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Ethereum Name Service (ENS) now works with all second level domains

Now your .com or .whatever address works with ENS.

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ENS now supports regular domain names.

Last week, Ethereum Name Service (ENS) expanded its capabilities to work with any second level domain. This means owners of .com, .net, .money, et al. domains can now use their domains as a wallet address in ENS.

This makes a lot of sense. Domain names were created because it’s easier to remember words than IP addresses. Similarly, ENS makes it easier to remember long wallet addresses.

ENS launched by selling .eth addresses. So, you could use a domain like mycoolname.eth as your wallet address. Now, rather than expand to other pseudo-TLDs in addition to .eth, ENS will instead support domains registered on the main DNS. ENS’ creators say this has been in the roadmap since 2017.

ENS already worked with select domains such as .XYZ. The new functionality means that any second level domain will work.

Importing a domain involves enabling DNSSEC, adding a TXT record, and registering the name on ENS. This last step requires paying the Ethereum network gas fee. Fees are currently rather high, and the fee might be about $300. ENS says it’s working to reduce this fee, and it’s also possible that gas fees will fall in the future.

There are some differences between using .eth names and standard second level domains for your wallet, including the security of the namespace.

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  1. Greg says

    This is really exciting! I was wondering how it would work if a domain on DNS has expired, is there anyway for that to automatically be communicated to the ENS side of things?

    Also, I expect this to mostly benefit nGTLD domains. No one in these new spaces gives a crap about .com names.

    P.S.
    Your form system doesnt even understand the concept of a ngtld domain based email address.. Maybe time to get that updated? Here we ae talking about these grand innovations in domains being added to the ENS, and you guys still cant even send email to an ngtld address.. lol

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