In this article, ICNaming will announce a few significant changes they made recently.
First, changing the brand name and .icp tld. By doing this, they are avoiding unfair competition and protecting their users' rights. Also, changing the tld symbolizes a revolutionary step, preparing for a cross-chain name service in the future that will benefit more users.
Second, improvement of compatibility in the new version, the name service will be compatible with H5 and PC, which supports quota transactions.
Third, a supporting trading market where users can freely buy, sell and trade name quotas.
Lastly, a community-governed system — DAO within the ICNaming service will release governance tokens to achieve complete community self-governance.
Here is a quick recap of what ICNaming has accomplished so far:
At the end of 2021, the IC Naming testnet was launched as the first decentralized name service in the IC ecosystem. They are the first to create an .icp TLD. In 2022, the mainnet was officially launched, and on the same day, IC Naming registrations exceeded 5000. To make name services more convenient, they released IC Naming extensions for browsers from very early on.
Users could access the service by installing ICNaming extensions in any browser. ICNaming also partnered with many projects such as Astrox, Stoic wallet, ICP Box, etc. IC Naming aims to be the key carrier of their user's digital identity in Web 3.0. IC Naming was finally included as an official showcase project on the DFINITY website in March.
While ICNaming strives to provide high-quality domain name services, they also found something that wasn't expected. On the IC, they are the first dApp to provide a domain name service with.ICP tld, and it was unprecedented. However, after the creation, other projects began trying to mimic them by providing users with identical tld, which brought a lot of confusion and misunderstanding.
Also, recently the ICNaming team found something disconcerting. DFINITY official has only displayed ICNS and Plug on their forum, so it might be misleading for users to believe that ICNS and Plug are the only legit programs on the IC. In addition, as a decentralized blockchain, ICNaming feels that DFINITY official shouldn't take a stand or express their subjective value.
ICNaming goes on to say that all of that would be extremely unfair for other developers on IC, and it is not conducive to maintaining a positive environment in the IC ecosystem. To avoid such confusion and protect their users' rights the team decided to change their tld. The team could provide their users with a unique, better, and more seamless experience. They are not just offering you a domain but a service that goes beyond your imagination. As a team, ICNaming is constantly advancing and trying to bring their users better experiences because they know they can be pioneers and innovators within the IC ecosystem.
ICNaming would like to announce a difficult decision regarding the new version. Their new tld will be ".ic," and they are currently working on the development of the latest version, and believe it's going to be released very soon. This change in names is because they are not just doing a simple change in the domain name. But to avoid malicious competition and bring their users a better unique experience.
Next, some new features and changes have been made to their latest version.
First of all, changes in compatibility: In the old version, the compatibility was quite limited, so in order to improve the user experience, the new name service will be compatible with `H5 and PC, and ICNaming will also support name transactions and quota transactions. To facilitate the transaction, the name market will be launched soon after the release of the new name.
After the launch, IC Naming will be the first name service that offers users a complete and systemic experience from buying, selling, trading, and storing. This will be phenomenal and revolutionary. It will be one of the best trading markets you have ever used.
ICNaming believes that a name market should offer users a smooth and convenient experience with complete functions and modalities. They are not limiting the services to just selling a domain name; they offer a service beyond your imagination.
Second, the team hopes that IC Naming can be the gateway to Web3, which means that IC Naming is not just a name service on a single blockchain. Their prospect is to be a multi-chain compatible platform. They know it sounds incredible, but with the IC's highly innovative and powerful blockchain technology it is plausible to accomplish that, which is also why they chose the IC to start their name service initially. As they know how unique the IC is, they feel a duty to spread the spirit and ethos of the IC to the blockchain world and let them know how wonderful it is.
ICNaming is always looking at the bigger picture, not just limiting its service to the IC but considering a multi-chain and cross-chain name service to invite more users to enjoy the service that originated from the IC. The establishment of IC Naming is entirely in line with the IC's values and unprecedented fast, convenient, and cheap service. It's time to bring the low handling fee and fast experience to other blockchain users,to make more users benefit from the IC. The team's goal is to integrate and link the world.
Finally, there is another upcoming change in their new feature: they decided to run IC Naming in the form of Dao. Domain name service is an infrastructure and the team believes in the power of community and decentralization. They hope that more people will participate in the governance of ark. They plan to issue governance tokens as reward for people who had contributed to the governance of IC Naming and users can vote on proposals by holding tokens to determine the future development direction of IC Naming.
More details and new activities will be revealed in later articles and tweets. Remember to pay attention and follow ICNaming's latest updates.
*This article has been edited and published at the request of the ICNaming Team