What is EduBolt?


Is EduBolt a hosting account?

If you are looking for hosting only, where you receive a WHM Reseller account and can create your students their own cPanel accounts, we do offer this separate from EduBolt. Click here to view pricing.

With that said, Edubolt is similar to hosting but is not just a hosting account offering. Unlike web hosting accounts, your students don't have to buy a domain name or use a subdomain; EduBolt provides secure access to their site with SSL, and their work is secured automatically behind the scenes to keep you in full compliance with student data security requirements.

We also take it a step further and classify EduBolt as a web design (or development) class platform, because your students can read through your lessons and complete their assignments all within EduBolt.


How easy is it to view my student's files?

In a nutshell: very easy. For a more detailed explanation, read on.

Most likely, you're currently viewing your student's files one of three ways:

  1. You're navigating a slow Shared Drive on your school's network, locating each of your student's folders and finding the file(s) for the assignment. Now, this works if you're just doing HTML, but as soon as your students start adding images, javascript files and css files, things get complicated. As for PHP files - forget about it.
  2. Your students are emailing you their work, probably zipped up. Now you have to download those files for every single one of your students to your local computer and go through them one by one. What a headache, hassle and waste of time! Additionally, unless you are running your own webserver you aren't going to be able to run your student's PHP files.
  3. You have your students use a web hosting account, and they send you the link to their work. You click the link and can view the output, but what about the source (not to mention all the CSS and JS files they might be including - how much time does it take to bring those up)? And once again, you can't view the source for PHP files.

By this point, you are seeing the pattern here. Most likely, the current method you are using to view student's files (both the source code itself AND executing the files) is not efficient.

That's where EduBolt shines. To view your student's files:

  • You create an assignment within EduBolt and your students complete the assignment.
  • You view a list of your students' submissions, click into one and see all of their files.
  • You can select, for instance, a PHP file they wrote and view a split-screen window: one side is source code, other side is execution output.

It is really that easy. For any given assignment, you can quickly view all of your students' files, student-by-student.


What type of content can be uploaded into EduBolt?

Per our Terms of Service, the following is Our Permitted File Types list: HTML, CSS, JS, PHP, PDF, and images (png, gif, jpg, etc.). Any other filetypes are subject to deletion (.exe, .msi, .zip, etc).


Is there a maximum file size allowed?

Realistically, no files on a website are more than 5MB. A typical webpage is 30KB, an entire site might be 2MB. By providing a 5MB per file limit, we are ensuring whatever Permitted File you are trying to upload, will actually get uploaded.


How much disk space are we allocated?

Again, unlike regular hosting accounts, we do not have a strict maximum amount of disk space that can be used. In general, so long as your students are only uploading Permitted File Types for assignments in your class, you do not need to worry about disk space.


I teach my students to use FTP, does EduBolt support FTP?

Yes, EduBolt supports FTP; in fact, your students have a number of ways in which they can complete their assignments.

  • Create their files directly using EduBolt
  • Upload (via Drag-and-drop or Browsing for files) their files directly into EduBolt
  • Connect into EduBolt using FTP to upload their files into the specific assignments' folder


Can my students see each other's files if they are using FTP?

Whether it is FTP or loading the site in a web browser, the answer is the same - nobody can see your student's files besides teachers. Students cannot view each other's files.


What payment methods are available?

We accept Purchase Orders on official school letterhead, as well as the following credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and Diners Club.


Where can I find the Terms of Service for the EduBolt web application?

Visit https://app.edubolt.com and click Terms of Service in the footer.


Where can I find the Privacy Policy for the EduBolt web application?

Visit https://app.edubolt.com and click Privacy Policy in the footer.


Where are the people responsible for EduBolt located?

EduBolt is Proudly Made, Hosted & Supported in the USA! We developed EduBolt right here in North Texas, and continue to add new features and support it ourselves. We do not outsource development or support!

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Why do students and teachers ♥ EduBolt?


What should I learn first?

