What is an .ai domain

What is an .ai domain

What is an .ai domain

The .ai domain name extension is an easy way to identify your startup or business or personal website with Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and other Future Technologies.  While many one-word prestige domain names ending in .com are unattainable or cost millions, you can own a short easy to remember one word .ai domain name in the thousands or tens of thousands, or even for the small registration fee of $100.

Next on our series of articles about the diverse range of domain extensions available is this one, covering everything you need to know about the .ai domain.

With a population in Anguilla of approximately 15,000 people, you wouldn’t expect there to be a massive demand for their ccTLD, the .ai domain. However, what this article will help explain is why there are far more domains than people in Anguilla and how it has been embraced by tech firms of all shapes and sizes, from the giants like Google and Meta, down to small start-ups.

To fully understand the .ai domain phenomenon, it is important to reflect on the history of domain name extensions and how we got to the current array of domains. So let’s get started…


What is the history of domain name extensions and where are we now?

Domain name extensions like.ai have come about because of the need to evolve a system that started back in the early 1980s. The reason for the Domain Name System (DNS) being invented is that originally if you wished to connect to a different user you would have to write a numerical address.

Clearly, in the early days when it was more of a closed shop, this wasn’t a major issue but as the internet started to develop and become widely used a change was required. Originally developed for ARPAnet, a domain name converts a website’s IP address into a more readable name.

When we talk about domain name extensions or Top-level Domains (TLDs), we refer to the end part of the domain name. As a helpful example, look at our domain www.cloudname.com. Everything after ‘cloudname’ is the TLD, which in this case is .com.

The organisation that allocates these TLDs, approves registrars to manage them and many other aspects of the internet is The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). 


The options available to you now

Over time, domain extensions have evolved from the initial handful to countless varieties to choose from. Ultimately, all of these variations fall into four categories and it is important to be aware of the differences as they can sometimes affect the performance of your website or the ability to utilise it fully.

If you’d like to read more about this topic then we recommend this article on the Cloudname site.


Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

The original set of TLDs that we will all be very familiar with, including .com, .net and .org. Thanks to their history and reputation, these TLDs are in high demand and it can be challenging to find the perfect domain you want with an extension like .com.


Country-code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs)

As part of the development of domain extensions, each country has been allocated their own TLDs. Most common examples include .co.uk for the United Kingdom and .ca for Canada. These are often owned by the government of that country and link a website to that particular region. This is the category that .ai domains fall under, but used for different purposes as we will discover.


New Generic Top-Level Domains (new gTLDs)

The marketplace for domains is an increasingly competitive one, with more and more people wanting websites or domains for their crypto wallets. As a result, new gTLDs are regularly announced to help diversify this market. Whilst lacking the history or reputation of older extensions, they do offer more creative and industry-focused options like .tech and .blog.


Crypto Domains

With the development of blockchain technology and the increasing support for cryptocurrency, a new form of domain extension has been developed. Crypto domains differ in a few ways from normal TLDs, particularly in the fact that they are based on a blockchain and so can be purchased indefinitely as opposed to renewed each year. They are used for crypto wallets and websites.


So what is the .ai domain extension and why was it developed?

The .ai domain extension was initially created for Anguilla, a British Overseas Territory island in the Caribbean. The intention for this domain extension was like any of ccTLD in that it was to represent websites of businesses and people living and operating in this country.

However, given the country has a population of approximately 15,000 it was clear that demand for a domain intrinsically linked to Artificial Intelligence (AI) was going to be used for different purposes.

Technology companies across the world, particularly those with a focus on AI have snapped up the .ai equivalent of their existing domains and many others because of the domain hack potential.


Now that we know the history, let’s think about who uses them and why they are growing in popularity

Let’s start with who uses them and the simple answer is all of the major technology players! Google not only owns google.ai but also purchased start-ups that had their own .ai domains.

It is easier see understand why this is happening if we look at some financial information relating to the AI industry. In 2020, corporations invested almost $68 billion in artificial intelligence. This is an incredible number which shows the increasing focus on this area of science.

As a result, the .ai domain is becoming more and more popular for those entering or expanding their presence in the arena of artificial intelligence.


The main reasons why they are so popular

We have already touched on the main reasons why an .ai domain extension is a popular choice for organisations and projects around the world. However, there is more to it than simply artificial intelligence, as we have summarised below:

  • – Artificial Intelligence: The most common reason for going with this type of domain extension. Whenever we say AI, it is almost unanimously linked to artificial intelligence and if you refer to a domain with .ai then this connection is also immediately made.

  • – Domain name hacks: As a result of the website ending in .ai, it allows many people to create a website that spells something specific like their brand name. This is sometimes more important than the connection with artificial intelligence.

  • – Availability: Like many other new gTLDs, their availability is better than traditional extensions as fewer people have opted for an extension with .ai. This makes it easier to get your chosen website name.

  • – Connection with the future: Whenever we talk about technology and artificial intelligence, we are talking about the future. By owning a domain with .ai, you are creating a link between your business or service and the future.


The difference between .ai and .io domains

You may have some concerns about whether you should invest in an .ai or .io domain and whilst they both closely relate to the world of tech there are some key differences.

When we refer to ‘IO’ in the tech world, we often mean input/output, a more generic term that can be linked to different aspects of technology such as data. We talk more about that here. When it comes to .ai, the implication is more specific in that it refers to artificial intelligence.


Ultimately, you can get any domain extension you wish for your business or project but it is important to think about the impression that you give to potential customers when they see your domain name. It has to make sense, it has to engage and it has to drive them to your website.


Are there any risks associated with .ai domain extensions?

With any domain extension, there can be risks but in general, they can be mitigated by being aware of the risks and understanding what they mean. To help, we’ve summarised a couple of the key challenges internet users face.

Firstly, just because a website ends in .ai, it doesn’t mean it relates to the field of artificial intelligence. You should always be careful and do your research on the website and organisation behind it before trading with them or sharing information.

Secondly, for those looking to invest in domains as a trading opportunity, it is a smaller market than others and still not the most widely used. For example, large corporations have purchased .ai domains but often they still just redirect you to their traditional .com domain. This may mean they are a riskier investment for now but could also pay off in the long term.


Final thoughts

With the development of new technology and the introduction of new domain extensions, it is important to remember that there are existing extensions out there like .ai that can be repurposed. If each country or region has a ccTLD, it doesn’t necessarily mean they have to be used for that specific location.

In many cases, Google doesn’t penalise a website due to geo-location issues and so a ccTLD can turn into a brand-friendly, engaging domain for your organisation.

If you want to get started and explore the different domains available to trade, join the community at Cloudname, the first truly all-in-one domain trading platform.

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Blockchain Starter Guide: From Bitcoin to NFTs

Blockchain Starter Guide: From Bitcoin to NFTs

Blockchain Starter Guide: From Bitcoin to NFTs

Blockchain. What started as a tech buzzword is now everywhere in the media. It has created new business models, reinvented the Internet, and is on its way to replacing banks.

There have been many achievements, and Bitcoin is the most successful project. Still, barely 100 million people are using cryptocurrencies in 2022. So while it’s been over a decade, most of the population is unfamiliar with blockchains.

Maybe that’s you, and that’s ok. Blockchain often isn’t beginner-friendly. It may seem exclusive for developers, traders, or collectors.

But it’s not all about investing. Blockchain can become as seamless as the Internet. So whether you know how it works or not, anyone can use it.

Here’s why blockchain is relevant for everyday people (and why companies invest so much in it).


Blockchain 101: What It Is, What It Does

In formal terms, a blockchain is a digital database secured by distributed ledger technology (DLT).

Broken down word by word:

  • The block is a data container that allows multiple formats. Thus, a transaction block may include the date, amount, name, and address. The combination of all these creates a unique ID number for each block (known as hash).

Blocks also need the hash from the previous before adding to the chain.

  • The chain is the chronological sequence of blocks. To add a new block, users need to confirm that the new block includes the exact hash from the previous one. As new blocks chain after yours (known as confirmations), the transaction becomes irreversible.
  • The ledger is the database that records these transactions.
  • A distributed ledger (LTD) means that all involved users have a copy of this database in real-time. You don’t rely on a single device to verify these entries, but thousands.


How Blockchain Works

While blockchains divide into many types, public blockchains are the default. That’s what most cryptocurrencies are. Here are some common properties:

  • Autonomous. Blockchains have hard-coded rules (AKA consensus models) to verify their blocks. In Bitcoin, the blockchain validator is often whoever uses the most computing power. In chains like Ethereum, it might be whoever holds the most coins (AKA staking), or whoever other members vote.
  • Decentralized. There’s no central authority in charge of the database or the rules. Even blockchain code updates rely on collective decisions. The more the members, the more decentralized.
  • Trustless. There’s no link between your identity and the transaction details. However, blockchains hold records available for the public. Because of this transparency, users can trade without intermediaries needed.
  • Secure. You can only add a new block if the majority of nodes confirm it. Once the block is public, it becomes more secure as the chain goes on. After enough blocks are built after yours, the transaction is permanent.

