Term 4 Grants - Summary

Term 4 Grants

Ecosystem Working Group grants support projects and builders contributing to the ENS ecosystem. The vast majority of grant funding is done retroactively based on proof of work.

This thread serves as an ongoing summary of grants by Ecosystem Working Group for the fourth term.

This is not the place to request grants – To request a grant please fill out the deform: ENS Ecosystem Working Group Grants.

Reach out to @slobo.eth - twitter, @Limes - twitter, and @184.eth - twitter with questions.

Project discussion occurs on the weekly ecosystem calls, which often proceed grant approvals.

Prior term grants summary threads:
- Term 2 - Grant Summary
- Term 3 - Grant Summary


ENS DAO Newsletter


  • Project Title: ENS DAO Newsletter
  • Project Lead: Marcus @estmcmxci
  • Vintage Date: 03/01/2022
  • Description: A bi-weekly summary of the latest news and developments from ENS Labs, ENS DAO and the ENS community
  • Format: Published bi-weekly (Tuesday) at 11 AM Eastern Time.
  • Distribution: The forum, ENS socials (tl;dr), and Paragraph.


  • Researching, writing, and publishing bi-weekly newsletter editions, ensuring consistent and informative updates to the community.
  • Provide a source of archival information to ensure that ENS information is dated, available, and easily searchable.
  • Editorials and other initiatives to be considered on an ad-hoc basis, based on their potential impact and relevance.


ENS DAO Newsletter’s primary objective will be to ensure consistent and informative updates to the community, as well as creating a comprehensive and accessible archive of past editions. ENS DAO Newsletter has a history of being the source of the most pertinent, results-driven developments in ENS and the broader Ethereum ecosystem and we look to continue that effort.

As Marcus (@estmcmxci) continues to lead the newsletter, they will be responsible for researching, writing, and publishing the content. Compensation for all contributors will come from the newly created newsletter multi-sig, as specified in the funding request document.

By prioritizing archival content and strategic accessibility, the ENS DAO Newsletter aims to deliver valuable and relevant updates to the community while ensuring the preservation and accessibility of its content for future reference and use.

Contact Information

For questions or clarifications:

Additional Resources

Steward Commentary

The ENS Ecosystem stewards have allocated an 18,000 USDC grant to the ENS DAO Newsletter.
The ENS DAO Newsletter serves as an informative communication channel for the ENS and broader Ethereum communities. We support the newsletter’s focus on providing both current updates and searchable archives. The grant acknowledges the ongoing work of Marcus and the Newsletter team.


What is ETH.LIMO?

eth.limo is a privacy-preserving ENS gateway, enabling users to access Ethereum-native dApps and content. Limo represents a shift in dWeb adoption by providing an alternative means of accessing ENS resolvable domains.

Limo takes public gateway services a step further by enforcing strong privacy guarantees such as never logging IP addresses or engaging in TCP fingerprinting. Limo actively blocks FLoC (Federated Learning of Cohorts). This is a Google developed algorithm that tracks and correlates users based on their browsing history. FLoC enables advanced fingerprinting capabilities and greatly undermines online privacy and anonymity.

Project Updates

.art name resolution support

We’re excited to announce that we have added resolution support for .art names. This new feature allows .art domain holders to directly resolve contenthash records on chain, using their .art DNS names. Documentation can be found here: https://github.com/ethlimo/documentation/blob/master/art/config.md

1w3.eth IPFS pinning

We love working with other ecosystem projects and as a result we have partnered with Hidayath @1w3 to provide IPFS pinning on our gateway nodes for 1w3 user generated content. This adds an additional layer of redundancy on the IPFS network and provides an accelerated user experience for eth.limo resolution and content delivery.

Reduced caching TTLs and synchronous cache expiry

As a result of backend optimizations and our WAGBI grant (thank you Alchemy) we have been able to reduce our contenthash cache TTL from 15m to 10m. This means that we now fetch the latest ENS record updates 30% faster. We expect to be able to eventually lower this to 5m by the end of the year, for a 66% improvement. Additionally we now synchronously invalidate and expire caches across all of our nodes, resulting in eventual consistency within 10s.

