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All the Ways You Can Surf the Decentralized Web Today

The decentralized web is here. It’s growing fast and is easier than ever to use.

A normal website has two basic components: a web server where the website files are stored, and a DNS name to access the website in a human-friendly way. A decentralized website makes both parts censorship-resistant: it uses IPFS (a distributed file storage network) for storage, and ENS (a decentralized Ethereum-based naming system) for the name to access it.

There are tons of such websites, which you can easily find with the decentralized web directory and search engine Almonit, with new ones being added all the time (check out their Twitter feed to stay updated).

Here’s how you can access the decentralized web today.

Browsers with native support

There are at least five browsers with native support for ENS+IPFS websites. That means you can just type “almonit.eth/” into the URL bar and it should work without special extensions.

Those browsers are Brave (desktop), Opera beta (mobile), Status (mobile), MetaMask Mobile (mobile), and Unstoppable Browser (desktop).

Native ENS+IPFS support in MetaMask Mobile. MetaMask extension on desktop

If you are using Chrome, Firefox, Edge, or the Tor Browser on desktop, you can add support with the MetaMask browser extension. MetaMask turns your ordinary browser into a Web3 browser capable of interacting with Ethereum dapps.

Many people in the blockchain space already have MetaMask added to their browser but may not know that it makes your browser support decentralized websites. So if you have MetaMask, try going to “almonit.eth/” right now and watch the magic happen.

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