L.I.S.A. (Lockdown ICT Skills Acquisition) by NETISM.org kicked-off today with 76 participants

L.I.S.A. (Lockdown ICT Skills Acquisition) by NETISM.org kicked-off today with 76 participants.

Notably, the students were given free access to tutorial manuals for today and tomorrow, while alongside freely participating for two days.

This lockdown seems unending any time soon, hence, we need to maximize the precious moment for value-added purposes such as having more exposures to the viability of the Digital World.

As you have all seen, Digital economy is the new crude oil.

Cheers.

Here's the text of the tutorial manual;

 
Training Manual Prepared by Jawolusi Oluwaseun Solomon ( The Founder of NETISM.org )

- Day 1   - 

The Theory of Internet of Things (IoT): How does a website work? 

(Simplified Explanation)

Understanding the relationship between Website Design & Website Hosting.

Imagine that you have already saved different files on your flash drive, perhaps, Pictures, Videos, Music, Documentary and others. 
You can choose to save your Video files in a folder named as YouTube, 
You can also choose to save your Pictures in a folder named as Instagram,
Your Music can be saved in a folder named as NotJustOK,
And Your Documentary can be saved in a folder named as Wikipedia. 
Let us assume that your Friend in another country need to access all the files in your flash drive. 
He will need certain facilities and a well-structured system in order to easily access those file. 
The first thing your friend needs is an Internet (International Network in this context),
He also needs a digital device, for instance, a computer system or a smartphone,
Your friend needs to also know the folder name, e.g. YouTube, Wikipedia and others, (Technically, we can call that a URL, i.e, Universal Resources Locator). 
He also needs a web browser in order to visit the website and browse through each folder with a unique name (i.e. URL). 

Here is the Technical Explanation:

In the digital world, the flash drive is the hosting company that saves all the information and the data that have been earlier stored in the data bank by the owner of the files (that is, the website designer).
Secondly, the internet network connects your friend to the data bank irrespective of his location. That is the reason why you can always access any website from anywhere so far you are connected to an internet (or an international network). 

In addition, the browser on your phone or computer will serve as a platform to access the files that have been stored in the hosting company’s data bank.

You also need a URL, (Universal Resources Locator) to access a specific folder that has been stored in the data bank of the hosting company. For instance, www.youtube.com, www.wikipedia.com, www.netism.org, and others are called Universal Resources Locators (URLs) which is a unique ID that can be used to access data and information stored in a hosting platform from any part of the world. 
If you have ever noticed, you can never see any similar URL. If you are in Nigeria and someone in another country stores data and information in the data bank of a hosting company, all you need to do is input the URL in your web browser in order to browse through the contents. That is the meaning of browsing online. 

Introduction to Web Hosting:
Now that you have understood how website really works, by the time you are done with your website project, you will need to store (host) the data and information in the server of any hosting company. There are several hosting companies across the globe. 

There are several factors to consider before you can choose a particular hosting company; the pricing range, the storage capacity, the customer service effectiveness and many others. 
For instance, if you want to host a website that contains HD videos, you might need an 100GB storage space or Unlimited storage space. Technically, if you are choosing a hosting plan of 5GB for your video website, it means that you cannot upload more than videos of 5GB storage capacity with a small price. 

However, if you are subscribing for a hosting plan that has unlimited storage space capacity, it means that the hosting plan will be more expensive and you can upload as many videos as much as you can. 

Relatively, if you building a website that contains only texts, and articles and pictures that are not HD, you can subscribe for a hosting plan of about 1GB storage space and it means that you won’t be spending much on hosting. 

There are several hosting companies across the globe, such as; GoDaddy, BlueHost, and many others. There are several hosting companies in Nigeria too, it is always advisable to make detailed findings online before you finally subscribe for the service of a particular hosting company. Additionally, some hosting firm accept monthly subscription, annual subscription and even more.  
Ultimately, you can choose to have your own dedicated hosting platform (more expensive and more secure) instead of subscribing to a shared hosting platform (cheap and might be porous for some sensitive web application). In the future, you are developing any application that entails the storage of sensitive data and information, it is always preferable to always subscribe for a dedicated hosting platform, a cloud hosting service (rather than a shared one) in order enhance the effective security of your project. 

But for this purpose of this training and learning processes, your machine (computer) will always be used as a localhost and a testing server will be installed on your PC as you progress in the class. You will understand more later. 

The two categories of websites:
Basically, there are two types of websites;
- A static website, and
- A dynamic website. 
A Static website is a light web application that only handles texts, pictures, publications and others without any server side connection for complex database interactions. HTML, CSS, JavaScript are the basic programming languages needed to design a static website. An example of a Static website is a news/media publication website that does not need any form of users’ portals, database interaction, registrations and other dynamic and complex features.
A dynamic website is a type that has a database interaction well-blended with other integrated features for automated digital services. A server side scripting language such as PHP, ASP and others are needed to facilitate a connection with a database platform such as SQL, Access, SQLite and others. Website users can register their data and information on a dynamic website and such contents would be automatically stored in a database. Also, those stored information and data could always be queried, called and used for further functions. 

In this class, we will be starting with a Static Website as a case study. 

HTML means Hypertext Markup Language. It is a light programming language that contains different tags, fonts, colour, graphics, hyperlinks and others as a standardized system for the World Wide Web pages. HTML is the basic language that the internet understands. It can also be used in association with other programming languages such CSS, JavaScript, and many others. 

For more inquiry, feel free to contact the Tutor for live FAQ supports:

Send him a DM @jawolusy (Facebook, Instagram & Twitter),
You can also an email to info(at)netism.org,
You can directly call +234 909 349 6992. 
Thank you!

For Day 2: Our Next Class is all about HTML (Syntax, Tags, Coding, etc.) >>>