October 28th — Scale WordPress with Jason Vance

So you have started a blog or ecommerce site using WordPress. You’ve carefully crafted your blog/e-commerce site, spent hours and hours responding to you visitors and customer. Then one day you write something extraordinary. Reddit picks it up, it goes to the front page and….your site starts giving 503 errors. You’ve just lost money and an opportunity.

As a Sr. System Operation Engineer, I’ve been responsible for many high traffic blogs and ecommerce sites using WordPress. Over the years, I’ve learned many techniques to scale WordPress from a hundreds to millions of page views a day and get millisecond response time. During this presentation, I’m going to give you tips on how you can scale your site using either OpenStack or Amazon AWS and get optimal page response to the pages that you serve up. If you’re on shared hosting don’t fret, I can give you tips and tricks on how to speed up your site and get 3-5 times performance increase on it as well.


Jason Vance is the Sr. Operations Engineer for MOJO Marketplace. He’s married and has 2 daughters. He attended the University Of Utah where he studied graphic design and communications from 1989-1993. During his 20 year as an IT veteran, Jason has been creating and managing blogs and ecommerce sites using many opensource products including WordPress, Magento, Drupal and more. He dabbles in marketing, e-commerce, 3d animation, graphic design and filming for the last 20 years. He is Oracle OCP certified, has a Private Pilot’s license and is LPIC-1 certified. He has also written 3 books on 3D animation.

This month’s meeting will be held at Mojo Themes

12159 S. Business Park Dr. Suite #160
Draper, UT 84020

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July 29th — Ryan Sullivan — Troubleshooting the 5 most Common Requests We See at WP Site Care

This talk will cover how to work through five of the most common WordPress sticking points we see with our customers. From what we’ve seen after a few years of data, these consistently come up again and again. We’ll cover some tips and tricks to quickly diagnose and remedy all of the following.

  1. Troubleshooting Forms and Email Delivery
  2. Determining what’s to blame for slow site performance
  3. Controlling user access and permissions
  4. Collecting email addresses for marketing
  5. Discovering a rogue plugin that’s causing issues or instability

This month’s meeting will be held at Mojo Themes

12159 S. Business Park Dr. Suite #160
Draper, UT 84020

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UtahWP Slack Team

We’ve created a UtahWP Slack team that anyone can join to chat about WordPress or any related topics. You can request an invite with the form below.

January 31st — Start SLC Hackathon

Next week UtahWP has a table at the Start SLC Hackathon, and members will be there Thursday through Saturday. If you can come down and co-work or contribute. On Saturday morning we’ll be running a contributor day, and a first time user class to help get people up and running.


If you’re planning to come to the event please visit the Hack UTOS site and register, registration is free. We have an event on meetup to help us get an idea of numbers for the contributor day Saturday, but UTOS needs to know how many people will be attending so they can make sure to have enough food.

Up and Running Workshop

On the morning of Saturday the 31st UtahWP will be holding a getting up and running with WordPress workshop. This workshop will be to help those interested in hosting their own WordPress site get one up and running, and learn some WordPress basics. Register on this meetup event so we can get a rough number of people attending.

Contributor Day

If you’ve ever been interested in contributing to WordPress core or docs. UtahWP will be running a workshop on the morning of Saturday January 31st. Bring a laptop and learn to find a ticket, create and submit a patch, or contribute to the WordPress handbooks. Please sign up on the meetup event so we can get an idea of how many people will be attending.


Our event is part of Hack UTOS located in the north west corner of The Gateway (marked in red). The Gateway is located in the heart of Salt Lake City, Utah, along 400 West, between 200 South and South Temple.


No Meetups Until the New Year

There won’t be any meetups during November or December because our normal meeting time is close to holidays in both months, but if anyone would like to propose a lunch or dinner with the group I would be happy to help organize.


For the developers in the group or anyone interested in learning about PHP the Ski PHP conference will be January 17-18 in Salt Lake City. Ski PHP has a great lineup of speakers including Julien Pauli, Ed Finkler, John Coggeshall, Laura Thomson, Beth Tucker, Chris Hartjes, and Chris Boden check the schedule for more information. Ski PHP has offered a discount ticket price for our group, until the end of November, when you use the coupon WPSLC at checkout.

Shutting down the email newsletter

I will no longer be sending meetup announcements out to our email newsletter, so if that’s how you hear about the meetings please watch here or the meetup page for updates.