Unless you’ve been avoiding main stream news/media for the past few years, you’ve probably heard of Bitcoin at this point. Bitcoin is a digital currency based around a P2P (peer to peer) system and relies on cryptography to bring the whole network together. Despite the folks at Berkshire-Hathaway and Goldman Sachs claiming it’s not an official currency, we don’t have public investors or financial gurus to worry about. What we have to worry about is our customers, and because of that we’re more than happy to start accepting bitcoins as payment for our hosting services.
Admittedly I’m personally not an expert on bitcoins. Outside of our implementation here at Hawk Host I’ve never had to use them (yet). With that said, I can’t ignore the fact that the technology is growing in both popularity and application. As more companies begin to adopt and accept bitcoins as payment we decided it may be a good idea to get on board.
I was first approached about this idea by Cody, our CTO, who is probably the biggest bitcoin fanatic we have here at Hawk Host. I initially thought accepting bitcoins was a unique idea but I wasn’t putting it on the top of my priority list. That’s a good thing for me, because he did. When he called me this morning letting me know the Bitcoin payment module was officially launched I was a bit surprised. Why? It’s only been about 48 hours since we started seriously considering the idea of making Bitcoin an official payment method. Needless to say, Cody works with a purpose when he’s sold on an idea. Thanks to his work and research you can now sign up for any of our hosting services using Bitcoin.
Once you get to the checkout step on our order form you’ll notice the Bitcoin option listed as “Coinbase (Bitcoin)” — pretty self-explanatory. Before you complete the checkout a verification option will come up and you’ll simply need to confirm you want to send us X amount of BTC (BTC is short for, you guessed it, Bitcoin) from you digital wallet. You approve the transfer, we get some of your bitcoins, and you get to enjoy our awesome webhosting.
Since this is a new module/payment method for us there may be some bugs. If you have *any* issues in completing payment or signing up for hosting with Bitcoin please let us know. We’re extremely excited to see how quickly BTC payments are used and really look forward to expanding our hosting with this new payment option!