and modified by other developers. Public repositories are free to host, private repositories require a paid subscription. GitHub introduced the concept of the ‘pull request’ where code changes done in branches by contributors can be reviewed and discussed before being merged be the repository owner. https://github.com/ before filing a new one. After checking, new bugs can be filed here.
From August 15 to September 22, 2023, the Test team opened nominations for new reps to serve over the 2023-2024 term. The polls are now open and ready for your votes!
What Are Team Reps?
For a refresher on the Test Team RepTeam RepA Team Rep is a person who represents the Make WordPress team to the rest of the project, make sure issues are raised and addressed as needed, and coordinates cross-team efforts. role, please see the most recent call for nominations. The Test team will elect two team reps for the next term, to collaborate and share responsibilities.
And because many of you are testers and like to break test things 😉, please note that attempting to vote for all three at once will lock out your vote 🙅. Please resist the temptation to test the voting platform!
👉🏻 The poll will remain open for two weeks, until October 12, 00:00 UTC. After that, votes will be tallied and reps selected based on votes received.
For a quick refresher of Team RepTeam RepA Team Rep is a person who represents the Make WordPress team to the rest of the project, make sure issues are raised and addressed as needed, and coordinates cross-team efforts. roles across the project, please see the Team Reps post on Team Updates.
Reps in the Test Team perform primary and secondary (or backup) duties to help support team chats, make updates to the team’s blog and handbook, remove blockers, keep a pulse on team objectives, and promote testing opportunities within the WordPress project.
As a reminder, Reps are not called “team leads” for a reason. While people elected as Team Reps will generally come from the pool of folks that people think of as experienced leaders, the Team Rep role is designed to change hands regularly.
Help raise awareness for testing needs, especially for upcoming releases.
Raise issues or red flags that other teams should be aware of or discussing.
Participate in quarterly update progress reports (example).
These duties are shared between the primary and secondary Reps (see Rep Responsibilities on the Team Rep page).
A Rep is an active team member who is reliable and trusted, advocates for and is knowledgeable of one or more areas of testing, and wants to represent, nurture, and grow the team to better serve the WordPress open sourceOpen SourceOpen Source denotes software for which the original source code is made freely available and may be redistributed and modified. Open Source **must be** delivered via a licensing model, see GPL. project.
Test Team Reps must be committed to showing up and performing regular duties, and should expect a time commitment of at least 2-4 hours per week. Reps serve for a term of one year.
How Test Team Elections Work
Step 1: Call for Nominations 📣
The first step is to reach out to the community with a Call for Nominations (this post!)
Please nominate in the comments of this post. You can write a comment as simple as “I nominate @the_persons_username.” Self-nominations are also welcome by leaving a comment such as “I nominate myself.”
Private nominations can be submitted by contacting @Piotrek Boniu or @ironprogrammer in SlackSlackSlack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/..
If you’ve been nominated, please accept or decline the nomination as a reply to the same comment.
After the deadline, each nominee will be contacted to discuss qualifications and to confirm their acceptance of the nomination.
If you get nominated, please do not feel like you have to say “yes”. It’s okay for you to decline the nomination if you don’t feel like this is the right fit for any reason. “Thank you, but no thank you!” 😉
Step 2: Vote for Team Reps 🗳
An election will happen only if there are more than two accepted nominations within the nomination period; otherwise the nominees will become the new Test Team Reps.
If held, the election will be conducted by an anonymous poll (example). The poll will remain open for 2 weeks.
Step 3: Announce Team Reps 🎉
Once uncontested nominations have been accepted, or in the event of an election the voting period has passed, the new Test Team Reps will be announced in a post (example).
Time to Nominate!
Are you ready? It’s time to nominate folks to serve as our Test Team Reps for the new term! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the comments.
WordCamp US 2023 is almost here! It takes place from August 24-26 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, USA. As is customary at WordCampWordCampWordCamps 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. events, a Contributor Day will be held, taking place on Thursday, August 24. This event is open to everyone, even if you are not attending WCUS.
WordCamp Europe is coming June 8-10 to the Megaron Convention Center in Athens, Greece, and brings an opportunity to participate in Contributor Day on the first day of the event. Last year, Contributor Day was overflowing with people from all around the globe, and in anticipation of a repeat in attendance, your help is needed to welcome new Test contributors, and provide a good space for open discussion.
In order to better support contributors interested in Test Team at the event, we are looking for 2-3 Test table lead volunteers who have experience on the team. Table leads talk about contributing in Make/Test, welcome and guide contributors toward resources, and overall, help new contributors make the most of their time at the event. See the handbook’s Test Table Leads section for more info on this role.
So, will you be at WCEU, and would you like to help lead the Test table? 🙋🏻♀️🙋🏽♂️ Review the following items, and leave a comment below (or a message in #core-test, or DM @ironprogrammer or @Piotrek Boniu).
Don’t feel like “leading” at the table, but still want to help? That’s cool, too! Having other test contributors around in-person or online (in the #core-test and #contributor-day channels) is a great opportunity to meet and help out. Please leave a comment below if you plan to be at the event or are participating remotely, and how you’d like to help.
On January 18th, 2023, a few community members from the FSE Outreach Program gathered to chat about various upcoming features specific to BlockBlockBlock 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. Themers:
Applying local styles globally: push block design changes from post/template editor to global styles.
