Create a free account and Trial Linodes

February 28, 2013 3:24 pm

Some of you may have noticed that we recently released a new way to sign up for a Linode account.  This new method also includes the ability to try a Linode for a few hours without needing to enter any payment information.  We’re excited about this because now you can give Linode a go without needing to spend a single penny.

Creating a free account is as simple as visiting http://linode.com/ and submitting your email address, username, and password.  You’ll then receive an email welcoming you to Linode and asking you to confirm your email address.

Once confirmed you will be taken to a welcome page (the Account tab), where you will be given the option to spin up a Linode 512 cloud server to play around with for a couple of hours.  You will also always have the option of completing your signup and becoming a normal paid account.  The cool part is that completing your signup while you have a trial Linode will save it, along with any work you’ve invested in it, from being deleted when the trial ends.

So, that’s it.  There is no credit card required and you can choose to keep your Linode at any time during the trial.  You can even keep your account after your trial has expired.   Hmm, maybe we needed this because we’ve got something cooking that doesn’t require having an active Linode.  Just maybe!

29 Responses

  1. Great idea with the trial linode. I got to experience for the first time what having a VPS would be like.

    Very grateful.

  2. Very nice – a good move for you guys, I think, and puts you ahead of much of the competition 🙂

  3. “You can even keep your account after your trial has expired. Hmm, maybe we needed this because we’ve got something cooking that doesn’t require having an active Linode. Just maybe!”

    Very interesting.

  4. That was a “boom chikka wow wow moment ” !
    great Linode 🙂

  5. This is a rally bad idea. This seem like it would be ripe for serious abuse. Not sure i like the idea random strangers monkeying around in the network.

  6. Already a customer but good to know you’re working on improving things for old customers and new. Anyway, the free account sign up form styles are borked in Firefox. You might want to take a look at that.

  7. Is this feature available to existing clients? You know, to poke around new distros and such.

  8. I really wanted this when I signed up…..as I didn’t know what the service / performance would be like. As it happens, it’s been great. I think it’s a good idea.

  9. Are there additional anti-abuse measures in place for free accounts to prevent resource abuse or whatever? Free trials for services like VPS’ attract spammers and stuff more than almost anything. It’s a nice gesture for prospective legit customers though, for sure.

  10. @John Isn’t cloud computing full of random strangers? Isn’t that the point?

  11. 2 spaces after periods?

  12. That’s a great move.. though you could probably consider increasing 4 hours time to 1 day..which will give us ample amount of time to try Linode servers..

  13. “we’ve got something cooking that doesn’t require having an active Linode”

    Please make this a low-cost (lower-speed) extra storage system a la S3!

  14. +1 on this.

  15. I’m seeking for VPS and have been searching the information from Google for few days. The problem is I have no technical skills in using VPS. I have used Linux (Ubuntu) in Windows through VMware. I heard Linode has good articles on how to setup VPS in easy steps. I have searched for it but found nothing. Mabe it available for registered member.
    Trial use of linode is good but I will only use it after reading the tutorials. I have lots of WordPress sites and trying to migrate few of them which have growing visits since few months ago.
    Many people recommend Linode, Knownhost and wiredtree. I wish one of them provide good tutorials.

  16. This is good marketing, but I have to say I feel the same way as @John. Will these anonymous accounts be somehow firewalled from the rest of the network? It seems to me that this will increase security issues. I would prefer it if these anonymous users were not able to connect to my private IPs.

  17. Rifai, have you seen http://library.linode.com/ ?

  18. This could definitely be a big security problem. I hope the trial accounts do not even have any internet access and are on an isolated network from real Linode users. Otherwise the trial accounts can extremely easily be abused. Like its some problem to change your IP these days and therefor accessing multiple trial accounts?! I wish someone from Linode could reassure us about the security measures.

  19. Unfortunately, we deal with fraudulent signups many many times daily. And it has been that way since we started Linode 10 years ago – so we’ve got plenty of practice at stopping the baddies. We profile everything – filtering various data through algorithms, pattern matching, historical information, ultimately resulting in a safety score. Those that are questionable go into a human reviewed queue for evaluation, and when on the fence we resort to asking for more information before letting them through. We also monitor our entire fleet for potential abusers, just like we have always done.

    So, none of this worries me in the least. We wouldn’t have done this if it had the potential to negatively affect existing customers. If anything it’s more work on our end evaluating the trial signups, but we feel it’s worth the effort.

  20. Hope it’s something like an OpenStack Storage implementation for a CDN offering but will also allow for creation of large (inexpensive) persistent and ephemeral disks for their nodes.

  21. I know this is late, but I’d really appreciate (and I’m sure a lot of others’ would too) an option to pay in Bitcoins. (I hope this isn’t still a sore point!)

    A lot of your target market has a lot of Bitcoins stored and would readily use them.

    I imagine the infrastructure needed to accept them would have lower variable costs than accepting credit cards, and they’re not a bad hedge against inflation either.

  22. > We profile everything – filtering various data through algorithms, pattern matching, historical information, ultimately resulting in a safety score.

    That works well for the normal signup process as you’re given lots of info at the get-go, but here you’ll only have a username, email and password. I’m not quite sure how you can filter abuse with only those three variables.

  23. Wow, I love this idea! I’ve been debating signing up with linode because I don’t know how much I want to deal with managing my own vps BUT I’ve heard such spectacular things about linode that it might be worth the extra work. Now I can try it, see how comfortable I am with transferring a site, and if I like it, make the switch permanent. Great idea!!

  24. Sophie – possibly tracking the IP address the signup came from? If it comes from a country that is less than favorable or an ip range that is blacklisted, that would be one way. Another way would be too look for false usernames and email addresses. Many spammers use nonsense words for signups, and that’s how some of the spam catching software works on forums and blogs. Those are just a couple ideas, I’m sure Linode has more ways of filtering.

  25. I’m currently testing linode via the free-trial method. It looks as a great method to test before deciding to buy.
    So I set up a small test web server with a simple html page and verified that I can reach it as expected from my office as well as from another network.
    However, when I just now asked my friend in Japan to test it she couldn’t access the link I gave her at all (which was just the http:// link for now). I monitored the net with tcpdump etc. and there was no hint of access from there, so I believe her.
    Are there limitations as to from where port 80 can be reached in this trial? As it is, I’m unable to get the verification I need to decide if I should go for linode.

    -Tor

  26. @Tor – No, there are not limitations on port 80 or where you can reach your Linode from on trial accounts.

  27. Thanks tasaro.
    I think it may have been a limit in IE which my friend used – I’m not familiar with IE but it appears that it doesn’t like IP addresses in URLs. In any case I took the plunge and got a paid account, and I have since set up DNS to point to the node and my friend could reach it.
    What’s great about this is that I can manage the Linode server exactly as I manage the box in my office – they’re both running Debian 7 and I can just test-setup everything here before I deploy it to the Linode server. That should make things simpler.

    -Tor

  28. @Drew and @Mark: Thanks for pointing out the URL. I believe it would help anyone whom seeking for any articles to manage the VPS. 🙂
    Long story short, Actually I already found the articles few hours after writing the comment in this article (through links from WHT). 🙂

    I do apology for very long reply (more than nine months, Duh), it seems I didn’t receive notification in my inbox.

    It is more than nine months since my first comment. Many things have changed. I learn lots of things. I already aware on how to install and use the OS, installing and managing Control Panel, Using Command line to manage the server and many things. I even enjoy managing my servers with only command line. 🙂
    Thank you very much Linode for the articles. I really like it.
    Thanks all for anyone whom answer my question in this article.

    I wish I could try the VPS from Linode very soon.

    Rifai

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