Matt MartinMatt Martin
03 October 2021
Oct 2021
22 min

A Basic Guide to Solana Beach

If you’re looking for one platform that contains all the most relevant data of the Solana blockchain, you are looking for Solana Beach! This platform allows users to access a great range of data of the Solana blockchain, which enables users to analyze data more easily and make more assertive decisions. This article will offer a guide enabling you to start exploring Solana Beach and take advantage of the endless information this platform offers.

What Is Solana Beach?

Solana Beach is a block explorer that highlights key Solana statistics. It allows Solana blockchain users to easily explore the network’s statistics, validators, and token metrics. On top of that, users have access to news about the overall ecosystem.

Solana Beach is built by Staking Facilities and VGNG, the team behind Solrise.

What Can You Do on Solana Beach?

Solana Beach offers a few tools for its users to explore data in the Solana blockchain. The idea of this platform is to allow users to find every important data of the Solana network in only one place. This means that there is a lot of information displayed on the platform to be analyzed and used by users. The following are the main interfaces available at Solana Beach:

Dashboard

The Dashboard tab is the first one that will be opened when you access Solana Beach’s platform. This section of Solana Beach has a compilation of the most relevant information on the platform. Some of the information that can be found in this part of the website is data regarding slots, epochs, the map of validators, TPS, SOL price and supply, and the recent blocks and transactions.

In addition, at the top of this section, there is a browsing tool in which you can search for blocks, accounts, transactions, programs and more. This tool will be available at every tab of Solana Beach, making it extremely easy for users to search for the data they wish to analyze.

Validators

To access the Validators section, you will only need to click on Validators on the header of the website. By doing that, the Validators page will load.

In the Validators tab of Solana Beach, users can seamlessly browse through Solana’s global validator set. This allows users to easily compare the validators profiles, since the most relevant performance data is displayed in a very intuitive way. Information such as stake, cumulative stake, commission, and more will be available for any Solana Beach user.

The Validators tab also provides a summary of the current data about Solana’s validators, such as how many validators the blockchain has, their skip rate, effective staking APY, and node versions. These will allow users to have a better overview of the validators of the Solana network at that instant.

Solana Beach automatically groups the largest validators with more than 33% of cumulative voting power in a single line, inviting users to consider decentralization when staking with a validator.

Staking

When clicking on a validator, you can stake your SOL directly from the Solana beach interface. The “Stake” button integrates with Solflare and will invite you to confirm your staking transactions from the Solflare extension (which can be used with Ledger too!). 

Solana Beach actually runs its own validator, so in case you would like to support the explorer’s operations, you can stake with the Solana Beach validator too. 

Transactions

Whenever you wish to access the Transactions tab, you only need to click on the button of the same name also on the header of the website. This will open a page with information regarding transactions on Solana.

This section will provide users with the most relevant data regarding transactions. Information such as block, status, fee, and time stamp of each transaction will be presented.

Blocks

To access this section, just like for the other tabs, you will click on the blocks button on the heading. This will open an interface very similar to the Transactions, but this time with information regarding blocks.

The top feature of this tab shows a graph that displays the most frequently called programs on Solana. This graph is built based on the network’s activity in the last 10,000 blocks.  

The following feature shows the last blocks and the relevant data about them, such as validator, total fees, and timestamp.

Tokens

The next section called Tokens can similarly be opened by clicking on the Tokens button on the top of the platform’s interface. 

The page will load with a table of the tokens available on the Solana network. This table will provide data such as the name of the token, its price, accounts, and cmc volume (if available).

Supply

To enter the Supply tab, select the button with the same name on the heading. The tab will open with many charts and tables providing a great overview of the Solana network supply.

The first feature is a table with more generic supply data, such as epoch, total inflation, validator inflation, and foundation inflation. This is followed by data regarding the total supply of SOL and the token’s stake history.

The next chart shows the wealth distribution of SOL from the wealthiest to smaller accounts. This information can be seen in more detail and in a different format on the following table “Wealth Distribution Overview”. You can also check the wealthiest accounts on the Solana Ecosystem at the very end of the Supply page.

Serum

Finally, Solana Beach is integrated with Serum, allowing users to take advantage of two tools: Serum Markets and Serum Swaps. To access any of them, you will have to click on the Serum button. This will open a window with two of these two options to be selected.

If you click on Serum Markets, you will be able to see the price, liquidity, volume, bids, and asks of each token trading pair. For example, this information will be displayed for the exchange of Ethereum (ETH) to USDC. If you want to access more data of any of the pairs, you only need to click on the chosen tokens names and a new page will load with more about them.

If you click on Serum Swaps, a similar table will have a compilation of the swaps on the Solana network. It will show this by every two tokens’ swaps. Again, to know more about a specific swap, you only need to click on it and a new page will open with more information.

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