The Ethereum Name Service, also known as ENS, is a domain service that assigns a user-specific domain tied to your wallet’s account address.
ENS domains take the format of
YourDomainHere.eth. The intention behind this is to simplify the normal public address into a form that is easier to use and send to others. There are other use cases as well, but this is the main reason for this service as of right now.
An easy example of this is our MEW donation address:
Normal donation address:
.eth donation address:
Both of these addresses lead to the same wallet destination, but the ENS domain is much more convenient.
How to Register an ENS Domain
Step 1. Head to MyEtherWallet.com.
Always check the URL to make sure you’re on our legit site!
Step 2. Access your wallet.
If you don’t already have a wallet, you will need to create a new wallet.
You will also need some ETH for gas. Every transaction on Ethereum requires a gas fee, payable in ETH. Initializing and finalizing ENS domains both count as transactions.
Step 3. Head to the Dapps section, to the left of your wallet’s overview page. It can also be found at the bottom of the page, under the ‘Dapps’ section.
Here you will see the ‘ENS Manager’ option. Click there!
Step 4. Enter your desired domain name to see if it is available.
ENS domains must be 3 characters or longer.
Keep in mind that the final product will look like
You can also search Etherscan.io for available ENS domains.
Step 5. If your domain is available, you can register it. Select the amount of time you wish to own the domain and click 'Next'.
Most longer domains cost the equivalent of $5/year in ETH to maintain, but the shorter the domain, the more expensive it becomes.
They can be owned indefinitely, as long as this annual fee is paid.
Step 6. After picking your duration, click on 'Create commitment' to see the transaction details. Make sure to double-check that all of the information is correct.
Step 8. If all of the information is correct in the 'Confirmation screen', click 'Confirm and Send'.
**If you're accessing using a Hardware wallet or a wallet extension, like MEW CX or Metamask, please make sure to confirm the transaction on that device before continuing.**
Step 9. Now that the transaction has been initiated, go ahead and click close in the 'Transaction initiated' screen to begin the registration process. When it’s done, select 'Register' again and confirm the second transaction.
** Please make sure not to back out of this step as doing so will mean starting the whole process over****
Step 7. You're all set! Check your transaction on Etherscan.io. It should show your public address under the ‘Owner’ field.
Managing your ENS domain
Step 1. In order to manage your new domain, access your wallet on MEW and click on the DAaps section on the left-side menu.
Step 2. Click on the 'ENS manager' and toggle the page to 'Manage Domain'
Step 3. Under the 'Manage Domain' screen, you should be seeing all ENS domains that are registered to the public address being accessed.
Step 4. If you want to make changes to your domain, click on the pencil icon found on the right-hand side of the domain name. You should see the following: