How to set up an account
To start using the GetBlock node connection services for building a decentralized application, an account should be registered and customized. It takes nothing but a few clicks!
Step 1. Signing up to GetBlock
In order to sign up to GetBlock, you should tap on the ‘Account’ button in the upper right of the service main website page.
Choose the ‘Sign up’ option and either enter your data (profile name - your real name isn’t required - and email address) or sign up with a valid Google account.
Should you choose the first option, you’ll be asked to verify the email address you entered.
Step 2. Setting up your password
Then you will be asked to enter and confirm your password. Please, avoid using too short and too primitive (123123, QWERTY, GetBlockPassword and so on) passwords.
Step 3. Enter your GetBlock account
With password and email, you can access your new account with the ‘Sign In’ button. You will see a basic dashboard with your API keys, profile names, history of purchasings, project documentation and current balance.
Step 4. Familiarize yourself with request packages
If you’re interested in GetBlock, you should probably know that the service is offering nodes services. In a nutshell, it does the entire tech stuff needed to replace your back-end with blockchain.
When your application is accessing blockchain (sends tokens, verifies network states, etc.) it is called ‘request’.
In the ‘Buy Packages’ section you will find available pricing plans, both pre-determined and customized.
Step 5. Check out interesting features of GetBlock
In the ‘Features’ module, the whole list of interesting and useful features of the system is displayed. ‘Features’ in account allow you to stay tuned for the latest updates and announcements.
Step 6 (for you, tech-savvy folks): Study GetBlock documentation
Dive deeper into how GetBlock works, which methods it uses and how it interacts with the nodes it connects your dApps and DeFis to.
Step 7. Creating a request to a node
To get connected to a blockchain node, you need to insert your API key to the GetBlock module via Postman service for APIs.
To do so, a user should download the Postman ‘collection’ of GetBlock, find the required node name and insert API key.
Once connection is established, the user can check the history of his/her requests.
Also, the user can access his/her connection with the command line interface (CLI). For instance, here’s how the height of Binance Smart Chain (BSC) mainnet is verified by GetBlock CLI.
Step 8. Checking the requests statistics
To see the statistics, user should choose the blockchain name and period to analyze the data.
All JSON-RPC requests will be displayed. For the users of multiple nodes, the information is also available as infographics.
GetBlock is going to add REST-API statistics tools as well as viewing yearly stats data in coming months.