WHOIS, the most complete Web3 domain/TLD ownership tool

WHOIS

Web3 Domain explorers

When you open your browser, the first thing you do is look for something. You can use Google or any other search engine to find what you need. Explorers are built into the vast majority of websites. For example, Freename.io uses a good search engine to let users find the best Web3 domains/TLDs. Google changed the way we use the internet in a big way. Think about how often you tell someone to ‘Bing’ something. Usually not. You say “Google it” because the search engine is so important to how we use the Internet daily. Almost every website has added a search function. Check out the top of the Amazon home page. Have you seen the huge search bar that takes up half of the banner at the top? There’s no way to miss it! A strong explorer can be a useful USP for the owner of an online business, helping them stand out from their competitors.

Why is this important?

Web3 domains are what make online identities possible. Domain names and websites are very effective ways to promote a personal brand or a business. Choosing the right top-level domain (TLD) is one of the most important parts of setting a good tone and reputation. As more people use them, Web3 domains and top-level domains (TLDs) are becoming more popular. The Freename explorer helps leverage a good search engine to provide users access to the best Web3 domains/TLDs. However, apart from finding which Web3 domains and TLDs are available, there is no way to determine the ownership.

The ‘WHOIS’ explorer

Freename.io took this problem into account and has announced their newest dedicated explorer, ‘WHOIS’. It is a dedicated Web3 Domain and TLD explorer that looks for Web3 domains from Frename, ENS, and Unstoppable Domain on-chain. Users and businesses can find the right Web3 domain and TLD for their needs using a dedicated explorer. What if a certain domain name has already been taken? Businesses and users can use ‘WHOIS’ to find the wallet address behind a domain or the domain for a given wallet address. The Web3 domain space is growing, but it needs to be easier to see which domains and top-level domains (TLDs) are available and who are the owners behind them. Freename.io already uses a powerful search engine to connect users to the best Web3 domains, but with ‘WHOIS’, users can find the owners behind Web3 domains/TLDs.

How can users leverage the ‘WHOIS’ feature?

Double-check if the website is properly registered

One big benefit of web3 domains is that they are not controlled by the ICANN. One valid point ICANN has made is that anonymous domains are often used for illegal things like spreading malware and copyright-protected works without a license, among other things. As long as the people who own and run these platforms stay anonymous, law enforcement won’t be able to stop them. Even if the registrars are told about the domains and take them offline, the owners can move on to a new one and start over.

This is a big worry for Web2 domains, but there is a way to fix it in the Web3 space. Wallet addresses. By having both wallet addresses and transactions publicly available on the blockchain, the anonymity of wallet addresses is more resistant to fraud. So far, the only problem has been: how can users find the wallet address for a Web3 domain?

This problem can be fixed with Freename’s ‘WHOIS’.

‘WHOIS’ is a unique domain explorer vertical in Web3. It works for all domains because it queries wallets, domains and TLDs from Freename, Unstoppable Domains and the ENS database. It’s the only place you need to find the domains behind ANY wallet’s address.

  1. Select Explorer.

  2. Go to Web3 ‘WHOIS’.

  3. Copy the wallet address and click the search button

Want to find out where a certain domain is located?

  1. Select Explorer.

  2. Go to Web3 ‘WHOIS’.

  3. Copy the domain and click the search button

Check out this step by step demo or our youtube demo

Is this website a scam?

In Web3, anonymity is a characteristic respected by all, but it may have its downsides. With this emerging industry, users should be cautious and conduct due diligence when using any website.

Let’s say you are buying a product from a Web3 website. It would be beneficial to cross-check some of their past transactions to see if the website is legitimate. By leveraging the ‘WHOIS’ feature, users can conduct the appropriate due diligence before any purchase or transferring any assets to a domain.

If you get scammed, you can leverage the ‘WHOIS’ feature to gather evidence and proof from whatever blockchain the domain is registered on (another key information ‘WHOIS’ reveals). It is predicted that over time, Web3 scams will no longer be tolerated by authorities and having the proof to build a case is in your best interest.

Bad actors trying to steal your domain/TLD

Trademarks help you take legal action against those using your domain/TLD without your permission.  Freename Web3 TLD trademark registration provides legal protection for your domain name and logo worldwide. For six months after you submit your trademark application to the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IGE.ch), your Web3 TLD will be safeguarded everywhere around the globe. You can also decide which countries to register your trademark.

If you have registered your trademark and you see someone trying to use your domain/TLD without your permission, ‘WHOIS’ is the first step for you to take. Finding the bad actors using your domain/TLD without your permission will help your case when pursuing legal action.

