Learn more about Ardor, Ignis and Nxt
Ardor is a blockchain designed specifically for business applications.
The defining feature of Ardor is a uniquely flexible multiple blockchain system consisting of parent and child chains. It’s designed to let any business create and program its own blockchain solutions with a range of different functions.
To understand how it all works, the first thing to know is how the Nxt (NXT), Ardor (ARDR) and Ignis (IGNIS) blockchains and tokens tie together.
How to buy, sell and trade ARDR and NXT in the US
All of the following exchanges let you buy, sell or trade both ARDR and NXT in the US.
IGNIS will not be available for direct sale until the launch of the Ignis chain.
Both IGNIS and ARDR will be needed to participate fully, and unless you bought into the ICO, the only way to get IGNIS before it begins public trading is to buy NXT before the airdrop.
ARDR and NXT follow extremely similar price movements and are valued at almost identical amounts.
People who believe in Ardor might be buying both until Nxt and Ardor split up. At the start of 2018, Ardor and Nxt will be going their own separate ways.
The three blockchains
The platform has three different blockchains to know about, each of which has its own tokens.
|The blockchain||How it works||About the coin|
|Nxt (NXT)||Nxt is a system that lets individuals and organizations develop their own blockchains and tokens. It’s primarily designed to be a blockchain creation platform.|
The Ardor blockchain is currently being held as a test platform on the Nxt blockchain, but on January 1, 2018, it will be migrated to its own system.
|NXT tokens are the native token of ARDR.|
Users who hold NXT tokens at the time of the Ignis chain creation (on December 28) will be credited 0.5 IGNIS per NXT.
|Ardor (ARDR)||Ardor is a flexible blockchain based on Nxt but with a range of new features. The main feature is its ability to support a number of child chains, each of which can have its own distinct features.|
It handles the network security and processing power for these child chains. Essentially it maintains and powers them.
|ARDR is the native currency of Ardor.|
It’s a proof-of-stake token that handles security and processing on child chains, and can also be traded with child chain tokens.
|Ignis (IGNIS)||As the first Ardor child chain, it’s designed to serve as the main entry point for Ardor. The Ignis chain is largely a replica of NXT. It’s designed to be the platform on which organizations create their own blockchain solutions, to be serviced by the Ardor network.|
It’s mostly designed to offer unlimited possibilities and flexibility.
|IGNIS is the native currency of Ignis.|
It’s required to use and access the features of Ardor.
Learn more about Ardor and Ignis
Ardor and Ignis are designed to work in tandem in order to allow businesses to create their own customizable blockchain solutions.
Essentially, an organization can create an Ardor child blockchain that comes preloaded with a range of features, which can individually be disabled as needed.
It can also be easily added to through Java programming, letting organizations customize their own blockchains as desired.
Each child blockchain can create and use its own tokens. These might be kept inside that child blockchain for internal use only, such as if a company wants to create an employee rewards system for internal use, or can be pegged to fiat currencies or other tokens in order to give them weight.
Applications of this include:
- Making cross-border payments and money transfers
- Providing low-cost digital payment solutions
- Offering a more secure way of managing assets of all kinds
- Allowing for secure voting systems with flexible counting options
- Anything else an organization can program into the blockchain
For security, power and ease of use, the Ardor blockchain can mostly handle the security and processing on child blockchains.
How to sell or trade Ardor and Ignis
- Go to the exchange platform that you hold Ardor or Ignis on. If you hold them in a digital wallet, then you can choose any platform from the list above to complete your transaction.
- Follow the instructions on the platform to complete your sale or trade.
Should I buy ARDR/IGNIS?
Most businesses could probably benefit from a blockchain solution in some way, and Ardor is potentially one of the simplest and most cost-effective ways for a business to get an extremely flexible solution that works for them.
This also makes it difficult to predict the eventual value of the tokens. It’s largely dependent on what kind of uptake Ardor sees and what kinds of applications it ends up being used for.
It’s worth noting that many aspects of the Ardor blockchain are already proven. Nxt is now old by cryptocurrency standards – it was created back in 2013. It has proven its functionality and reliability since then, so the Ardor and Ignis blockchains are likely to operate with similar reliability.