Create a portable battery and solar powered Raspberry Pi Zero web server

I asked the community on Reddit what tutorials people wanted me to write, and one, in particular, caught my imagination. ‘Thaslegendary’ said:

“A guide on how to power raspberry pi zero with 4 AA battery would help me a lot”

This really got me thinking. Can I build a portable web server that runs off battery alone, topped up with a solar panel? There’s only one way to find out. At the time of writing this, the Raspberry Pi Zero is running on a solar power bank and is therefore completely off the grid.

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How to add your Plugin to the WordPress Plugin Directory

I’ve written countless plugins for WordPress over the years in work and for my own personal projects but never had I created on with the intention of adding it to the WordPress plugin directory until recently. This post outlines my experiences when writing my Tides Today WordPress Plugin and hopefully answers some of the questions I found myself asking.

This article is targeted at those adding a plugin to the WordPress plugin directory, especially if you have Git services like BitBucket or Github and have no experience with SVN.

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5 reasons why “can we just” should be banned

There’s a disease that plagues every digital agency, the sentences that push the assumption-o-meter into the red. “Can we just”, “it’s simple”, “it won’t take long” just to name a few. These sentences induce panic attacks for us developers, beads of ‘panic’ sweat engulf our heads as the words come tumbling from account managers’ mouths. So why are these phrases so damaging?

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WordPress theme for people who travel

Aside from writing tutorials for this site, I like to keep myself busy on personal projects to build my skills and offer something to the world. My last personal project being Tides UK, a site providing tide information for over 600 UK locations.

I love to travel and go to as many new places as I can. There’s so much I’d like to share from my travels, but I feel there isn’t a WordPress theme out there which is good or quick enough. After downloading a few and looking at the source, there’s many which are poorly written. I want to create a WordPress theme for people who travel.

wordpress-theme-for-people-who-travel

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Remove emoji support in WordPress

WordPress 4.2 introduced a new emoji feature which many were quick to criticise, partly because large parts of the WordPress user community simply didn’t want emoji support, but from what I can gather from forum threads like this, the ugly code it left behind was just not necessary, especially as a core feature that can’t be disabled through the CMS. Don’t worry it can be removed easily.

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