Most browsers aren’t set up to navigate to web3 domains. There are simple ways to enable your browser or device to recognize and resolve these new domains.
Access your web3 domain using one of the resolvers listed below.
NextDNS is a Domain Name System (DNS) service that can be used to access Handshake domains. Once you have this service set up on your device, go to your settings and turn on the option to “Resolve Handshake domains.” Check out this video for step-by-step instructions.
Some VPN services also include an option to resolve Handshake domains. For example, VPN users may be able to switch their selected name server to Handshake Naming System instead of the default domain name system. If you’re already a VPN user, check to see if this is an option your service provides.
The Handshake software’s full node (HSD) is a great option for managing a Handshake domain. HSD acts as a resolver and allows you to register, update, and transfer names or make blockchain payments. Another option is the software’s light client (HNSD), which is better suited to those who just want to be able to resolve Handshake names without using the computing power required to run the full node.
With HDNS, you can access Handshake websites directly in your browser using an encrypted DNS protocol, which helps to protect against DNS spying and tampering. This is a public resolver option, and there’s no signup process required. You’ll still be able to access regular sites as well, like Google, YouTube, etc. To use HDNS, you’ll need to change the DNS server settings on your computer. Simple, easy-to-follow instructions are provided here.
Simply enter your site address in the search bar at the top of the HNS.to page to access a Handshake domain. Alternatively, you can affix "hns.to/" directly before your site address. This easy, convenient option requires no changes to your current DNS settings.
A number of developers have created browser extensions that allow users to access Handshake seamlessly. Options include Bob Wallet and LinkFrame, both of which are available for Chrome. For Firefox, an add-on called Resolvr is available.