The technology enables anyone to use public blockchains to host websites, which are anticipated to be more difficult to take offline due to blockchain’s inability to be easily filtered.
The integration will enable more than 500.000 sites using the .crypto blockchain name to gain widespread adoption by allowing millions of internet users across the world to visit the domains using any web browser without the need for specialized software.
While blockchain domains have grown in popularity over the years, they have yet to garner general acceptance outside of bitcoin aficionados and decentralized internet proponents due to their technical nature and the lengthy setup process required to access them.
Internet users will now be able to access .crypto domains simply by changing a simple setting in their standard web browsers, providing them access to the decentralized web and the benefits of a genuinely neutral internet.
Following in the footsteps of Huobi and Coinbase, cryptocurrency exchange OKEx became one of the first to introduce support for blockchain-based addresses using Unstoppable domains for outgoing transactions on February 9th 2021.
Taking Advantage of Cloudflare Technology
Cloudflare’s Distributed Web Resolver was unveiled on January 13th, 2021 as a consequence of its research team’s efforts to identify alternatives to resolve queries that satisfied the requirements of decentralized protocols such as InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) and Ethereum.
The Domain Name System (DNS) enables consumers to visit the online by utilizing readily remembered URLs such as “cryptonewspipe.com” rather than http://126.96.36.199/, making the internet more accessible to users.
Due to their inherent features, distributed systems such as Ethereum and IPFS are incompatible with DNS, necessitating businesses to create other solutions such as specialized web browsers or plugins to connect.
Cloudflare is a leading provider of web infrastructure and security services, enabling web services to improve performance and protection against DDoS attacks.
Cloudflare will now play a critical role in the development and adoption of the decentralized web, thanks to the integration of decentralized protocols (web3).
The Decentralized Web Movement is growing rapidly
While blockchain technology has experienced the most success in sectors such as cryptocurrency and financial platforms, other applications such as Non-Fungible Tokens (NFT) and web3 have gained traction in recent months.
Unstoppable Domains began as a way to facilitate crypto transactions by making them similar to sending letters, but it quickly expanded its scope and applications to become one of the most powerful players in Web3.
Web3 supporters see this transition to a decentralized web as a necessary step toward returning to the original web, where “no permission from a central authority is required to post anything, there is no central controlling node, and there is no single point of failure,” as its creator Tim Berners-Lee put it.
With concerns about censorship, monopolization, and privacy growing by the day, users who had never paid special attention to how they use web services have begun to do so.
Matthew Gould, CEO of Unstoppable Domains, referred to these concerns by stating:
“In a time when data breaches have become commonplace, while privacy and ownership over an individual’s own digital assets are paramount, centralized control has been called into question by many forward-thinking people and companies. This new system is different. It puts the control back where it should be, back in the hands of the user.”
This is shown in the growing use of messaging applications such as Telegram and Signal among privacy concerns about Whatsapp and Facebook Messenger, the increased use of Parler by Twitter users who have been banned from the platform, and the growing interest in Decentralized Apps (dAPPs).