DO Ideas 2

Bitcoin Payment Method

Bitcoin is a Peer to Peer digital currency with worldwide implications. Its value is changing rapidly just like oil did during its early days of adoption.

That aside, it is a new technology and is beginning to be widely used. One of the largest internet company's in China started accepting them, WordPress accepts them and many more are starting to accept them every day.

I don't want to see Digital Ocean lose out on this technology.

I suggest you take a good hard look in the adoption of this new payment system.

  • Travis R Clark
  • Sep 11 2018
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  • franjoulet commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    Hi,

    Please allow bitcoins as a payment method!

    I have aborted my move to digitalocean when I noticed that the bitcoin payment method was not yet available.

    Please inform me when you are ready.
    Thanks.

  • WRW commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    Agreed please start to support bitcoin payments

  • Gerzer commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    +1

  • Neil commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    Please accept cryptocurrency for payment. Litecoin would be my preference.

  • Liyanage commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    +1

  • Night Castle commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    Please add BTC and Monero support for payment please. Thank you!

  • zixo commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    Plz support crypto, BTC/LTC/Monero at least.

  • Robin Metcalfe commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    Yes, please, accept Bitcoin. I'd love to use DigitalOcean but I don't have a credit card and I'm not going to support an evil company like Paypal.

    +1 for Bitcoin, simply the best payment system on the planet.

  • umesh commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    Digital Ocean also a partner in indiablockchainweek event and many more, but why they not started accepting Bitcoin as payment. i think enough vote is given here.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    Agree completely. Join the future, support Bitcoin payments.

  • IDtech commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    Bitcoin Awesome, I believe if DO uses this technology, this will increase and make DO getting more profit and users. RamNode & Vultr accepts bitcoin. This is great.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    Payment via Bitcoin would be awesome!

  • Andre Engelbrecht commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    This would be good. My company accepts bitcoin as payment for web development, and we host sites on Digital Ocean. Would be good if we can use our bitcoin accounts to pay for the hosting as well, which means less transfers over to fiat and any extra service fees that entails.

  • Reuben Wilkes commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    Would love Bitcoin payment option, Also Ethereum, Monero and Litecoin.

  • Spec Amps commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    Would love to see support for bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies!

  • Alex Libman commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    I went with RAMnode because you don't accept Bitcoins.

  • proctor commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    Support Bitcoin

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    support BTC

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    please accept bitcoins

  • Roman K commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    Why don't to use this feature?

  • Thiago Alves Cavalcante commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    Would be awesome!

  • Michal Vašíček commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    I'm willing to give you my ID card, my bank statement, everything. Just allow me to pay with Bitcoin.

  • Dont Matter commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    pls, im waiting for that

  • Devid commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    Please Accept Bitcoin Plssssssssssssssssss.......

  • Lunorian SF commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    It's been years and you guys are still gathering feedback? This is easily one of your top feedback ideas and I'd really like to see this implemented :/

  • Eamonn Walsh commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    I want to pay with bitcoin, litecoin and monero

    thank you

  • Steven commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    Any update on this?

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    i allready pay you >200$ per month, Please add Bitcoin as payment method!

  • Martin Dufresne commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    We need that now

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    Do it. Support Bitcoin. There's huge demand.

  • Sajjad Hashemian commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    Please support BTC

  • Carvic Sy commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    add bitcoin payment

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    Please add bitcoin.

  • William Clark commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    Please guys, add bitcoin to your payment method, please...

  • Alcheemy RS commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    Full support for this. Would be great.

  • Joe Tannoury commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    Do it, bitcoin is love, bitcoin is life! would gladly be paying +300$/month servers with bitcoin

  • Robin Houtevelts commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    Still waiting for a response from DO.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    We need Bitcoin!

  • Homero commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    Bitcoin is critical

  • D commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    vultr.com is doing it, and they are your direct competitor.

  • Omar commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    I'm also looking forward for bitcoin support. I'd like to be able to deposit with Bitcoin.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    That would be pretty cool!

  • Samuel Polat commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    +2

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    waiting ...

  • Selman commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    It would be a greate idea!! It has passed 2 years, but it would be good to consider it!

  • Frank commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    Any news???

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    2 years later and we're still waiting :(

  • Bruno García commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    I would love to add credit to my DigitalOcean account using Bitcoin. It's fast, easy and in the long-time they'll be earning money by just owning bitcoins...

    +1 !

  • Antonio Carlos Nunes Jr. commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    Take my vote.

  • JN commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    I pay another cloud provider with Bitcoin - and would swap to a provider with better FreeBSD support if they accepted Bitcoin. I don't particularly care if it's digitalocean - but I'm commenting here in the hope I'll get a ping if/when they catch up.

  • Brenden Gonzalez commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    Yes please add bitcoin support

  • Daniel Holt commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    May I note, your existing payment processor (stripe) already supports bitcoin, it just needs to be enabled.

  • Thomas Meadows commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    Also, could we get auto payments through bitcoin if this does get implemented?

  • Thomas Meadows commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    setup bitpay and just take USD payment. Or(this would be my choice), you could do like other companies and put it in whatever currency gives you the best tax benefits. Your not investors in bitcoin, your a hosting company, I wouldn’t gamble on the currency personally IMO.

  • Ilya commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    +1 i'd pay 20$ droplet with bitcoin

  • John Smith commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    namecheap.com accepts Bitcoin, I bought an SSL Wildcard certificate from them.

  • Jeffrey Lebowski commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    Digital Ocean. I believe your reaction to this is overdue. This thread was posted on Oct. 23, 2013.

  • Jeffrey Lebowski commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    I vote yes to bitcoin. Fucking credit card nightmares with them cancelling every transaction that they wish saying they are protecting me from fraud. Motherfucking waste of time, those credit card bitches.

  • Fernando A commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    "I'd avoid conversion and credit card fees by paying with Bitcoin. You can't implement this soon enough!" The other guy's words exactly the same.

  • ottodv commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    I'd avoid conversion and credit card fees by paying with Bitcoin. You can't implement this soon enough!

  • amin commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    i have lots of issue with paypal payment, have contact support and he say its paypal issue about country , therefore i cant order digitalocean service till now,
    have asked to pay with other payment e.g. okpay, pefectmoney, bitcoin , etc, but they said, cant accept this time.

    hope it will applied soon.

  • Rolo Volo commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    Bitcoin is backed by mathematics, open source code, cryptography and the most powerful and secure decentralized distributed computational network on the planet, orders of magnitude more powerful than google and government combined. There is a limit of 21 million bitcoins (divisible in smaller units). Dollars are not backed by gold anymore since long time ago, they are printed by the trillions out of nothing by the private institution called "Federal" Reserve.

