Allan Collins

Hello my name is Allan Collins.

<Web Developer> <Geek>

From the blog...

3 months ago

Looking Back at 2014

Last year didn’t seem so far away. I was in my twenties, my daughter was in kindergarten, and I was working from home as an independent contractor on project that involved converting a PSD to a responsive Bootstrap WordPress theme. Now I’m in my thirties, my daughter is a first-grader, and I’m still working from […]

7 months ago

Validated: W3C Valid HTML WordPress Plugin

There was a point in my life as a web developer that pushed for strict HTML coding standards.  It would peeve me to death to know that a popular website did not pass W3C coding standards.  So six years ago, I released a plugin called “Validated” which would check every page and post URL on […]

10 months ago

WP_Mail not sending on VVV? Try this!

Today, I had to run some tests using the wp_mail() function in Varying Vagrant Vagrants and found that no email was being sent out. I love VVV and how easy it is to setup a develop environment locally, but when it comes to the nitty gritty of server configurations, things get kind of blurry. Fortunately, […]

11 months ago

“We’ve always done it this way.”

Grace Hopper was the oldest serving member of the United States Navy, but she was also a computer programmer. Her main point of the quote above is that humans are allergic to change and that it is important to discover different ways of getting things done. The Fear of Change I’ve worked with companies that […]

11 months ago
11 months ago

Tuesday May 6: Pic of the Day


I’m going to attempt to post a picture each day. I am in no way a photographer. These are just random pics from my iPhone posted via the WordPress mobile app.

11 months ago

WP Plugin Needs Love: WordPress Code Snippet

GitHub Repo

Five years ago I created a monster and that monster’s name was “WordPress Code Snippet” (notice the improper spelling of WordPress).  I was indeed a very naive plugin developer when I created it.  Looking at the code today since my last revision four years ago makes me cringe and make me feel bad for the […]

11 months ago
11 months ago

Resolutions For 2014

As I was developing the new theme for this blog, I came to the shocking realization that my last post was over a year ago and the one prior to that was four years ago!  Clearly, I have been really neglecting this blog and unfortunately, some of my plugins in the WordPress plugin directory.   […]

5 years ago

WordPress Code Snippet 2.0

Do you run a tutorial site? Or maybe you just want to post up a piece of code that you felt was a lifesaver? Now you can post multiple snippets of code anywhere in your page’s or post’s content.