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Working on WordPress at the CloudFest Hackathon 2022

From 19 to 21 March, around 100 participants from the hosting and cloud industry got together at Europa-Park in Rust, Germany to collaborate on eight exciting projects, with a focus on WordPress.

Karlsruhe, 24 March 2022

After being cancelled in 2020 and 2021, the CloudFest Hackathon was finally on again this year. From 19 to 21 March, around 100 participants from the hosting and cloud industry got together at Europa-Park in Rust, Germany to collaborate on eight exciting projects, with a focus on WordPress. As well as being on the jury and an event sponsor, IONOS sent some of its WordPress experts to participate and lead projects.

Simon Kraft presenting the Antispam Bee project

Improving WordPress spam protection

The ‘Local WordPress Spam Protection with Antispam Bee’ project was led by Simon Kraft, WordPress Product Owner at IONOS. The project’s mission was to take the comment spam detection and blocking plugin to the next level. Over the two days of the hackathon, the project team restructured the plugin, which has grown over the past decade. With a new, modular structure, Antispam Bee will be open to third-party plugins and content in the future, making its effective spam filters available for contact forms and login pages. The team was able to finish an initial pre-release version during the hackathon. This version is now going through an extensive testing process, but an official release is already in the pipeline.
Download the project presentation.

Making the IndieWeb more user-friendly

Matthias Pfefferle sharing the results of the WordPress and the Indieweb project

The IndieWeb is a community of individual, personal websites connected by shared standards and principles. Webmention – a decentralised system for distributing comments and reactions and linking to social media content – is a central building block of the IndieWeb. The ‘WordPress and the IndieWeb’ project team, led by Matthias Pfefferle, Head of WordPress Development at IONOS, set out to make access to the Webmention plugin self-explanatory and remove barriers to entry for end users without developer skills. To achieve this, the settings page was optimised to give users a more hands-on and intuitive way to navigate through the settings. In addition, the team revised and contextualised the function to link another user, e.g. whether it is a reply, a like, a repost or a bookmark. The next step will be to integrate Webmention as part of the WordPress core. Download the project presentation.

And the winner is…

The Hackathon project leads with their prizes

A collaborative Joomla! project took the overall top spot and also won in the Social Media Engagement category, thanks to massive support from the Joomla! community. Best Presentation went to Aleksandar Savkovic’s ‘Securing WordPress with the WP-CLI’ team and the ‘Building a performance testing environment for WordPress core’ project was awarded Most Efficient Team. Prizes included T-shirts, tickets to Europa-Park and Lego sets sponsored by IONOS. 

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