ethereum name services
ethereum name services

Ethereum Name Service: Identities, Subdomains, and Layer 2

TL;DR: At Cometh, we’re working on bringing web3 to the masses. With our smart wallet solution Cometh Connect — where you can create and manage a smart wallet with social logins or your biometrics — we’re approaching another way to create a seamless onboarding for users: ENS subdomains. Check out below for what ENS is, how free subdomains can be created, and why self-sovereign identity is important.

The blockchain community is driven by the goal of achieving widespread adoption of Web3. However, mainstreaming it is challenging due to its technological and ideological shifts.

Web3 emphasizes ownership, decentralization, and transparency through blockchain. Despite its intricate onboarding, enthusiasts have embraced it. The focus is on simplifying its use while ensuring top security.

Cometh Connect allows users to set up and manage smart accounts using familiar tools like emails, social logins, and biometrics. It even lets dApps and games cover users’ gas fees, simplifying on-chain interactions.

Currently, in the web2 era, user profiles are controlled by a few major companies, leading to fragmented and non-interoperable identities. Despite the competition among platforms like Google and Facebook, users don’t truly own their profiles.

Self-sovereign identity allows individuals or businesses to manage their digital identities without central authorities. Today, platforms control our online identities, and our data is often monetized without our knowledge. Even official documents like passports are controlled by governments. Blockchain and web3, however, enable true ownership of our digital identities, with Ethereum Name Service (ENS) being a prime example.

Ethereum Name Service/ Self-Sovereign Identity and Making Blockchain User-Centric

ENS is a decentralized system on the Ethereum blockchain that links readable names to machine identifiers, similar to the internet’s DNS but tailored for Ethereum. Acquiring an ENS domain can be costly due to purchase and maintenance fees.

The introduction of free ENS domains by Lens Protocol and Coinbase was revolutionary, simplifying user identities and reducing costs. This advancement aligns with Cometh’s goal to enhance web3 adoption by merging web2 experiences into web3. Our team, including developer Jérôme Bernard, has furthered this by creating an off-chain ENS resolver and a CCIP-READ (EIP 3668) library to boost blockchain’s user-friendliness.

ENS transforms blockchain’s generic identities into personalized ones, ensuring users retain ownership. With ENS, users can simplify transactions, like using “.eth” names in Metamask instead of full addresses. This not only streamlines transactions but also enhances security. Users can set an NFT as their avatar, link it to platforms like Discord, Twitter, and Telegram, and consolidate their online identity. The potential of ENS extends beyond current uses, promising innovative digital identity solutions.

Off-chain Subdomains & Cometh Connect
ENS domains, while user-friendly, can be costly. Cometh’s off-chain ENS resolver gateway offers a solution: free ENS subdomains, eliminating the usual fees. Cometh Connect provides these subdomains to dApp or game users, with all configurations off-chain, avoiding gas fees.

Both Web3 games and dApps can benefit from subdomains, from a user perspective. For example, when players of our game Cosmik Battle create their profiles and link their wallets and social networks, we also can also offer them a free ENS subdomain, yourname.cometh.eth. For any product or brand, the name is crucial. Creating an ENS brings together all the relevant information you want your community to know: website, social handles, and bio while offering a subdomain to each and every one of your users, made possible using our Cometh Connect solution, for example. This is not only great for brand and product awareness but also community engagement — players of your game or users of your dApp can all be united underneath the same banner.

The Future: Shifting to Layer 2 The next step towards widespread adoption is simplifying digital identity ownership. Cometh’s current tools use an off-chain database, but the aim is to transition to layer 2, allowing users to freely update profiles without a centralized database. Even if a game or dApp’s site is down, users can still modify profiles via layer 2, ensuring a decentralized web experience.

If you want to know more about our tech, you can check out our documentation here. You can also reach out to Jerome Bernard to know more about his solution.
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