When you change these properties, you get blockchain variations such as:

  • Public/Private
  • Permissioned/Permissionless
  • Consortium/Hybrid


The Real Deal Behind Blockchain

Blockchain has contributed to efficiency and innovation in business. Companies that implement blockchain will simply outperform those that don’t. And it’s only getting started.

Blockchain businesses can save money on transaction and escrow fees. So they can either improve their profits or lower prices for their customers. Most decentralized applications (Dapps) charge a few cents at most.

Because blockchains rely on distributed nodes, thousands of users can share their control. Rather than trusting the goodwill of some board of directors. Decentralized organizations (DAOs) gain users rapidly because of this opportunity.

To show how relevant blockchains have become, let’s look at their broadest applications.


Top 5 Blockchain Use Cases

Ironically, almost all cryptocurrencies have centralized markets. Bitcoin still has ridiculous price influence, whether your coin is the real deal or just hype. As if blockchain was all about Bitcoin’s technology.

Over time, blockchain projects will be freer from this influence. Here are five places where to look:

Dapps: Decentralized Applications

Decentralized applications are autonomous programs that offer user features. The utility code can be the same as in traditional apps. The code that interacts with the blockchain is called smart contract.

What do Dapps do? As much as any other app, plus expanded transactional features. Platforms that make it easy to pay and get paid. 

Dapps can be foundational (used to build bigger dapps) or niche-focused (from investing to gaming). Most use the Ethereum blockchain because it was the first one with smart contracts. Now with more efficient options, you can find Dapps on Solana, Avalanche, Binance Smart Chain, and a dozen others.

Decentralized exchanges, play-to-earn games, and marketplaces like Cloudname are Dapp examples.

Decentralized Finance: Trustless Financial Services

Blockchains introduce new ways to put your (crypto) money to work, which we call DeFi. Based on your goals and risk preference, you’ll find countless instruments:

  • Staking: Lock a coin amount you own to earn Annual Percentage Yield (APY)
  • Liquidity Mining: Provide funds to collect platforms fees and influence its policies
  • Yield farming: Earn three-digit APYs by leveraging crypto lending
  • Arbitrage trading: Profit from price differences between pool prices and live markets.
  • Fractionalized trading: You can profit from assets that you’d otherwise need to buy. On Cloudname for example, you could buy a $1000 fraction of a $1M domain. If the domain appreciates or sells for $2M, you get $2,000.

DeFi apps have little to no fees. Most of which go either to reward liquidity providers or improve the platform. There are also aggregators which automatically find you the lowest quotes.

Unlike Bitcoin, DeFi wasn’t a thing until 2020. How fast is it growing? It’s already a $130B+ market, which is 17% of Bitcoin’s.

Decentralized Autonomous Organizations: Empower Consumers

DAOs empower those who invest the most. While that often means money, it could also mean the number of transactions, years holding X token, or participation. DAOs are collectively-managed companies where the most-valued members get the most decision-power.

Let’s say you want a group to help you trade domains on Cloudname. You build a $1M fund with other people and contribute 10% to it. How do you agree on what domain to trade?

If you’re the best contributor, your decision has more weight. DAOs do this automatically. And to avoid manipulation, they may involve multiple decision-makers and voting randomness.

NFTs: Wealth Preservation

Also known as “digital gold,” many are jumping into Bitcoin to protect their money. Still, Bitcoin is volatile, outperformed by many, and doesn’t hedge well against traditional markets. And while it might grow past the $1M Bitcoin eventually, every setback delays this crypto dream.

Could NFTs be different?

Non-fungible Tokens are unique coins that represent a digital collectible backed by blockchains. For example, the famous Bored Apes are collections of ERC-721 tokens. It’s essentially a unique Ethereum token in your wallet, which identifies you as the owner.

NFTs can only trade for cryptocurrencies, which makes them even more volatile. And while many collections are cash-grabs, it’s not uncommon to sell NFTs for 10X-100X. Or better: lifetime passive income.

For example, you can trade domain NFTs on Cloudname. Once you own one, you can offer it to a website owner for a yearly subscription.

Payments: Fast and Worldwide Available

While domains are one blockchain application, they’re not limited to websites. They make it easier to get paid by replacing unreadable addresses. The ones that look like ‘0BvBMSEYstWetqTFn5Au4m4GFg7xJaNVN2.’

Imagine you buy yourname.crypto on Cloudname, and it supports the Ethereum Name System. You link your Ethereum wallet to your domain, so you no longer need to share that long text string. For clients, it looks like this:

  1. Open the Ethereum wallet
  2. From your balance, click on Send
  3. Instead of pasting an address, type yourname.crypto
  4. Enter the amount and confirm transaction[IMG] 

The payment sent to yourname.crypto arrives at the same long address attached.


What Are Blockchain Domains Exactly?

Whatever the project is, all blockchain websites start with a domain. To build decentralized applications, you can use both traditional and blockchain domains. So how are they different?

Let’s start from the basics. A domain is an address naming service that simplifies browsing. There are infrastructure platforms that register these domains (Namecheap, GoDaddy). Traditionally, you would buy your new domain and pay renovation fees every year.

Blockchain domains are NFTs. You pay one time, and once it’s in your crypto wallet, it’s only yours. Nobody can deactivate it if you miss payments (because there aren’t).

Your domain will register on the blockchain (probably Ethereum’s), which is a public registry. So when someone searches yourname.crypto, this happens:

  1. Your browser runs the IPFS protocol (which allows reading .crypto domains)
  2. The domain’s smart contracts will point to the blockchain block linked to your website.
  3. Once it’s found, your device loads the website as normal.

So what are the advantages of using blockchain domains instead?

Get Paid In Fewer Steps

The easier it is to get paid, the more likely it is to. So how easy is it to pay in crypto? Knowing that billions of people don’t know how, probably not easy enough.

Without ENS blockchain domains:

  1. Go to the website
  2. Find the 35-character address and copy it
  3. From your wallet, click on Send and paste it
  4. Confirm transaction

Most sites will open your browser wallet instead (e.g., Metamask). What if you don’t have one? Here’s a simpler way:

  1. Click on Send, and type yourname.crypto
  2. Confirm transaction

Works from any wallet as long as it’s the same blockchain.

Get Full Control of Your Website

The moment you buy your domain NFT, you have full control until you sell it. You pay nothing else, and it can keep appreciating over time. How is it possible?

The name registers on the blockchain, which is public, immutable, and distributed. There’s no central server to verify that the domain is yours. Every node on the blockchain can, which is why you pay once.

Your domain will work for as long as the blockchain does. It doesn’t matter where you bought it from. If whatever domain registrar were to shut down overnight, you’d still keep your domain.

Not only control is safe. It can be an asset itself.

Get Passive Income From Your Domain

You can monetize ‘control’ by selling your domain to others. Just like your traditional domain registrar. Which really means renting for a year.

If you’re investing in domains rather than building websites, renting is smart. You can generate annual passive income while waiting for potential sales. You are lowering your risk in case your domain doesn’t sell.

But if it’s a good one, it might go above $1,000 per year. Maybe you own a four or five-letter crypto domain. Once they’re all taken, yours becomes more valuable.

Also, blockchain domains sell for cryptocurrencies, which tend to appreciate long-term. NFTs also gain value based on who or how many owners came first. If some big brands have owned it before, that’s visible on the blockchain and affects your sale price.

Crypto domains are easy to trade from the Cloudname marketplace. You’ll find 100s of domains available, all with live status and prices for sale, rent, fractionalization. Whether you want to buy domains under $100 or invest $100 in $1M domains, Cloudname allows you to do it.

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How To Get Started On Blockchain?

Many believe when Bitcoin gains mass adoption, blockchain will change the world. But crypto payments are far from its only application. Blockchain has a lot to offer to everyone, even those who’d rather stay away from this movement.

If you want to invest in blockchain, opportunities are endless. Anything works as you learn the sector, whether it’s DeFi or metaverse. It comes down to competitive research.

If you want to trade blockchain projects, Cloudname domains are an easy way to start. Blockchain economies are still volatile no matter the asset. With good risk management strategies, arbitrage becomes very profitable.

If you want to develop, easy. Most primitive apps are already built, and you just need to put them together for your niche idea. You can go with the large ETH market or cost-effective blockchains like Solana.

And if you’re getting started and found this helpful, we invite you to check other guides in our blog.