HTML. Without a doubt, HTML should be the first language you learn related to websites, because it is the foundation of all sites. Whether you are going to write in C# .NET, Java, PHP, Ruby, etc, HTML is the HyperText Markup Language universally used. Having a solid foundation of HTML is crucial for web designers and web developers alike.


What should I learn after HTML?

That depends entirely on what interests you the most:

  • If you want to do graphics work and front end user interface design, you will want to learn CSS (Cascading Style Sheets).
  • On the other hand, if you want to make things function like storing and retrieving data from a database, you will want to learn PHP.
  • If you are unsure at this point in time which path to go down, consider learning JavaScript. It can be used for both back end and front end tasks; you can show and hide elements on a page, but you can also make behind-the-scenes calls to a script to pull data and then display it on the page.

What is the difference between a Web Designer and a Web Developer?

Web designers focus primarily on front end work. Think about how a website looks - the styling, the graphics, the font. Everything on the page that you see, is typically handled by a Web Designer.

Web developers focus primarily on functionality, and while they are accustomed to writing HTML and JavaScript, tend to spend most of their time in a server-side language such as PHP.

The most highly sought after candidates exhibit a mixture of design and development skills. A web designer won't be expected to know how to write SQL queries, and a web developer won't be expected to crank out custom made graphics.


Are there more opportunities for Web Designers or Developers?

Due to changes in technology and progression of Content Management Systems and the release of sites like Wix, Weebly and "build it yoursef" tools, web designers may have more difficulty finding a job than a web developer.

A web developer is still crucial for dynamic sites, custom modifications to shopping carts, writing custom reports and in general building out functionality that isn't available from off-the-shelf toolkits.


Is it true Web Developers need to be good at math?

Without a doubt, being strong in math is helpful to understand and write code. PHP and languages like it rely heavily on dynamic data, predominantly using conditionals (i.e. IF the month is January, THEN we show 31 days on the calendar).

Looking beyond how the code itself operates in a very mathmatical and logistical way, many development positions will require you to work with numbers. Whether you are calculating an invoice, writing a shopping cart or performing algorithms to determine the number of silver 2 door cars within a 30 mile radius of latitude/longitude coordinates, having a strong background in math can only help you achieve your tasks.


What degree should I get?

It depends on what you want to do today, tomorrow and the rest of your life.

For developers, a Compuer Science degree is the run of the mill standard. Note, however, that many companies tend to hire candidates who have knowledge of web development and are able to be immediately useful. Some developers earn six figures with no degree, while others have a CS degree and start out earning 40k. Your experience and ability to solve difficult problems is what gets you the highest salary.

For designers, an art related degree with courses in advertising is recommended. Web designers don't just need to know how to use Photoshop, FTP, CSS, and HTML, but they also need to understand how to tweak the User Interface and optimize the User Experience.

Aside from those specific degrees, a general Business Administration degree with electives related to your preferred focus, be it programming or design, are also generally accepted. If you want to one day be a manager, having your MBA will assist in helping you stand out from the crowd.


Once I have my degree, am I done?

For better or worse, the reality is the Internet and websites are still changing. As technology progresses, new versions of HTML and PHP are released, and new third-party libraries are created to take advantage of new features and speed improvements.

What this means for you is that you will never be done learning. Your degree will help land a job, and "checks the box" to fill that requirement, but you must be willing to constantly improve yourself and learn new technology. For those who enjoy learning and playing with new technology, this is exciting and actually fun. There are plenty of opportunities to expand your knowledge, from books to webinars to conferences and local dev groups that get together - it isn't necessarily a bad thing to have to keep on your toes.


When applying for my first job, how can I stand out?

If you are planning a career as a web designer or web developer, the best way to stand out from everyone else applying for entry level jobs is to get experience.

The easiest way is to offer to intern for free.

The second easiest way is to find an Open Source project that you believe in, and want to help out. For example, learning how to use Git and contributing to a public, open source GitHub project will give you experience, references in the industry, and a link to your profile which you cans how potential employers. It's a way to learn while doing something fun, and builds your resume at the same time.

Are you a student who wants your school to use EduBolt?

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