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Web Development Masterclass – Complete Certificate Course

Learn to setup virtual cloud servers and develop database-driven websites using the latest web technologies.
YouAccel Training
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Understand the essentials of Local and Wide Area Networks
Setup a basic network.
Register a domain name with Domain Privacy
Forward a domain, renew and administer a domain
Configure Nameservers and DNS Zone Files
Create and Configure a Testing server on a Local Windows or MAC System.
Configure a Production web server on popular cloud hosting platforms.
Create disk backups and install disk images on a virtual server
Setup Ubuntu on a Virtual Machine
Install and configure WAMP for Windows
Install and configure MAMP for MAC
Administer a remote server using PuTTY or Terminal
Proficiently navigate the Linode Virtual Server Dashboard
Configure Security Settings on a Virtual Ubuntu Server
Scale a virtual server up and down depending on needs
Install LAMP Stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP, PhpMyAdmin) on a local and remote server
Setup users and access privileges on an Ubuntu server
Upload files using FileZilla FTP Client
Proficiently Program in HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, Bootstrap, PHP, and AJAX
Create mobile responsive web applications using Bootstrap
Create unique animated objects using jQuery
Create and administer MySQL databases using PhpMyAdmin
Create Web-based Login Authentication using PHP and MySQL
Create the famous "Google Search Suggest" Feature using AJAX and PHP
Create server and client side validation algorithms for web forms.
Use Google Apps for Work to setup a customized business email address

This course is fully compatible with the latest versions of Ubuntu (20.04 LTS, 18.04 LTS). You can also continue using 14.04 LTS or 16.04 LTS if you prefer, as the content is compatible with all versions.

This course offers a comprehensive look into the entire web development process – from local server configuration using WAMP and MAMP (Apache, MySQL, PHP) to production deployment using the latest web technologies including: LAMP Stack (Linux, Apache, PHP and MySQL) for Ubuntu, HTML5, CSS, Bootstrap, JavaScript, jQuery, XML, and AJAX.

The content is ideal for those interested in working as a web developer, launching a web application, or devoted enthusiasts. The concepts explored in this course are suitable for individuals of all skill levels. Each module starts with the fundamental concepts and gradually transitions into more advanced material.

What makes this course unique?

This course is specifically intended to teach students to develop web applications using the most efficient methods and the latest web technologies. Through live demonstrations we teach the importance of using scalable cloud hosting infrastructures during the development process. This includes small informational websites of only a few pages to advanced ‘big data’ style, dynamic web applications. We go through several live examples of web development and Linux based server configurations on popular Cloud hosting providers such as Linode.

Section 1 & 2 (Introduction, How the Internet Works)

The course begins with with an overview of learning objectives. We then explore how the internet works, including the composition and transmission of data packets over both local and wide-area Networks. Next we take a look at the HTTP and HTTPS protocols as applicable to client and server side communications – including DNS Lookups. This section will also teach students how email exchange works over SMTP and IMAP. The role of Network Ports and Firewalls are also introduced.

Section 3, 4: (The Web Development Process, Planning a Website)

Students will gain an understanding of all the steps involved in the web development process.

Section 5: Web Hosting and System Requirements

We conduct an in-depth case analysis of web hosting solutions including: Shared, Virtual Private, Dedicated and Cloud Hosting.

We provide an overview of various packages offered by different web hosting companies and weigh the pros and cons of each one.

Students are also introduced to the importance of web server scalability and the advantages of cloud hosting over traditional hosting services. We also examine the infrastructure requirements of popular, resource intensive applications such as Netflix and Facebook to emphasize the importance of avoiding costly mistakes in the initial stages of development.

Section 6: Domain Names

We provide an overview of the domain name registration process. This includes the role of registrars and TLD (Top Level Domain) administration by ICANN. ccTLD’s (Country Code Top Level Domains) are also explored.

Students gain hands-on experience with the registration process using popular domain registrars. We provide a comparison of different registrars and register a sample domain name using GoDaddy. Other topics of discussion include: domain name privacy and administration, auto-renewal, domain forwarding, and name server assignment.

Section 7: Testing Environment

Students are introduced to configuring a local testing server on a PC or MAC system using WAMP (Windows) or MAMP (MAC). The lessons provide a detailed guide on installation of the packages and an overview of the interface.

Section 8: Production Environment

Students acquire the skills needed to optimally configure a live production environment for securely hosting web applications on a cloud server (Linode). The section starts with an overview of different cloud hosting providers such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Linode and Digital Ocean.

