Tide: Automated Testing for WordPress Plugins and Themes

Yet another way to contribute! Remember this 20-piece WordPress contribution chart with the tester Easter Egg? Even though testing is growing stronger in WordPress core with each release, it's still mostly manual — usability, visual regression, accessibility, and beta testing with real sites before launch. Now the tide is turning a bit more toward automation. I'm beyond thrilled … Continue reading Tide: Automated Testing for WordPress Plugins and Themes

Make Difficult Things Possible, Easy Things Effortless

This is the high bar we aim for with the WordPress product experience, in a nutshell.

Gutenberg is the Next-Generation Engine for WordPress

If you use and love WordPress, this is must-watch TV: Gutenberg showcased during the annual State of the Word including a bit of amazing live editing by Matías Ventura. We'll be seeing much more in 2018, and as everyone starts testing it more — the team improves it daily and progress ramps up — and eventually … Continue reading Gutenberg is the Next-Generation Engine for WordPress

How Canaries Help Us Merge Good Pull Requests

Technical update from my colleague Alister for how WordPress.com uses automated tests for build confidence, now running for on GitHub pull requests instead of after deployment to production. The tests and webhook “bridge” infrastructure are open source just like the Calypso source code itself.

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At WordPress.com we strive to provide a consistent and reliable user experience as we merge and release hundreds of code changes each week.

We run automated unit and component tests for our Calypso user interface on every commit against every pull request (PR).

We also have 32 automated end-to-end (e2e) test scenarios that, until recently, we would only automatically run across our platform after merging and deploying to production. While these e2e scenarios have found regressions fairly quickly after deploying (the 32 scenarios execute in parallel in just 10 minutes), they don’t prevent us from merging and releasing regressions to our customer experience.

Introducing our Canaries

Earlier this year we decided to identify three of our 32 automated end-to-end test scenarios that would act as our “canaries”: a minimal subset of automated tests to quickly tell us if our most important flows are broken. These tests execute after a pull…

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Tester Easter Egg

This wonderful chart of WordPress contribution groups contains a perfect Easter egg for finding new QA / testers. Just in time for 2017 WordCamp US contributor day.

Scott Stancil: Effective Bug Discovery and Management (WordCamp DC 2017)

If you're on the East Coast and love WordPress, here's a great chance to catch my Automattic colleague Scott Stancil speaking live about our work on Flow Patrol for WordPress.com — this Friday July 14, 2017 at 2:15 PM Eastern. Details on the WordCamp DC 2017 website. Learn more about what "flow patrol" is here on Make WordPress testing.

Get Involved: WordPress App Testing

Want to contribute to WordPress apps on Android and iOS? If you aren't a developer or designer, no worries, we need your help as a tester. Anyone and everyone is welcome to pitch in — all you need is a keen eye and a iOS or Android phone or tablet. Head over to Make WordPress Mobile and subscribe to receive email updates. … Continue reading Get Involved: WordPress App Testing

WordPress.com Automated Tests Now Open Source — WatirMelon

I am very pleased to announce that all of our e2e tests for the WordPress.com platform are open source as of this morning. This is following in the footsteps of the WordPress.com Calypso front-end which is also open source. I am continually reminded of how fortunate I am to work at Automattic who takes pride … Continue reading WordPress.com Automated Tests Now Open Source — WatirMelon

A Brand New Approach to WordPress

What would we build if we were starting from scratch today, knowing all we’ve learned over the past 13 years of building WordPress? Matt today officially announced the new WordPress.com: Dance to Calypso. Today we’re announcing something brand new, a new approach to WordPress, and open sourcing the code behind it. The project, codenamed Calypso, … Continue reading A Brand New Approach to WordPress

WordPress Core Responsive Image Support

Testing this plugin to improve responsive image support for WordPress is a great way for front-end designers and developers to get involved in core WordPress, modernizing the platform that powers almost 25% of the web. Via WordPress › Update: Responsive Image Support for Core « Make WordPress Core.