Success: A short story..
I took a big step yesterday. I managed to get my own name on the Ethereum Name Service and I'm chuffed.
For a relative newbie, it wasn't the easiest thing in the world to work out but I've set it up and successfully completed a transfer and it wasn't even that scary.
So, if you're in the position I was in a week or so back, cowering in the corner as Gas prices were through the roof without enough ETH in your account to even pay for your transaction, then don't worry. You've got this. You may just need a bit of patience.
Where to begin
If you've never heard of the Ethereum Name Service (ENS), in short, it's much the same principal as buying a web domain to direct to your website... except your buying an ethereum name to direct to your ethereum wallet. There hasn't been complete uptake across all exchanges/wallet providers yet but I didn't have any issues sending funds from Brave's inbuilt crypto wallet to my hardware wallet.
First things first, find out if your name is available by visiting this site: https://ens.domains/
You'll just need to hit the 'Launch App' button in the top right hand corner to get to the search bar
....If it's not available like in the screenshot below then sorry, you're out of luck - but try again and see what other variations might be available.
Pro tip: currently, registration costs are set at the following prices:
- 5+ character .eth names: $5 in ETH per year.
- 4 character .eth names: $160 in ETH per year.
- 3 character .eth names $640 in ETH per year.
My name is available - what do I do now?
If your name is available, you'll need to connect a browser-based crypto wallet to ENS. If you're using Brave, you can just use the inbuilt Crypto Wallet or, if you're using another browser, you could use an alternative like Metamask.
If it's a wallet you haven't used before, you'll obviously need to transfer ETH into it. Watch out for gas prices though - you can check these out here: https://etherscan.io/gastracker
Once your account's topped up, click through to your chosen ENS name, and you'll see these instructions - it's pretty obvious what you need to do but the key here is patience. I found the system to be quite slow at times but it will work.
Once you've click Request to Register, your chosen crypto wallet will ask you to confirm a transaction and then you'll need to wait for the 'Request to Register' button to turn into a 'Register' button for your second confirmation. When you do the second confirmation, you will need to pay a fair amount of Gas (at least the moment anyway!), my USD 20 transaction was $5 of ENS purchase and $15 of Gas. The things we do for vanity...
So, now having bought my name, I got these instructions. I really cannot explain these steps any more clearly than ENS already do - it may look a little like gibberish when you read it without context but it's actually super clear in the moment when you're doing it.
Awesome, now that your reverse record is set, whenever you use a compatible wallet, you just be able to enter your .eth name address to send your crypto to. What a time to be alive, no more copying and pasting of insane wallet addresses!! 🙌