We then provide a live demonstration of server setup using Linode. This includes deployment of Ubuntu and installation of LAMP Stack (Linux) on the Linode Server using remote access consoles such as Terminal (MAC) and PuTTY for Windows.

Students gain an in-depth knowledge of server maintenance, file and directory commands. We also explore SSH Authentication for multiple users and file permissions to reduce security vulnerabilities. Remote Desktop connections for server administration are taught, using Tight VNC (Windows) and RealVNC (MAC).

A thorough overview of the Linode server management console is conducted, to show students how to scale servers, change root passwords, manage the DNS Zone file and create back-ups.

Section 9: FTP Setup

Students learn the role of an FTP (File Transfer Protocol) client to connect to a remote server, through a local machine. We provide a live demonstration on file upload using FileZilla and explore the FileZilla Interface for connection management.

Section 10: HTML Development

This section explores HTML. HTML is a key fundamental building block when learning to develop websites. Students initially learn the basics of HTML page structure and gradually transition into working with spacing, text formatting, lists, images, videos, links, anchors, tables, forms and much more. We include several projects, where students are shown first-hand, how to develop and code html web pages from scratch.

Section 11: CSS Development

Students learn to use CSS to create stylish, responsive web page layouts. We start by discussing the parts and types of CSS rules, followed by CSS classes, DIVS, and ID’s. Students gain significant exposure to various formatting options, including margins, padding, font properties, backgrounds, transparency, positioning, link styling and CSS tables. This section includes a hands-on web development project where students utilize the concepts explored in the lesson.

Section 12: Document Object Model (DOM)

As a precursor to JavaScript, we explore the DOM (Document Object Model). We explain its usage and application in manipulating HTML and CSS elements.

Section 13: JavaScript Development

We introduce students to JavaScript coding to add interactivity to static HTML and CSS pages. The section starts with discussing JavaScript placement, using both internal and external scripts. We then take a look at JavaScript output, variable declarations, arithmetic operators, objects, strings, math functions, arrays, conditional statements, loops, functions and events. Students also go through two hands-on projects that will further solidify their knowledge of the concepts explored in the lessons.

Section 14: JQuery Library

We explore the jQuery library and many of its unique features, used to create stunning, animated web pages. We start with the basics, from embedding jQuery into web pages to working with Selectors. Students then explore working with events, toggling, fading, sliding, and other forms of animation. The lessons also teach students how to work with callbacks, chaining, dragables, accordion menus and many other functions.

Section 15: Bootstrap Framework

Students are taught to use the Bootstrap framework for responsive, mobile-first – front-end development. As one of the leading open-source development libraries, Bootstrap is an essential part of the developers coding arsenal. The section begins with teaching students how to include essential Bootstrap files into web pages. It then explores the Bootstrap Grid system and popular layout strategies for optimal cross-device and cross-browser compatibility.

Students gain exposure to just about every Bootstrap component, from typography, tables and images, to jumbotrons, wells, alerts, buttons, glyphicons and progress bars. The section includes several hands-on exercises that will walk students through the process of creating stunning layouts, complete with modals, carousels, popovers, drop-down menus, forms and much more.

Section 16: PHP Development

Students gain exposure to creating dynamic web applications and functionality using PHP. We start with the basics, including variable declaration and data output. The lessons then transition into working with objects, conditional statements, loops, functions, arrays and form validation.

Section 17: MySQL Database Integration

Students learn to unleash the true power of web application development with MySQL database integration. We start with the basics from database and table creation, to user management. Next we explore the execution of commonly used SQL statements for database modification and administration. Students are also taught how to create database connections and execute SQL statements from PHP scripts.

Section 18, 19 (XML, AJAX, & Development)

We explore XML and AJAX integration to create dynamic content, without page refresh. The lessons cover several hands-on training exercises that will encompass many of the exciting functions AJAX offers. Students will build a website complete with database integration, registration forms with server-side validation, user authentication, and a SMTP-based contact submit form.

Section 20: Google Apps for Work

Students learn to create a customized business email address using Google Apps for Work. Email administration is also explored, along with alias creation.


Course Learning Objectives

This lecture discusses the objectives of the course and provides an overview of how the material will be presented.

