# Start with Diffusion Cloud

# Setup your account

To start using Diffusion Cloud, you'll first need to setup an account. You can signup for free using the Diffusion Cloud Dashboard. The dashboard is your single point of entry for managing your services, subscriptions, and Diffusion Cloud account.

When you signup for the first time you'll be walked through creating a trial service. Once you have a service, you'll be able to continue with this quickstart guide, or explore Diffusion by yourself.

Trial service

The trial service created when you signup is intended for exploring the Diffusion Cloud platform and basic development. For production deployments, you will need a commercial plan.

# Find your hostname

To connect your applications to Diffusion Cloud, you need your service's hostname. Once you have setup a trial service, go to the Overview tab of your service in the Dashboard and find the hostname underneath your service's name.