Deploying a WordPress Cloud Server.

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Cloud.net 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 Cloud.net.

Deploying a WordPress Cloud Server using Cloud.net.

To deploy a WordPress cloud server, you’ll first need to create an account at Cloud.net. 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 yourdomain.com, so you can easily find it if you end up creating multiple servers.
  • Next, choose WordPress from the list of available applications.
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  • 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 Cloud.net control panel will update you when your new WordPress server is ready.

Choosing a location for your server.

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Cloud.net 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 www.cloud.net/search. 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 Cloud.net 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 Cloud.net

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 Cloud.net Account.

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We’ve just added a new text message verification process to Cloud.net, 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 Cloud.net account
  • Go to the Cloud.net 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.

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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 Cloud.net API.

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At Cloud.net,  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 Cloud.net 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.net.

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Deploy Cloud Servers using the Cloud.net API.

Get started with the Cloud.net API


You’ll find our API documentation at https://api.cloud.net/docs.

When you’re ready, you can generate your API keys inside of your Cloud.net control panel at https://www.cloud.net/users/edit.

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

How can you use the Cloud.net API?

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

  • Resell Cloud.net, 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 cloud.net control panel
  • Monitor and manage your entire infrastructure from any application interfacing with Cloud.net

The possibilities are almost limitless… We look forward to seeing the new ways Cloud.net 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!

Cloud.net @ 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/Cloud.net 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!

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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.

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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 Cloud.net 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.net “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.

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Hope we see you there…
Carlos

 

Two-Factor Authentication – Now Available

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At Cloud.net 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.

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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.

Cloud.net two-factor authentication
So here’s how it works at Cloud.net. The first part of the two-factor authentication is your Cloud.net 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 Cloud.net.

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 Cloud.net 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 Cloud.net account at https://jager.cloud.net:

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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:

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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 Cloud.net:

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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:

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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 cloud.net, but you must ensure you keep these tokens well protected. As an alternative, you can contact support@cloud.net with a copy of your ID, and request that we disable your two-factor authentication so you can log in again.

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If you do lose your phone and you use the recovery tokens, you should immediately access your account here at Cloud.net, 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 http://feedback.cloud.net!

Carlos

New VPS Only Plans

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By popular demand, we’ve just added a new product line to the cloud.net 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 Cloud.net, 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 cloud.net 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 cloud.net 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 Cloud.net?
We launched our new VPS Plans yesterday, and it’s a distinct product line in the Cloud.net 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 Cloud.net 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 https://feedback.cloud.net or open a ticket in the support section of your control panel.

 

How is the cloud index determined for a location?

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To aid on the search for the optimum VM for your needs, we have introduced a Cloud Index score for each of our locations, this score also show you individual benchmark scores for CPU, Storage and Throughput, so if one of those items is more relevant for your requirement, you can choose accordingly, this is how we come up with the scores:

A server is built at the location and then a benchmark test is run on the VM using the benchmark tool provided by ServerBear. The exact same script is used on each server we test.

The specs for each server is as follows:

  • OS: Debian 7 x64
  • CPU: 2 Cores
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • Storage: 40 GB
  • Network: Full port speed

We have three individual parameters (index scores) for calculating the total Cloud Index score:

  • CPU Performance via Unixbench
  • Disk Performance via IOPS
  • Average Bandwidth/Throughput Performance via CDN tests on various global edge servers.

We take the raw numbers and put them in to our system. For each individual parameter (CPU/Disk/Bandwidth), we assign a score between 1 – 100. The following formula is used for each parameter:

Providers are scored as follows: (Provider Raw Score / Max Raw Score) * 100

This means the provider with the maximum raw score is assigned index score 100 for that parameter

Example:
The TOP provider in the CPU Benchmark has a Unixbench score of 4500, their CPU Index is calculated as:
(4500 / 4500) * 100 = CPU Index of 100

A subsequent provider with a Unixbench score of 2500 is calculated as:
(2500 / 4500) * 100 = CPU index of 55.5

We take the scores from the three parameters (CPU/Disk/Bandwidth) and divide by 3 to give an average cloud score. As more provider locations are added and additional benchmarks are run, the TOP benchmark might change which means the index for a location will fluctuate. We will periodically run indexes at each location and update the index score.

In summary the best performer on each parameter will have an individual index of 100, if a single location happens to be the top performer on all three parameters it would then be possible for a location to have the cloud index of 100.

End of the Free Beta period.

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When August comes (tomorrow) we have officially marked the end of our Free Beta period, any existing servers will be invoiced, since the 16th of July new ones have required payment already.

We are now on our Paid Beta trials, any servers created are guaranteed not to be deleted or to go away, but since we are still doing some work on our control panel and backend systems (that don’t affect your VM functionality), we still consider it a beta period.

We have so much more to come, during this month OnApp 3.3 will be released and with that some added functionality to the Federation that will enable additional functions such as VNC console and incremental backups to become live on the Cloud.net Marketplace.

We are also working with some partners for a couple of “Budget VPS Cloud” locations for those who don’t need all the bells and whistles of the cloud, but still require a reliable, fast and easy to manage VM, so watch this space all of you Digital Ocean fans.

If you are an existing beta user, with a server you don’t require, make sure to remove it from your control panel at https://jager.cloud.net to avoid being billed for it.

We take this opportunity to thank you for helping us with the free beta period and all your feedback has been paramount to the work we are doing here, we have still much more to come.

As always your feedback is welcome, you can voice your ideas and questions at http://feedback.cloud.net

Carlos

Cloud Price Comparison is Here

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As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, price comparison is one of the ingredients that makes Cloud.net such an tasty prospect for cloud users.

When we designed Cloud.net we envisioned a system that cloud consumers would reach for, by default, when looking for the best deal or the best fit for their applications – whether they need a single server, or a cluster of 1,000 globally distributed nodes.

Pricing is very often the defining factor in that process. People are constrained by the budget they have for their project’s IT, and getting the most bang-for-the-buck is usually a one of the most important considerations.

The price comparison concept isn’t new, of course: many other industries have websites dedicated just to it. When you’re planning your family vacation your first port of call is a website like expedia.com or kayak.com – but for the cloud such systems don’t exist… until now.

Just moments ago our developers deployed the first version of our global price comparison engine for cloud infrastructure. It’s an integral part of the process of building a VM, and we have a lot more functionality to add to it over the coming weeks and months… but for now, there is no easier way to get a clear picture of infrastructure costs across providers and continents.

You’ll find our new price comparison function at Step 1 of building your VM. Use the individual resource sliders to set the amount you wish to pay, and locations that don’t fit the criteria are dropped from the choices available to you. So choosing where to deploy your apps just got even easier.

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You can try the Cloud.net beta today – sign up here!

Carlos

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