How the Internet Works

The Internet Overview

Students will learn key terms that are instrumental in web development, including:

  • Data Packet Transmission
  • Data Packet header, payload and trailer
  • Internet bandwidth, bit-rate and latency
  • Protocols, IP & TCP
The HTTP Protocol

Students learn how web page data is delivered using HTTP (Hyper Text Transfer Protocol) and GET Requests. DNS (Domain Name Servers) are also introduced.

The HTTPS Protocol

Students are introduced to HTTPS (Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure). We explore several components of this protocol including:

  • SSL (Secure Socket Layer)
  • TLS (Transport Layer Security)
  • SSL Handshake
  • EV (Extended Validation Certificate)
The SMTP Protocol and Local Mail Delivery

Students learn the flow of email exchange using SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol). 

We also explore POP3 & IMAP for Local Mail Delivery.

Outbound Mail Delivery

This lecture expands on our discussion on email exchange, with a focus on outbound mail delivery. 

Network Basics - LAN and WAN

Students are introduced to the basics of an internet and local network. We discuss both Local and Wide Area Networks (LAN, WAN). 

Network Ports and Firewalls

Students are introduced to key terms relevant to data packet exchange over local and wide area networks, including:

  • Routers
  • Network Ports
  • Hardware and Software Firewalls
  • Data Pipelines
  • Internet Service Provider (ISP)

The Web Development Process

Web Development Process Overview

This lecture provides an overview of the web development process. Students will follow this process in the development of several website projects. 

Planning a Website

Web Application Planning Overview

This lecture discusses the importance of planning the layout and flow of a web application of website prior to development. 

Quiz 1

This Quiz covers materials from section 1-4 inclusive.

Web Hosting and System Requirements

Web Hosting Packages Overview

This lecture provides an introduction on the different types of web hosting solutions that the course will explore, including:

  • Shared Hosting
  • Virtual Private Servers (VPS)
  • Dedicated Servers
  • Virtual Cloud Servers
Shared Hosting

This lecture focuses on shared hosting solutions and offers a comparison of several packages available through popular hosting providers. 

Several Key terms are explored including:

  • Bandwidth
  • Cloaking
  • Disk Space
  • Linux vs. Windows Operating Systems
  • Scripting language compatibility
Dedicated Hosting

This lecture discusses dedicated hosting solutions and provides a detailed comparison of different packages.

VPS Hosting

This lecture discusses Virtual Private Servers (VPS) and provides a detailed comparison of different packages.

Cloud Hosting and Case Study

This lecture provides a detailed overview of Cloud hosting and defines the "computing cloud".

We present a case study comparing cloud hosting to traditional hosting solutions in creating basic and "big data" style websites and applications.

Students will learn the concepts of flexibility, scalability, cost efficiency and reliability as applicable to virtual cloud servers.

We also explore various cloud hosting packages offered by popular providers such as Linode.

Domain Names

Introduction to Domain Names

Students learn key terminology as applicable to domain names and registration, including:

  • Registries
  • Registrars
  • Top Level Domains
  • ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers)
  • ccTLD (Country Code Top Level Domain).
  • IP to Domain Name Resolution. 
Domain Name Registrars

This lecture discusses the importance of selecting the right domain registrar for registration. 

We explore essential terms such as: Domain Brand Protection, Domain Monitoring, Enforcement, Security and Trademarking.

Domain Registration

In this lecture we register a sample domain using registrar GoDaddy.com.

Registration and Privacy Protection

This lecture is a continuation of domain name registration. We demonstrate how to enable domain privacy to protect against the publication of personal information on public WHOIS records.

Control Panel Sign-In

This lecture demonstrates how to log in to the GoDaddy domain management console. 

Students will learn to administer the Domain DNS settings and configure Auto Renewal.

Auto-Renewal and Domain Lock

This lecture further explores the GoDaddy domain management system, including the domain lock and domain transfer authorization.

Domain Forwarding

Students learn the difference between permanent and temporary domain redirection. We also explore domain and sub-domain forwarding.


In this lecture we define the role of Name-servers (NS Records).

Students are also introduced to A-Records and MX-Records.

Update Registration Information

Students learn to amend Domain Registrant, Administrative, Technical and Billing information on their GoDaddy account. 

Quiz 2

This Quiz includes materials from Section 5-6 Inclusive.

Testing Environment

Introduction to Testing Servers

This lecture provides an introduction into testing servers to host web applications on a local system.

Students learn the difference between client and server-side scripting languages. 

We also introduce WAMP and MAMP (Apache, MySQL, PHP) for Windows and MAC respectively. 

