Ethereum Name Service (ENS), the domain system of the Ethereum network, will support .box domains from October. The particularity of these is that they will be compatible with internet browsers.
Nick Johnson, Lead Developer of ENS, shared news on Twitter. In his message, he assured that .box will be the first blockchain-native TLD (top-level domain) that will be compatible with DNS (domain name systems). That means it can be used in domain names on the traditional web, but unlike traditional domains, all domain name registration and transfer operations in the “.box” will be carried out onchain, using smart contracts.
This new service that ENS will offer in conjunction with the company MyBox will be available in 127 daysaccording to him website of the project. In addition, it would be implemented in a second layer of Ethereum (such as Optimism or Arbitrum), which will allow it to operate with lower costs than those of the main network, according to counted Josh Brandley, founder of MyBox.
In the project description, it is mentioned that the owner of the NFT (non-fungible token) associated with the “.box” domain name will be the owner of both the DNS domain and the ENS domain name. This implies that the owner of the NFT has full control over the domain name and can manage it using the functions provided by the ENS.
As explained in detail in CriptoNoticias, Ethereum Name Service (ENS) is a decentralized domain name system based on the Ethereum blockchain. It provides a way to associate human-readable names with smart contract addresses, wallet addresses, and other resources on the Ethereum network. Thanks to this tool, instead of using long and difficult to remember addresses, ENS allows you to register and use domain names ending in .eth.
Cases of use of this new domain in ENS
However, How could an Ethereum user take advantage of these new .box domains? Let’s say Maria is a digital artist and wants to sell her artwork as an NFT. To do this, she decides to create her own online sales platform.
First, Maria registers the domain name “maria.box” using the DNS service that is compatible with the “.box” domain. Now, she can associate her NFT selling website to this domain name. When users visit “alice.box” in their web browser, they will be directed to the corresponding website.
On the other hand, let’s imagine Maria also wants to give buyers a way to verify the authenticity of their NFTs and access additional information about her art. To do this, she registers the domain name “alice.box” in the Ethereum Name Service (ENS) and associates the address of the smart contract representing her NFT with the domain name “alice.box” in the ENS. Users will now be able to use “alice.box” in web browsers and on ENS-enabled apps or sites to send payments or find additional information.
An important clarification from Nick Johnson before the consultation of a user is that DNS domains will have less resistance to censorship than ENS. This is because, since it is not a decentralized service, they must comply with the regulations of the countries where traditional web domains are registered and used.