Traffic updates

ENS dWebsite traffic continues to grow unabated. At the time of writing we are now serving up to 1.5M requests per hour which is ~1300% higher than a year ago! These dWebsites can be blogs, resumes, dApps and more.

Future endeavours

We’re busy working on the following updates & new features:

  • Multi-region CDN deployment (better performance and reliability)
  • Multi-region IPFS clustering
  • ENS resolution manager app
  • ENS native DNS resolver in anticipation of the .eth TLD being welcomed into the ICANN gTLD namespace

Previous Updates
General Documentation
Gateway Basics
DoH Resolver
Using eth.limo with IPFS (Kubo)

Steward Commentary

ENS Ecosystem stewards are awarding ETH.LIMO with 25 ETH & 50,000 USDC in grant funding.
ETH.LIMO continues to be foundational infrastructure for ENS ecosystem. Previous comments have discussed the demand, cost, and challenges associated with running their service.
This year web traffic to dwebsites increased by 1,300% alongside increased attention on scalability and performance. Recent developments aim to expand functionality and their service is targeting a diverse user base through collaborations and partnerships with other ENS Ecosystem builders.
We have confidence in ETH.LIMO’s forward looking stance, which is marked by dedication and their having a deep understanding of the space.
ETH.LIMO establish themselves as a pivotal player within the ENS and Ethereum ecosystems. The grant acknowledges the project’s and team’s contribution.



NameSys is introducing an innovative solution for Ethereum Name Service (ENS) users to store their ENS records off-chain in a gasless and autonomous manner. By combining IPNS and CCIP-Read, NameSys allows users to enjoy free ENS record updates and dynamic avatars. This unique approach addresses the long-standing issue of high gas costs associated with on-chain updates, making it accessible to ENS enthusiasts of all levels.

The NameSys infrastructure uses a custom resolver called CCIP2, which reads off-chain records from IPNS. Since hosting sensitive records on centralised servers poses significant trust concerns, NameSys designed a non-custodial and secure solution for IPNS record storage. Users can securely generate IPNS keypairs using wallet signatures and a provided password. The IPNS private key is used to host off-chain records without sharing it with any third-party service, ensuring data integrity.

The platform’s exciting features, like dynamic avatars and programmable addresses, open up new possibilities for users. The team is actively working on additional enhancements, such as private payments to ENS names and dApp store redirects.

Overall, NameSys provides a game-changing solution for ENS users, enabling free and secure off-chain record management. With its focus on security, autonomy, and dynamic possibilities, NameSys aims to transform the ENS community’s experience, making free and secure records forever accessible to all users.

GitHub: NameSys.eth · GitHub
Specification: SPECS.md
User Guide: GUIDE.md
Clients: .XYZ | .ETH

Steward Commentary

ENS Ecosystem stewards are awarding NameSys with 10,000 USDC in grant funding.
NameSys uses IPNS and CCIP-Read for offchain ENS record storage, which aims to address adoption pain points like high onchain update costs and centralised data storage risks. Their continued plans include adding features designed to increase ENS adoption. The grant acknowledges their ongoing work.


What are we building?

A linktree alternative for the decentralized web. Your personal, censorship-resistant hub to showcase your unique identity and creations. With your own Web3 domain, you’ll have complete control over your digital presence, free from centralized control. Effortlessly integrate your social profiles, portfolio, blog, NFTs, videos, podcasts, photos, calendar, and more, all on a single, customizable page.

Developments post term 3 grants

Rebuilt the link in bio builder from scratch based on on community feedback.
IPNS integration to save gas fee.
choose between IPFS or IPNS to set contenthash.
SEO ready decentralised website building.
Build websites for others.
Sub domains and wrapped domains support.
Arweave integration - build a permanent website.
Creators program - Convert decentralised website into a NFT(template)
Set Resolver for names if not exist
Audio, video, pdf and other files can be added to ENS websites
Image galley to share images.
Youtube, vimeo and twitch video integration


Gasless website building - update website infinite times without gas fee
Now, updating a website has become gasless on 1W3! Users can effortlessly set their IPNS key as the contenthash for their Linktree or website directly from our platform. This revolutionary update transforms 1W3 into a decentralized CMS (Content Management System) for ENS.

