WebTutorial #1 : How to create live follower and following count for steemit account using Codeigniter

in #utopian-io2 years ago



What Will I learn ?

  • You will learn how to configure and use Codeigniter Framework
  • You will learn how to get follower and following count from steemit API
  • You will learn how to animate the number using odometer
  • You will learn how to load live count every second


  • Basic knowledge about PHP, Javascript, HTML
  • Editor and browser


  • basic

Tutorial Content

This Live Follower / Following count is the same as the page for calculating yutube subcriber in real time. Here I am trying to use Codeigniter as a framework. For web page display I use bootstrap and to animate the numbers I use odometer. As for the data I take directly from the Steemit API.

- Configure Codeigniter

  • Download Codeigniter on its official website https://codeigniter.com/download

  • Extract it in htdoc folder and rename it as follower
    Screen Shot 2019-03-23 at 00.24.32.png

  • Open it on your editor. Here I use Visual studio code
    Screen Shot 2019-03-23 at 00.26.18.png

  • Open Application > Config > config.php and search $config['base_url'] then add the value with your base url
    Screen Shot 2019-03-23 at 00.31.30.png

  • Open Application > Config > autoload.php and search $autoload['helper'] then add url as array value
    Screen Shot 2019-03-23 at 00.40.46.png

  • Open Application > Config > routes.php and search $route['default_controller'] then change the value from welcome to follower. This is to set the default controller.
    Screen Shot 2019-03-23 at 00.45.47.png

  • Open Application > Controller then create new php file and rename it as Follower.php

  • Then add this code to the Follower.php file

defined('BASEPATH') OR exit('No direct script access allowed');

class Follower extends CI_Controller {

    public function index()
        // to load the display page in application > view
  • Now go to Application > View and create new php file as follower.php. Why ? because in Controller file you load the page with name is follower, so you should create with the same name.

  • Add html:5 component to follower.php and add some text in body then run on your browser to see the result

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
    <meta charset="UTF-8">
    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0">
    <meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="ie=edge">
    <title>Live Count</title>
    Hello Word
  • If you see like this that mean the configuration is success
    Screen Shot 2019-03-23 at 00.55.59.png

- Design The Display Page using Bootstrap

<link rel="stylesheet" href="https://stackpath.bootstrapcdn.com/bootstrap/4.3.1/css/bootstrap.min.css" integrity="sha384-ggOyR0iXCbMQv3Xipma34MD+dH/1fQ784/j6cY/iJTQUOhcWr7x9JvoRxT2MZw1T" crossorigin="anonymous">

    <script   src="http://code.jquery.com/jquery-3.3.1.min.js"   integrity="sha256-FgpCb/KJQlLNfOu91ta32o/NMZxltwRo8QtmkMRdAu8="   crossorigin="anonymous"></script>

    <script src="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/popper.js/1.14.7/umd/popper.min.js" integrity="sha384-UO2eT0CpHqdSJQ6hJty5KVphtPhzWj9WO1clHTMGa3JDZwrnQq4sF86dIHNDz0W1" crossorigin="anonymous"></script>

    <script src="https://stackpath.bootstrapcdn.com/bootstrap/4.3.1/js/bootstrap.min.js" integrity="sha384-JjSmVgyd0p3pXB1rRibZUAYoIIy6OrQ6VrjIEaFf/nJGzIxFDsf4x0xIM+B07jRM" crossorigin="anonymous"></script>
  • Create a navbar to write the title
<nav class="navbar navbar-dark bg-dark">
        <div class="container">
            <a class="navbar-brand" href="#">Live Count </a>

result :
Screen Shot 2019-03-23 at 01.04.04.png

  • Create 2 columns using card class. One for follower and one other for following.
<div class="container">
        <div class="row mt-5">
            <div class="col-sm-6">
                <div class="card text-center">
                    <div class="card-header">
                        Following count
                    <div class="card-body">

            <div class="col-sm-6">
                <div class="card text-center">
                    <div class="card-header">
                        Follower count
                    <div class="card-body">

result :
Screen Shot 2019-03-23 at 01.08.41.png

- Add Odometer

<script src="<?php echo base_url()?>asset/js/odometer.js"></script>
<link rel="stylesheet" href="<?php echo base_url();?>asset/css/odometer-theme-car.css">
  • To try the odometer just add this code in card-body class
<div id="following" class="odometer">1999</div>
  • If you see like this that mean the odometer is run as possible
    Screen Shot 2019-03-23 at 01.32.18.png

  • Now add <div id="follower" class="odometer"></div> in card-body for follower and <div id="following" class="odometer"></div> for following like this
    Screen Shot 2019-03-23 at 01.38.15.png

- Get live data from STEEM API

  • add steem js CDN in head element of follower.php file
<script src="//cdn.steemjs.com/lib/latest/steem.min.js"></script>   
  • Open <script> element under </body> then add ready function like this
    Screen Shot 2019-03-23 at 01.43.58.png

  • Add the query from steem js to get the follower and following count. Then get the following and follower count and add it to html element with follower and following id. like this.

              steem.api.getFollowCount('team2dev', function(err, result) {  

result :
Screen Shot 2019-03-23 at 01.47.35.png

  • To get live count in certain time, we need to use setInterval function like this :
            setInterval(function() { 
                steem.api.getFollowCount('team2dev', function(err, result) {    
            }, 1000); 
            // 1000 is 1 second
  • Now try to run your live count page in one browser and in other browser you try to follow and unfollow some account, you will see the live count here.
    Screen Shot 2019-03-23 at 01.56.05.pngScreen Shot 2019-03-23 at 01.55.14.png

  • Done, Now we have the some webpage for live follower and following count of steemit account. You can modify it as you want.


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Thank you sir. I will do all my best for next

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