    Receive and transfer money, from cents (micropayments) to thousands:
    Almost for free (a few cents fee).
    Privacy (no need to expose personal information)
    Securely (encrypted cryptographically)
    Instantly (from seconds to a few minutes)
    Open source (auditable by anybody)
    Worldwide (from anywhere to anywhere on the planet).
    Peer-to-peer (no intermediaries with a cut)
    Public ledger (transparent, seen by everybody)
    Decentralized (distributed with no single point of failure)
    No chargebacks-No fraud ('push' vs' 'pull' transactions).

  • Diego Sousa commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    Take my 3 votes.

  • Fabio Montefuscolo commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    Here in country that I live, we have to pay a lot of taxes to import hosting services. There are government taxes and bank taxes. It sums almost 50% of offered price. The bitcoin acceptance can be a nice tributary bypass and also a relief to startups and small business. Please, help us to buy from digitalocean.

  • Fernando A commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    I would like you to accept bitcoins, because my country's banking system is restrictive on outside spending. I have difficulty getting a credit card that works without contacting the bank and asking for authorization, I have to specify the date start and date end of usage althout the card was aquired for international usage...

  • nicky laidlaw commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    I use bitcoin often and feel that bitcoin is the future of currency for the world. Microsoft are already accepting bitcoin, please do not fall behind.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    If DO starts accepting Bitcoin, DO will get FREE marketing and Advertising. Bitcoin is not a just a P2P currency, or network, but a community of avid users who promote business' that accept the currency for transactions. I'm sure it would be a great CoinTelegraph article.

  • Lucas commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    YES! PLEASE! I'd happily pay for larger droplets if I am able to use bitcoin! And I would pay less taxes and Digital ocean too! is a win/win solution! Please add it ASAP! <3

  • Logan Koester commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    I use another cloud service primarily, but have started experimenting with Digital Ocean and am very impressed so far.

    I may start switching some of my business over to DO as the advantages seem to keep stacking up. There is still some inertia to overcome before justifying such a decision, and Bitcoin support might just push me over the edge.

  • Mickey commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    I have a lot of bitcoins, I would like to be able to spend them to support my bitcoin business on hardware bought with bitcoins!

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    As a long time DO customer, I would love the option to pay in Bitcoin.

  • Bob Johnston commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    If you don't want to deal with bitcoin per say just use BitPay, you can set it up in about five minutes and just collect the fiat of your choice.

  • Bob Johnston commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    Definitely need this!!! Need!

  • Yoni Jah commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    I decided not to wait any more
    https://www.vultr.com/ support bitcoin payment.
    af they are cheaper ( I'm just now trying to figure with their customer support why do I have to pay to start my free trial )

  • Freddie commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    Still waiting for this !

  • Francis Brunelle commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    I would very much prefer to pay for servers in Bitcoin.

  • rambul commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    I paid with bitcoin for services and don't want to use anything else.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    I would definitely prefer paying with Bitcoin and suggest following through with this asap please!

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    I am a developer in a huge company.I am in charge of our cloud code. Since I really love your cloud I always wanted to work with you guys but my mangers always wanted me to enable our product to work with enterprise cloud providers (ec2, hpcs, azure...).
    I give you my word: if you will accept bitcoin as a payment our product will use digital ocean!
    I will go to the moon and back to convince my managers to work with you.
    I reallc hope you scale because if you will accept bitcoin you are going to get an enterprise acount deal.

  • William Sutanto commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    I will definitely pay my bills with Bitcoin. Namecheap accepting bitcoin since a year ago and I pay all my domain bill with Bitcoin since then.

    Credit card and paypal are not easy for 3rd world countries, even for corporates.

    Thousands of bitcoin startup was built this year. and tens of thousands more will be built next year. They all need servers to host their projects. And their first choice would be a hosting provider who accepting bitcoin. I quote one of comment from Shawn, "Don't do it to be cool, do it for the money."

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    I suggest you DO it now.

  • chris commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    I'd really like to this technology come to DO!

  • Manthan M. commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    Looks like the status has been changed. Hopefully this is implemented!

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    Thx

  • derrend commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    With the current state of the global financial system and it's blatant abuse of trust over the last 100 years it really is quite amazing/bizarre that a technology company such as digitalocean still have not implemented the use of decentralised democratic currencies opting for infinitely printable worthless paper coupons instead ($) :p ???

  • Sam commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    I'm a DigitalOcean user and I would love to pay with Bitcoin. Much better than insecure credit cards.

  • Katie Doty commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    I will ONLY use DO if they start accepting bitcoin.

  • Clayton Decker commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    I'd give more votes if I could! :)
    This is definitely where the future is going, and early adopters are the ones who make it well! Not only would it open up a larger client base, but it would also be another contribution to the ecosystem. Every new dedicated user helps Bitcoin become more stable.

  • Arsen Gasparyan commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    I would be happy to pay for your servers with Bitcoin!

  • Sergey commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    Moisey a simple solution: give your existing customers with at least one bill paid this additional payment method. This way no abusive customers, and we are happy.

  • Shawn commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    I've brought 2k+ referrals to DO, all Bitcoin related. I could probably make that 5-10x, if you guys actually accepted Bitcoin. Don't do it to be cool, do it for the money.

  • cyberlizard commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    To quote Moisey:
    "We aren't worried about chargebacks or refunds, what we have seen though is once you move closer to anonymity the customers that sign up have a higher ratio of abusive customers"

    There is no reason why Digital Ocean can't accept Bitcoin and at the same time require their customers to comply to basic KYC procedures. Bitcoin might be a digital currency granting a certain extent of anonymity but it does not mean that it automatically opens up the door to abuse and / or fraudulent activities. The terms under which you accept BTC payments are still for you to outline. ;)

  • Jordhy Ledesma commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    We need this because web developers already charge customers in bitcoin

  • Brijan commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    This is a MUST! feature for DigitalOcean. This way it'd be easy for me to make payments as I don't own a Credit Card and debit cards from my place wont accept on Digital ocean.

  • Leo Wandersleb commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    If you accept bitcoin, you can bill your users actually hourly. There is no wallet that would support micro payment channels and I would hate to see my huge successful website go offline just because my android wallet ran out of cell phone minutes to confirm the next payment but the beauty is, you could charge upfront and with payment channels even for the smallest plans per minute or second.

  • Daniel commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    It would be much more convenient for me to pay with bitcoin..

  • dexx commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    I believe one of the bigger hurdles is the push vs. pull mechanism of bitcoin payments in contrast to credit cards that can be charged monthly or on regular basis in general. The later is very comfortable, probably both for the service provider and the customer.

    However, I'd like you to consider a bitcoin payment option as *enhancement* and additional choice. Not only could DO reach out to a very delicate, and potentially new user segment, but potential cost savings can offer benefits and appeals for both parties.

    For me personally, it would be awesome and I'd use it probably right from the very first moment. In particular, because I maintain my credit card accounts separately and add funds on a forseeable and planned schedule in advance. Paying with bitcoin would therefore be similar, but it cuts the middleman, keeps me in full control and it is not only way more flexible, but also significantly faster.

