OnFinality makes it really easy to create new nodes on various supported networks. In minutes, you can have a new node online on any cloud of your choosing. This guide will use Kusama to show you how, but is also relevant to any other network (including the existing public networks already in OnFinality).

Getting Started

Login to your OnFinality account and go to the Dedicated Nodes page. Here click on Deploy New Node in the centre of your screen.

Select a Network

The first page will allow you to select what network you want to create a new node in. This list will show both public networks that OnFinality supports, and also any private or custom network that you've already added. Today we're going to create a Kusama network, so we'll click on Kusama.

Use the search bar to quickly find a network

Configure your New Node

This step allows you to enter the various settings that you want your node to be created with. You can enter a memorable name and select the node type, image version, cloud provider, and deployment location. We always recommend using the latest stable image version.

Look out for the Lightning Restore icon for a faster launch

Node Specifications

We strongly suggest following the Network’s recommended settings here if your node is going to be used for any production workloads - changing this settings could result in adverse behaviour across your network.

To change the configuration select “Custom” and select the required Node Size and Storage Size.

The Estimated Price of running this node for an hour will be updated as you change the Node Size or Storage Size

You should consult the network's own documentation for minimum sizes and best practices

Now that we've configured our new node, click Next.

Launch Configuration

Here, you can make any necessary changes to the node’s launch arguments and environment rules. The default arguments are enough for standard use, refer to the Network’s documentation for details about each argument.

Learn more about configuring launch arguments here

Review your New Node

The last step shows you all the settings about your new node, you can go back to change any details or click Create Node to provision your new node on your selected cloud.

Select Billing Method

Select your billing method for this node using the checkbox provided and then click Create Node.

Your credit card will automatically be billed at the end of each month with the running costs of your new node, and you'll receive an itemised invoice via email.

If you haven't already added billing details to your account and you're not on a Partner plan you'll need to add a credit card. Click Add New Credit Card and enter your details on the secure popup.

If your account already has a Default Credit Card configured this step will be skipped and the charges will be included in your regular monthly bill against that card.

Congratulations, now go and build your dApp!

Back on your Nodes list, you'll see your new node appear. It will take a few minutes to initialise but you can click on it to view its details.

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