The new option by the decentralised trading platform allows creating an online bitcoin store in one click that will work regardless if the owner is connected to the Internet.

This has been made possible thanks to the integration with the Digital Ocean cloud service. A (free) Digital Ocean account is needed to open an online store via Deploy.

Otherwise, the developers state, the application is very straightforward and does not require any expertise or special tools to use it. The company blog announcement provides a step-by-step guide as to how to set up the software.

Up until now, OpenBazaar stores were only active when the client-software running computer was connected to the network. This well-known downside of the system has been a nuisance for those vendors who did not possess a constantly working desktop PC or a personal server.

Deploy removes this limitation well before the release of the new version of the trading platform:

“The real solution to this problem is OpenBazaar 2.0, which uses IPFS to distribute store data between peers so that your store is available 24/7 even if you’re offline. But until this is released, we wanted to help anyone create a permanently online store, whatever your skill level is!” explains one of the developers Washington Sanchez.

OpenBazaar, the first decentralise online market platform, went online in its current version (OB1) in April this year. Prior to that, in June 2015, the OpenBazaar team has secured $1 million in seed funding from Andreessen Horowitz, Union Square Ventures, and an angel investor William Mougayar. The beta version of the client was released on 1 March and, according to the devs, was downloaded 25,000 times over a month in 126 countries, with a total of 3,000 online stores opened prior to the final release. The OB2 upgrade is expected to come out within months, and the team specifies that Deploy will be fully compatible with the new version.

Svetlana Nosova