English Session / Q&A Moderator Toru Miki said,

This is the first English session in WordCamp Tokyo history.


In 2005, Toru started using WordPress. For a span of 10 years, he’s done many incredible things like creating themes, blogs, sites and contributing to Codex and the WordPress core.
He’s also active in the community. He helps organize WordCamps, local meetups and speaks in these events.

Toru introduced the Japanese WordPress community.
It’s lovely to see how much the community grew from the time it all began:

Japan’s local WordPress meetup group is WordBench, which happens in different cities.

One WordBench meetup (that will make you hungry) is WordCrab. WordCrab happens in Fukui prefecture, where crab is super abundant:

It’s held every winter, and it’s one of the many “べんきようかい” benkyou kai or WordPress study sessions in Japan.


Why We Should Choose Free Plugins

Contact Form 7 plugin author, Takayuki Miyoshi talked about the most important reasons why we should choose free plugins.

There are two kinds of plugins: free or paid / premium. Free plugins have bigger benefits because:

  • they are of higher quality
  • and they are good for our community

Free plugins are of higher quality because only paying customers can access paid plugins and premium plugin authors can’t get enough feedback.
Feedback has a huge role in developers’ growth and learning.

Why are free plugins good for the community?

  • Developers can learn from other developers’ code
  • The more (good) codes are available, the better our developers become.
  • Premium plugins have paywall.
  • Free plugins help good developers grow.

If good plugin developers don’t grow, the WordPress community will be weakened.

Supporting free plugins come in many ways like using them, donating to authors, translating and even developing your own free plugins.


I ♥ Automation

Takayuki Miyauchi is the creator of VCCW, a Vagrant-based development environment for WordPress.
He is also a WordPress plugin developer (now he has 33 plugins) and backend engineer.
He likes contributing to the WordPress core and other open source projects like VVV and WP-CLI.

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Space Wapuu

Recently, he created spacewapuu.com, which is a three.js-based Wapuu Gallery that works well in Google Cardboard.

It’s under GPLv2 license and it’s on GitHub as well where you can contribute and/or see how it’s built.

WP-CLI

WordPress Instant Setup on Github includes WordPress development environment with PHP built-in web server + WP-CLI.