WordPress Meetup Tokyo – March 2014: Optimization Show and Tell

We had the 11th WordPress Meetup Tokyo in Co-Edo on Saturday (almost one year since we started the group!). Today’s topic was WordPress Optimization and we had 4 speakers.

Some links are posted on the Meetup.com event page, so I’ll post some of my own here:

Keita talked about his experience with current Nginx/HHVM/MariaDB setup (slides), Toru shared insights on the “WordPress Template” feature (pre-configured Nginx + WordPress + CentOS setup) on ConoHa VIP service, and Stefan taught us about using Google PageSpeed Insights and Charles to analyze / debug site performance.
I also learned a bit about WoodWing Enterprise WordPress connector, which is a publishing system used behind recently relaunched TIME.com).

The coworking space’s owner Tanaka-san had a big surprise for Keita and myself! He had 2 ninjas deliver wedding gifts to us 🙂 We enjoyed some wine and juice thanks to them.

Group photo with ninjas
Group photo with ninjas (courtesy of Koji Tanaka)

Next meetup is scheduled on Saturday, April 12th at 11am. Please RSVP on meetup.com event page.

WordPress Meetup Tokyo, February 2014: Plugins Show and Tell

Tokyo had the heaviest snowfall in decades yesterday. Luckily it stopped snowing today, and we didn’t have to cancel WordPress Meetup Tokyo.

For the past 2 months, we have been inviting participants to speak for 5 minutes in show and tell format. Today’s topic was WordPress Plugins. I talked about Plugin Troubleshooting 101:


WordPress Plugin Troubleshooting 101 in 5 Minutes

Although all things I mentioned were super basic, understanding what to do when White Screen of Death happens is something every WordPress users should know. I hope these slides will help you or your friend getting stuck with plugin troubles!

More Links

Here are some links from other speakers’ talk.

Mizuno-san:

Brin:

Stefan:

Keita:

Next Meetup

Next WordPress Meetup Tokyo is on Sunday, March 16th. We’ll be sharing WordPress site optimization tips this time. Come join us at Co-Edo Coworking Space Kayabacho!

Photos from Automattic Happiness Team Meetup in Santa Fe

I spent last week in Santa Fe, New Mexico for a company team meetup. I work for a distributed company with coworkers all around the world – we meet in person a few times a year to hang out with & learn from each other. This time, 36 people (= about 20% of 164 employees) including most of the Happiness team, HR Lead, and CEO met in a resort called La Posada de Santa Fe.

Many mornings and afternoons, we all gathered in a meeting room for a town hall / Q&A session, presentations and discussions. There were also smaller group sessions to learn tools and processes that we use to help users.

On Wednesday, the whole team got on a tour bus and went to Madrid & Albuquerque. We explored Old Town and met local WordPress Meetup Group users at Wesst Enterprise Center.

Seven of us took a day trip to Bandelier National Monument on Saturday. Hiking around the park was a great way to see more of beautiful New Mexico landscape. On the way back, we visited Don Quixote Distillery & Winery and had fun tasting some local wine and spirits.

More photos from the meetup is on Flickr.