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.
I found a nice Christmas wallpaper for my phone the other day but I wanted something more. Adding a WordPress logo looked great. But not everyone likes WordPress, so I made an Apple one too. And then a Santa one. Enjoy!
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. 🙂
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.
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.
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.