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Web Development Masterclass – Online Certification Course

Cloud Computing | Web Apps | Linux | Web Servers | DBMS | LAMP Stack | HTML | CSS | JavaScript | PHP | + More
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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
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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

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. 

Introduction to Cloud Computing

History of Linode
Intro to Cloud Computing
Benefits of Cloud Computing
Cloud Computing Service Models

Cloud Computing Service Models

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
Platform as a Service (PaaS)
Software as a Service (SaaS)
IaaS vs PaaS vs SaaS

Cloud Server Deployment on Linode

Linode Account Setup
Exploring the Linode Cloud Manager
Enabling TFA on Linode
Deploying a Linode Virtual Instance
Exploring the Linode Instance Dashboard
Remote Server Admin via SSH
Password vs SSH Key Authentication
SSH Key Pair Authentication on Windows
SSH Key Pair Authentication on MacOS
Connecting with LISH
Adding SSH Public Keys to Linode

Linux Foundations

Introduction to Linux
The Linux Filesystem
Linux Maintenance Commands
Linux Directory Commands [Part 1]
Linux Directory Commands [Part 2]
Ubuntu Basic Server Configuration
Introduction to User Accounts
Creating a Non-Root Account
Securing the New User Account
Disabling Root User Access and Password Authentication

Web Server & Database Foundations

Introduction to Web Servers
Self Hosting vs Hosting Provider
Web Server Software (NGINX vs Apache)
Introduction to Databases
SQL vs NoSQL Databases
Database Transaction Standards (ACID vs CAP)
CAP Theorem for NoSQL Databases
Characteristics of SQL vs NoSQL DBMSes
Key Terms: Stacks, Frameworks, & Languages [Part 1]
Key Terms: Stacks, Frameworks, & Languages [Part 2]
Key Terms: Stacks, Frameworks, & Languages [Part 3]

LAMP Stack Installation and Configuration

Installing LAMP Stack on Ubuntu via Command Line
Installing LAMP Stack using Linode Marketplace
Testing PHP on Apache
Testing MariaDB Connection from PHP [Part 1]
Testing MariaDB Connection from PHP [Part 2]
Remote Server Administration using Linode GLISH

Foundations of Server Security

Introduction to Server Security
Introduction to Firewalls
Network Firewalls
Securing SSH with a Network Firewall
Strict Network Firewall Policy
Hosted Software Firewalls UFW

Server Scaling

Introduction to Scaling
Vertical Scaling
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