More to the Nordics than Angry Birds.

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When you think of startup scenes, rarely does anyone think of Copenhagen, Helsinki, or Stockholm. Even in Europe, Berlin and London are most commonly associated with startup culture. That should soon change, as a new player has entered the startup game, the Nordic regions, now known in the tech community as the “unicorn factory.”

You may not realize it, but more than likely you use a service everyday that was created in the Nordics. Angry Birds, created in 2009, by Rovio Entertainment in Helsinki, Finland has been downloaded more than 2 billion times, nearly 10x the total population of every Nordic country combined. In addition to Angry Birds, the Nordics also host Spotify, SoundCloud, iZettle and

What makes the Nordics so magical?

The World Economic Forum was rather blunt, going so far as to say the Nordic country, Sweden, beats every other country at just about everything. Meanwhile, Denmark ranked as the best country in Europe for entrepreneurship. Sweden in particular has created a risk-friendly country, encouraging entrepreneurship, with free schooling, state-backed health care, and tax breaks for investors. This has created a culture where it is viewed as relatively safe to start a company. Combined with government intervention in the 1990s, that incentivized families to purchase home computers, and established infrastructure high speed internet, the region was ripe for tech stardom. Now, the saying “success breeds more success” has never been more true; there’s more angel funding available, with an experienced, motivated population.

How does help? offers six locations, located throughout Nordic countries, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. Our Nordic locations are some of our most popular, and with six total datacenters, developers are able to build highly resilient infrastructure, creating robust, scalable applications. We think this region is one of our most exciting, and look forward to seeing what our customers create!

Deploy a Cloud Server

Code, test & deploy together with GitLab &

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With GitLab &, you can easily “code, test and deploy” in a collaborative environment quickly, and affordably. GitLab is available as a one-click application through You’re able to choose the location of your preference, and our system will automatically install and configure GitLab for you.

Why use GitLab with

GitLab is a popular collaborative platform for developers, allowing you to host your own git repository. With GitLab, developers can keep track of source code changes, and maintain a clean repository.  You can find more information on GitLab CE at Combined with, which was built for developers, with our powerful API, and multiple price and performance options, it makes sense to use the best in both hosting and Git repositories.

Now that you know why you should be hosting your GitLab with, lets get started deploying things.

Creating a new cloud server

Before we begin, you will need to create an account with You can create your account completely free of charge at

Getting started, let’s first choose the location of our server. has 30+ locations; since this is a dev environment, I suggest going with our dev tier locations, which start at $3.80 a month. Our dev tier comes with redundant data storage and 100% uptime, so there’s no worries of downtime or data loss. In my example, I’m going to choose our Dallas, Texas, SoftLayer Cloud Server location.


Now that we’ve chosen the location for the server, we just need to choose GitLab to be installed. Pro tip, you can create a server with any of our 20+ applications, or even install just an operating system.

GitLab application


GitLab documentation recommends creating a new cloud server with a minimum of 2GB of RAM and 2 CPU cores. For smaller/larger projects, you can modify resource allotments as necessary. For this example, I’ll stick to the recommended specifications and create a server using our medium package, which comes with 2.5 GB of RAM and 2 CPU cores.

Server Size

After you create your server, our system will install GitLab automatically on your server. Grab a drink, have a snack or just enjoy the free time, thanks to our automated system.


Suggest a new feature to

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We want your feedback!

Some of our best features at have come from your feedback. We’d love to have more of it. We’ve made it easy to contribute new feedback, with our community function inside of the support portal. Just head to, and from there you can suggest your brilliant idea. Other users will be able to vote on the ideas, and if they agree with you, we’ll put it at the top of our roadmap.

How detailed does a feature suggestion need to be? Don’t worry – you don’t need to write up an entire PRD; our product team will handle that. Share as little or as much as the idea as you have thought out. It can be a quick, “I’d really like to be able to order pizza from the control panel” to a complete dissertation on how adding rocket ship icons will boost server throughput.

Head to the community and add your new ideas!

Deploying a WordPress Cloud Server.

Continue Reading makes it easy to deploy applications, using our application deployment tool. One of the most popular applications is WordPress – it powers approximately 27.3% of all websites on the internet now. WordPress can be deployed with just a few clicks using

Deploying a WordPress Cloud Server using

To deploy a WordPress cloud server, you’ll first need to create an account at This is super easy and can be done in just a few seconds.

After creating your account, you’ll need to add some funds so we can deploy a server. Head to the billing page, and choose the amount to add. You can pay through credit card or Paypal, so this shouldn’t be a problem.

Finally, deploying the server… this is the easiest part. Head to the create a server page to get started.