How does it work? Users can conveniently edit and update their websites as many times as needed without incurring any gas fees. This is made possible through the IPNS key automation feature on our platform.

When a user makes edits and publishes the changes to IPFS, our platform seamlessly connects the latest IPFS CID to the corresponding ENS name’s IPNS key. This means that users no longer have to manually perform any steps. Their website changes will automatically appear when they visit their ENS Linktree or website.

With this gasless update feature, 1W3 offers users a hassle-free experience for maintaining and updating their decentralized websites. Say goodbye to gas fees and enjoy the convenience of automatic website updates on the ENS platform!

Build websites for others

Are you interested in building decentralized linktrees or websites for others? Now it’s possible with 1W3! Here’s a step-by-step guide:

  1. The owner of an ENS domain needs to grant you the role of manager for their domain.
  2. With the manager role, you can proceed to build a customized website or linktree for the owner.
  3. Once the website is created, you can publish it to IPFS+IPNS and connect it to the owner’s ENS domain from 1W3 domain connect option, ensuring seamless accessibility.
  4. After the website is successfully connected, you can then transfer the ownership and management of the domain back to the original owner.
  5. At this point, the website is built, and the ENS domain is fully transferred to the owner, giving them complete control over their online presence.

This process allows you to leverage the power of ENS and its decentralized nature to assist others in establishing their online platforms. By temporarily assuming the role of a manager, you can create and connect the website, and then seamlessly hand over ownership back to the domain owner, ensuring their autonomy and control.

Set resolver for domain Users often encounter difficulties when building websites for ENS names whose resolvers are not set. One particular challenge arises when setting the contenthash for these names. To address this issue, we have developed a solution on our platform to make the process seamless.

When users attempt to connect their ENS domain with their website by setting the IPFS/IPNS CID, our platform performs a thorough check. If it identifies that the resolver for the domain has not been set, we prompt the user to set the resolver by paying the necessary gas fee.

Once the user successfully pays the gas fee, the latest resolver is automatically set for the domain. Consequently, the website goes live after the contenthash is properly configured.

By providing this streamlined option for setting the contenthash and resolver, we aim to simplify the website building process for users facing resolver-related challenges. Our platform ensures a smooth experience and enables users to seamlessly connect their ENS domain to their website.

Introducing Website as Templates NFT - Empowering Creativity, Community, and Decentralized Website Building

Step into the realm of boundless web design possibilities with our extraordinary collection of 1W3 Templates NFT. Each template has been meticulously crafted by our talented and diverse community of creators, ensuring a rich tapestry of unique and captivating web designs.

Immerse yourself in a world where creativity knows no bounds. Our 1W3 Templates NFT collection brings together the collective brilliance of designers from all corners of the globe. Each template represents a masterpiece, meticulously crafted to captivate and engage audiences across the digital landscape.

Through our visionary platform, you’ll have access to a decentralized website building experience like no other. Seamlessly integrate your 1W3 Templates NFT into our cutting-edge no-code website builder, where you can effortlessly customize every aspect of your site. From layout and typography to color schemes and interactive elements, your creative vision is brought to life with unparalleled freedom.

Embrace the potential of blockchain technology as you proudly showcase your ownership of these unique templates. With each 1W3 Templates NFT you possess, you become a participant in the decentralized web revolution. Join a thriving ecosystem of creators, collectors, and innovators who value artistic expression and the true ownership of digital assets.

Don’t miss out on this extraordinary opportunity to be part of the 1W3 Templates NFT movement. Join us today and unlock a world of limitless possibilities, where community, creativity, and decentralization converge in the realm of web design.

Awesome decentralised ENS websites built by community

Steward Commentary

ENS Ecosystem stewards are awarding 1W3 with 10,000 USDC in grant funding.
With its focus on IPNS, Arweave integration, and user experience enhancements, 1W3 is contributing to name utilisation and adoption in the ecosystem. Their no-code solution for building Web3 sites stands out and this grant recognises their building.