  • Ross Ashley commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    If you accepted Bitcoin, I would pay in Bitcoin and I would transfer the sites I have hosted with Linode. What else can I say?

  • Carlos L. commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    Yesterday I sent a support ticket once again showing my strong desire for you to accept Bitcoin. There are certain countries that are very hard (or really can't) use PayPal or Credit Card for this. Take me as an example, I pay a 5.6% fee and have a maximum of 200€ per transaction, on top of that I need to create a new Credit Card for every transaction (they're disposable/temporary).

    There are two services (that I know) that you can use to accept Bitcoin payments: Bitpay and Coinbase. BitPay has a monthly subscription with 0% fees, I don't know about Coinbase. Both services allow you to receive Bitcoin payments and get USD/EUR/etc directly into your bank account, completely removing the volatility of Bitcoin, and you'll probably save a lot from fees too.

  • Carlos Mendez commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    Take my BTCs, plz

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    I can absolutely agree with it! Let'e digital ocean enable Bitcoin payment option.

  • al commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    Coinbase and Bitpay make it easy to accept Bitcoin without risks and receive us dollars in your bank account.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    Gathering feedback? :D

  • Javier commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    From some countries (like Argentina for example) is very difficult to pay services internationally because there are laws that limit the volume operation in international currencies to a very low ammount, but there are no such limiting laws for bitcoin, so if you accept bitcoin you will get many customers that can't pay with credit card due law credit limitation.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    I will become your customer the day you start accepting bitcoin!

  • Vallard commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    Love bitcoin and it would make it so easy, plus save DO more money on the bottom line to use it. Everybody wins.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    Well I am in a tough situation here. Wanting to use DO badly but they don't seem to accept prepaid/debit cards. For the same reason, I am not able to transfer money from my PayPal. Something like bitcoin would a huge sigh of relief.

    There's a service which accepts BTC payments and provides DO hosting:
    https://bithost.io/

    But I'd be very cautious about using them plus 3$ extra every month may add up to a lot in longer run.

  • Finlay Craen commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    I'd love it if you guy accept bitcoin

  • Anders commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    Add competitiveness, Add awareness, add profitability - **add** **bitcoin**

  • Anon commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    I just got this e-mail.

    --
    Dear (me),

    You recently tried to pay with PayPal but the transaction was declined because your debit/credit card provider did not allow it to go through.
    --

    Probably because I'm living in Korea and Korean credit cards have trouble buying abroad.

    Get on with accepting Bitcoin ASAP!

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    I love DO, but I can't pay to you, because my card is not accepted and i hate paypal. WE NEED BITCOINS!

  • Anon commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    I would certainly have used Bitcoin if the option existed. I was surprised that Bitcoin wasn't an option. People want to use droplets for things like IRC to prevent their home IP being exposed, for increased security.

  • chris commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    Use coinbase to start integration into DO. Do want this feature!!!

  • cyberlizard commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    Do it! You're running late in adopting anyway :)

  • Mikela commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    Take my money,

  • Frankenmint commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    Pros:

    Moar money!!!!!
    New customers
    Moar publicity!!!!

    cons:

    learning how to take bitcoin payments
    training your staff on using bitcoin

  • Tomas commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    We are a Bitcoin company that uses DO for our hosting needs, paying with Bitcoin would be fantastic!

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    I use AWS almost exclusively but would absolutely move some infrastructure to Digital Ocean if payment could be made in Bitcoin.

  • adam sah commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    My real-world food business accepts bitcoin and uses DO for hosting - we'd love to spend our BTC instead of cashing it out. bbfdirect.com

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    I've been using you guys for 6 months, and I love the service. I'll love you more if you adopt bitcoin.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    Currently, non-bitcoin-adoption is the only thing stopping me from choosing Digital Ocean.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    I would love using your service for Bitcoin

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    Please add bitcoin it help save life from nerdy thefts

  • Satoshi Nakamoto commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    Do it. You'll love yourself.

  • JFW commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    Very easy for payment. bitcoin: yes!

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    Definitely add bitcoin payment as an alternative payment method. Also keep some of the bitcoin you acquire and use them at your own costs, this will help the Bitcoin ecosystem and it will save you, your customers and your business partners money.

  • Eric commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    Right now I'm using bithost.io, which is DigitalOcean reseller that accepts Bitcoin.
    I'd love to skip resellers wherever possible.

  • Adam Thorsen commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    I am a customer.

    Please add btc.

  • Huan Zhang commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    Yes please add Bitcoin!!

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    please do add

  • Julian Liebl commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    Please implement bitcoin!!! It is such a pain to use credit cards instead. Digital Ocean is instant the payment should also be instant!

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    +1

  • Anderson Juhasc commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    +1

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    +1

  • Jesse Gumm commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    +3 from me!

  • Daniel Murrell commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    "Unlike what some posters suggested, I am actually a current DO customer running a cryptocurrency related startup and we would love to be able to pay in Bitcoin." - same here.

  • gaba commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    Please consider about DOGECOIN too. Thanks.

  • Rob Borden commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    Unlike what some posters suggested, I am actually a current DO customer running a cryptocurrency related startup and we would love to be able to pay in Bitcoin.

  • Satoshi Hakamoto commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    Also consider Doriancoin for payment, thanks

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    Yes, 100% yes!! Long time DO customer and I implore you to let us pay in Bitcoin. Please.

  • kem commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    Long time DO customer, I approve bitcoin

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    I would love that you accepted bitcoin.

  • Tim G commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    I would transfer my payment method to BTC the second this was available

  • merten commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    The only thing that's missing.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    I am a current DigitalOcean customer and I would LOVE to pay for my VPSs with bitcoin.

  • Alec Menconi commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    I'd like this and would use it to pay for my current and future droplets.

  • Kevin Pheasey commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    Yes, please!

  • rambul commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    reliable vps for bitcoin. Yes, please.

  • Jalal commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    All aboard the BTC train!

  • Wellington Castello commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    I'd love to see you guys accepting bitcoins.

  • Anthony Brown commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    Jump on board guys!

  • Diana Miller commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    Decentralized systems may the future for everything. The potential implications of the development of distributed consensus technologies is revolutionary.

    Bitcoin is an open source peer to peer decentralized digital currency. There is no possible fraud, since is cryptographically secured by a distributed global mathematical algorithm and public decentralized open source ledger, a revolutionary disruptive technology called 'Blockchain'.

    This could be the future of money for everything, from donations, micropayments, money transfers, online shopping and bill payments, etc.

    Empowering and welcoming to the game to billions of unbanked people. And the blockchain peer-to-peer open source decentralized secure technology will be used for many more applications, like escrow, contracts, voting, global ledger, etc.

    Please don't be like the ones that were dismissing the internet not long ago as a "den of pedophiles, drug dealers and terrorists". The blockchain is the biggest thing since the internet and will benefit also the billions of under and un-banked people.

