Alan Coleman -

I'm a web developer interested in technology, design and photography.

Hello Linode

10 April, 2014 1:16 pm

With the demise of the TextDrive Lifetime hosting accounts I needed a new home for my blogs and applications. On the forums a few people had mentioned Linode as a new home for my digital stuff, their site looked like … Continue reading

Adding PHP-GD Support to Apache Web Server

21 March, 2014 9:44 am

Last week I managed to move both of my WordPress blogs onto Linode with just a a few easily solved issues with permissions and file ownership. One hurdle I did get stuck at however was WordPress being unable to create … Continue reading

Goodbye TextDrive

19 March, 2014 12:33 pm

The end of the road for TextDrive has been on the cards for a number of months. Tickets have gone unanswered, Dean Allen, the saviour of all things TD has been AWOL since the split from Joyent and the entire infrastructure … Continue reading

Google fonts

12 June, 2013 1:58 pm

Back in the day, developers and designers used to use images to create titles and menus for websites. It was a standard part of the cycle, crack open Photoshop or Illustrator, play around with as many fonts as you have … Continue reading

Foundation 4 front end framework

9 May, 2013 12:36 pm

Front end frameworks have been around for a while now and a quick search will return a myriad of different examples, all of which seem to offer very similar advantages to both developer and end user. I played around with … Continue reading

All over Pinterest

26 February, 2013 6:28 pm

A few years ago I stumbled across a website called ffffound. An app style site dedicated to saving images that could be viewed in one place, essentially a book marker that was slightly ahead of its time. Everything on ffffound … Continue reading

Another new theme for

11 February, 2013 9:14 pm

Back in November I redesigned the theme for my personal WordPress blog at, and I called it Charcoal and Vanilla. It was a fairly quick piece if work and I was reasonably happy with the outcome, it’s a personal blog afterall, … Continue reading

Does the desktop really matter?

30 January, 2013 10:58 pm

I don’t really understand why everyone is making so much fuss about the Windows 8 desktop. Don’t get me wrong, it looks great on a PC and it looks even better on a phone, I love the tiled approach that … Continue reading

Fun and games with the Google Adwords API

25 January, 2013 5:37 pm

So I’m trying to put together a little app/program using the Google Adwords API. The idea is that some of the work associated with managing keywords within Ad Groups can be automated, freeing up valuable marketing time to be spent … Continue reading

New Year Server Migration

13 January, 2013 7:52 pm

Here’s a bit of fun for the New Year, migrating my professional and personal blogs over to a new Server. Back in the early 2000s  a small startup called TextDrive appeared online offering lifetime hosting for $200, lifetime being as … Continue reading

New theme for

22 November, 2012 3:12 pm

I’ve updated, my personal blog and webspace, with a new WordPress theme. I’m calling it Charcoal and Vanilla. It’s available on GitHub here. The theme is based on the WordPress default Twenty Eleven theme. I’ve always found this a … Continue reading

Resurrecting an old PHP CMS Project

14 November, 2012 10:28 am

This is something I’ve been meaning to do for a while now. Resurrecting an old PHP CMS Project that I built back in 2006. I had great fun building this initially so thought it would be a good little project to breath … Continue reading

British birdlife theme

13 November, 2012 3:44 pm

I’ve been meaning to refresh the look of this blog for a while and as I’m interested in British birdlife I though it would be interesting to combine the two. The bird theme works by using PHP to randomly select … Continue reading


1 November, 2012 9:59 am

Fantasista is the latest project I’ve been involved with: Fantasista – The Art of the Number 10. Fantasista 2013, is a celebration of contemporary football art inspired by the rapid rise of the ‘football artist’ in the digital age. Over … Continue reading

The simplicity of responsive design

23 October, 2012 4:34 pm

Here’s how simple responsive design can be. I wanted the website you’re looking at to change shape depending on the viewable area within the browser. It’s a fairly fluid design, the main issue being the </aside> element to the right of the … Continue reading

Two vital plugins for WordPress

18 October, 2012 3:54 pm

As far as a WordPress site goes, these two plugins are a must. I use them on every project and they work flawlessly. The first is Google XML Sitemaps from BestWebSoft ( Your website will need to generate a Sitemap … Continue reading

HTML 5 Semantics for my Blogs

9 October, 2012 3:41 pm

I’ve been holding off from this for a while, there hasn’t been much need to start using HTML 5 on my blogs other than personal interest, but now I have a bit of time on my hands it’s been great … Continue reading


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