  • First choose the location you’d like to create your server. If you haven’t, head to our choosing a location guide.
  • Second, name the server; we’d suggest something like WordPress production, or, so you can easily find it if you end up creating multiple servers.
  • Next, choose WordPress from the list of available applications.
  • Finally choose the specifications for your server. If you’re just creating your site, we’d suggest going with the smallest package, which starts at $3.78 monthly. Alternatively, if you’re moving an existing WordPress website, it may be necessary to choose larger resource allotments. If you need help determining the amount of resources required, just contact us.

Once you hit the create server button, the deployment process has started. Typically deployments take about 20 minutes, but can be shorter/longer depending on how many other ongoing deployments there are. Stay patient, and the control panel will update you when your new WordPress server is ready.

Choosing a location for your server.

Continue Reading sources its infrastructure using a revolutionary new method, the OnApp federation. Through the OnApp federation we’re able to provide infrastructure that is more reliable than competitors, with greater scale.  This model allows us to confidently source new supply that we make available in a single marketplace, making infrastructure management simple for you.

Choosing a new server location.

You can see our always up to date list of available locations in our marketplace at Using the marketplace, you’re able to filter by location, uptime and price, allowing you to find a location perfect for your specific needs. If you’re building a server for development, then price may be the most important – while if you have an enterprise need, then uptime is almost certainly the most important.

We put you in complete control with the advanced filtering options, by making the complete historical information available to you. Buy with confidence, based off of past performance, not promises.

What does recommend?

When choosing a new location to create your server, it’s first recommended to filter by the use of the server. If you’re using it for a development server, then price would is typically the most important thing for consumers. Beyond price, we then suggest going with the location closest to you.

For production applications, where uptime is the most important criteria, filter by uptime, to find the provider with the best historical uptime percentage. Then further filter down by location and price, as necessary to meet your exact requirements.

Suggesting a new location to

Are you searching for a location unavailable from our current marketplace? We welcome new suggestions. To suggest a new location, just contact us.

Instantly Verify Your Account.

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We’ve just added a new text message verification process to, which makes it much faster to add a credit card to your account, so you can start deploying your servers.

Now, when you add a credit card to your account, you can use your phone to immediately verify your identity.

How it works

  • Make sure you’re logged into your account
  • Go to the billing page and click on “Add Card”
  • On the next page, scroll to the bottom, choose the appropriate country code, then enter your phone number
  • Click on Verify

You will then receive a text message with a 4 digit code to enter.

SMS Verification

SMS Verification

If the 4 digit code is not entered within 5 minutes, you will receive the verification code by phone call instead

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After successful verification, you can add a credit card to your account, and start creating servers. No more waiting for credit card validation!

Automate global cloud server deployment – the new API.

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At,  our mission is to bring you the world’s best clouds through a single control panel… giving you the ability to deploy cloud servers,  on infrastructure across the world, with the click of a button.

Today we’re introducing the API – one of the features you’ve requested most. It’s a powerful tool that enables seamless cloud server deployment and management, from any application capable of interfacing with Cloud Server Locations

Deploy Cloud Servers using the API.

Get started with the API

You’ll find our API documentation at

When you’re ready, you can generate your API keys inside of your control panel at

You can generate up to 3 API keys, and enable/disable keys as necessary.

How can you use the API?

With the API, anyone can automate cloud infrastructure deployment. Now you can…

  • Resell, and give your clients a white label control panel
  • Handle instant surges of traffic, upgrading existing servers or deploying new ones without ever logging into your control panel
  • Monitor and manage your entire infrastructure from any application interfacing with

The possibilities are almost limitless… We look forward to seeing the new ways is used to deliver unique and innovative applications, and hope the addition of the API will increase the speed and ease of your development efforts.

Are you using the API to do something cool or unusual? Let us know! @ WHD.Global 2015

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It’s amazing that another year has gone by, and WHD.Global 2015 is upon us already!

For those not familiar with it, WHD (World Hosting Days) is a series of events/conferences that happen worldwide and focus on Web Hosting and related services. It’s an awesome opportunity for vendors, partners and clients to meet up and discuss what is going on, and what is coming up in the industry.

The main global event is held in Rust, Germany and this year will run between March 24th and 26th.

Last year one of the main Keynotes was around the topic of privacy, and was discussed by a panel that included the OnApp/ CEO Ditlev Bredahl – and the Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. As you can imagine it drew a huge crowd and for sure raised a few eyebrows at some government agencies worldwide!


This year they have another great line-up of speakers. There will be over 100 speaking sessions but the one we are personally very excited about (besides OnApp’s own keynotes of course) is none other than the Woz himself! Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple will be giving his own views on his career, and cloud hosting.


And in keeping with last year’s controversial topic, another (in)famous speaker will be Edward Snowden, who will (remotely) join a Q&A panel on surveillance. Should be an interesting one to keep an eye on…

Now back to and OnApp: as usual we are one of the Diamond Partners for WHD.Global, and will have a big presence and booth. The big party at the end of the show will also be sponsored by OnApp.