    Transfer money anywhere, safely, no fees, no middlemen, no charge-backs for merchants and no fraud.
    These are just physical businesses accepting bitcoin, with tens of thousands more online:

    http://cointerest.org/map

    http://coinmap.org/

    If you want to learn more:

    http://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/

    https://www.weusecoins.com/en/

    https://bitcoin.org/en/

    http://www.thebitcoinpage.com/

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JP9-lAYngi4

    "Not having an internet strategy in 1995 is the equivalent of not having a bitcoin strategy now.”
    -Moe Levin

    Note: Bitcoin yearly gains so far since creation:

    2009 +4,867%

    2010 +387%

    2011 +1,320%

    2012 +170%

    2013 +5,317%

    2014 +????%

  • hamgravy commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    a hosted bitcoin full node sounds even cooler when it is PAID for with bitcoin!

  • hamgravy commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    I was thinking about trying digital ocean, but i am lazy and don't like to take out my credit card. Bitcoin would most certainly convince me.

  • Austin commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    I would love to pay with bitcoin!

  • Lance commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    There really is no rational reason NOT to accept bitcoin. The volatility complaint certainly doesn't make sense since there it is instantly converted to USD.

    Bitcoin is a lot more transparent then paying by cash.

  • Brayden commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    I'm a Digital Ocean customer and would not pay using Bitcoins. They're extremely volatile and their middlemen (Coinbase, Bitpay, etc.) are not at all transparent or easy to deal with when issues occur. As well companies have found in the past that whilst there's lots of people *asking* to accept Bitcoin, when they do implement it as an option, very few people actually use it.

    For instance there are 100s of replies to this thread asking for it, I bet if it was ever implemented, a fraction would ever use it, making it a wasted effort.

  • MrLahey commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    Note that the flood of low-quality posts today backing this suggestion are largely from Bitcoiners with no plans to ever buy hosting services, and are caused by this post: https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/2gulli/digital_ocean_is_considering_accepting_bitcoin/

  • Aaron J. Artille commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    +/- 0

    For a hosting company, there is legal fallout to consider when offering these services to customers who would be practically anonymous. Not at all to suggest that a greater minority of cryptocurrency users would pursue illicit use of machine and network resources than would Visa/MC cardholders, I do not think it would be unreasonable to expect an influx of troublesome and even criminal activity given the nature of anonymity in general coupled with the relatively slim selection of stable, quality hosts who accept cryptocurrencies today. Such an influx could distract from other internal concerns of the host (lowering QoS for existing users and new legitimate ones as well) and could also result in derogatory press. All of that said, I have not researched cases of similar hosts adopting this payment medium.

    Whether or not the introduction of bitcoin would yield a worthwhile benefit from a corporate standpoint notwithstanding those risks is beyond my scope of foresight. Either way, a customer may rightly feel concerned about the increased potential for unwanted legal/political muscle influencing the policies and procedures of Digital Ocean and other players in misguided efforts of ID verification for justice and state security (think Coinbase-level identity verification procedures and uninvited logging).

    I admit that this may be an excessively speculative and cynical view and I am not actually against support of bitcoin here by any means if the company can stand its ground or if I am overstating these risks altogether (probably am), but regardless I just wanted to remind people to stay on their toes for threats against privacy as we celebrate being alive at such an awesome time. Care about your privacy.

  • Eric S. Bullington commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    I'm a loyal Digital Ocean user and have brought you a handful of new users. Accepting Bitcoin would improve my user experience with Digital Ocean. I already pay most of my other service providers in Bitcoin (Namecheap, Openredis). I'd love to be able to pay all of them in BTC!

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    I'd pay with BTC if it were an option

  • cook commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    i agree

  • dan commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    I agree! I've been weighing my options considering your services and this would certainly make me a customer. Accept bitcoin!

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    Do it!

  • 1 Hackr commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    Accept it so I can has more VPS deployed!!

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    accept bitcoin!

  • Adam Richard commented
    September 11, 2018 17:56

    Please accept bitcoin.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    I am a happy customer.
    Bitcoin would be very nice indeed!

  • David DeSantis commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    As a new use of Digital Ocean, I would be ecstatic if you'd accept bitcoin payments!

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    I have a droplet I would like to pay with BTC. Thanks!

  • Josh commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    BTC for the win!!

  • martijn commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    do it. theres no risk

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    ACCEPT BITCOIN PLEASE!

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    Do it!

  • Barnaby Bienkowski commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    +1
    You will save a bit on credit card processing. Please pass along your savings to your customers by offering discounts for buying with bitcoin. Overstock give back 1%, gyft give back 3%, newegg did a 30% off promotion to encourage more bitcoin shoppers. Etc etc.
    Thanks.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    +1

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    +1

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    +1

  • Manuel Reynoso commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    +1 for bitcoin

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    Bitcoin GO

  • John commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    +1

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    -1 DO NOT ACCEPT BITCOIN

  • Gustav Tonér (gazab) commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    +1

  • Nathan Caza commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    +1 for bitcoin

  • Much Bitcoin commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    +1

  • James Morgan commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    +1 BTC big time

  • Oliver Batista commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    +2 for Ether and +1 for BTC =*

  • Alexander Moore commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    +1

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    +1!

  • Tomasz commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    + 1 for BTC

  • jsmarsel commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    +1 for bitcoin
    from china

  • krzaq commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    I would pay you a lot more than $5/month if I could pay in ฿.

  • No name commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    +1 for bitcoin

  • Gordon commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    I have been in talks with a developer, whom I would pay with bitcoin about starting a site and using digital ocean. It would be great to manage the whole project with bitcoin.

  • Eric Larchevêque commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    +1 for Bitcoin !

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    Please accept bitcoin :)

  • Fahad commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    +1 for bitcoin

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    yes please!

  • Samuel Heinrichs commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    Yes, is what Digitalocen needs to be perfect!

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    Many folks want to run servers anonymously for various reasons. You are already losing money by not accepting bitcoin.

  • Glenn Drake commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    Adding my vote here!

    Bitcoin would also allow you to cut down your card processing fees and avoid chargebacks.

  • Jeroen M commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    Change before you have to.

  • Freddie commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    Already a customer but would prefer to pay via bitcoin

  • Nathan Raff commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    Please add bitcoin. Thank you :)

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    I'd be your customer forever. I don't use Paypal or CC anymore so I hope you consider it.

  • Dimitrije commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    +1

  • James Canning commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    Do it

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    +1

  • vivab0rg commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    +1 Make Bitcoin happen!

  • Gooksy commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    +1 Can't wait for this to happen.

  • Paul commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    +1

  • Bernhard Müller Hug commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    +1 for BTC. P2P way to go.

  • Volker commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    The best idea ever!

  • Anon commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    +1 Would move my servers to you...

