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The Ethereum Name Service and How it functions


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According to crypto experts, the manifestation of the Ethereum name service bears testimony to the emerging transformation in the virtual space. Prior to the emergence of this trend, developers encountered series of complications in the quest to align internet protocol addresses with the existing domain names. During those moments, accessibility to various sites was restrained and only possible for users who typically remember all the IP addresses, particularly the series of numbers and dots attached to the particular site. Apparently, such demand or requirement makes accessibility difficult as the strings of numbers attached most times become tedious to recall. Accordingly, this article seeks to appraise the emergence of the Ethereum name service and how developers deploy it in aiding the accessibility of their virtual projects.

The Ethereum Name Service Project

The Ethereum Name Service (ENS) grossly emerged as a distributed, public, and expandable naming architecture which communicate with the Ethereum blockchain. In addition, the presence of this trend fosters a formidable and reliable alternative to long and tedious crypto addresses. As programmed, the ENS enjoys about two Ethereum smart contracts. The protocol ensued as a nonprofit oriented project, with the utmost aim of fostering decentralization and community decision making. One of the contracts, identified as the ENS registry stores domain names and addresses. The other, known as the Resolver consistently interprets domain names as readable addresses.

Furthermore, developers become eligible to purchase and grow their respective domains with the presence of ENS. In view of this, the assurances of protected and decentralized operations become indisputable on the blockchain. This, however, limits the possibility of errors obtainable while inserting addresses in a bid to instigate transactions.

ENS as an alternative to DNS

Prior to the emergence of the Ethereum Name Service, experts in the quest to solve the domain-oriented complications improvised the DNS. The DNS, identified as the Domain Name service emerged in 1983 as a project to align IP addresses with accessible domain names. With the DNS, users for instance can access binbit by typing binbit.com, instead of the age-long strings of numbers necessary to get to the website. As programmed, the DNS transforms the IP address of the webserver into an understandable address known as a URL.

Accordingly, the ENS and DNS possess a framework that fosters the manifestation of hierarchical addresses. These addresses known as domains usually enable its developers to enjoy control over both the top domain and the manifesting sub-domains. To many experts, both projects remain identical, but with all obviousness work differently. The DNS, however, manifested as a systematic protocol to resolve and give accessibility to Web 2. The ENS on the other hand appears programme to aid web3, a new version of the internet. Primarily, the Ethereum Name Service grossly provides a more seamless way to read and share crypto addresses without hindrance. In addition, the ENS domains grossly amount to about $5. Subscribers interested in purchasing its tokens acquire it through existing crypto exchanges. Accordingly, the exchanges include Binance, FTX, Uniswap, Okex, Bybit, SushiSwap, and a host of others.

How does the Ethereum Name Service function?

Without equivocation, the workability of the Ethereum Name Service is not rocket science. The trend possesses a feature identified as “Registry” which entails the registration of such domains on the ENS. Note that all domain addresses obtainable on the platform are owned by owners, identified as registrants. Accordingly, a domain owner remains very eligible to relay or sell the domain address to another user without hitches. Registration as a functionality on the ENS helps to consistently track, monitor, and record the list of domain owners. More so, owners, having registered become eligible to allocate subdomain addresses. As a permanent or main registrar of that domain, they posses the power to alter the subdomain addresses allocated to their subscribers within the ENS.

Furthermore, the Ethereum Name Service possesses an algorithm that aids the processing of all domain addresses registered on the platform. The algorithm, identified as Namehash enables the ENS to realize the respective addresses attached to every domain. A good example of this includes “Cristiano. eth”, possessing unique identity specified by dots. Accordingly, this namehash replaces the user-friendly names, possessing a sizable length of 256-bit cryptographic hashes.

However, for namehashing to work optimally, the correctness of the names must be obtainable. This, however, manages the equal normalization of the letter cases. With this, subscribers overtly access the domain through the same namehash obtainable on the Ethereum name service.

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Olaleye Komolafe
Olaleye Komolafe
Olaleye is a professional reporter with vast experience in web3, cryptocurrencies, and NFT journalism. He enjoys writing about the evolving metaverse sphere and the prevalence in the crypto sphere. Notably, some of his contents have been published in numerous international publications. Away from the crypto world, Olaleye is a political scientist and a lover of football

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