Surfing the decentralized web just got a lot easier
Popular domain registrar Unstoppable Domains and privacy-focused web browser Brave recently announced a major integration that provides lightning-fast native browser support for thousands of decentralized websites.
With the new integration, Unstoppable Domains boasts that anyone can access blockchain domain names, which are growing in popularity because they make it easier to send crypto payments, open NFT galleries, and publish content outside of the box. ecosystem of ICANN.
To deepen the company’s decentralized web roadmap, Matthew Gould, Co-Founder and CEO of Unstoppable Domains met TechRadar Pro to iron out the details.
What steps are you taking to fulfill your mission of integrating three billion people into the decentralized web?
In April, publicly traded browser company Opera announced full default integration with Unstoppable Domains, giving its millions of users seamless access to the decentralized web. With this integration, Opera users can access NFT .crypto addresses from any browser platform, including iOS, Android, Windows, Mac, or Linux. Opera currently has over 320 million monthly active users across all of its browsers.
Most recently, we worked with Brave to enable native browser support for Unstoppable Domains. With the latest Brave browser update, Brave’s 31 million monthly active users have access to 825,000 blockchain domain names on desktop and Android platforms.
These integrations, along with browser extensions that work with Chrome, Firefox and Edge, Unstoppable Domains, show that we’re on the right track to making the decentralized web accessible to the world’s 3 billion internet users.
What blockchain trends are you following and why?
The biggest blockchain trend that we follow is NFT. Every domain name registered on Unstoppable Domains is actually minted as an NFT on the Ethereum blockchain, and we’re also seeing a lot of .crypto domain names turned into NFT art galleries. We are really excited about the NFT space and its potential beyond digital art and collectibles. NFTs are a game-changer when it comes to connecting people to the decentralized web and giving them full ownership and control of their digital identities.
What is Unstoppable Domains 2021 strategy?
2021 has been a year of tremendous growth for Unstoppable Domains. Our current domain name registration rate is growing> 500% year over year. Even during the recent volatility in the crypto market, we are seeing thousands of new domain names registered every week.
This year, we are focusing on integration with browsers to make it easy to access .crypto domain names and the decentralized web with one click. We are also integrating new wallets and exchanges, allowing our users to seamlessly send and receive cryptocurrencies with a human-readable username instead of a long wallet address. Additionally, we are expanding our user base and public profile by auctioning off some of the most requested premium domain names.
What are some of the most popular global domains that are unique?
It was really exciting to see the creative ways people use their .crypto domain names, from streaming to art galleries to games and beyond. Some that we’re really excited about are Pomp.crypto, owned by Anthony Pompliano, a crypto investor and host of the popular Pomp podcast; Kyber.crypto, which makes trading digital assets simple and efficient; vault74.crypto, a decentralized chat service; voodfy.crypto, a decentralized live streaming service; and Tinyracing.com, a decentralized game over IPFS. The possibilities are endless when it comes to launching decentralized websites and innovating with Web3.
What sets you apart from your competition?
Traditional domain name providers charge a monthly or annual fee to keep your domain name, so instead of owning it, you rent it out. Unstoppable Domains is different because we don’t charge any renewal fees, and once you register your .crypto domain name, it’s yours forever.
Your domain name can be used for more than just web hosting – it’s a way to make crypto payments to over 50 wallets and trade with an easily readable username. Ultimately, blockchain domain names are a secure platform for identity and authentication. Unlike traditional DNS, our system is much more secure and free from phishing, hacking, and denial of service attacks.
What other updates and announcements do you have in the works?
In the coming weeks, we’ll be announcing three new wallet integrations that make it easier than ever to use your .crypto domain name to send and receive cryptocurrency from anywhere in the world. We look forward to sharing more details soon.
What is a key part of the unstoppable areas that your users / customers might not know about the business?
While we have gained recognition for selling the world’s most expensive NFT domain name with win.crypto, many of our domain names start at just $ 40. There is no renewal fee, so it is very affordable to buy a blockchain domain name and own it forever.
Another thing to note is that although it was complicated to access the decentralized web, it becomes much easier! You can download a browser extension on Chrome, Firefox, or Edge to access the decentralized web, or you can do so directly through Brave or Opera. It has never been easier to access and be a part of the decentralized web by purchasing your own NFT domain name.