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    +1

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    +1 for bitcoin !!!

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    +1

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    Supported. It will increase prestige.

  • Curtis commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    Yup do it, I mean why not!

  • dexx commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    I support this.

  • oc commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    It would be awsome if I could pay with bitcoins!!!

  • Max commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    You have an API with which machines can expand to new machines. With Bitcoin you have something with which machines could pay for those machines with money that they earned. Imagine the possibilities!

  • Enrico Rubboli commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    if you find even a single reason for not doing it please share, I'm curious! :)

  • Jacob Elkins commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    Will save you money on credit card fees, attract new customers, no risks

  • Greg commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    How many more votes you need to implement it? It really fits nicely with your image and takes like couple of hours to setup with bitpay or coinbase, so why not?

  • Rafael Sampaio commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    Bitcoins is the simplest, cheapest and most efficient method of payment. It is better than the methods already adopted by DigitalOcean.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    Bring back arch and add BTC payment method!!

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    Use Bitcoin and other decentralised currencies!! ITS THE FUTURE!!

  • Zano Tu commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    Do you not have enough votes for this ?

  • Philip Micklon commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    Accepting bitcoin is a no-brainer.

    BiPay now offers a 0% "Free, Unlimited, Forever" plan where you can convert to USD with 0 cost. Bill $10 and receive $10.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    YES. Bitcoin will lead to a better future. Bitcoin is such a widely liked system. Its one way payment system makes it better for sellers. Bitcoins are also good for people like me. I am 14. I can't have paypal or a debit card. So when I set up a a site I use a bitcoin advert payer. Then i pay stupid prices for a bitcoin VPS. But I wouldnt here if it was accepted

  • John commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    This would only increase the use of DO servers for illegal activities like spamming.

  • John Villar commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    Bitcoin is one of the current valid ways that we, developers stranded on a foreign exchange starved nation, rely on to pay for goods and services. I'm currently in a position that makes it near impossible to pay with any fiat currency (USD, EUR, etc) because the government has a tight control over the cash flow.

    Letting developers pay with Bitcoin would empower us and make us more independent. Besides, there are already people reselling DO instances with Bitcoin (with markups as high as 30% over DO standard prices).

  • Kenmore Chalfant commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    BitCoin is new, strange and not necessary. I think supporting BitCoins is a waste of a time.

  • Zach Doty commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    NewEgg started taking bitcoin today.... its the 'geeky' thing to do :)

    Besides, its great PR.

    Bitcoin is the hot-topic in the press these days!

  • Zach Doty commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    I'm a huge bitcoin enthusiast.

    All thing being equal, I'll go with the business that takes bitcoin.

    Many things not being equal I still usually go with the business that takes bitcoin.

    It takes less than 10 minutes for a good dev to integrate bitcoin payments with DO.

  • Kenn Ejima commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    -1 no no no no no no no no

    Don't waste your time to support Bitcoin.

    It's not just about yet another payment channel, but it's more about community - I won't rent or buy real estates in section 8 condos or in neighborhoods where deadbeat homeowners waiting to be foreclosed live.

    Please, maintain the vibrant community by not accepting sketchy people. It sounds to me a guaranteed way to get a deteriorated community.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    BitVPS.com accepts Bitcoin.

  • Yoni Jah commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    +1 to that.
    I'm considering using @Scott Robertson solution but I rather not use a 3rd party
    to manage my account.

  • STLcoin Group commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    it is a no brainer, use bitpay.com or coinbase.com... Personally better off holding as much as you can will go up overall with dips along the way. Enjoy the ride

  • sokusa uniwo commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    +1

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    I would love to be able to pay with bitcoins

  • Esteban commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    Please add this feature!

  • William Sutanto commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    You will get ton of free advertising for just adding bitcoin as your payment system. Please take a look at bitpay.com. You don't need to hold the bitcoin if you are not confident with the value. For every payment you will get dollar into your bank account.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    One can treat BitCoin (And LiteCoin etc) as cache paper money. One don't ask peopel where their money came from at the grocery stores.
    Paper money is worth only paer it is printed on as Coins are maid from metal Digital coins of Bits and Bytes.
    Every form of currency have value on the exchange market for goods and services.
    Since Digital Coins (BitCoin, LiteCoin XyCoin) are exchangable for Paper money, they can be used for payments and then changed into Paper money Bank account.
    Funny thing is BitCoins are MORE real then your bank account,
    Because Banks just put a number in their computer and call that - account. Banks never have enough cache for all their accounts or no cache at all.. (so Banks deal with Virtual money and with contracts).
    BitCoin,LiteCoin etc, are MORE real then money in the Bank (!),
    since you handle them like Cache, on YOUR computer and wallet and not in the Bank, where in Bank accounts, you get only "number" in return...

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    i 100% want to buy server also if u took BTC lol..

  • Patrick commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    @DigitalOcean i understand you try to keep bitcoin out to have less abuse in your system.

    How about this: Let customers that have been paying for more than 12 months via CC or PayPal also pay via Bitcoin. This way you will still know who they are and can also offer bitcoin.

    I would love to pay via bitcoin instead of PayPal and fully understand that you want to minimize the work you have with system abuse. But please think about letting long time customers pay this way.

  • Scott Robertson commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    I started https://bithost.io a few weeks ago - it allow's you to buy DigitalOcean VPS's with Bitcoin :)

  • anon commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    +1

  • Elgs commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    Why are bitcoins valuable? They are not even backed by any valuable matters. They just senselessly consume computation power and resources. I believe bitcoins will eventually disappear from the world.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    +1

  • Joshua Riddle commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    +1

  • Hugh Halford-Thompson commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    @admin - bitcoin payments are irreversible. There will be 0 fraud. You may not know who paid you, but as long as you are paid then the servers stay online.

  • Hugh Halford-Thompson commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    +1

  • Scott Robertson commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    Hey,

    I setup a site reselling for DigitalOcean in Bitcoin:

    http://bithost.io

    :)

  • Akash Amar commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    TigerDriect Now Accepts Bitcoin too. http://www.tigerdirect.com/bitcoin/indexus.asp

  • Tristan Tierney commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    CAN PAY BITCOIN?

  • rich commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    +11

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    This is a must in today's world.

  • jon commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    +1000 for bitcoin !!!

  • Sully commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    I agree, I just switched domain registrars to NameCheap.com because they execpt Bitcoin now.

    You will actually make more money on payments with very low to no transaction charges Bitcoin comes with. Plus the latest news is even the NBA Sacramento Kings now except Bitcoin. It's so easy to except payments with great gateways services such as BitPay and Coinbase that others have mentioned.

