Namer Community

Namer Community

Our community is decentralizing the Internet Domain Name System's (DNS) root zone file with Handshake (HNS).

We exist to help Handshake names reach their fullest potential and will answer any questions you have about Handshake!

Join the effort

Taking your first steps

  1. Get a Handshake name you want to use as your online identity.
  2. Become a Namer by setting up a dLinks or personal website on your name.
  3. Show support by updating your social media display names to YourName/.

Want to get even more involved? Come Join the effort as a Director in the Namer Community!

Our community

Our community members typically come from these backgrounds, do any resonate with you?

Coin HODLers

Handshake coins of winning bids aren't paid to anyone and are burned, which creates deflationary effects on the price of HNS

Web developers

Handshake names enable dotless domains (http://nb/) and unlimited free subdomains (http://welcome.nb/) for all of your projects.

Domainers and NFT supporters

Handshake names are top-level domains that you can flip or sell subdomains off of — on average, names resale at 10x.

Open source developers

Handshake is open source, donated $10.2M to the FOSS community, and has airdrops for ~200k individual open source contributors.

Web 3.0 and dWeb supporters

Nobody owns the decentralized Handshake blockchain, making its names uncensorable, private, and truly owned by the individual.

DNS developers

Handshake elegantly replaces Certificate Authorities by pinning TLS keys to its names, shifting the root of trust to its blockchain.



Help spread the word by representing Handshake. All merch is priced at cost!

Community resources

Join the Namer Community on Discord to meet others also excited about Handshake!

Log in with your Handshake name onto the Namer News forum to keep up with HNS and dWeb news.

Did you know we have Handshake merch? All merch is priced at cost!

Have feedback to share with Namebase? Post it in — we review them every other Wednesday.

Want to help grow Handshake and become a Director of Handshake? Join the effort!

See which Namers are already helping grow Handshake.

Self-learners can visit the Learning Center to read up on Handshake and Namebase.

We have docs for developers who want to develop on or contribute to Handshake.

Here are some ways you can use your Handshake name.

Explore what other Namers are creating on their Handshake names.


Visit our Stats page for quick stats on auction, marketplace, and usage activities.


HDNS is a DNS resolver for Handshake websites. Access the dWeb on any device.


Check out instances where Namebase or Handshake was mentioned in the media.

Find logos, memes, images, GIFs, and videos you can share here.

1-on-1 chat

Do you want to help grow Handshake but you're not sure how to start? Or maybe you just want to speak 1-on-1 with someone from Namebase? Pick any time that works best for you to chat with our community manager at calendar.johnnywu/.

Fun fact: "calendar.johnnywu/" is a Handshake domain so if you aren't yet resolving Handshake names, you'll want to use the gateway to access it.


Namer norms

  1. Namers are Directors of HandshakeHandshake is controlled by no one and can be enhanced by anyone.
  2. Namers believe in freedom, transparency, security, and equitable ownership of the internet. Handshake domains can be practically anything, are won through open auctions, are censorship-resistant and private, and can be truly owned by anyone.
Handshake Code of Conduct