Monday, April 17, 2006

New Zend Framework Website look launched (almost)

After my talk at Scale 4x, the Southern California Linux Expo, Roy Rubin from Varien got in touch with me. A synposis of what he said was "The Zend Framework is very exciting, but its Web site is not". He was being polite as I'm sure he really want to say "Your Web site's look sucks".
In the spirit of community, Roy offered to contribute to the Zend Framework by having his team help with a new design. From seeing the sketches it was clear that Varien could deliver something far more appealing (a.k.a sexy) than what we had created. So after hard work by them and Mike from the framework team, we've almost got it done.
In the spirit of release early, release often, we've decided to launch it a tad bit prior to its completion. We still have some work to do in order to get the manual integrated into the new site. The new manual look is MUCH nicer. So sorry, it looks a bit weird, but actually it's kind of cool in that it allows you to jump between the old and new look and actually see the huge difference in what the Varien team did.
Another thing we REALLY wanted to have done for the launch was a bug tracker. It's still top priority and we'll hopefully be able to launch that in the coming days (using the new look of course).
So I'd like to thank everyone who helped on this project especially Ben Blumenfeld and his team who did the design. It shows how outside contributions can make a big difference.

10 comments:

  1. Looks great. Anyone who doesn't understand the importance of good marketing of a framework should take a look at Rails' stellar success. It's not enough to have good code.

    Well done.

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  2. Andi,
    We can only hope this continues to bring more attention to this project and PHP as a whole. Beyond being sexy (which of course it is) we also think the redesign will make heavily used parts of the site easier to use as well. This should make a big difference for sections that are read extensively like the manual.

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  3. It looks nice (certainly nicer than the first site), but it seems heavily inspired by an older incarnation of the mozilla/firefox sites.

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  4. Good news for the future of the framework I guess...

    P.S.: what about a link to the framework website in your post ;)

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  5. It may sound strange requesting a Java based Bug Tracker for a PHP project, but how about using Jira?

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  6. Not too difficult to integrate the php.net bugtracker into the zend framework site.

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  7. yeaaaah ! Better design and better information architecture. I really like the logo

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  8. The new look is absolutely awesome (and so is the new framework release!)

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  9. Why the website not? I think the website is so good, I mean The Zend Framework is incredible but i HAVE TO SAY both things are really good together.

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