    One last note is being one of the first VPS providers to accept Bitcoin will really spread like wildfire in the close knit Bitcoin community so be ready for the load of new customers! Bye-bye AWS and Linode...

    http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304603704579323352532979922?mg=reno64-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052702304603704579323352532979922.html

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    overstock.com added bitcoin payment method for purchase of products world-wide now. It's as easy and as secure as paypal implementation, 100% transparent for the business itself, you do not need to deal with bitcoins directly at all, since bitpay.com handles this for you just as easy as paypal handles it for you.

    overstock.com received over 110'000 USD in product-sales only 21 hours after the launch. And they received enormous amount of free coverage in news-media doing this. One would be foolish and short-sighted to pass on this opportunity.

    Here are some tweets and links:

    tweet from overstock.com CEO: "#Bitcoin's first full day on @overstock.com was a huge success: 840 orders, $130,000 in sales. Almost all new customers. #stunned" https://twitter.com/OverstockCEO/status/421754592427139072

    OVERSTOCK CEO: Amazon Will Be Forced To Start Accepting Bitcoin - Business Insider http://www.businessinsider.com/overstock-bitcoin-2014-1

    OVERSTOCK CEO: Here’s Why We’re Accepting #Bitcoin http://www.businessinsider.com/overstock-accepts-bitcoin-2014-1

    If this is not proof and information enough to convince you to add this, well then maybe you are already about to be a old dinosaur at the verge of going extinct on internet due to refusal of implementing new technology. Which may be looked upon as quite ironic, since this is supposed to be "bleeding edge cloud" services.

    Digitalocean seems to have great cloud services, but until bitcoin is added as payment method, I will not be using it for any large-scale hosting.

  • Jonathan Toh commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    I would suggest you to fix the Debit Card Fraud Issue first. Well, Topping up via Paypal only allow you to earn less with those transaction fees :)

  • Zero commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    I'm deploying a web service with digitalocean and I will accept payents only in bitcoins, it would be nice if I could pay de hosting with it.

  • Manthan M. commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    It is actually very simple to do this with coinbase api. If you dont trust bitcoin, coinbase will allow you to sell the bitcoins immediately so you guys get cash. I think the first 5 million of transactions is free but i'm not sure about that. http://coinbase.com Thanks! :)

  • Florian Strankowski commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    -3 against. Bitcoin is way to instable.

  • Robert-Reinder Nederhoed commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    After signing up, I cannot create a droplet without a credit card. My company would easily pay up with Bitcoin, but we're not in the possession of a credit card. Outside the US, credit cards are not that much in use.

  • Kye Alan Russell commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    @Elgs no modern currency is backed by anything important.

  • Kye Alan Russell commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    I had a friend that took bitcoin payments for his VPS provider. It didn't work out well for him; now he goes through secondary screening whenever he enters the UK.

    Child porn is serious business.

  • rummik commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    There's a previous declined issue regarding this: http://digitalocean.uservoice.com/forums/136585-digital-ocean/suggestions/3549715-payments-via-bitcoin

    I think requiring a verified linked credit card (first charge, small charge, or whatever) would solve the worries regarding anonymized abusers, but there's more important features I'd like to see implemented (like team accounts)

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    Elgs: Do you have an imagination how much energy is used just to serve your normal online banking?

  • ChozoTheBozo commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    My bank account always has transaction problem, if digital ocean accepts bitcoin, it will be much simple to solve this problem. Yes ! DigitalOcean should use bitcoin for payment !

  • ChozoTheBozo commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    My bank account always has transaction problem, if digital ocean accepts bitcoin, it will be much simple to solve this problem. Yes ! DigitalOcean should use bitcoin for payment !

  • Eddie commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    Any news on this yet?

  • John Doe commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    https://coinbase.com/ seems to be not a bad payment process group. The Humble Indie Bundle group use them to accept BitCoin payments, making it no different that accepting PayPal etc (but obviously less evil).

  • Elgs commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    Oil outputs energy, what does bitcoin do? Bitcoin consumes energy.

  • Elgs commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    I don't trust bitcoin and I believe it will end up being a big lie. Because the so bit coins are generated by consuming computing resources senselessly and the coins are not backed by any valuable things. Correct me if I'm wrong.

  • Adam Thorsen commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    One related service that accepts Bitcoin currently is Namecheap.com.

  • Adam Thorsen commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    I just want to add that if you use one of the major Bitcoin merchant services, such as Coinbase or Bitpay, you never need handle a single coin. Your payments are automatically converted to dollars (or whatever currency you want) and you save money on transaction fees (there are none right now).

  • Elgs commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    I think bitcoin is a big lie. The currency is not backed by any value, but purely a waste of the computing resources.

  • marck commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    +1 for bitcoin payments. I would be my preferred payment method.

  • John commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    I'll move unto digital ocean if I can pay via bitcoin too.

  • Michael commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    I think when Moisey was pointing out a need in the marketplace it had more to do with a service that could be used universally. A bitcoin debit card for instance. The money on the debit card is held in bitcoins, but when you pay for something the vendor receives dollars as usual. Thus for every transaction this service would convert your bitcoins into dollars to pay for said transaction. At least this is what I was envisioning. Someone, go build it!

  • Jordhy Ledesma commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    This can be implemented in a couple of hours using coinbase.com or bitpay.com. These intermediaries pay dollars to Digital Ocean and take bitcoins from the customers that wish to pay in that way.

    That's exactly what namecheap did. So there's no need to change the business model.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    If you implement it, you should only activate it for the user once you have done phone verification, gov't ID verification, social profiles, etc. Otherwise, maybe keep it disabled for new accounts.

  • Shawn commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    I assume there is at least a warning or notification beforehand. I will be either verifying identities or using a refundable deposit. I expect my abuse rates to be lower than DO's

    Do you have abuse rates stats on hand?

  • Moisey Uretsky commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    This is not an endorsement of bitcoin or otherwise, if you would like to resell that's great, however our policies are that the account is treated as a whole so if there are a lot of abuse complaints it may lead to it getting suspended.

    Which would also mirror our comments in this thread, that as you move into more anonymous payments the incidence of abuse goes up. =]

  • Shawn commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    Well if that's approval to resell Digital Ocean for Bitcoin, I can probably put something together really quick with the existing APIs. Would DO consider adding one API function to make this easier for me?

  • Moisey Uretsky commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    This has been a great debate and it's awesome to see new technologies so passionately defended. Unfortunately in our particular case there are simply too many variables involved to integrate bitcoin as a payment method.

    I think that the customers and users who are requesting this feature are pointing to a need in the marketplace. Basically, creating an intermediary third party that can accept bitcoins and then issue payments on your behalf, whether it be through some sort of a credit card or other payment method that vendors support.

    This way there is no need for every vendor to support bitcoin and instead this intermediary third party creates the channel through which those sales are facilitated.

  • Automatic commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    @Lucas, it says you can't pirate and IF you have a grandfather account you can't use it as a seedbox (Grandfather only!).

    Nothing about seedboxes, unless I'm completely blind.