Inputs for Custom CSSCSSCSS is an acronym for cascading style sheets. This is what controls the design or look and feel of a site.: Ability to add custom CSS from site editor Styles panel.
Exploring the Style Book: feature that shows all blocks (including third-party) in site editor, making it easier to test everything when designing.
Edit block style variations: Ability to edit (not yet create) existing block styles of a theme from Styles panel.
Provides a path for styling blocks in the content or site editor and applying those styles globally to propagate across the site to other blocks.
Features like this will help to lower the barrier for non-developers getting into theme design. Quality of Life improvements.
There is no clear indication in the list view or for blocks where the global styles have been overridden. – A specific comment mentions more exploration being considered.
It was mentioned that it would be good to have a way to turn off the option to apply block styles globally. – Issue opened (#47256)
A workflow that seems likely would be to apply styles globally and then export to the theme (via Create Block Theme pluginPluginA 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.)
Translations for New concepts
Translations for some new concepts and features do not always represent the purpose or main idea of the concept. There could be room for improvement in the way translation comments are added in block editor development.
As an example, the “Apply globally” string doesn’t have any translator comment. This is a good example of what a translator comment should look like.
A new control in the block settings panel allows site editor users to add globally applied custom CSS. For theme authors, this could potentially help with supporting users. This has long been a feature of the customizerCustomizerTool built into WordPress core that hooks into most modern themes. You can use it to preview and modify many of your site’s appearance settings.. Having this available brings things closer to feature parity.
The idea of per-block custom CSS came up. The benefits and downsides of per-block custom CSS were also discussed. There are some concerns about having customizations spread out but also interest in potentially making it easier to add CSS without leaving the block settings. This concept has some developer discussion and a bigger discussion as well.
Set blocks to be static and sticky. This will be very helpful for theme authors as sticky headers, footers, and sidebars are frequently requested by clients/users. Follow-up issues are being tracked here.
A mechanism to migrate blocks in widgetWidgetA 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. areas to template parts. This is a bit of a misnomer since it imports only blocks into parts, not widgets. The widget group block doesn’t work at the moment. There are steps; it’s not a streamlined flowFlowFlow is the path of screens and interactions taken to accomplish a task. It’s an experience vector. Flow is also a feeling. It’s being unselfconscious and in the zone. Flow is what happens when difficulties are removed and you are freed to pursue an activity without forming intentions. You just do it.
Flow is the actual user experience, in many ways. If you like, you can think of flow as a really comprehensive set of user stories. When you think about user flow, you’re thinking about exactly how a user will perform the tasks allowed by your product.Flow and Context
at this point.
There is a pain pointPain pointPain points are “places where you know from research or analytics that users are currently getting hung up and have to ask questions, or are likely to abandon the site or app.” — Design for Real Life for theme authors that would like to organize and present full-page patterns in a user-friendly way. Users find building a page with multiple patterns too hard or outside their comfort zone. There are active, related explorations related to shuffling issues here and here.
Over the past couple years, the Test Team has evolved from a focus on UXUXUX is an acronym for User Experience - the way the user uses the UI. Think ‘what they are doing’ and less about how they do it. workflows to include additional aspects of software testing, including bug reproduction and patch testing, betaBetaA 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. release testing, and automated unit and E2E testing.
As part of a key initiative to improve accessibilityAccessibilityAccessibility (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) to testing, this Test Handbook update seeks to clarify the current “duty of care” for the Test Team, and provide a less intimidating introduction on where contributors can get started. This is the first of several page updates toward this goal.
Updates to the handbook homepage include:
Clarify the scope of today’s Test Team and areas of impact.
Welcome contributors from any experience level.
Provide links to get started with testing.
Remove reference to “flows” testing that is no longer practiced or applicable.
Update: Piotrek Boniu (@boniu91) has accepted his nomination to serve as second Test Team RepTeam RepA Team Rep is a person who represents the Make WordPress team to the rest of the project, make sure issues are raised and addressed as needed, and coordinates cross-team efforts.. This post has been updated accordingly.
Piotr has been fascinated by WordPress for over 8 years. Firstly, it was just a fun for him, later it became a way to live. He attends WordCamps whenever possible since WCEU 2017 in Paris. In 2019 in Brighton he was a speaker.
Within the project, he was a Test Team Rep for the 2021-2022 term, and served as 5.9 Test Lead.
In his career, he’s transitioning into technical product management for a WordPress performance product company, after having previously served as a QA Engineer and Technical Support Engineer.
On the personal side, Piotr is a resident of Canary Islands, previously lived in Madrid and Warsaw. He resides in a small town called Puerto de la Cruz with a girlfriend and his two cats. He’s obsessed with technology and gadgets that are making life easier, his free time is filled with hiking, sports and swimming in the ocean.
Brian has a background that ranges from graphic design to full-stack development, digital marketing, and customer support. Since being introduced to WordPress in 2007, he has loved exploring the many ways the platform can be extended and used as a serious content management system.
Within the project, he is a full-time sponsored contributor, served as co-Test Lead for 6.0 and is serving as Test Lead for 6.1. After time as interim Test Team Rep, he’s decided to come back for more. He also feels weird writing about himself in the 3rd person.
Brian lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and daughter, and six egg-laying hens. He runs, cycles, plays the drums, and makes terrific homemade soap. And he never turns down a chance for a cup of good coffee.