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What is a domain lease?

What is a domain lease?


A domain name is often a relatively cheap expense for a business, but this doesn’t tell the whole story. In order to have a domain that has high levels of authority and as a result, traffic you need to put time and money into Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

Domain names are as important as other capital assets that like equipment, vehicles and buildings that can be paid for over time. The domain lessee can operate the domain names while they are earning the revenue to pay for the lease payments. With a domain purchased on payments you control the ultimate cost of the best domain name, and have it form the start of your business.

Right now many domain names are available to purchase by click the more details page and following the link to the dan.com website,, when applicable.

Furthermore, despite there being such a wide variety of domains to choose from it can be incredibly difficult to find the perfect domain name for your business, brand or personal project.

This is where alternative options for obtaining a domain come into play and today we are going to focus on the concept of a domain lease, also referred to as renting a domain. In much the same way as leasing a car or property for your business, it presents some significant benefits that may make it a much better option compared with the traditional approach to web domains.

Read on to find out more about leasing a domain and whether it is suitable for your individual requirements.


What do we mean by a domain lease and what are the benefits of this approach

We’ve already touched on a useful analogy when trying to describe the concept of a domain lease. When we need an office or retail store for our business, we generally have two choices: to buy it or to lease it.

This is the exact same idea with a domain. You can either purchase one from a domain registrar and then build up the domain’s authority from scratch, or you can lease the domain from its owner.

There are some fantastic benefits to exploring this option and we will go on to list those in the next section. These benefits have made domain leasing such a popular option that many domain platforms like Cloudname allow you to not only buy and sell domains but rent them too. There are also specialist domain leasing websites dedicated to this offering and the most popular is Venture.com


What are the benefits of domain leasing

With every decision we make, there are both pros and cons to consider. When it comes to domain leasing, there are some truly interesting benefits that you need to be aware of.

The benefits are not just for the small guy who may have limited funds, larger organisations and tech start-ups also often opt for this approach. You can explore this article to see how two dynamic NFT projects chose to go down the route of a domain lease.


Minimise expenses at the start

To truly develop a domain from nothing, it does take an investment in time and money. For many start-ups or smaller businesses, cash flow can be a challenge and it can be a significant help to save money on domains.

By leasing a domain, you can reduce the outgoings at the start and be able to fairly accurately forecast expenditure moving forward as you will have an agreement in place with the owner of the domain.


Existing authority and traffic

Many owners of domains will put money into making their domain rank highly on SERPs for certain keywords. This is because it will be more desirable to those looking for a domain and increase the amount they can charge.

As a result, this means that when you lease a domain it is likely to come with a degree of authority and SEO already in place. You can start generating an income or brand awareness from the domain much quicker than if you buy a brand new one.


Get a premium domain name

With growing competition for space in the online community, it can be challenging to find your preferred domain. Whilst new TLDs are being added into the mix, which expands the pool of domains the premium ones get snapped up very quickly.

By leasing a domain, you may well be able to find that perfect domain name or at least a more relevant one for the industry or location you operate in.


Brand continuity

A website is just one extension of a brand, along with physical stores, social media channels, emails and more. As a result, finding the most suitable domain can play a big part in maximising brand awareness and brand continuity.

If your domain isn’t available to buy, but it can be leased then this might be more beneficial to you from a brand perspective compared to owning a domain.


Are there potential disadvantages to leasing a domain?

Yes, the short answer is there are disadvantages to choosing a domain lease. This doesn’t mean it is the wrong choice for people but it does mean you need to balance the risk against the reward.


Some of the potential disadvantages include:

  • Lack of control: If the owner decides not to renew the agreement or shuts down for some reason then this could cause significant issues for your business or personal project. You may have spent a long time building up brand awareness and engagement, only to find you can’t continue using the well-known domain name.
  • Not investing in an asset: Whilst you reduce the liability by not owning the domain, you are not investing in an asset because it doesn’t belong to you. In much the same way as renting a property as opposed to owning one.
  • Over time it can be expensive: For those with limited cash flow, leasing is a fantastic option but over time the money you spend will accumulate. This means it may cost more overall for the domain than if you have bought one and developed it yourself.

How do you lease a domain and what ones are available?

Thankfully, the process required to lease a domain is pretty straight forward and there are a lot of places to choose from.

If you visit a marketplace like Cloudname and search through the list of domains, you will be able to see whether they have been listed for sale and/or rent. You simply select the one that you wish to go for and then follow the steps on the screen.

When you choose to lease a domain, make sure that you take a moment to do the following:


  • Check the terms and conditions of the lease to fully understand the costs, duration and liabilities.
  • Shop around to make sure that it is the best option for you in terms of domain name and price.
  • Consider all purchasing options before committing to the lease and do some research on the owner if you can.

What domains are available to lease?

Firstly, any type of domain can be leased to others by the owner. No matter whether it is a traditional .com domain or a modern NFT domain they all can be traded in this way.

However, what is important to note is that not every owner will choose to do this. They may prefer to sell it outright because that suits their investment plans, or they wish to tokenize a domain. 

There is a degree of luck involved that you will find your perfect domain available when you need it, but with such a dynamic marketplace there is a good chance you will find a suitable domain to lease.


What other options for there for getting a domain?

We’ve focused on a domain lease in this article but it is important to remember there are other ways to obtain the perfect domain for your business or investment portfolio. You can find more information about these topics in our blog section, but please read on for a summary of three potential alternatives.


Buy a brand new domain

You can explore the many web domain registrars out there like GoDaddy or Ionos and find an unused domain. Once you have purchased this, you will have to pay renewal fees each year but you then have full control over what you do with it and another owner can’t take it away.

This is the traditional approach and still a very popular option, particularly if you have the knowledge to optimise a website or the funds to do so.


Buy an established domain

One of the reasons why we developed the first truly all-in-one domain trading platform is that many people out there wish to buy established domains. Whether it is part of an investment portfolio or as a way to expand their business it presents a great way to enter the market quickly without having to wait for a domain to develop over time.

You can buy these domains with a range of currencies including cryptocurrency with Cloudname so check out our marketplace for more details.


Invest in a tokenized domain

If you’re looking to build up a portfolio of investments in domains, then this option is a fantastic way to go about it. As highlighted in this article, a domain can be fractionalized so that instead of trying to sell it for $100,000, someone could sell 100 shares of it for $1000 each.

This presents you with an affordable way to obtain a share of a website and its value.


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What Is a Web3 Domain?


To understand Crypto or Web3 Domain Names, let establish the features of a domain name.

Domain names are the record that can convert a natural language string of words to an IP or record locator address. In the traditional domain name system, this “ledger” is kept on 13 servers around the world monitored by a global governance group, and the countries that each manage their own namespaces.

These names are interoperable globally with the existing routers, browsers, apps, and websites.

In the Web3 domain name system, the list and record request, and verifications are managed on one of a group of decentralized blockchains. A series of rules and contracts, without a central authority, govern the space. Private companies play the role to commercialize and manage relations with the blockchain.

Right now these Web3 domain names are interoperable with a small subset of browsers, apps and websites. They do work on many applications not part of the traditional domain space.

So Web3 Domain Names are the intersection of the Domain Name world and the Crypto worlds.

Domains have been around for over 30 years. Last decade however saw the birth of crypto, NTFs, virtual wallets and all that led to a significant change in the way we think of and operate with domain names.

The domains’ market is now the platform not only for gaining and establishing virtual presence but also for investments with all the peripheral that’s linked to it including the creation of a crypto niche.

When Bitcoin was first released in 2009, more than a decade ago, it instantly showed potential as a decentralized form of currency. With it consumers could make peer-to-peer transactions on the Blockchain without the need of a bank or a centralized financial operator.

But if you’ve been struggling to send money and remembering complex crypto wallet addresses, you aren’t alone. That’s where Web3 domains come in hand.

This article is all about getting into the details of Web3 domains, what they are, how they help users, and what are the major players in Web3 /crypto domains.

What Are Web3 Domains?

There are a couple of roadblocks that are preventing crypto from going mainstream. While cryptocurrency is a great innovation, it’s also a complicated one, putting a huge barrier up for all beginners looking to get into the industry.

If you ask first-time crypto users, one of the reasons crypto isn’t accessible to them is the concept of wallet names. While crypto allows people to send money to each other through a decentralized network, you need to send funds to complex wallet names that are hard to remember.

But that’s where Web3 domains come in. Just like how the classic DNS system completely changed the way people use the internet, Web3 domains make it much easier for people to send and receive money from other users.

However, for some people, understanding Web3 domains can be just as hard as understanding crypto itself.

Later in this article, we’ll be getting into the fine details of Web3 domains, how they work, and why you might need them, so stick around.

