The idea of making money off of your excess computing power seems like it would be a complicated process. Trust us, it may have been complicated for us to build, but we made sure it would be as easy for you to use as possible. Here's how you can get started.
1. Sign Up
Just like everything else on the internet, you have to make an account. Hit "Sign Up" on the homepage and enter an email address and a secure, 8 character long password. There will also be a space for you to tell us a bit about yourself and how you want to use DCP. Once you've filled that out, hit continue. You should get an email with your verification code right away. You've used the internet before, you know how this works.
(Above: The signup form. We promise we won't send you spam or sell your information to shady marketing firms.)
2. Create a Wallet
Before you can start contributing computing power to the network and earning Distributed Compute Credits you need somewhere to put them. Go to the Vault and create a new wallet for your DCCs to go in.
(Above: Creating a new wallet, name, and password)
Once a new wallet address has been generated assign it a name and a password. This password is really important, so make sure its something you can remember but is hard to guess. We won't look, we promise.
3. Assign and Activate Your Wallet
Once you have your shiny new wallet you can click on it to get a drop down list of options. You're going to want to save your wallet to the cloud so you can access it when you log back in later. Otherwise you'll lose whatever you've put in it if you close the page.
After you save your wallet you're going to want to set it as your default active wallet, so that you can log on and start mining to the right wallet anytime from any device. Lastly, you need to assign it to your current machine. You can have as many wallets as you want but you can only have 5 assigned at a time for now, and if you want to assign a wallet it must be saved first.
(Above: The wallet menu has lots of important functions for managing your DCCs)
4. Start mining!
Now you're ready to head over to the Miner and start mining some DCCs. Hit start and window will come up asking you to unlock the wallet you set to default. Enter your password and you should start seeing jobs fill the "Active Tasks" section with a progress bar. Feel free to leave the miner running in the background as you go about your day.
When you come back in a bit you'll see how many tasks your computer has completed and how many credits you've earned. You can check how many DCCs you have total by going to the vault and selecting the "Get Balance" option on your active wallet.
If at any point in this process things didn't work out like they should, we'd appreciate it if you'd let us know. Hit the support button at the top right of the page and file a quick report. We'll look into the problem and get back to you as soon as we can.
Up Next: Taking Credit for your Credits
Now that you've got the basics down, head over to our DCC Management Article to learn how to Withdraw, Deposit, and transfer your DCCs. There we'll go over how to take your computers hard earned credits and move them onto the blockchain, where you can transfer them for other currencies.