The construction of Web3 and its total decentralization not only depends on large networks of nodes, technology blockchain state-of-the-art and powerful smart contracts, rather it depends on being able to use all this to build structures that facilitate the development of Web3 applications and services that can be accessed quickly, easily and securely, and this is where domain names come in. NFT.

What is an NFT domain?

UAn NFT domain is nothing more than a structured data record in which we can obtain the information of a person, organization, website or application, along with the necessary data to contact it and other data of great interest about it. For example, an NFT domain could have among its data, a person's email address, their PGP Public Key, along with a BIP-47 code for secure payments in Bitcoin and a DNS IP record for a blog or website. Basically, an NFT domain is a traditional DNS record that we can access at any time using applications specially designed to handle these NFT records.

Let's remember that, traditional DNS records are essential for the functioning of the Internet as we know it now. Every time we open a Web browser and browse the enormous ocean of Webs that make up the Internet, the DNS are the ones who transfer well-known names such as "bit2me.com" in the set of data that we know as IP, and allow us to request the correct servers the data of the Web that we want to connect. Put more simply, DNS is our address book, one that allows us to easily navigate the hundreds of millions of websites out there and find what we want.

With this in mind, it is quite clear to see how an NFT domain can be useful for the construction of Web3, since each NFT created is unique, and the data stored within it cannot be altered unilaterally. Not only that: being part of a blockchain, anyone can access the registry at any time, avoiding the censorship that is often seen in traditional DNS services. Thus, NFT domains open the doors to a new era of decentralized services with a global reach that is available to everyone.

What is Unstoppable Domains?

Unstoppable Domains is a service that allows us to create NFTs domains that are deployed on the network Ethereum, Polygon and Zilliqa. The service allows you to create, very quickly and easily, DNS records for traditional websites or for other services cripto that have the ability to make use of crypto name services (CNS) technology.

The development of Unstoppable Domains began in 2018 under the leadership of Matthew Gould (current CEO), Bogdan Gusiev (current CTO), Braden Pezeshki and Bradley Kam. At that time, the idea was much simpler, allowing names and personal data to be registered that could be easily associated with an email address. cryptocurrency or to route connections to smart contracts within complex DApps. However, the idea was scaling and now Unstoppable Domain offers unique capabilities to register websites in both Web2 and Web3, serving as a bridge between both generations and demonstrating the enormous potential of this technology.

Is it legal to use Unstopabble Domains?

Using Unstoppable Domains is completely legal, making use of the service is not a problem in any jurisdiction. This means that you can create the records you want in this service without any problem, as long as you do not commit any crime by doing so.

For example, registering a domain of a company like “Adidas”, keeping the registration in “HODL” until you sell it for a premium price to the company if it is interested in having a crypto registration, is a crime. The crime is greater if you have a website on that domain and use it to sell products or provide services as if it were an official and authorized partner of the company, cheating or performing other functions. This crime is known as "Cybersquatting" and is punishable by law.

Other crimes are registering domains to misuse them to distribute viruses, create decentralized networks for DDoS exploitation, ransomware or other illegal activities. In any case, making registrations in Unstopabble Domains for your use and enjoyment is not illegal, just remember to make good use of the service and follow the rules that apply to traditional domain registration.

How many Unstoppable Domains are there?

Currently, Unstoppable Domains has more than 1,9 million registered NFT domains, which are spread over the three networks supported by the platform (Ethereum, Polygon and Zilliqa). Most of these records are found on the Polygon network. In fact, we can see these logs from the Polygonscan block explorer, with over 1 million logs made.

Can I sell an NFT domain?

Just as you can buy and register an NFT domain at Unstoppable Domains, you can also sell and transfer your domains to other people. To perform this action, all you have to do is transfer the NFT of your domain to this other person's wallet and with that you will have passed ownership of it to its new owner. Once this process is done, you will no longer have control over the domain.

Adding UD support to browsers

Making use of NFT domains is not something that all web browsers can do directly. Let's remember that Web infrastructure as we know it relies on traditional centralized/federated services. The level of integration of all this technology is such that most browsers only support this technology stack by default, forcing Web3 developers to resort to other means of adding such support to browsers.  An example of this can be seen in Dappradar, which offers the support to interact with decentralized applications (DApps).

But this is changing rapidly, for example browsers like Opera and Brave offer support for Web3 by default and that includes technologies like Unstoppable Domains and IPFS. To offer the same support to other browsers (such as Firefox, Chrome and derivatives) Unstoppable Domains has the ud extension. Thanks to this extension, browsers that are compatible with it can get support for Unstopabble Domains' NFT domains and freely use this technology.

Installing the UD extension is as simple as going to its official website and clicking on the “Get the extension” button for the browser you are using. Once this is done, you can go to the extensions store of your browser and install it, in order to enable said support in the browser.