Web Development Blog page 2


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



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


Back in November I redesigned the theme for my personal WordPress blog at www.alancoleman.com, 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,


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



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


I started working at Firebrand Training in 2007 when the company was still called Training Camp. Taking over from an outgoing developer, I had to endure two mammoth interviews before starting work in their central London office. A blog post can’t


I’ve updated www.alancoleman.com, my personal blog and webspace, with a new WordPress theme. I’m calling it Charcoal and Vanilla. The theme is based on the WordPress default Twenty Eleven theme. I’ve always found this a good place to start when


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


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


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


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


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 (http://bestwebsoft.com/plugin/google-sitemap-plugin/). Your website will need to generate a Sitemap


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


This is awesome. I’ve yet to get my head round how to navigate the thing but it looks and feels great. The idea is that museums get involved with the project and Google presents their collections online in virtual tours


Before going to Mallorca for a weeks holiday recently I got hold of a Polarizing filter for my Nikkor 16-68mm lens. I was interested to see if I could recreate some of the results I’d seen other photographers achieve with respect to


I was thinking the other day that it might be fun to have a different colour generated every time a page loads. Can’t be that difficult, just some random variables made into a string. concatenating six variables seemed a little on the clumsy side so


My ThinkPad T43p was on the way out, the XP/Fedora dual boot was slowly grinding to a halt and the cooling fan sounded like it was trying to take off, literally. What to do? I still liked the machine, the





I found these screen dumps last week whilst trying to free up some space on the old Think Pad. I used a combination of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to create the graphics, I can’t remember which versions but almost certainly