But first, we need to take a look at the internet’s original domain name system.

The Beauty of DNS

Just like cryptocurrency, when the internet first launched, there was a lot of hype and excitement over how it can and would change the world. However, there were major barriers that made it hard if not impossible for some people to surf the web.

In the beginning, all websites used IP addresses. For example, Facebook’s IP address is And during the beginning of the internet, the only way you browse and get on these websites is by typing in the IP address.

As you can tell, IP addresses are long and complicated. On top of that, humans have a much easier time remembering a combination of letters than numbers. So, browsing the internet and hopping on different websites was a bit more complicated back in the day.

But then, DNS was introduced.

DNS, or the domain name system, is the system we use to browse the internet today. This system makes use of specific domains (facebook.com, google.com, yahoo.com) in place of IP addresses. This makes it much easier to browse the web as all users have to remember is a phrase or word that they can type into their browsers.

Domains are unique, and only one website can own a specific domain at a time. That is why there was also a huge potential for earning money back in the early days of DNS.

Since only one person could own a domain at a time, there were many people who scrambled to register valuable domains or domains that would eventually rise in value. That way, once the value rose, the person would sell the domain for a much higher price, making significant profits.

You can learn more about domain trading on the Cloudname website. There, you can also buy, rent, and sell domains – allowing you to make money from domain trading without having the need to use any other website.

And while domains are a very useful innovation, there is still one organization running everything in the background. While this is necessary, it does come with some drawbacks. So, in the next section, we’ll be talking about ICANN.

How ICANN Gets in the Way

ICANN, or the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers is a non-profit organization behind the scenes making sure domain names work. While you have probably never heard of this company, they play an incredibly pivotal background role in how the modern world works.

This organization works out of California and is responsible for running the entire DNS. So, whenever a person registers a website or buys a domain from another seller, the transaction runs through ICANN.

In fact, ICANN holds so much power that it can even authorize other websites to serve as domain registrars wherein people can also register their domains. Examples of these websites are GoDaddy and Domain.com, just to name a few.

And while ICANN plays such an essential role in running the DNS, the problem is that this is the only organization involved in running the DNS. So, this brings about a word that many people on the internet dread: centralization.

There’s nothing wrong with ICANN playing a pivotal role in running the DNS. However, problems arise because this is the only company that runs the DNS. That means there’s one single entry point for people looking to register domains.

This makes for a huge blow to net neutrality right out of the gate, putting an immediate obstacle that prevents a fair and free market.

On top of that, this gives anyone who wants to attack or threaten the internet a clear target. And since ICANN operates in the US, it also poses security risks as it gives them access to moguls like Mark Zuckerberg, who is known for violating user privacy.

So, as much as the DNS helps our lives, the aspect of centralization makes it a very slippery slope. ICANN is vulnerable to outside manipulation, cyber attacks, and puts a huge question mark regarding net neutrality.

But is there a way to use the DNS without centralization?

Well, there is, and you currently see it in practice if you look at innovations on the blockchain.

Blockchain Domains: The Start of a New Era

As mentioned earlier, cryptocurrency is a great innovation. It’s inherently decentralized, which means it’s less susceptible to attacks and abuse. And because of this, even new innovations within crypto such as blockchain domains are decentralized.

The biggest benefit of blockchain domains is one that it shares with the DNS: convenience. With blockchain domains, you no longer need to copy long and complex crypto wallet IDs when sending funds to another account. Instead, all you have to do is type in a catchy domain such as “bills.crypto” and it will send the funds to the domain.

WithWeb3 domains, the names are tied to specific wallets that are stored on the blockchain, where it is secure as ever. And to enhance security, the keys to these domains are stored within the wallets as an NFT.

Additionally, using a blockchain domain frees you from centralization. That way, you don’t have to deal with censorship, giving you full autonomy over the content of your website.

With that said, this freedom is a double-edged sword. While people living in authoritarian states will greatly benefit from this freedom of speech, the same applies to people and groups looking to promote hate speech.

Before you go ahead and invest in a blockchain domain, it’s important to remember that it’s not 100% secure. Just like any other technology, there is a risk of hacking the blockchain.

However, the blockchain is massive and incredibly secure. So, while it is possible, hacking the blockchain is much harder to do than hacking other pieces of software.

Blockchain domains are a fairly recent innovation, however, just like the technology upon which it rests, it has the potential to completely change the game.

Big Players in the World of Blockchain Domains

While blockchain domains are decentralized, you still need service providers to provide you with these domains. These providers make it much easier for people to get their own blockchain domain and enjoy the benefits of not having to use their complex crypto wallet address all the time.

Here are some of the forerunners in the world of blockchain domain naming;

Ethereum Name Service (Eth)

As you might guess if you’re into the world of crypto, Ethereum is leading the way for other currencies to further the technology. The ENS is a completely non-profit service that aims to decentralize the DNS, allowing people to obtain domains without the need for ICANN.

This is possible by building their entire service on the Ethereum blockchain. So, you will register a “.eth” web address. For example, your domain could be “crytpo.eth”.

Whenever someone registers a domain with this service, they mint an ERC-721 NFT token. With that said, the ENS doesn’t aim to completely replace the DNS. Instead, they are there to offer a viable alternative and take some of the power away from ICANN.

There is a yearly registration fee that customers have to pay when using the ENS.

Namecoin (BTC)

This is one of the first types of Web3 domain service providers that hit the market. They aimed to allow miners who were already mining Bitcoin to also mine Namecoin through merged mining. Namecoin operates primarily on two technologies: NameID and Dot-Bit-DNS.

NameID registers a name with an authentication protocol known as OpenID. This is similar to how you can “log in with Google” on certain websites. However, it is much less invasive. On the flip side, the Dot-Bit DNS is like a phonebook for internet domains.

The benefit of Namecoin is that they cannot ask you to take down a website you registered with their service, unlike if you registered through the ICANN DNS.

Unstoppable Domains (Ziliqa)

Unstoppable Domains is another player that owns a fair share of the game right now. These are the providers known for the “.zil” and “.crypto” domains, which are some of the most widely used right now.

The founders of Unstoppable Domains notice a sense of tribalism in the crypto community that is keeping people from adopting the technology. Their system aims to allow you to send and receive a wide variety of cryptocurrencies to any wallet.

On top of that, the founders aim to simplify, if not eliminate the wallet address system as a whole. Copying and pasting long and complex addresses to send funds isn’t just difficult, it also opens up room for mistakes that can cost people their coins.

One of the biggest benefits of Unstoppable Domains is that they offer a one-time payment. So, once you pay and register your domain, it is yours. You don’t have to worry about renewal fees or annual registration fees.

This is very different from ENS, and is one of the major reasons Unstoppable Domains is comfortable as one of the top providers on the market.

Additionally, these are very accessible domains. One of the advantages of these domains is that they are now available on just about any web browser in the world. All people have to do to access it is updating their browser’s DNS settings.

Unstoppable Domain recently moved its operations to the Polygon network. The biggest advantage of this is that the Polygon network is that most of the fees will be removed. That way, it’s much easier for people to register their own Web3 domains.


There is no doubt that we are still in the very early days of cryptocurrencies. And as a result of that, we get to see all these new innovations that have the potential to change the world as we know it.

And one of these innovations is Web3 domains. These domains make it easier for coin owners to transfer funds, but it also allows more people into the world of crypto as it makes everything a lot simpler.

So, if you’re new to the world of crypto and Web3 domains, keep your eyes peeled as it is the next big thing.

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How To Transfer a Domain

How To Transfer a Domain


You’ve got this amazing idea for a new business, or maybe you want to start a new blog or simply invest in some domains. The process of finding and buying a domain is relatively simple thanks to services like Cloudname but one challenge some still face is finding the right hosting service.

In some situations, you may wish to transfer your domain to a different registrar and hosting service because that will allow you to manage everything in one place or utilise a better system. 

It can be confusing trying to work out how to transfer a domain and that is why we created this article full of top tips and helpful instructions.


What is a domain transfer and why would you need to initiate one?

Owning a domain name means purchasing it via a registrar. They are the custodians of the domain name, providing you access and offering additional services.

Once you have registered your domain, you can decide to switch it from one registrar to a different registrar. This is known as a domain transfer but it is important to note that you must have been with your existing one for 60 days or more.

This is a requirement set by ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers and is known as the 60-day Change of Registrant lock. You can find out more information about this particular restriction here.


If it is within 60 days, you may still be able to complete an account change. This is a simple process of changing the domain name from one account to a new account at the same registrar and can be done instantly.

Some domain names on the Cloudname aftermarket can be transferred and some may need to be started from the current registrar.