Conclusion

As this industry grows, it is becoming essential for users to have access to important information, such as the ownership behind Web3 domains. Having access to this information is usually difficult to come about as it requires coding prerequisites. Freename.io has given its users access to this information in a simple and coherent way by creating the ‘WHOIS’ explorer. You can find more information on our newest releases and products on our Medium page and useful articles to better understand Freename and the domain and trademark ecosystem.

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How does it work?

Accordingly to the day when you will finalise your purchase, you have the right to receive from 1 to 3 NFT Domains for FREE!

Once you have completed your order, within 48h you will automatically receive on www.freename.io platform, in your personal area “portfolio” the randomly assigned NFT Domain/s.

You can chose on which blockchain you want to mint on and minting fee is covered by Freename!

HOW TO USE COUPONS:

Once you have added your favorite items to the cart, you proceed to “checkout” and add your coupon to the “coupon box”.

Said coupon will instantly do its magic and your due total will drop!

COUPON CODE CAN ONLY BE USED ONCE!
ENJOY YOUR SHOPPING AND GIFTS!

How does it work?

Once you have completed your order, you will automatically receive on www.freename.io platform, in your personal area “portfolio” the randomly assigned NFT Domain value $50 or if you’re lucky a randomly assigned TLD with value $699 (between these: .immersive; .multiverse; .freelancer; .cashback; .hologram)

you can chose on which blockchain you want to mint your NFT Domain/TLD on and minting fee is covered by Freename!

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Why do i Need a Wallet?

Freename domains are blockchain-based assets and would be minted and stored using a wallet. Users are required to mint and manage their domains using a Metamask or Coinbase-configured wallet. It must be a non-custodial wallet, meaning that one must own the private keys to the wallet in order to approve transactions via a signature.

To benefit from Freename Web 3 domains/TLDs, you must have a wallet. This is because Web 3 domains/TLDs are blockchain-based assets. Users can mint and manage their domains using Metamask or Coinbase-configured wallets.

Keep in mind that it must be a non-custodial wallet. You own the private keys to the wallet (in order to approve transactions via a signature).

Are the Domains Associated with ICANN?

ICANN does not manage freename.io domains. Freename.io believes their TLDs/domains must allow customers to operate independently. Freename.io wants to build a utility infrastructure, allowing customers to use their services for valuable and generative purposes. By leveraging blockchain technology, Freename Web 3 domains/TLDs have no centralized authority imposing rules and regulations.

What is a Wallet?

Every blockchain user requires a wallet in order to interact with the network. A wallet is essentially an account on the blockchain where transactions can be sent and received. It is also where one can store blockchain assets such as cryptocurrency or NFTs (non-fungible tokens). There is no personal information associated with a wallet and none is required to create one. A wallet consists of a public key and a private key. The public key can be safely shared with anyone who wishes to send assets to the corresponding wallet, however, the private key should not be shared and is the key to accessing the wallet in the event where access is lost or to create another instance.

A crypto wallet (cryptocurrency wallet) is software or hardware that enables users to store and use cryptocurrency. With cryptocurrencies, there isn’t any actual money to carry around in a wallet. They exist on the blockchain. Similarly to traditional bank transfers, crypto wallets enable users to send and receive cryptocurrencies, NFTs, etc.

A wallet consists of a public key and a private key. To receive assets, you share your public key associated with your wallet. You should NEVER share your private key.

How do i Claim my Earnings from Freename

ou can withdraw revenues generated passively through a cryptocurrency transfer. Connect your cryptocurrency wallet and, once your withdrawal request is confirmed, the desired amount is pulled from Freename’s reserves and conveniently delivered to you!

Claim your earnings by following these steps:

  1. Connect your cryptocurrency wallet to Freename.io
  2. Request a withdrawal
  3. Receive request confirmation
  4. Receive withdrawal directly to your wallet.

Can i Transfer Domains?

Yes. The domain is stored in your cryptocurrency wallet and can be transferred by you after you have minted it. Access your portfolio, select the TLD or Domain you wish to transfer and type the recipient’s address. Afterwards, you must paste the OTP code you received by mail to confirm the transaction. Keep in mind that currently, it is not possible to import the domain that has been transferred, but it will be possible soon!

Yes. Domains are transferable ONLY after a TLD/domain has been minted and stored in a user’s wallet.

To transfer the TLD (or domain), the user must:

  • Access their wallet
  • Select the item they want to transfer
  • Enter the recipient’s address.
  • Confirm the transaction by pasting the OTP received by email

In the future, Freename.io will support importing domains that have been transferred.

