Web Development

The preliminary web development languages RAN Technologies uses is HTML5, CSS3, PHP and WordPress

 An explanation of terms relating to Web Development

So what are CSS3, HTML5, PHP, MySQL and WordPress and why should I care?

It is imperative that your web site be developed to take advantage of the latest technology available at launch. Modern web browsers are capable of much more than you may think. Special fonts, user interaction and even animation and 3D effects are now being handled by the web browser directly and not through a plugin or a program that your viewers have to specially install to view your site properly.

The site you are currently viewing was developed using all of the technologies displayed on this page.
A set of icons of all the most  popular web browsers

Cross-browser Compatibility

With the exception of older versions of Internet Explorer on machines running Windows Vista or XP (and earlier versions of Microsoft’s operating systems) all modern web browsers constantly update themselves to take advantage of the latest standards in web technology. This makes web development much easier as a site developed to work in Google Chrome will work on all the other browsers.

If you are running older versions of Internet Explorer (versions 8 and earlier) we highly recommend downloading and switching to a more modern browser. It is a very simple process to switch over and all of the browsers allow an easy way to transfer all your favourite web pages and settings from your current browser to the new one. We currently prefer the Google Chrome browser and Mozilla Firefox web browsers. For your convenience below is a list of the best web browsers that we recommend in order of preference. You can click on each one to go to their download page.

CSS3

CSS3 are sets of instructions for web browsers. They define the presentation and consistency of documents — for example, the layout and the fonts. Web sites are not longer limited by using standard fonts such as Times New Roman and Arial — as such your site needn’t look boring and generic. The best thing is visitor to your site do not have to have the fonts installed for them to work correctly — modern browsers handle all of the font management automatically through CSS3.

This web site was created using CSS3 and a special set of free fonts from Google Web Fonts

All our web development projects use the latest CSS3 specifications.

HTML5

HTML5 is the latest revision of HTML — the language for structuring and presenting content for the Internet. There has been an incredible amount of innovation in web development in the past 2 years and the power of web browsers has increased exponentially. What was previously handled by Flash and other proprietary plugins is now powered natively by web browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and to a smaller extent, Internet Explorer 9. The advantages are that third party plugins are no longer required — these had potential security problems and had a tendency to slow down computers.

The biggest advantage however is that current and previous generations of smart phones are fully HTML5 enabled. This means that web sites developed in HTML5 will now work flawlessly on all of these devices, opening the site up to literally millions of potential new views.

PHP and MySQL

PHP and MySQL combine to be an easy yet powerful way to create dynamic web pages that actually interact with your visitors. HTML can create useful and well formatted web pages. With the addition of PHP and MySQL you can collect data from your users, create specific content on the fly, and do many other things that HTML alone can’t do.

PHP and MySQL are server side languages. The server executes all the code and calculations and displays the results to the user on their web browser. This means that incredibly complex calculations and database functions can be done behind the scenes without slowing down the user’s computer at all.

Additionally PHP and MySQL are open source and as such require no licence fees to operate or develop in. This lowers the cost of web development and hosting significantly.

WordPress

WordPress is a free and open source blogging tool and a dynamic content management system based on PHP and MySQL. It has many features including a plug-in architecture and a template system. WordPress 14% of the top 1 million web sites and as manages approximately 22% of all new web sites.

It is a very powerful tool and allows the layperson to update the content on their own site without involving a web developer. Blogging is also a very simple process with WordPress.