March 2014 Photos

Collection of photos from last month.

It’s getting warmer in Tokyo – warm enough to enjoy ice cream outside :)
Toward the end of the month, we went for a walk to Inokashira Park 2-3 times a week to check out cherry blossoms.

At the beginning of the month, we had a family wedding reception with my parents, brother, Keita’s dad, and some of his relatives. I wore his aunt’s kimono.

A group of friends from Japanese WordPress community gave us really nice surprise gifts – flowers, boxes of baked goods, and message boards. The bouquets were the biggest ones I’ve ever received in my life.

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 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

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 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.





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!