Getting Started on Padlock

This guide offers eight steps to get started on Padlock, our testnet.

1. How to connect to Padlock

Open a web browser and enter the following address:

https://console.porta.network/#/explorer

You are now on the Porta blockchain: Padlock.

2. [Update] Use the Testnet Faucet to Get Testnet Tokens

You can use the Testnet Faucet to get testnet tokens. Simply enter your testnet account address and the tokens will be sent to you.

https://faucet.porta.network/

3. How to create your own cryptocurrency

An asset is a cryptocurrency tradable on the Porta blockchain.

A frequent question we normally get is “Can I create my own cryptocurrency on the Porta blockchain?”

Yes, and this tutorial shows you how!

Requirement: To create a new token, your Porta account must hold 12,500+ Porta tokens. It does not cost 12,500 tokens to create an asset, it is simply a holding requirement at the time of asset creation.

4. How to mint your own tokens

Minting essentially means generating tokens in your native cryptocurrency.

In this tutorial, we will show you how to generate tokens in your native cryptocurrency and send them to other addresses.

5. How to create a smart contract and load it onto Porta’s blockchain

Smart contracts are programs stored on a blockchain that run when predetermined conditions are met. This tutorial shows you how to do so on Porta.

Requirement: You have completed the installation, use this checklist found here to ensure you have done so.

6. How to interact with your smart contract

This shows you how to execute the functions of your smart contract.

Go to PolkadotJS Apps, found here.

Requirement: You will have deployed your smart contract to the Porta blockchain.

7. How to setup a validator node

This tutorial is designed to familiarise developers with the process of running a node on their local machine.

You will create the required accounts:

  • Create a stash account
  • Create a controller account
  • Create a reward account

Bond the stash and controller together; direct rewards to reward account.

The tutorial assumes the user already has Rust installed on the machine they will use for validating. However, if you do not, please refer to the following installation guide.

8. Setup a validator node on Digital Ocean

Using the skills learned in the last tutorial, we expand upon this model by running the server in a cloud VPS (Digital Ocean).

In this tutorial you will:

  • Setup the server
  • Get a domain
  • Secure nginx
  • Setup a validator node

Continue your journey

We have over 50 other tutorials allowing you to explore the full power of the Porta blockchain.

Looking forward to seeing what you build.

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