Tip: Don’t buy multi-mode solar powered Christmas lights.

Solar power Christmas lights sound like a pretty good idea right? Well, they are but make sure you don’t get multi-mode lights.

I bought two sets of solar Christmas lights from two different companies. Both had 8 modes. Both have the same issue, no memory. When the batteries run out, they forget what setting they were last on. There is no battery reserve just for remembering the mode.

Since we can’t control the weather, there’s no assurance that you’ll get enough sun to fully charge the battery. I get that they’re solar powered, but they should save a percent of the battery for remembering what mode they’re set to.

To make it even worse, the default mode is a demo mode where the lights loop through all 8 modes. If there was only one mode, or if the lights default mode was just on, then it wouldn’t be such an issue.

Solar powered Christmas lights seem like a great idea, and I do love the idea of them, but without any memory, the multi-mode solar Christmas lights are quite a disappointment.

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Made a snowman this morning.

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It’s time to get ready for Gutenberg.

Gutenberg is coming to a WordPress site near you soon. How soon? The goal is to ship in April 2018! That means you need to start getting ready now.

Guten-What?

First off if you don’t know that Gutenberg is, check it out. It’ll be the new text editor for WordPress replacing the current visual editor.

If needed, Matt can ramp you up with a little Gutenberg history.

Getting Started

To get started with Gutenberg, you can install the Gutenberg plugin on a development site today and start testing. I wouldn’t put it on a production site yet, but you’re going to do what you’re going to do. 🙂

Submit Feedback

Find a bug? Log it. Usability issue? Log it. Design enhancement, new feature, bad feelings? Let them know. The team really does want your input. From developers to people who just write blog posts, they want everyone’s feedback.

Start Writing Blocks, GutenBlocks, in Javascript

GutenBlocks are the new thing. If you’re a developer start learning how to create them. Oh, and they’re in JavaScript too. If you only know PHP it’s time to learn something new.

GutenBlocks will replace widgets and shortcodes in WordPress so we all have to start learning how they work.

Eventually, all of WordPress could be Gutenberg with GutenBlocks making up the header, footer, and sidebars too.

Classic Editor

WordPress knows that not everyone will be ready for Gutenberg though and so they released the Classic Editor. When installed and activated it’ll prevent Gutenberg from loading.

There are also hooks to disable Gutenberg from plugins and themes as well.

This should be considered a temporary fix though as we need to be moving towards Gutenberg.

Change is Good

Don’t be afraid of Gutenberg. The vision pretty awesome and it already has a lot of cool features. Plus they’re making it better every day. However, there will be this weird transition phase that we’ll all need to work through together.

Will Gutenberg work with your theme? Will it work with your plugins? Hopefully, but we won’t know until Gutenberg gets closer to a 1.0 release.

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See you later Nashville. It’s been fun at #WCUS!

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Hello Nashville #wcus

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Lily is pretty happy with her Black Friday deal. A free owl!

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Lily created a holiday centerpiece.

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TW Search Overlay for WordPress

I’ve started another WordPress plugin called TW Search that adds a simple search overlay to a site. It’s nothing too complex, but it works.

The plugin is simple to use. There are just a few settings in the customizer and it should work. You get to choose which menu to add the search link too or you can choose to add a custom class to any element and have that open the search overlay.

The idea was born from BeaverBuilders lack of search on mobile. I’ve worked on other solutions in the past but wanted one that was a bit nicer and still super simple to add to a site. Plus I didn’t want to have to worry about people’s designs as TW Search shouldn’t interfere with your design.

It’s not just for BeaverBuilder though, it should work with any WordPress theme. It’s also not just for mobile. Desktop, tablet, and mobile users will have the same experience.

Right now the plugin is still under active development but seems to be working pretty well for me. It hasn’t been tested a lot but if you’re adventurous, give it a spin.

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