  • Lucas Smith commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    @Automatic Nope: https://www.digitalocean.com/tos Under Restrictions clauses 2.5, 2.7, and 2.9:
    2.5 states:2.5 You agree that you will NOT use DigitalOcean's services to: violate any applicable state and federal law and regulation, including, but not limited to, any copyright, trademark, patent, anti-piracy, or other intellectual property law or regulation, or encourage or enable others to violate any such law or regulation. Transmit, distribute, post, store, link, or otherwise traffic in information, software, or materials that is offensive, abusive, inappropriate, malicious, or detrimental, including, but not limited to, those that: Are obscene, fraudulent, or discriminatory. DigitalOcean permits adult websites that abide by state and federal law and regulation.

    2.7 states: 2.7 Grandfathered accounts receive free bandwidth for the life of the account and were instated as a reward for our early adopters. There are additional restrictions for grandfathered accounts as they are intended to provide bandwidth services free to customers for their direct usage, there are several cases which fall outside of direct usage which can lead to an account's grandfathered status being revoked, these include but are not limited to: running Torrents for download or Seed Servers, TOR, services that include content of an Adult or Pornographic nature, reselling services through their account to provide free bandwidth to other individuals, transferring the account ownership to another individual or entity, or otherwise circumventing the intended fair usage of free bandwidth by distributing it freely to others. Free bandwidth is provided to grandfathered accounts for their own usage and these limitations are in place to ensure that grandfathered accounts that are in keeping with the intended fair usage of the service receive bandwidth for free for the life of the account.

    2.9 Users may not use Network resources in violation of the copyrights, trademarks, patents or trade secrets of third parties, nor shall they utilize the Network to publish such materials in a manner that would expose them to public view in violation of the restrictions of law. The provisions of the DMCA will apply to issues presented by allegations of copyright violations by third parties. DigitalOcean will, in appropriate circumstances, terminate the accounts of repeat infringers.

  • Automatic commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    @Lucas, I was under the assumption that we're allowed to use these boxes for seedboxes?

  • Lucas Smith commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    The thing is this: DO only has to keep track of two things, Name and CC information. And LazyTiger, your check card is backed by a CC company! Visa and such are CC companies. But anyways, if the bitcoin source violates any TOU/TOS, terminate service immediately and until (or if) they successfully appeal the termination, ban that user from creating droplets and block the CC from the system. Abuse is more likely for 256MB boxes (typically those are torrent Seed boxes) than for BTC. I support this with a +3. Also, as an added precaution for DO: if you decide in the future to accept BTC, what you need to do is put in your TOU/TOS that BTC CPU mining is not allowed and will cause immediate termination of all services, not just the one that committed the offense and will also result in the user not being able to make new droplets for say, 6 months.

  • ajford commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    I'm all for bitcoin. I even understand requiring an alternate card for DO's protection.

    @Ivan Vučica: If you use a bitcoin merchant like BitPay/Coinbase (as mentioned by Shawn), DO never sees a bitcoin. They can get fiat currency deposited in their account, same as paypal.

    @LazyTiger: You can just as easily use a debit card for payment. Then you don't have to worry about credit.

  • Automatic commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    I personally use BTC and I'm not using the servers for 'ub3r l33t hax0r spam and ddos', it's just my preferred currency as it provides me a secure mental image that my money isn't just going to 'disappear', as per the very common 'paypal limitation'.

  • LazyTiger commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    I'm against Bitcoin as a payment option without proper identity validation. I'm also against identity validation using a credit card. I'm 22, debt-free with a monthly income and I don't have one because I don't need one. And I wouldn't get one just to be able to purchase things here.

  • Robin J. commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    I would like to add the option of another crypto-currency which is on the rise pretty fast: Litecoin.
    I'm voting.

  • Shawn commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    Agreed.

  • Ian Carroll commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    "Anonymous commented · May 11, 2013 11:15 p.m.
    yab, just dumped my host because he did not accept bitcoins...."
    I'm not sure if he somehow spammed that by accident, but it should be removed.

  • Shawn commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    Ivan:
    I have 1 bitcoin related website, 1 bitcoin related service up on DO, with more to come.. They are monetized in Bitcoin. The process for payment is.

    Bitcoin Earings -> Exchange -> 0.5 % Fee -> ~$1 withdrawal fee(0.01 BTC) -> Voucher -> Bank Transfer -> Pay for Droplets

    vs

    Bitcoin Earnings -> Pay for Droplets

    Buy using a service like Bitpay or Coinbase, Bitcoin is automatically converted to USD. So if DO implements this they charge can charge $5/month for droplet, and use one of these services they will get $5 USD. The transaction is made at the market rate at that second, so DO receives exactly how much they charge for.

    In fact they receive more. Using Bitpay they receive $4.95 minus merchant fees vs $4.55 for Paypal. Scale that out and they are could save a few thousand if they had transactions via Bitcoin.

    Again not advocating for anonymity just the ability to pay.

  • Ivan Vučica commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    Why not convert bitcoins back into an accepted currency and pay like that? You'd be saving DO the risk and effort. I'd prefer lower prices in a "fiat currency" than DO investing effort and exposing themselves to risk caused by bitcoin volatility.

    And if they will be converting bitcoins back into a "fiat currency" as soon as possible to pay for bandwidth, to pay for colo, to pay for IP allocation, etc -- then what's the point in getting DO to support it on their side in the first place? What's the point in DO picking the conversion rate for you, picking the exchange for you, etc?

    They'll have to get the money out of bitcoin as soon as possible anyway; why not hand them the money as a fiat currency? Especially if there's no anonymity, what's the value-add of supporting bitcoin apart from supporting the latest fad? Are lower conversion fees worth it considering the volatility of the market and bitcoin value?

  • Scott R. commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    bitcoin is fine if you have to authenticate a credit card

    Accept bitcoins from users, and instantaneously sell them.
    Tack on a 10% convenience fee

  • Shawn commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    I specifically addressed those concerns. I said that Bitcoin should be offered as a *payment option*, but that users must be existing customers or sign up with a name and credit card, like usual.

  • Florian Strankowski commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    I vote against it too. No reason to implement it. If you want a "raidproof" VPS without telling your name, go without DO.

  • Kenn Ejima commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    Again, I speak up and vote against it - I don't want digitalocean to use their precious time and resources to support bitcoin.

  • Moisey Uretsky commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    Abuse is everything from malicious sites, to users that send SPAM, users that are running bot nets or scanning other networks, etc.

    We did have a lengthy discussion in the other thread about this and we can certainly leave this topic open for further discussion.

  • Scott R. commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    I'm confused what's considered abuse? Malicious sites?

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    yab, just dumped my host because he did not accept bitcoins....

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    yab, just dumped my host because he did not accept bitcoins....

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    yab, just dumped my host because he did not accept bitcoins....

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    yab, just dumped my host because he did not accept bitcoins....

  • Evgeny Pospelov commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    It's very needed feature!

    There are already have VDS via bitcoin: https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Trade#Dedicated.2FVirtual_Server_Hosting

    But your offer is still better..

