You might have heard of Bitcoin or Ethereum, and maybe even Ripple, but in fact, there are over a thousand different coins and tokens available. In fact, according to Wikipedia, there are over 1,384 cryptocurrencies in use worldwide. That’s a lot of cryptos! So, why not add to the pack? Well, you might be able to after I teach you how to create a cryptocurrency.
Before we get started though, there are three things you need to know:
By the end of this guide: you’ll understand the basics of how to create a cryptocurrency and the importance of building trust with the people who support your cryptocurrency!
This guide will also help you understand how important it is to have a good idea and purpose for your crypto (and why you’ll need a lot of spare cash to help fund this project!).
How to Get Started
The real ‘getting started’ begins with your idea, but we will get to that later. First, let’s talk a bit about technology.
There are two primary ways of creating a cryptocurrency:
Build your blockchain — this will have its own ‘coin’
Use NEO, Ethereum or a similar platform to create an application — this will have its own ‘token’
So, the first thing you need to decide when figuring out how to create a cryptocurrency is whether you’re going to build a “token” or a “coin”. Are you going to start from scratch? Or build a token on technology that is already trusted and available?
Coins and tokens are both cryptocurrencies. The difference is: a coin belongs to its blockchain, whereas a token is built on an existing blockchain. So, there can be thousands of tokens built onto a blockchain, whereas there can only be one coin.
Here are some of the most popular coins:
The tokens built on Ethereum are called ERC-20 tokens. The Ethereum blockchain is a great playing field for people who are trying to learn how to create a cryptocurrency because the Ethereum blockchain was the first to offer this service and is very well trusted.
NEO is very similar, but instead uses the NEP-5 standard token, and allows people to use the NEO blockchain to create applications and tokens. It is the second most popular platform!
Ethereum may have the trust and popularity advantage, but NEO has an advantage of its own. On NEO, you can build with many different programming languages, including C++ and Java. On Ethereum, you can only build using Solidity (Ethereum’s programming language).
This means that developers using NEO do not have to learn a new language, and instead can use a language they are already familiar with.
So, which would you prefer to learn how to create a cryptocurrency? If you’d like to use Ethereum, you’ll need to learn Solidity. If you use NEO, you can use a pre-existing language that you may already be familiar with.