Why you might need to transfer a domain

There are a number of reasons why someone would decide to transfer a domain and it is a much more common process than many realise. In an ever-evolving era of technology, services and solutions there is increasing competition for customers.

We’ve highlighted a handful of the reasons for transferring a domain below:


Price changes

A highly relatable reason given the current cost-of-living challenges faced by many parts of the world right now. It may be that you registered a domain with one service because they had a special offer and when it comes to renewing that domain the price jumps up a great deal.

It is important to shop around and make sure you pay the best price, for the most relevant service.


SEO issues

It may be that the service you use is causing your website to load slower than is optimal, or perhaps another service allows you to utilise plugins for a specific type of site. All of this will have an effect on the Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) of your domain.


Alternative services

Some domain registrars offer services like a managed website, special hosting packages or discounts on renewal fees for transferred domains.

All of these can be very appealing and offer a way of improving the performance and value of a domain if you’re looking to use it to run a business or sell on for a profit. It may be necessary to transfer a domain in order to utilise these more optimal services.


Consolidating your domains

If you’re interested in investing in domains or have a portfolio of domains then it makes a lot more sense to manage them all in one place. This not only could save you money, but save time and effort by only having to log in to one location and see all of the information you need.

Anyone wanting to start trading domains should check out this beginner’s guide as it will provide more detail on why we recommend consolidating your domains.


The key steps required to transfer a domain

All domain registrars will allow you to transfer a domain if you wish, but it is important to be aware of the steps involved in doing so. There are certain criteria that must be met, actions required with both the old and new registrar and pitfalls that if you’re not aware of could stop the transfer from going through.

Let’s look at the key steps required to transfer a domain


Step 1: Update contact information and email accounts

One of the most common reasons for a domain transfer failing is the lack of contact information or inaccurate information.

The first step should always be to make sure that all services you will be transferring from have the most up to date contact information. During the process, they will use this to confirm everything with you and request action be taken.

It is also important to note that in most cases when transferring a domain, any emails linked to this domain will become disabled. So as to limit the impact on your business or the transfer itself, set up a backup email to ensure you stay in communication with people.


Step 2: Confirm the domain is transferrable and unlock your domain

Whilst you will have likely done this already, it is important to double-check that your domain is transferrable and there are no reasons for it being blocked. We have summarised some of the common reasons for this happening below this section so take a moment to read through them all.

Next, once you have confirmed that your domain is transferrable, you will need to unlock your domain. This is normally done in the control panel of your existing registrar. Whilst each control panel will look slightly different, they will normally have a section called domain or security. If in doubt, look for an FAQ or support section from your registrar for a step-by-step guide.


Step 3: Request the authorization code

Once your domain is unlocked, you will be able to transfer it and the way this works is by requesting an authorization code. This is a safety feature that reduces the chances of someone accessing your domain and transferring it without your permission.

It is also important to note that this authorization code is the connection between the new and old providers. Depending on the service you use, this code is provided via email within five days or it may be generated on the dashboard.


Step 4: Create your new account and add the authorisation code

If you haven’t already, it is now time to create an account with your new registrar. Most services will have a special section for transferring domains so once you’ve got into your account, look for this section.

As part of this transfer process, it will ask for the authorization code that you obtained in Step 3. Make sure to get this code right as it will fail without it and will delay the process as you will need to start again.


Step 5: Approve the transfer and pay all fees

As long as you have provided all of the contact information correctly, you will be contacted by both providers. This is part of the security protocols in place to ensure you are genuinely trying to transfer your domain and it is not someone else doing it.

Answer all of the questions they ask correctly and efficiently so as to not hold up the process. Once this has been done, you will need to pay any of the transfer fees charged. If you’re changing providers due to a special offer, it may be you don’t need to pay anything for the first year but you will still likely need to add in your financial details (e.g. a credit card or PayPal).


Step 6: Finalise the process

You’re finally getting to the end of the process and it’s now just a case of waiting for the transfer to be complete. The new registrar will set up everything for you and this can often take up to one week.

Please note that if you have a website linked to this domain it should stay available for people to access so you don’t experience a stop in service.

By following this process, you should have your domain transferred to your preferred provider and you can then focus on using your domain to its full potential.


What are the reasons why a domain transfer might fail?

There are a number of reasons why a domain transfer might fail and it is always important to read through the specific instructions for your new and old registrars before commencing with the transfer. To give you an idea of some of the most common reasons for a domain transfer failing, see the following:


  • Incorrect information: If there is a discrepancy between the information you’ve provided about you and the domain then they may not be able to verify that you are the verified owner. Always make sure to have everything correct and up to date before you start the process.

  • Outstanding fees: A common reason for a domain transfer failing is that the owner owes money to the registrar. As a result, they may put the domain transfer on hold until any outstanding amounts have been repaid.

  • Domain locked: As highlighted above, all domains must wait 60 days before being transferred, as part of ICANNs 60-day Change of Registrant lock. It could also be that you haven’t unlocked it properly or paid any fees. If in doubt, contact the support team to find out the exact problem.



As you can see, the process for transferring a domain is relatively straightforward! As long as you take the time to read the instructions provided by each service and use the correct information. If you do this, you can enjoy the benefits of switching a domain including saving money and consolidating your domains in one place for more efficient management.

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Strongest British and International Domains to Know About

Strongest British and International Domains to Know About


Investing in an appropriate domain name is a popular way to grow an online business.

From investor’s point of view, the process of acquiring a strong domain name is not that easy. Some online resources can help and Cloudname.com is a great place to start when interested in international domains.

With the current guide, we’ll go over some successful domains to get inspired by, to check the existing trends in the domain selection as well as to obtain advice on successfully investing in domain names.

No matter if you are a first-time buyer or planning to add international domains to your portfolio, here is what you should consider.


What is a Domain Name?

Domain names are used in URLs to identify particular web pages. For example, the domain name www.microsoft.com represents the website of Microsoft Corporation. A domain name can be up to 67 characters long and consist of letters, numbers, and hyphens. It cannot however start or end with a hyphen.

Domain names are purchased and registered through domain name registrars. There are many different top-level domains (TLDs), which are the endings of a domain name and which are of interest when investing. The most common TLDs are .com, .net, and .org. Other popular TLDs include .gov, .edu, and .co.uk.

More recently, the popularity of NFT domains has also soared and these domain extensions are .x, .coin, .wallet, or .crypto, among others. These domains aren’t centralized and, once the investor buys one, it is theirs for life without having to pay renewal fees.


What are Generic Top-Level Domains?

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs) are the highest level of domain names in the internet’s Domain Name System (DNS). They are intended to be used by anyone and for any purpose. The most common gTLD is .com (which stands for Commercial), but some other popular extensions include

  • .net (Network)
  • .biz (Business)
  • .info (Information)
  • .org (Organization)
  • .media (Advertising/Marketing)


What are Country Code Top-Level Domains?

A Country Code Top-Level Domain (ccTLD) is an Internet domain name extension that represents a country or territory. A ccTLD is typically two letters long. For example, the ccTLD for the United States is “us”, while the ccTLD for Canada is “ca”. But apart from that, some famous ones on the internet are:

  • .it (Italy)
  • .br (Brazil)
  • .fr (France)
  • .ru (Russia)
  • .au (Australia)
  • .de (Germany)
  • .co.uk (United Kingdom)


Strongest British Websites and Blogs

There are a lot of successful English websites and blogs but here are some of the most influential:

DNJournal.com – One of the oldest news blogs, written by domain veteran Ron Jackson, who gathered a large collection of top sales lists for the industry as a whole.

Domainnamewire.com – Andrew Allemann edits this news source for the domain name industry, which is edited by a seasoned industry expert. The articles are relevant to anybody interested in domain names and web presence business.

Domaininvesting.com – Elliot Silver, the owner of Domaininvesting.com, created this news source for domain sales, industry arrangements, and other domain-related issues.

Forbes.com – Forbes.com is an American business magazine. It is published daily and focuses on business and financial news. The magazine has a readership of over 150 million people on all its platforms.

HuffPost – The Huffington Post is an American online news aggregator and blog founded by Arianna Huffington featuring original content and aggregation from journalists and bloggers in the United States and around the world.

NamePros.com – This domain forum was established in 2003 and is home to a massive internet community of domain fans.

Quora.com – Quora is a question-and-answer site where questions are asked, answered, edited and organized by its global community of users.

Reddit.com – Reddit is a social news and entertainment website where registered users submit content. Other users then vote the submission “up” or “down”, which is used to rank posts and determine their position on the site’s pages. Content entries are organized by areas of interest called “subreddits” and a massive community is present on the platform.

