How to browse Web3 sites

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Case #

You need to be able to browse Web3 sites, alongside conventional Websites.

Solution #

Web3 sites are based on Web3 protocols and technologies which stem from Blockchain.

Follow the steps below to browse Web3 sites.

  • Install a Web3-compatible browser or extension: To browse Web3 sites, you’ll need a browser or browser extension that supports Web3 technologies such as blockchain integration and decentralized applications (dApps). Examples of Web3-compatible browsers include MetaMask, Brave, and Opera. Also the Opera Crypto browser is dedicated to the usage of Web3 and is available for download at https://www.opera.com/tr/crypto/next. Install and set up the Web3 browser or extension of your choice.
  • Set up a Web3 wallet: Web3 sites often require interaction with cryptocurrency wallets for transactions and authentication. In your Web3 browser or extension, create or import a Web3 wallet. This wallet will serve as your digital identity and store your cryptocurrency assets. Metamask is one of the most prominent Web3 wallets available for installation in all major operating systems and Web browsers.
  • Fund your Web3 wallet: If your Web3 wallet is not yet funded with the required cryptocurrencies (such as Ethereum), you’ll need to acquire them. You can do so through cryptocurrency exchanges or platforms that support the purchase or exchange of digital currencies. Follow the instructions provided by your chosen exchange or platform to acquire the necessary cryptocurrencies and transfer them to your Web3 wallet. In the case of Metamask wallet, follow the procedure below.
    • Open MetaMask, and hover over the account name at the top of the window. You’ll see the option ‘Copy to clipboard’ appear. Click to copy your public address.
    • Paste your address in the recipient field in the application where you are sending your ETH or other tokens from, or share it with someone who is sending them to you.
    • Select the amount you want to send, along with any other necessary steps to complete and submit the transaction.
  • Visit Web3-enabled sites: With your Web3 browser or extension set up and your wallet funded, you can start browsing Web3-enabled sites. These sites often have URLs with a “web3” prefix or extensions like “.eth” or “.crypto”. Use search engines or online directories to discover Web3 sites of interest. Some directories of this kind are https://hns.to/, https://unstoppabledomains.com, https://handshake.org/ and https://decentraweb.org/.
  • Connect your Web3 wallet: When accessing a Web3 site, the site may prompt you to connect your Web3 wallet. Typically, you’ll find a wallet icon or a similar indicator on the site’s interface. Click on it, and a connection request will appear in your Web3 browser or extension. Confirm the connection request, and the site will access your wallet’s information to interact with blockchain features and perform transactions.
  • Interact with the Web3 site: Once your wallet is connected, you can explore and interact with the Web3 site. This may include participating in decentralized finance (DeFi) protocols, accessing and using dApps, purchasing NFTs (non-fungible tokens), or engaging in other blockchain-based activities. Follow the site’s instructions and user interface to navigate and perform desired actions.
  • Confirm transactions: When performing transactions on a Web3 site, such as buying, selling, or transferring assets, your Web3 wallet will prompt you to review and confirm each transaction. Ensure that you carefully review the transaction details, including the recipient address, amounts, and associated fees, before confirming the transaction.
  • Manage permissions: Web3 sites may request specific permissions from your Web3 wallet, such as accessing certain tokens or interacting with specific contracts. Be cautious and review the permissions requested by the site. Grant permissions only to trusted sites or applications.

From a security perspective, you need to be cautious while browsing Web3 sites. It is strongly recommended to keep your wallet’s recovery phrase and private keys secure, and be cautious of phishing attempts or malicious sites. Stay updated with the latest security recommendations and warnings from trusted sources. Please note that the exact steps and features may vary depending on the Web3 browser or extension you use and the specific Web3 sites you visit. Always refer to the documentation or support resources provided by your Web3 browser or extension for detailed instructions and troubleshooting assistance.

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