Installing WampServer - WAMP

Students learn to download and configure WAMP Server for Windows.

Installing MampServer - MAMP

Students learn to download and configure MAMP Server for MAC.

WampServer Menu

This lesson explores the WAMP menu including:

  • Starting and Stopping the WAMP Service
  • Storing files into the Web Root (www) Folder.
  • Exploring important configuration files for PHP, MySQL and APACHE.
Localhost File Test

Students learn to test their WAMP configuration to make sure all services are working properly. 

Production Environment


This lecture provides an introduction into setting up a live production web server on a cloud hosting platform.

Cloud Hosting Registration

This lecture explores the pricing structure of typical cloud hosting providers such as Linode. 

Students will also register for Linode in order to create virtual machines in the following lessons.

Creating a Virtual Server

Students will create a virtual server using the Linode Dashboard.

We discuss the importance of selecting the right data center based on the amount of expected traffic from different geographic locations.

Linode Settings and Configuration

This lecture provides an overview of basic configuration settings in the Linode control panel.

Deploying an Image - Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Students learn to deploy a pre-configured Ubuntu Disk Image on a Linode Virtual machine.

We explore:

  • Hard Disk configuration
  • Swap Disk creation
  • Root Password configuration
Linode Dashboard

Students learn to edit, create and remove existing hard disks and configuration profiles. 

We also explore server status messages, system usage and performance monitoring.

Remote Access

Students learn to connect to their virtual server using remote access, SSH Clients.

We introduce key concepts including:

  • Public IPv4 & IPv6 Addresses
  • DNS Resolvers
  • Glish Console
Download PuTTY and PuTTYgen - Windows

This lecture introduces students to PuTTY and PuTTYgen for Windows users.

Students will download and install the software onto their local system.

Launch Terminal - MAC

Students will learn to launch Terminal on a MAC System to execute command lines on a virtual server.

Intro to Command Console

This lecture explains the importance of understanding Ubuntu command lines for remote server administration.

Connecting with PuTTY - Windows

Students learn to establish a remote connection to the Virtual Linode server using PuTTY for Windows.

Connecting with Terminal - MAC

Students learn to establish a remote connection to the Virtual Linode server using Terminal for MAC.

Maintenance Commands

This lecture explores Ubuntu maintenance commands to ensure the server's service packages are up-to-date.

We explore the "apt-get update" and "apt-get upgrade" commands.

File and Directory Commands

This lecture explores basic file and directory commands on a Ubuntu Virtual Server.

We discuss the following commands:

  • cd (Current Directory)
  • ls (List Files)
  • pwd command (Present Working Directory)
  • reset command
Installing LAMP Stack

Students learn to install LAMP Stack (Apache, MySQL, PHP, PhpMyAdmin) on their Linode Virtual Server. 

Server Host Name and Date

Students will configure the host-name and date settings on their Ubuntu virtual server using Nano text editor.

Creating a User - Ubuntu

Students learn the importance of creating user profiles for their Ubuntu server for increased security. 

We explore the difference between root and non-root users. 

Ubuntu SSH Authentication - Windows

Students learn to configure SSH Authentication on their virtual Ubuntu Server, using PuTTY Key Generator for Windows.

We explore important key terms including:

RSA Encryption
Public vs. Private Keys
Passphrases & Authorized Keys

Ubuntu SSH Authentication - MAC

Students learn to configure SSH Authentication on their virtual Ubuntu Server, using Terminal for MAC.

We explore important key terms including:

RSA Encryption
Public vs. Private Keys
Authorized Keys

Web Root Permissions

Students learn to modify file and directory permissions (read, write, and execute) using Ubuntu command lines.

Remote Dekstop Connection

Students learn to install and configure a graphical desktop environment on their remote server.

We explore the XFCE desktop package and vncserver for ubuntu.

Installing Tight VNC Viewer - Windows

Students learn to install Tight VNC Viewer for Windows, in order to establish a remote connection with their Ubuntu server. 

We explore server management using Ubuntu GUI and Tight VNC. 

Installing RealVNC Viewer - MAC

Students learn to install Real VNC Viewer for MAC, in order to establish a remote connection with their Ubuntu server. 

We explore server management using Ubuntu GUI and Real VNC. 

Ubuntu Desktop Basics

This lecture explores the Ubuntu Graphical Desktop Interface. 

We conduct an overview of the important features as applicable to server management. 