Medium.com – If you’re looking for a platform to share your thoughts on international domain topics, Medium.com is a great option. It’s a website that lets you write articles and post them to a blog and the international community here is massive.

Web.com – It is the world’s leading provider of web hosting and other internet services, with millions of customers worldwide.


Strongest International Websites and Blogs

International websites and blogs can be a great resource for information on a variety of topics. They can also provide valuable insights when it comes to growing your own business. In order to get the most out of these resources, check out these best international ones.

Domain-recht.de – a popular blog that covers domain registration, trading, law, and political news in German.

Domainfragen.de – Consultdomain.de, a domain forum created in 2000, was formerly the most active and timely German domain forum. It was then replaced by Domainfragen.de, a very popular community website where users share ideas, reviews, and more.

Forum.lefigaro.fr – This forum by Le Figaro is a website that allows for online discussions about different topics relating to French culture and society. The site is frequented by users from all over the world, who share their thoughts and opinions on a variety of subjects.

Dodong.com – A large domain community in Korea. It covers a wide range of topics, including domains and their usage, as well as information about the domain industry in general.

News.srl – A modern-looking Italian blog that offers a variety of different topics and that is also devoted to domains and includes its own related category.

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How to sell my own NFTs

How to sell my own NFTs

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Once you have made your NFT, purchased one from someone or been lucky enough to be given one your thoughts may well turn to selling it on for a profit. NFTs offer a fantastic route for investments, primarily in the long term but also short term if you’re smart and that is why we have created this article on how to sell your own NFTs.

We made the decision to create a pair of articles that cover both the creation of and the sale of NFTs. You can check out the first article on how to create your own NFT here. We’ve also got a short recap in the first section of this article below.


What is an NFT and how do I create my own one?

If you have explored our other articles or have spent time reading about the world of blockchain technology and NFTs then you will know exactly what one is. A non-fungible token (NFT) is a token that is stored on a digital ledger that is built on a blockchain. The key characteristic of these tokens is that they are unique.

Developing these unique tokens allows people to use NFTs as proof of ownership for a particular asset. In general, this is a digital asset such as digital art or in-game items but an NFT can be used for almost any real-world and digital asset including real estate.

The opportunities available to people via the power of blockchain technology and cryptocurrency mean NFTs have become a leading investment option for both traditional investors and modern consumers.


How to create an NFT?

There are some helpful user guides out there for anyone looking to get started with creating an NFT and the first step to take is choosing the marketplace. The largest NFT marketplace is OpenSea and they also provide some helpful guides to follow.

To summarise our previous article, anyone wanting to create an NFT will have to follow these steps:


  • Step 1: Select your preferred marketplace
  • Step 2: Set up your crypto wallet and add cryptocurrency
  • Step 3: Create your NFT


It really is as simple as completing these three steps to get to a place where you’re ready to sell your NFT. Obviously, within each step, there are multiple tasks to complete and if you’re new to the world of cryptocurrency then it can take some time to understand everything.

Once you have completed setting up your account and creating your NFT on the marketplace, it’s time to get selling and promote your NFT to others. The next part of this article focuses on everything you need to know!


Here is a helpful guide to selling your own NFTs

So you’re ready with your shiny new NFT right? You could simply stick it on the marketplace and forget about it but there is much more to it than that. You need to promote it, decide on the right price and understand the safest way to invest. 


Auction vs Fixed Price

It depends on what features the marketplace you have chosen offers, but in general, you will need to decide whether you wish to sell your product via an auction or at a fixed price. Each one has its benefits and there are some great detailed articles such as this one, to help break down the pros and cons.

Auctions are relatively simple to set up, don’t require you to choose a price at the start and allow you to take advantage of multiple interested parties. However, you do risk letting your NFT go for a lower price if there isn’t a reserve and will rely on you promoting your NFT.

Fixed price sales offer people a little more security, as you know exactly what you will be paid but this lack of flexibility can add risk. For example, the market may go up but you’re stuck at a lower price or may have to pay to re-list your item.


Cryptocurrency options

When selling NFTs or domains on platforms like Cloudname, it is important to consider what cryptocurrency you will accept. Most platforms will still allow you to accept traditional fiat currency like USD or EUR but adding some flexibility in the crypto people can pay with increases your potential customer base.

It is really important to understand the different cryptocurrencies out there, particularly with regards to what ones your crypto wallet and marketplace will allow. If you choose one of the largest marketplaces, then it will likely be on the Ethereum blockchain and will have plenty of options open to you.


Avoid making changes

When you create an NFT, you will have to pay transaction fees (often known as gas fees). This will vary depending on the marketplace but is an inevitable part of the process.

What many people forget about when listing their NFTs for sale, is that making changes or creating a new listing will often involve some kind of fee. Make sure that you’re aware of all potential charges involved in the selling process and take the time to make sure everything is correct with your listing before you click submit.

These charges may be minimal but it all adds up in the end and will detract from your potential profit.


Promote your listings

It doesn’t matter what you’re selling or where it’s being sold, the more promotion efforts you put in the more beneficial it will be. Selling an NFT is no different and you should dedicate time and effort to this phase of the process once the NFT has been listed.

The primary method of promotion should be your social media channels. Make sure you’re connected with people and groups that have an interest in crypto, NFTs and the niche that your NFT falls into. By embracing this collection of potential customers, you can get better traction and reach more people.

If you have a website, a personal blog or are part of forums then these are all great places to promote your NFT listings.


So what about if I want to buy some NFTs to add to my portfolio?

We felt it important to provide some advice for those who wish to buy an NFT, as a one-off or as part of a portfolio. If you’re selling an NFT, it is likely you have an interest in this topic as well and the advice is very similar for those selling one.

There are four key questions to ask yourself when buying an NFT.


What is the best marketplace?

You have NFT marketplaces that fall into different categories. Firstly, you get the more generic, larger marketplaces like OpenSea which offer almost every type of NFT you could think of. These are great if you’re new to this world or wish to find a wide range of NFTs.

Aside from these generic sites, you have marketplaces that have been designed for a specific type of asset (e.g. in-game items or specific sports). You also have ones that have become synonymous with a certain niche. By doing your research on this, you will be more efficient at tracking NFTs that go on sale and have a better chance of finding the one you want.


Do I need a specific crypto wallet or will my existing one work?

Fortunately, there are some of the more popular crypto wallets like Metamask that work with a wide range of NFT marketplaces. We’ve even got a helpful article about Metamask here if you’d like to know more.

However, it may be that the existing wallet you have does work and that is good enough. Alternatively, it may not work with your niche NFT marketplace and as a result, you may want to consider setting up a new wallet. You can then transfer over funds to this new wallet and make sure it is connected to the relevant marketplaces.


What cryptocurrency is accepted?

When you trade on crypto marketplaces, whether in domains or NFTs you will likely have the option to pay in a range of currencies. Both fiat and cryptocurrencies are often allowed by sellers because it creates a larger pool of potential customers.

It is still always a good step to take, to check the kinds of crypto accepted on the particular platform and the owners of your chosen NFTs. You don’t want to suddenly find your next NFT available and at the right price but discover you don’t have the correct funds to buy it!


Is my preferred NFT released at a specific time?

With the increasing interest in NFT art and other NFT assets, many individuals and organisations have taken to releasing NFTs at a specific time or in a specific sequence. For example, there may be a pack of NFTs or a series of artwork.


If this is the case, make sure you do your research on the release dates and times, as well as sign up for notifications on the relevant marketplaces and if possible, specific sellers.


What is the most popular NFT to collect and are they safe to buy and sell?

NFT sales have shown no real signs of slowing, with OpenSea stating that $700 million was spent on NFTs in the first 5 days of 2022. When this is combined with more blockchains getting involved, more marketplaces available and innovative entrepreneurs adding to the mix then there really are some fantastic opportunities to be had.

When it comes to the most popular NFTs out there, it is hard to see past the digital art that is profile pictures. Driven by collections such as the Bored Ape Yacht Club, some of these NFT images alone sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars and even into the millions.

Many people do ask whether it is safe to buy and sell NFTs and the answer is very similar to the one given to people who discuss investments in stocks and property. There is always a risk involved in trading assets and an NFT is no different but it is about understanding that risk and staying educated on the subject.

At Cloudname, we are the first truly all-in-one domain trading platform and it is our belief that by having access to relevant information, professional support and transparent systems then trading is a fantastic form of investment for people all over the world.

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What Domains Do Companies Use

What Domains Do Companies Use


As a business owner, other than creating a powerful marketing strategy, you’ll also want to polish your image online, and your domain name will play a big role in that. It goes without saying that there are both effective and ineffective ones, professionally-looking ones and not.

Your domain name is the first impression new customers, vendors, partners, and investors will have of your company. At the same time, it is also the address they will use to learn about, transact business, and refer others in the future.

