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New Platform Series on the Ning Developer Blog
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Diego has been writing a series over at the Ning Developer Blog that highlights the technical evolution of the Ning Platform since we first launched it in October 2005.

If you’re interested in a behind-the-scenes look at our architecture and how we make technical decisions, this is the series for you.

In today’s installment, Diego describes our decision to move exclusively to standard HTML, CSS, and PHP 5 alongside our Platform APIs to power your own social network on Ning.

As Diego points out, by using standard programming languages and then making the code available to modify, people who know HTML, CSS, and standard PHP can quickly and easily customize (almost) every aspect of their networks on Ning. It also means that you don’t need to know anything other than HTML, CSS, and standard PHP to create entirely new web applications on the Ning Platform, but that’s for a later post.

For those of you who are not developers but still want to customize your social network, the fact that your own social network on Ning uses standard programming languages is also a very good thing. It expands the pool of technical people who can quickly learn what they need to know to customize your network. This means you can more easily get the technical help you need to create the exact right network for you.

For these (and a few other) reasons, when we went from the first generation of social web sites on Ning to your own social network for anything, we created it using our Platform APIs, HTML, CSS, and PHP 5. It’s another way we seek to ensure that you have the greatest chance of creating the best, right, unique social network for you today using Ning.

If there are any topics you’d like us to cover in the series, by all means leave a comment here or over on the Developer Blog. We love to address your questions or write about the things you care about.