Updated: Sep 5
If you’re here, then you’ve probably already read our page on what the dWeb is. And you may have gone searching for websites located on the decentralized web and been greeted by an error screen.
You know there’s definitely a website at that address, and you know that someone else has accessed it just seconds ago. So how do you get to it?
Well, there are a number of ways, and it depends on what device you’re using.
If you’re on a desktop computer and using Chrome as your browser, then you can simply add an extension that will allow you to access dWeb domain extensions like .bit, .crypto, .zil, .eth and more. The one we like is this one from Unstoppable Domains.
If you're not using Chrome, then you can download the handy dWeb browser they built. An important thing to note is that you'll download a ZIP file, which you’ll need to unzip before you can run the browser. If you don’t already have an unzipper installed, then you can download 7Zip – it is completely free and actually outperforms most paid apps available today.
And, although it has an EXE file to launch the browser, it doesn’t actually install anything on your system. So you’ll need to create shortcuts if you want to run it easily from your desktop or Start menu!
If you’re on a mobile device, you’ll need the Opera Browser, which many security-conscious mobile users are already using due to the very convenient and free built-in VPN it offers. If you don’t already have it, then you can download it from their website.
There is actually a browser for desktop as well, so you could opt to use it rather than the browser we mentioned above or adding an extension to Chrome.
Some important things to note:
Web 3.0 is in its infancy so it’s very glitchy, and the websites are often clunky and incredibly basic. Like with all new technology, it's going to take a little while to really get going and become user-friendly. But, hopefully, it won't take that long!
There isn’t really a “search engine” for the dWeb like you’re used to. And, even using the search function in the Unstoppable browser gives you Google’s usual Legacy SERP results.
There are incredibly helpful directories of dWeb sites like the one we have. You can search those, but they’re manually updated and managed so they depend on people like you to tell us if a link is broken or to add new links (please feel free to do just that!).
Also – some of the websites that open just fine on desktop give errors when you're trying to open them on mobile, so don't be discouraged! Web3.0 will one day be as big or bigger than web2.0 such is the nature of technology (we are calling it)!