  • Moisey Uretsky commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    Thats absolutely the case and point, we aren't stating that BitCoin is fraud, just that the incidence of fraud goes up when users use a more anonymous form of payment, which in our case is Paypal which provides considerably more information than bitcoin in terms of payment.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    Why cant you guys understand. Its not fraud issues with fraudulent payments!

    Its fraud issues with abusing the servers for illegal purposes because nobody can come after you, because you are completely anonymous!

  • Moisey Uretsky commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    I think we've discussed this at length and unfortunately we won't be implementing it.

    But we loved all of the different view points both for and against =]

    We are declining this request so that people can get their votes back.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    Bitcoin is weird and a scam. Please focus on other more important features.

    And how the heck will you even know how much to charge since Bitcoins can fluctuate by $20 in value in 20 minutes? Really unstable. Just a bubble.

  • rummik commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    What about requiring a credit card to be linked if paying with Bitcoin?

  • Moisey Uretsky commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    Salman:

    Actually that's true, if you look at other industries such as real estate in the United States you can not actually secure a mortgage for a property if any substantial amount of the down-payment has entered your bank account as "cash" and you can not provide any "cash" for the down-payment either.

    Unfortunately we live in a world where abuse is just part of the day to day work flow and if you knew how many different abuse cases we deal with you would be surprised. While it's true it may affect some real customers whether or not we are able to provide a specific form of payment the number of abuse cases would increase which would overall shift resources from development to handling abuse cases, creating more DDOS attacks both outbound and inbound and overall degrading the quality of service dramatically.

    While we understand that its frustrating for legitimate customers there are other factors that we have to weigh in because unfortunately that's just the reality we would deal with.

    We've already seen this happen with PayPal which anonymizes the payment a bit more than a direct credit card and the amount of abuse is 2x higher than the abuse we see with direct credit cards, so creating an even more anonymous payment system would see that perhaps increase another 2x which would be 4x more abuse and overall create 6x more abuse work.

  • Salman Abbas commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    We don't rent cars to clients who pay in cash because they have the highest abuse rates xD

  • Moisey Uretsky commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    We aren't worried about collecting funds we are worried about the customer sending us funds being abusive. As you add anonymity in to the payment method the % of customers that are potentially abusive increases.

    We've already seen this just with implementing Paypal and have a much higher incidence of fraud with Paypal than with direct CC signups.

    So implementing an even more anonymous payment method would cause too much support overhead and other issues unfortunately.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    The very belief that anonymity equals fraud is obsolete with bitcoin. You get paid, and never defrauded.

  • Adrian commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    There are no chargebacks with bitcoin, so you won't have any problems with stolen credit cards.

    The main problem that you'll have with bitcoin is spammers and other abuse.

  • Kyle Weller commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    There are plenty of ways to implement this that turn the coins into cash. Check out coinbase.com and bitpay.com. there are also many other merchants. Bit coin is gaining widespread adoption and has a $300,000,000 USD market cap that has more funds available than over 18 countries. There is more benefits to accepting bit coin than other merchants, less fees and see your money faster is a big thing as a fellow business owner

  • Moisey Uretsky commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    We currently aren't looking into integrating any other payment systems aside from what we currently provide which is credit cards and paypal.

    Thanks =]

  • Kenn Ejima commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    Honestly, this being at the top of feature requests is damaging reputation for DigitalOcean and shuns serious users away. Or at least it indicates that the UserVoice-based feedback system is not really working.

    Sorry guys, but we all want DO to be successful, right? This feature will attract wrong crowd.

  • Kaidesa commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    The biggest issue here wouldn't be fraud, but the risk you'd be taking in accepting Bitcoins as a currency. Bitcoins fluctuate quite frequently, and has had highs of up to $35 a piece and lows as low as $3 a piece. Just today within a matter of hours it has shot up to $22 a piece and just as quickly dropped to $18 a piece.

    If you don't mind taking a gamble as to the daily value of bitcoins changing drastically, I guess you could use them, but as it is I'd say it's too risky for legitimate businesses to use. I tried accepting bitcoins on one of my sites and it just wasn't feasible for long-term use. It never held a steady value, and while finding the exchange rate isn't difficult at all, finding a way to convert the coins into useful cash before the value once again changes drastically is nearly impossible, especially if you live in the US.

  • Moisey Uretsky commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    After a long discussion in our IRC chat we wanted to clarify our position on bitcoin to make it clearer.

    We integrated PayPal payments a few months ago and after reviewing the numbers we saw a higher % of users that paid via PayPal violating our AUP/TOS which we had to terminate.

    We receive a lot less transparency from Paypal when a transaction is processed than we do with a direct signup which means that our backend will flag customers as abuse and without additional information our determination of whether or not it is a legitimate user is more difficult.

    We are constantly improving our backend monitoring for users that violate our AUP/TOS and if we feel comfortable that it is running in a purely automated fashion and not creating many false positives we can review the discussion of integrating with bitcoin, however at this point we still need to further refine our backend monitoring before we get to that point.

    If anyone needs any further clarification let us know.

    Thanks!

  • Roman Shtylman commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    What do you mean by fraud issues? It sounds like you guys don't fully understand how bitcoin transactions work or for some reason think you need credit cards to accept payments from users.

  • Moisey Uretsky commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    Looks like this one has gotten alot of upvotes and interest but it's going to be hard for us to instate this because of the fraud issues with anonymity.

  • Dylan commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    I'd support this, but have to manually check every bitcoin-user thoroughly considering how much abuse and fraud comes out of there..

  • Lorenzo Setale commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    On some sites they solved the problem of anonymity by asking a photo of a ID card and/or a billing...

  • Moisey Uretsky commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    We aren't worried about chargebacks or refunds, what we have seen though is once you move closer to anonymity the customers that sign up have a higher ratio of abusive customers.

    That's the main issue we are grappling with.

  • Roman Shtylman commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    There are no chargebacks with Bitcoins and thus no fraudulent charges. Once you have been paid and waited for a few confirmations, you will not be "unpaid". Bitcoins are not like credit cards where someone will give you their info and you can pull money from their account. They are a push payment mechanism, making them very good for online payments. Anonymity != fraud with bitcoin; it does with other systems (historically).

  • Moisey Uretsky commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    It's interesting and something we'll have to investigate when we get a bit more free time, one concern would be dealing with fraudulent charges.

    The further you move to anonymizing payments the larger the increase in fraud.

    For instance direct CC signups for us vs PayPal.

  • Roman Shtylman commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    I am based out of NYC and would be happy to give you more details about Bitcoins and ways you can easily accept them without additional overhead.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    I want this!

  • Ryan commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    I would also like to see this happen...

  • Moisey Uretsky commented
    September 11, 2018 17:57

    Hi Lorenzo,

    Currently we support direct credit cards and PayPal but no bitcoin support yet, if it gets up-voted we'll look into it.