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New features for developer - Use HIVE Onboard for your dApp

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2 months ago4 min read

While pretty much destructive stuff is going on in the crypto-world right now - I have been very productive in the last few days and it's time to push things forward on HIVE!

In this episode, I wanna give you an update about new features which can be used right now for any dApp out there which wants to make use of the account creation service from @hiveonboard.

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Rationale

The amount of dApps available on HIVE is growing fast and in most cases developer have to make a decision on how to handle account creation for new user.

This let me think, why should each dApp reinvent the wheel when it comes to on-boarding new user to HIVE, when @hiveonboard already can handle the job pretty well?

If you ask me, developer should always focus on their use case first and care about what brings value for their user-base. Don't spend your time on stuff, that has already been solved!


1. Redirecting to your dApp after account creation

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If you don't wanna mess around with account creation yourself, feel free to send your new user to hiveonboard.com passing in your redirect_url as a query parameter.

  • Sample URL straight to Account Creation
    https://hiveonboard.com/create-account?redirect_url=https://hive.io/eco

  • Sample URL with URI-Encoding to Landing Page
    https://hiveonboard.com/?redirect_url=https://hive.io/eco

When a user successfully created his HIVE account, he will immediately send back to your dApp. In this case step 3 "Choose your dApp" will be skipped entirely.

For best user experience, try to redirect to your login page and make sure the user can get started at once.

Update:
@culgin brought up a scenario where a bad actor could use this feature to point user to a phishing website and do harm from there. In order to make user this cannot happen - I've just added a whitelist for authorized domains, which can make use of this feature. You can extent the URL with your path like /login or /signin as long as your URL starts with the value in the whitelist.

[
  "https://hive.blog",
  "https://peakd.com",
  "https://3speak.online",
  "https://splinterlands.io",
  "https://esteem.app",
  "https://stem.openhive.network",
  "https://steempress.io",
  "https://actifit.io",
  "https://dlease.io",
  "https://dblog.org",
  "https://brosgn.net",
  "https://brosinopoker.com"
]

If you run a dApp which isn't included in the whitelist right now, please contact @roomservice or do a pull request on the whitelist in the repo.


2. Use your own HIVE account to create user for your dApp

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I've already covered how @hiveonboard solved the lack of ressource credits problem with help of a server-side software in this post about a week ago. This time we take the idea even further.

I was asked by a dApp developer if it would be possible to bypass the account ticket load-balancer and prioritize a specific creator-api instance when a user is going to create an account.

Sure - why not? So here we go!

In case you run a creator-api for your very own dApp account and at least one account creation ticket available, you could just add the creator query parameter.

  • Sample URL straight to Account Creation
    https://hiveonboard.com/create-account?creator=my-dapp

  • Sample URL with URI-Encoding to Landing Page
    https://hiveonboard.com/?creator=my-dapp

If a user creates an account on hiveonboard.com now - the new account will be created by @my-dapp in this case and will act as the recovery account until changed by the user. In most cases it would make perfect sense to add redirect_url query parameter as well.

As a friendly reminder - you can choose from two different repositories for the creator-api:
GitHub - original version with additional features by @fbslo
GitHub - light-weight version with only api-support by @roomservice

If you want to make use of this feature for your dApp, please contact @roomservice.


3. Bonus - Debug Mode for testing account creation flow

If you want to take advantage of those features or just wanna see how @hiveonboard works, you can now add the debug_mode query parameter and see how it goes, without actually creating an account and skip phone verification.

  • Sample URL straight to Account Creation
    https://hiveonboard.com/create-account?debug_mode=true

  • Sample URL with URI-Encoding to Landing Page
    https://hiveonboard.com/?debug_mode=true


As always, I would love to hear your feedback and want to thank for your ongoing support!

Account Creation reports moved to @hiveonboard-log

If you are interested in those new accounts who joined the HIVE using @hiveonboard you can always look them up in the daily reports created. This reports moved to the blog of the account @hiveonboard-log because most of you don't wanna get spammed when following this account.

Quick Side-Note

I'am currently running a proposal for a HIVE ad-campaign on BRAVE browser.

If you like my work on @hiveonboard you may consider taking a look at my proposal and maybe vote for it:
https://peakd.com/me/proposals/99

Yours,
@roomservice

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