Last week I added three bitcoin network nodes and the process was EASY! I just opened an account with weloveservers.net (WLS), added each server, and got Morblias to set them up the nodes for me.
For months now, I've wanted to run a full node to support the network; but I don't have a good way to run Bitcoin Core on my home network, and I lack the expertise to set up a VPS node myself. This made it 'oh, so easy!'
Morblias does a minimalistic setup so that the node runs at peak efficiency. He takes donations which he uses to set up more nodes on his own, as well. He's a *Hero Member* of this forum and contributor on reddit, as well. I couldn't be happier with his help getting these nodes set up for me.
Here's all there is to do this yourself:
* Go to http://lowendbox.com/blog/black-friday-weloveservers-19year-1gb-and-7month-3gb-openvz-vps-in-five-locations/
At the end of the presentation for “LEB 1GB” (left side of page), click on the “Order” link. That will open a service specification page for your new weloveservers account.
* Provide a Hostname of your choosing, select 'Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, 64 Bit' for your Operating System, and select a Location.
* Click the “add to cart & checkout” button, to go to your order summary. Fill out your personal account details and follow the instructions to pay for this first service. Within a few moments, you'll get three or four emails, the last of which (New VPS Server Information) has a section called SSH Access Information, which has all you need to get into your server and set up your node.
When you get your SSH Access Information, send it to Morblias (https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=58076
) in a personal message and ask him to set it up for you. Often he can get that done VERY quickly, and he'll send you back the links to monitor your new node. See these for one of my nodes:http://188.8.131.52/http://184.108.40.206/vnstat/
Note: Once you've arranged for your first VPS for $19, you can add as many others as you want. Just open your WLS account page and (in a new tab) go to the lowendbox promotion page mentioned above. Now when you click on the Order link, it will take you directly to adding another service on your same WLS account.
Of course, you can use the loendbox promotion and set up your own nodes; and Morblias might help you set up nodes on another service, too. But this is what worked for me. I thought.. I could commit to $5/month to run a full node for the network. Now I have three for even less. What a deal!