Disable Root and Password Access

This lecture demonstrates how to disable root user access on an Ubuntu Virtual server for increased security and data integrity.

Re-sizing a Linode Server

Students learn to scale the system resources of a virtual server using the Linode Dashboard. 

Creating Backups on Linode

This lecture demonstrates how to create disk back-ups using the Linode Dashboard.

We also explore the importance of cloning disk configurations. 

Changing Root Password through Linode

Students learn to modify their root user password for their Ubuntu server using the Linode Dashboard.

Linode DNS Manager

Students learn to administer a DNS Zone file for domain and email management using the Linode Dashboard.

The following concepts are explored:

  • "A" and "AAAA" Records
  • MX Records
  • Domain Zone
  • SOA (Start of Authority)
  • TTL (Time to Live)
  • CNAME Record
  • TXT Record
  • SRV Record
Amending GoDaddy Name Servers

Students learn to mange DNS Settings using the GoDaddy domain control panel.

FTP Setup

FTP Client Installation

We provide a demonstration on downloading and installing FileZilla FTP Client used to transfer files from the local testing server to the live production web server.

FileZilla Overview

We explore the FileZilla interface and administration of the site manager. 

Students also learn to establish SSH connections with their remote server for secure data file transfer.

FileZilla Uploading

Students learn to upload and download files from their remote virtual server using FileZilla FTP.

FileZilla Interface Basics

This lecture continues exploring the FileZilla FTP agent.

Students learn to check file transfer status and disconnect from the remote server.

Quiz 3

This Quiz includes materials from sections 7-9 inclusive.

HTML Development

Introduction to HTML

This lecture provides an introduction into HTML and it's primary role in web development.

We explore various examples to demonstrate the application of HTML and its usage.

Basic Structure of a Web Page

This lecture explores the basic structure of an HTML document, including:

  • <!DOCTYPE html> Tag
  • Document Title Placement
  • Document Script Placement
  • Document Body Content

Students learn the difference between HTML 5, and previous versions. 

We also define XHTML and it's application in development.

HTML Head Tags

Students learn the importance and application of the HTML <head></head> tags.

Here we introduce:

  • Meta tags and meta data
  • <title></title> Tags
  • Character sets
  • View-port Considerations
  • Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
  • JavaScript Functions
HTML Body Tag

Students learn the application of the HTML <body></body> tags.

HTML Paragraph Spacing

Students learn the application of the HTML <p></p> tags.

HTML Line Breaks

Students learn the application of the HTML <br></br> tags.

HTML Non-Breaking Space

Students learn to create a non-breaking space using HTML.

HTML Header Tags

Students learn to create headings to emphasize important text content.

HTML Text Formatting and Decoration

Students learn to format text content with different formatting attributes.

HTML Inline Text Formatting

Students learn how to apply element formatting attributes within HTML tags, known as inline-text formatting.

HTML Unordered Lists

Students learn to create unordered lists and list items using the <ul></ul> and <li></li> tags.

HTML Ordered Lists

Students learn to create ordered lists and list items using the <ol></ol> and <li></li> tags.

HTML Image Insertion

Students learn to insert images into html documents and apply various image attributes.

HTML Embedding Videos

Students learn to insert responsive videos using the HTML 5 <video></video> tags.

We also explore video controls and format options.

HTML Absolute vs. Relative File Referencing

Students learn the difference between absolute (long-form) file references and relative file references (short-form).

We explore different examples using image file paths in a web document.

HTML Link Creation

Students learn to create links and apply various link attributes to text and image content.

HTML Anchor Tags

Students learn to create links to specific content areas of a single page using anchor tags.

HTML Tables

Students learn to work with tables and custom table formatting. 

We explore: 

  • Cell Spacing
  • Cell Padding
  • Table borders
  • Fixed table width vs. Percentage
HTML Nested Tables

Students learn to nest tables into one another using nested and parent table structures.

HTML Merging Cells

Students learn to merge multiple table cells into one using the "collspan" attribute.

HTML Text Wrapping

This lecture explores the HTML "no wrap" attribute when working with content in table cells.

HTML Table Background Image

Students learn to apply background images to tables using the "background" attribute.

HTML Table Cell Alignment

Students learn to work with the align attribute to align content in a table cell. 

HTML - Introduction to Forms

Students are introduced to HTML forms for the collection of user input data. 

We explain key concepts such as data validation and other important elements that are essential in processing form data while maintaining data integrity.

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