Web3 Domains

Web3 domains are a groundbreaking step in the evolution of the internet, leveraging the decentralized nature of blockchain technology to provide users with control and autonomy over their digital identity. Unlike traditional domains managed by centralized registries, Web3 domains are fully owned by the purchaser and are not subject to renewal fees, censorship, or takedown by central authorities.

Ethereum Name Service (ENS)
The Ethereum Name Service is a key player in the Web3 domain space. It offers ‘.eth’ domains that allow users to link their Ethereum wallet addresses to easily remembered names. This serves a dual purpose: as a wallet identifier for cryptocurrency transactions and as a human-readable address for decentralized websites. ENS operates on a yearly renewal model, and the fees are structured based on the length of the domain. The ENS governance is decentralized and operates under a DAO, where token holders can vote on proposals affecting the platform’s future.

Unstoppable Domains
Unstoppable Domains provides a user-friendly approach to Web3 domains, offering various extensions like ‘.crypto’, ‘.wallet’, ‘.nft’, and others. Once a domain is purchased from Unstoppable Domains, it’s owned forever without the need for renewal fees. These domains can be tied to cryptocurrency addresses, making it easier to conduct peer-to-peer transactions. Unstoppable Domains focuses on providing a seamless experience for setting up decentralized websites and establishing a digital identity. The platform has moved its domain minting process to Polygon to eliminate gas fees for customers, making the process more accessible.

Handshake (HNS)
Handshake is a peer-to-peer root naming system that seeks to create an alternative to the current Domain Name System (DNS), making the internet more secure and censorship-resistant. It decentralizes the root zone, the highest level in the DNS hierarchy. Handshake uses its own native cryptocurrency (HNS) for transactions, which incentivizes network participation and domain trading. It provides a platform where TLDs can be bought and sold with permanent ownership, much like ENS and Unstoppable Domains, but with a focus on the root DNS naming zone.

While these platforms offer innovative solutions for digital identity and decentralized web hosting, it’s important to note that they are not without limitations. Adoption is still growing, and there may be compatibility issues with existing web technologies. However, as the decentralized web (Web3) continues to mature, these domains are expected to play a significant role in how we interact with the internet, manage our digital identities, and transact in the digital economy.

FAQ Section
  1. What are Web3 domains?
    Web3 domains are blockchain-based domain names that provide a decentralized alternative to traditional domain names. They offer censorship resistance, full ownership, and can serve as human-readable addresses for cryptocurrency wallets, decentralized websites, and applications.
  2. How do Web3 domains work?
    Web3 domains operate on blockchain technology, which records domain ownership and transactions in a transparent and immutable ledger. They are accessed through blockchain networks, bypassing traditional DNS servers, and can be linked to various digital assets and services.
  3. Why should I use a Web3 domain instead of a traditional domain?
    Web3 domains offer several advantages, including enhanced security, resistance to censorship, full ownership without renewal fees (in some cases), and the ability to directly integrate with cryptocurrencies and decentralized applications.
  4. How can I buy a Web3 domain?
    Web3 domains can be purchased from platforms like ENS or Unstoppable Domains. The process typically involves connecting a digital wallet, searching for a desired domain, and completing the transaction with cryptocurrencies.
  5. Are Web3 domains a one-time purchase or do they require renewal?
    It depends on the platform. Unstoppable Domains offers domains with a one-time purchase fee, granting permanent ownership, while ENS domains require annual renewal based on the domain’s length.
  6. Can Web3 domains be used for regular websites?
    Yes, Web3 domains can redirect to traditional websites and can also host decentralized websites on networks like IPFS. However, they may require browser extensions or specific DNS settings to resolve correctly in standard web browsers.
  7. Is it possible to transfer Web3 domain ownership?
    Yes, ownership of Web3 domains can be transferred to another user or wallet, leveraging the inherent transferability of blockchain assets. This process is typically done through the platform’s interface or directly within a digital wallet.
  8. Can Web3 domains be used for cryptocurrency transactions?
    Web3 domains can be linked to cryptocurrency wallets, making it easier to send and receive digital currencies by using a readable domain instead of long alphanumeric addresses.
  9. What is the difference between ENS and Unstoppable Domains?
    ENS and Unstoppable Domains differ in their blockchain base, domain extensions offered, pricing models, and governance structures. ENS operates primarily on the Ethereum blockchain with a renewal model, while Unstoppable Domains offers a variety of extensions with a one-time purchase fee and operates on both Ethereum and Zilliqa blockchains.
  10. How do I set up a website on a Web3 domain?
    To set up a website on a Web3 domain, you can link the domain to decentralized storage solutions like IPFS. This involves uploading your website content to IPFS and setting the IPFS hash as a record in your domain’s settings.
  11. What happens if I forget to renew my ENS domain?
    If an ENS domain is not renewed by the end of its registration period, it enters a grace period. If the domain is still not renewed during this time, it becomes available for public registration again.
  12. Are Web3 domains secure?
    Web3 domains benefit from the inherent security features of blockchain technology, such as cryptographic encryption and decentralized consensus mechanisms, making them highly resistant to tampering and fraud.
  13. Can Web3 domains be seized or taken down by governments or organizations?
    Due to their decentralized nature, Web3 domains are resistant to seizure and censorship by central authorities. However, the interface or services used to access these domains might be subject to regulatory actions.
  14. How do Web3 domains integrate with existing web technologies?
    Web3 domains can integrate with existing web technologies through blockchain-based DNS resolution services and browser extensions, allowing them to function alongside traditional domains. However, widespread adoption is still in progress, and some compatibility issues may arise.

Links to web3 Registrars below

Preview of my .eth domains below.


Preview of my Unstoppable Domains below.


Preview of my Handshake SLDs below.

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