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PHP Frameworks, Fonts

The weather’s too good here for a more in-depth blog post, so today I just have a a few of the better links I’ve run across recently:

If you do any serious work in PHP, you need to familiarize yourself with a framework if you haven’t developed one yourself. This article on Discussing PHP Frameworks is a fair introduction to the major frameworks – no in-depth commentary as to which is best, but a good starting point if you’re not familiar with them already.

Never underestimate the power of fonts in your web design, particularly when choosing a logo.And speaking of fonts, if you’re sick of the nine “web safe” fonts we’ve been stuck with for ages, you may want to experiment with the TypeSelect project from MIT.

If you’re hiring a designer, you are using a contract, right? If not, no more excuses.

A free online drag and drop flash editor?! Try out http://www.wix.com/

Mishmash of recent discoveries

Cleaning out my google reader feed, I came across a few discoveries that will help any web designer or coder:
How to Get Started with iPhone Dev

This is by far the best introduction I’ve seen to iPhone development. If you’re a traditional Windows or web programmer without much experience coding for the iPhone, this is a great place to get started. If you’re coding a full iPhone application or just optimizing a web site for the iPhone/iPod platform, you’ll want to read this page and bookmarka¬† few of the links it points to.

Button-Download.com

Royalty-free “submit” buttons. Seriously, it doesn’t look like there’s not much to this site, but he provides the original PSD files for each shiny, glossy button. Save oodles of time designing buttons for your web site.

Pattern8.com

Now that you have shiny buttons, you need spiffy backgrounds.

FaceYourManga.com

Manga-style twitter avatars, anyone?
5 Easy ways to get Solid Backlinks to your Site

Most traditional SEO is wrong. If you’re looking to build more links to your web site, this is an excellent place to start.