If you are attending, come and see us – we expect to have a new version of the “Cloud Butler” ready to demo. This will be the new version of the Marketplace, where you select what cloud resources you require, and from where. The new version will give you additional metrics to help you make an even more informed decision when buying Infrastructure in the cloud, and we can’t wait to show it!

So come and meet us at Booth C09, right in the center of the action.


Hope we see you there…


Two-Factor Authentication – Now Available

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At we understand how important security is. You only have to look at recent events in the news to see what can happen when Internet services don’t have multiple layers of security, allowing unauthorized people gain access to your data and information.

So today, we are happy to announce that we have just finalized and deployed our two-factor authentication system.

What is two-factor authentication?
Two-factor authentication (a.k.a. multi-factor authentication, or TFA, T-FA, or 2FA) is a way to verify your authenticity by providing two ways to identify yourself to the system to gain access: something you know plus something you have.



Something you know is usually a password or a PIN. That’s often the way people gain unauthorized access to your information, by doing brute force trials to guess what it is, or getting hold of it from a place where it has been written down, stored in a file or leaked.

Something you have is different. It’s a device or item you must have in your possession. It can be as simple as a fob, or something more complex, like an application that randomly generates the second part of the access – this is now widely used by the banking industry. The point is, access depends on a physical something that you have on your person. two-factor authentication
So here’s how it works at The first part of the two-factor authentication is your password. The second part is provided by the Google Authenticator App running on your Android or iOS phone. It’s an App that you pair with your account here at

The App creates random tokens on your phone that refresh every 30 seconds, and during that 30 second window you can enter the token displayed to log in to your control panel. Only your phone, that is paired with your account, can generate the correct token. Otherwise access is denied. So in order for anybody to gain access to your account, they will need both your password, and your phone with the paired App.

How do you enable two-factor authentication?
First you login to your account at


Now select “Account” from the left side menu. You will notice a new section at the bottom for two-factor authentication. Click on the “Manage Two Factor Authentication” button:


Now you are taken to the area where you will see a QR Code. You must scan this code with your Google Authenticator App, which you can grab here:

Google Authenticator App for iOS (iTunes)

Google Authenticator App for Android (Google Play)

Once you have installed the App on your device, just follow the instructions to add a new site. The App will prompt you to scan the QR Code. Once scanned you are presented with a Token that you must immediately enter in the Token field in


Once you enter the token, just click the “Enable Two Factor Authentication” button and you’re done. The next time you log in to your account, you will be presented with this view after you enter your username and password:


This will require you to open the App on your phone and enter the Token being displayed at the time. Then you’ll have access to your control panel.

But what happens if you lose your phone?
If you lose your phone you can still log in using “Recovery Tokens”. These can be downloaded on the two-factor authentication section of the, but you must ensure you keep these tokens well protected. As an alternative, you can contact with a copy of your ID, and request that we disable your two-factor authentication so you can log in again.


If you do lose your phone and you use the recovery tokens, you should immediately access your account here at, and reset your two-factor authentication. This will ensure the pairing done with your old phone will no longer be valid.

We hope you appreciate this additional security layer. Feel free to provide feedback at!


New VPS Only Plans

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By popular demand, we’ve just added a new product line to the portfolio: VPS Plans!

VPS Plans differ from our Cloud Plans in a few important ways. We’re offering two static packages ($5/mo and $50/mo – equivalent to $0.007 /h and $0.07 /h) with just one option for storage – local SSD storage. We’ll add other storage types later. Most important: unlike our Cloud Plans, our new VPS Plans do not include the redundancy you get with cloud servers, and you can’t customize their size.

Why did we add VPS Plans?
We are, after all – so why have we introduced more traditional VPS, without any of the redundancy and flexibility you get with the cloud?

From conversations with customers, it was clear that many people had a need either for that simpler kind of VPS product, because they had less demanding application needs – like simple sandboxes, for example – which was hard to justify at the price point of a fully-fledged cloud service, even at our amazing prices!

Or, they wanted the option to run something simple like a sandbox alongside a more heavy duty application running on a fully redundant cloud. With our new VPS plans, you can get your regular VPSs and run it all in the same interface, instead of having to trawl through providers like Digital Ocean or Linode and have multiple accounts and bills to manage.

What else are we doing with VPS in
We launched our new VPS Plans yesterday, and it’s a distinct product line in the marketplace, with very different specs and pricing to our fully-featured Cloud Plans. We are also going to introduce a “VPS Index” to rate the offers and providers separately from the “Cloud Index” we have today, to avoid any confusion (since VPS and Cloud are often confused in the market).

You’ll find the new plans in the list view of the control panel. So far the take-up and feedback has been very positive – we hope it’s helpful to have more options, and more choice!

If you have any questions or requests, please feel free to use our feedback forum at or open a ticket in the support section of your control panel.


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