Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the Decentralized Web?

The decentralized web is simply a social-ecological system for publishing and sharing information, without being subjected to censorship from 3rd parties.

Blockchain technology creates an environment where you can trade resources in a more trustful manner as it allows participants to establish trust despite the lack of available shortcuts or pre-existing frameworks. This means there are no middlemen like ICANN who stand between you and your website.

The reason blockchain is such an important part of developing the decentralised web is because blockchain enables decentralization by introducing different kinds of computers as nodes in a network, often called distributed ledgers. These blockchains form components for data storage that are permissionless and immutable which ends up making them a secure place for publishing information without worrying about any third party censorship.

Can Websites be Hosted on a Blockchain?

Yes. Blockchain generically refers to any decentralized and distributed ledger or network whose records are maintained as “blocks” of information, which is linked cryptographically one after the other.

Embedding HNS links in the HTML content allows browsers with HNS compatible integrations ( to load its respective webpage from scratch without going through TLD servers.

The handshake between browser ( and webserver asymmetrically encrypts data/keys over HTTPS.

Data blocks are assembled together into bundles for denser storage.

How do I Host My Website on the Blockchain?

Blockchain is the next step in the evolution of the Internet or web 3.0.

Handshake was founded to host websites on blockchains, and because Handshake is a public blockchain they’re able to offer free hosting options for everyone who publishes their website through their partner network via HandshakePublish.

How to Use WordPress on Handshake

Follow these four simple steps that will enable you to point your decentralized domain name to your web nameservers and build your WordPress site.

What are The Advantages of Hosting on a Blockchain?

A website on a public blockchain will be 100% decentralized, 100% censorship resistant, so there is no one stopping you from publishing freely whatever you want.

The downside here is that it might not always be as easy to find your website or have it rank very high in search engines because they (Google) don’t crawl or read content stored on blockchains like they do traditional web pages… yet!

Early adopters of decentralized domains that get in today are ahead of the curve and are future proofing their business online while also be able to secure their perfect domain name.

Can a Handshake Domain be Censored?

Handshake ensures DNS records can be modified only by the name’s owner, which prevents Handshake domains from being censored or maliciously redirected.

The network maintains stability and security with a distributed system that doesn’t rely on any centralized server for data storage.

All of this means you won’t have to worry about censorship when it comes to resolving names on the Handshake blockchain!

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