The impact, appeal, credibility, and ease of use and remembrance of your domain name will contribute to or take away from your efforts. Like everything else in your business should you invest in the best you can afford?

The bigger the company and the brand, the more vital their domain becomes.

A good example is Cloudname which handles blockchain domains on the cloud, their domain recaps its scope very well.

This domain name is good for the business’s reputation, customers will tend to trust the brand more, and it ultimately is easy to remember. Needless to say, choosing the right domain name can also highly benefit the rankings on search engines.

But what domains do companies use, apart from their main one? You’ll be surprised to know that reputable companies have invested in less known, more generic domains in order to boost their online presence.


Let’s cover all the details to get inspired by tech giants and see what domains companies use.

After seeing all these international companies’ strategies owning powerful domain names, you’ll definitely be more interested and intrigued. In case you’re willing to purchase a good and reputable domain name but it isn’t available, you should consider an NFT domain. Other than owning the domain forever, there are no renewal fees among many other benefits.


AOL – Games.com

AOL has acquired the domain games.com for an undisclosed amount. The site was launched back in 2006 and it was bought from Infogrames/Atari who sold some of their assets at the time. A guest on a recent podcast who helped price the name put the value at $5 to $10 million..even back then.

Games.com has been around for years and is one of the most popular domains. The acquisition of games.com by AOL is a big move for the company and is sure to attract a lot of attention from gamers and users all over the world.


Apple – Next.com

Apple, specifically Steve Jobs, has reportedly acquired the domain next.com from the Next company back in 1996 for $400 million. Next was, back in 1996, a software company, and that purchase boosted the company’s reputation as well as the return of Steve Jobs at Apple.


AT&T – Mobile.com

AT&T is now the owner of the domain mobile.com. The telecommunications giant acquired the domain for an undisclosed sum. Mobile.com is one of the most valuable domain names in the world and has been registered since 1994. AT&T now uses mobile.com as a “central hub” for its mobile products and services.


Bank of America – Loans.com

Bank of America has purchased the domain loans.com and it’s one of the best marketing strategies the firm could have had. In fact, anyone looking for a loan and typing this domain name will end up on the bank’s website.


Bayer – Aspirin.com

Bayer is a pharmaceutical company and aspirin is one of their most famous medications. While Bayer keeps its main website for the remaining products, it took over the domain aspirin.com for this medication only, and we can easily see why they’ve made this decision.


BlackBerry – Good.com

BlackBerry has acquired the domain good.com and that meant a lot for their brand. Good is a domain that is perfect for promoting positive content, and BlackBerry’s team used it to promote a reputable and positive side for the brand and its products.


Calvin Klein – Shirt.com

The fashion giant Calvin Klein has taken over the domain shirt.com. This move is part of Calvin Klein’s larger strategy to expand its online presence and better compete with other fashion brands in the digital age.


Disney – Video.com

Disney acquiring the domain name video.com is a powerful marketing campaign as it has expanded its online presence. Of course, with its online streaming website Disney Plus, video.com has only had a great impact on its brand awareness.


Intel – Chips.com

Another tech company that boosted its online visibility is Intel, which acquired chips.com, one of the world’s most popular domain names. This move is seen as a strategic one by Intel, as they increased their reach in the semiconductor market.


L’Oreal – Hair.com

L’Oreal, a leading international cosmetics company, has purchased the domain hair.com. This is a strategic move as it looks to increase its sales and better serve its customers around the world.


MTV – Film.com

Naturally, video.com was already purchased by Disney so MTV made a strategic move and took over film.com. This was a big move for MTV, as film.com is a very popular website with potentially millions of visitors each month.


Nestlé – Meals.com

Nestlé, the company known for its dairy products, is taking over a more generic domain name to boost its online presence. Meals.com has been implemented as a website with tons of delicious recipes and their equivalent in Nestlé-related takeaway meals which, needless to say, is a powerful move.


Netflix – Fast.com

Netflix is one of the companies that invested in a domain that isn’t directly related to their services. In fact, fast.com is an internet speed checker and it goes without saying that users may check their speed before starting to broadcast a movie. Both domains make a great combination to increase both the user experience and the marketing campaign.


Toysrus – Toys.com

Toys “R” Us, while having a bankruptcy history in the US, is still thriving in some other countries and this is partly due to the investment of the toys.com domain. It’s not just any old domain they’ve taken over – it is one of the most valuable domains in the world. Though there are many other companies that want to take control of this valuable domain, Toys ‘R’ Us has managed to hold off these competitors and use it as a strong marketing tool.


Yahoo! – Love.com

Love.com is in a completely different industry than the giant Yahoo!, however, they have been buying up domains for the last few years. This purchase is just another in a long line of purchases that make them one of the world’s largest companies in the world in terms of an online presence.

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How To Create NFT Art

How To Create NFT Art


The explosion in popularity and media coverage of NFTs has meant they are now worth exploring for a number of different people. Perhaps you’re an artist looking for new opportunities to share your art and generate an income? Or a person actively looking for new investment opportunities?

Regardless of your situation, we recommend reading this article about NFT art and if it feeds your interest in this subject, you can follow the guide below and start making your very own NFT art!


Let’s start with a recap on what an NFT is and why they are growing in popularity

A non-fungible token (NFT) is a unique token stored on a particular digital ledger, utilising blockchain technology much the same way as cryptocurrencies do.

An NFT represents proof of ownership for some kind of digital or real-world asset and can range from digital art, apps, real estate and more. Its most popular use is for representing digital art but the opportunities are endless.

What makes them so popular is a mixture of easy to create, a wealth of opportunities and the potential that comes from using blockchain technology. Our step-by-step guide below will show just how easy it is to get building NFT art, but you can get creative with the information held within the NFT. Maybe you wish to add in an agreement about future royalties or other terms to add long-term value to what you sell.

They also add to the wider cryptocurrency and domain trading investment pool, allowing people to buy and then re-sell NFTs for a profit.


A step-by-step guide to creating NFT art

We believe that creating NFT art is an opportunity everyone can take advantage of, with a relatively simple process to follow. It is important to be aware of the cost involved in creating an NFT and the various options available, so always do your checks before signing up for a service.

You should have decided on the kind of NFT you wish to create and now you can follow these easy steps. So let’s get started!


Step 1: Choose the right marketplace

Your first step should be to pick the best NFT marketplace for your individual requirements. Fundamentally, the vast majority will offer the same kind of process but they do fall into two categories:

  • Curated: Stricter controls on who is allowed to create NFT art, with a focus on generating higher quality results.

  • Self-service: The most common style of marketplace that allows anyone to create an NFT and this is by far the most popular option.

When it comes to selecting the most appropriate, the largest NFT marketplace right now is OpenSea. It is the most popular option because put simply, it has been designed in an intelligent way, offers significant support and thanks to being the world’s largest it has a lot of opportunities to make money.

There are other NFT marketplaces for those who wish to look for a more specialist option and just a few of these include Rarible, SuperRare and KnowOrigin.

Once you have done your research and decided on your NFT marketplace, make sure to create an account with them and start reading their user guides.


Step 2: Set up your wallet and add cryptocurrency

If you’re already operating within the crypto world, then it is likely you have an existing crypto wallet. If not, now is the time to get one set up. It is important to make sure that you choose one which works for the currency and blockchain you will be working with.

The vast majority of NFT marketplaces utilise the Ethereum blockchain and the most popular choice for many marketplaces is the Metamask wallet. We’ve created an article all about Metamask if you would like to know more.

When you create or mint an NFT as it is officially known, you will need to pay a gas fee. This is the transaction fee charged by a particular platform and the gas fee is normally in a specific currency linked to the blockchain. For example, many marketplaces require you to pay a gas fee in Ether.

The price to pay varies depending on the marketplace and can be anywhere from as little as $10, all the way up to $200-300. If you have existing funds in a wallet then you can utilise these or transfer them from another wallet if you need to set up a new one.


Step 3: Create your NFT on the marketplace

Now we get to the fun part of the process – creating your NFT art!

Each marketplace will have its own process for this but for a general overview of the steps involved you can follow this helpful article.

When creating an NFT, you will need to add some specific information for all NFTs such as a name and some kind of upload (an image file, audio or 3D file). After this, you get to be creative with the other properties you can assign.

For example, maybe you wish to create multiple editions of tokens so it becomes a series with an edition number. Or you may wish to add in some terms and conditions relating to ownership such as royalty payments or a detailed description about the artist.

Once finished, you will need to pay the required gas fees and the minting process will commence!


Step 4: Start trading your NFT

As soon as you have your newly minted NFT, you will want to start trading it on the marketplace. Depending on the NFT marketplace, you can list it for a fixed-price or use an auction style approach.