What about Trademarks?

Registering a trademark on your Freename Web3 TLD will allow you to protect your web3 TLD and your logo worldwide juridically.

From the moment you deposit a trademark request, your web3 TLD will be protected worldwide for 6 months awaiting for the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IGE.ch) to confirm and register the availability of your TLD.****

A trademark is any symbol, phrase, or word that allows customers to identify a company’s goods or services. Freename is a web3 domain/TLD provider that also provides trademark registration.

A user must reach out to the trademark department to register a trademark. To get your trademark filed for review at the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property, a user must provide the following:

  1. Complete a Know your customer (KYC)
  2. A list of TLDs they wish to trademark
  3. Proof of payment

Once these conditions are met, it takes one week for the trademark to be reviewed and logo/TLDs to be provided with six months of worldwide protection.

Is Minting the same as Buying?

Purchasing a TLD (or domain) on Freename and minting it on the blockchain are two distinct steps. When you purchase a TLD (or domain), the transaction is recorded in Freename’s database and not on the blockchain. Minting a TLD (or domain) on the blockchain requires a second step: log into the user’s personal area, select the TLD (or domain) and press “mint TLD” (or domain): done! Don’t worry, once you have purchased a Freename domain, no one can take it away from you!

No. Buying and Minting a TLD/domain are two different things.**

Buying **is the process of recording a transaction on Freename’s database and not on the blockchain.

Minting is the process of pushing a user’s domain from Freename.io data onto the public ledger of a blockchain and into a user’s wallet. Giving the user full control over the TLD/domain.

It is very easy to mint a domain/TLD once you purchase it. Simply:

  • Log into your personal area
  • Select the TLD (or domain)
  • Press “mint TLD” (or domain)

What is Domain Minting?

Minting is the process of publishing a Freename domain (or TLD) on the blockchain via your wallet to gain full custody of the domain. This means that the only person that has control over the domain (or TLD) is the person who controls (has access to) the wallet.

Minting is the process of pushing a user’s domain from Freename.io data onto the public ledger of a blockchain and into a user’s wallet. Giving the user full ownership over the domain.

Minting on Freename.io is as simple as the following steps:

  1. Go to the Freename.io website
  2. Enter the TLD/domain you want to buy in the search bar
  3. Add the TLD/domain to your cart
  4. Go to checkout
  5. Create a Freename.io account
  6. Purchase the TLD/domain with cryptocurrency or a credit card
  7. Go to “portfolio and incomes.”
  8. Click on mint TLD/domain

Which domains are Protected?

Protected domains and TLDs are domains and TLDs that we’ve detected are associated with a brand, organization, or notable person. We believe it is important to increase adoption for the next generation of the internet by helping to onboard brands into the Web3 era. If you are interested in applying for a Protected domain, please contact us.

TLDs/Domains associated with a notable person, brand or organization are considered Protected Domains. Protected domains help onboard brands in Web 3 increasing adoption. Protected domains also protect users from others impersonating/stealing their domains.

Reach out to Freename.io to apply for a protected domain.

Why use Freename?

Freename domains are unique by their very nature: only with Freename you can register domains with unique TLDs for your digital identity while passively earning money!

Freename.io is not only the leading TLD and Domains platform in Web 3, but also lets users generate passive income!

Owning a Freename Web 3 TLD entitles users to receive passive income whenever a domain is bought on their TLD. Users can register and mint TLD/domains of their choice if available.

What is a Domain?

A domain name is a string of letters and/or numbers that points to the IP address of the corresponding website. Generally, it is easier to remember a name than a long string of numbers.

A domain name is an address that people type into a browser bar to find a website. It consists of a Top-Level Domain (TLD), everything that comes after the dot, and the Second-Level Domain (SLD), everything that comes before the dot.

For example, “Freename.io” is the domain name, “Freename” is the SLD and “io” is the TLD.

Which Chains are Supported?

Freename has a multi-chain approach. You can choose on which Blockchain to mint your Web3 Domains and TLDs ranging Among Polygon, Cronos, and Binance.

A user can mint a Freename.io domain/TLD on the following blockchains:

  • Polygon
  • Cronos
  • Binance

Freename plans to expand its multi-chain approach by adding blockchains upon which domains can be minted.

Are there Renewal Fees?

No! Once you’ve bought a Freename Domain or TLD, it’s yours forever, no renewal fees ever!

No. There are no renewal fees on Freename.io. Once a user has paid a one-time payment for a domain/TLD, they own it. Forever.

This is the significant advantage of Web 3 domain/TLD over traditional alternatives.

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