The choice you make will have consequences so make sure you think about how to list the NFT. Charging a fixed-price will have benefits such as protection from an auction resulting in a low price. However, you won’t be able to react to market demand as flexibly as using an auction which will take advantage of a surge in demand or pricing.

Our advice here is to not rush into this and do your research on how others approach trading in NFTs.


Step 5: Focus on promoting your NFTs

Just like selling artwork or assets on e-commerce stores or in a physical store, you want to generate interest in your NFT art.

If you have an existing business or following as an artist, then this will certainly give you a step up in the process. Take the time to promote your NFT art on social media platforms and your own website if you have one. This is particularly useful if you’ve decided to sell your NFT via an auction, as you can hopefully have multiple potential buyers bidding against each other and drive the price up.


Are there benefits to creating NFT as an artist?

Absolutely! There are some fantastic benefits for any artists out there who decide to create NFT art. We’ve summarised three of the main benefits below:


Minimal costs to get set up

Thanks to the nature of NFT marketplaces utilising peer-to-peer systems and blockchain technology, you avoid a lot of the costs found in traditional shops and art galleries.

In most cases, the gas fee involved in minting an NFT is relatively inexpensive but it does vary depending on the marketplace so always check before starting the process. It could be as cheap as $10-$20 worth of cryptocurrency, compared to some e-commerce stores taking a percentage of the sale value on traditional art.


You can choose to generate royalties over the long-term

When you create NFT art, you can add in terms to the description that allow you to claim royalties on your NFT art when it is sold again and again.

The percentage you add to the NFT can vary but the average is between 2.5% and 10% so it represents a very real opportunity to make significant money over the lifetime of your art. Remember, these NFTs won’t disappear so you are looking at a lifetime of royalty payments.


It uses blockchain technology

The foundation of NFTs, cryptocurrency, Dapp projects and more is blockchain technology and this is a fantastic benefit for artists wanting to get involved in the market.

An NFT by its very nature is a unique token and the blockchain technology involved in making this means that there is a clear papertrail of authenticity. This level of transparency in the market is simply not available in traditional markets.


Are there risks to creating and selling NFTs?

There will always be risks in any project or investment opportunity and NFT art is no different. Venturing into the world of NFT creation and trading without assessing these risks isn’t a smart move, so take a moment to think about the following and decide on whether it is still the right option for you:

  • Uncertainty: Thanks to the NFT market and by extension the crypto world being relatively new, there is still a degree of uncertainty about the long-term potential of NFTs as an investment.

  • Timeframe: It can sometimes take quite a while to sell an NFT and even then, it may be below the price that you wanted to charge. If you’re looking for fast, short-term investment opportunities then this is likely to be the wrong course to choose.

  • Gas fees: Whilst we have said above that the cost to get involved is cheaper than traditional markets, it is important to note that some gas fees eat into the profit of your NFT art, depending on demand. There is no guarantee of making a big profit!

  • Lose money: Just like any other form of investment and trading, whether in shares or website domains there is the potential to lose money as well as make it! Never gamble with money you can’t afford to risk.


Start your exciting NFT art journey today

We hope you’ve found this article on how to create NFT art both interesting and informative. NFTs present a fantastic opportunity for artists and investors to generate a new income or build on an existing portfolio of investments.

At Cloudname, we have developed a platform for people around the world to trade domains and build their knowledge about subjects ranging from NFTs, to crypto and more. Visit our site today for more information or to start trading!

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The Full History of the Domain Name

The Full History of the Domain Name

History of Domain Name

The Full History of the Domain Name

Domain names are the basics of the Internet, something that we all use on a daily basis. But have you ever asked yourself where the concept of domain names originated? Why do we use them to take us from website to website across the internet’s massive amount of information?

For all of our domain usage and even ownership, most users are unaware of why they began or why we need them to browse the internet. Domain names are part of the internet’s infrastructure and the whole system simply can’t function without them.

But there is much more to know about domains, domain names, and their history, and we’ll cover everything that goes beyond that initial purchase you did as a business owner.

Of course, with the implementation of NFT domains, which is the future of the internet, it’s worth knowing everything behind the scenes before investing in Cloudname.

The Previous Version of Domain Names – ARPAnet

A domain name is a string of characters that you use to access items and services on the Internet. Domain names were first used in 1983 with the Domain Name System, and the registration for a domain was not accessible to the general public until February 1986.

Back in the day, your device would connect to various network addresses utilizing a host’s numerical address before the Domain Name System. 

The Domain Name System was created because the original Internet’s architecture made it difficult for regular users to operate it frequently. The updated system as we know it today was developed for ARPAnet, a research project sponsored by the U.S. Advanced Research Projects Agency.

The Internet’s foundation, ARPAnet dates back to 1967 and was then published in 1969 by the DARPA organization connecting 4 computers and experimenting with this new concept.

It’s only years later that the Domain Name System took over the internet and we are now able to connect millions of computers on the same server.


Why Do Users Pay for Domain Names?

The DNS became more and more popular throughout the years as the Internet expanded into Europe, South America, and Asia.

The United States Government initially employed Network Solutions Inc. (NSI) to offer free generic top-level domains (gTLDs). However, given their increasing rarity and demand, purchase and renewal fees were later introduced in 1995.

The price began at $100 per two-year registration. However, many industries thought it was too expensive for a product that was initially free of charge. As a result, calls for global regulation and supervision of the DNS grew.

As a result, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) was founded. It made domain name registration available to other businesses and to the general public. Today, the cost of the “.com” domain extension has decreased from $50 to as little as $6.95 yearly.

Apart from the product itself, users also pay for securing their domain name. If the domain name does not come with complete security, some other security measure is required, and this is where Web Hosting Providers come in.

A DNS security solution adds an extra layer of protection for users between the Internet and harmful sites by compiling a blacklist of dangerous locations and removing undesirable information.

DNS security will minimize threats and possible malicious assaults on the Domain Name System.

What are TLDs – Top Level Domains

These domains are a one-stop-shop for any business, organization, or individual looking to create an online presence that has a global reach.

Whether you’re a small business looking to expand your brand internationally or a person who spends most of their time on the internet, TLDs are what you need.

Symbolics.com was the first domain name ever registered, and they have an Internet museum dedicated to its history. The general public wouldn’t be able to register a domain name and create a website if it weren’t for these Top-Level Domains and their availability.

There are now hundreds of TLDs on the market to choose from, and many of them are available to anybody who wants to register them.

A Generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) is a domain extension that has more than two letters. On the other hand, in the case of a domain extension being 2-words long, it’s a country-code Top-Level Domain (ccTLD) and we have more on this below.

The most common TLDs are: 

  • .com: Commercial focused domains
  • .org: Organization focused domains
  • .net: Network focused domains
  • .int: International focused domains
  • .edu: Education focused domains
  • .gov: Government focused domains

On the other hand, the country-code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs), include the following:

  • .it: Italy
  • .fr: France
  • .cn: China
  • .ca: Canada
  • .th: Thailand
  • .au: Australia
  • .us: United States of America

Blockchain Domains

Blockchain domains, also called NFT domains, are the latest trend online and we can easily understand why.

Users can now purchase and own their domain for life without having to go through web hosting companies. Other than avoiding renewal fees, NFT domains cannot be seized from the owner and are not centralized, meaning that they are not officially listed at a government level.

Unlike gTLDs and ccTLDs, blockchain domains do not end by country codes or abbreviations, but by other codes such as:

  • .x
  • .zil
  • .nft
  • .dao
  • .888
  • .wallet
  • .crypto
  • .bitcoin

Of course, since these are fairly recent to the market, the domain extensions are limited but many more will be introduced soon.


Final Thoughts

Domain names are an important part of the internet, and our guide provides a helpful overview of their history.

We learned about how domain names work, the different types of domain names available, and some interesting facts about some well-known domains. You should now be able to understand the .com domain name and its significance in our online world today.

Of course, with millions of NFT domains coming to the market, it will be interesting to see how the domain name system continues to evolve in the future!

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How does it work?

On 28/01/2023 a whitelist of eligible wallets will be published (any wallet holding $CNAME since before 27/01/2023 – NOTE: the tokens needs to be in a WALLET and not for example in an exchange)

Whitelisted users will be able to Redeem $CNAME directly on the Cloudname website.
The application page will allow users to connect their wallet and choose how many $CNAME to redeem.

Once the $CNAME are sent, users will immediately receive an email with a Freename promo code. Every promo code will be $100 max, and is not cumulative  (e.g. if you redeem $1,000 in $CNAME, you will receive 10x $100 promo-codes)

Happy Web3 TLDs and Domains Shopping!