(Stickied top post. Newer posts below)
Q. What is FreeSpeechMe?
A. FreeSpeechMe is a Free Software plug-in for Firefox that allows you to effortlessly view Dot-Bit websites. It works on Windows and on GNU/Linux.
Q. What is Dot-Bit?
A. Dot-Bit (.bit) is a new top-level domain that, unlike Dot-Com, Dot-Net, Dot-UK, etc., is NOT controlled by any government or corporation.
Q. How much do these domains cost? Are they hard to register?
A. You can register a Dot-Bit domain today using the inexpensive cryptocurrency, Namecoin (a derivative of BitCoin). Dot-Bit domains currently cost about 7 cents US to register, and you don’t have to go through anyone else to do it. It’s easy to do, and we’ve written tutorials on how to do it and where to get Namecoin.
Q. What are the advantages of Dot-Bit?
A. Dot-Bit domains are extremely resistant to being shut down or hijacked by governments, corporations or criminals. Dot-Bit domains are THE decentralized alternative to building your whole web presence on a Dot-Com or other top-level domain that can be shut down at any time for any reason by any government without due process.
Now that you have your .bit domain registered and updated with your web sites IP address, you need to reconfigure and re-start your web service, so it will recognize the new .bit name.
If you’re on WordPress, that can be done from the WordPress install. We have code and directions for doing that here.
For non-WordPress sites, below is the info from the Web server end to make things link and work perfectly:
These steps should work for any flavor of GNU/Linux running one of the Apache web server variants. If it supports name-based virtual-hosting, the VirtualHost, serverName, and ServerAlias items will be there (and they are the only ones we care about). If you are running a website on AWS, good chances you are running it on an Ubuntu GNU/Linux instance with apache2, which is what I will use in my examples….
A lot of people ask us all this all day, every day. So instead of typing it over and over, I figured I’d make one post and we’ll send people here. Consider this a sort of site map for the most critical tutorials on this site.
Here are my recommended steps, in order, for getting up and running. From viewing Dot-Bit websites to having your own Dot-Bit website.
1.Download FreeSpeechMe for Windows or Linux (it’s the same file for both), and install it as an add-on in Firefox. Instructions are here:
Read the whole thing please, especially the part about downloading the blockchain for five hours the first time before telling us “IT DOESN’T WORK!” lol.
After five hours of letting FreeSpeechMe update (with your computer on, and Firefox open), confirm that you can search the Dot-Bit web by trying several of the sites listed on this List of working Dot-Bit websites.
USA (OKLAHOMA): Viral Electron Chaos Laboratories announced today the beta release of FreeSpeechMe, a world-changing anti-censorship and anti-hijacking browser plug-in.
FreeSpeechMe is a Free Software Firefox plug-in for effortlessly viewing Dot-Bit websites. This offers protection against website censorship and hijacking.
Dot-Bit is a new top-level domain that is not controlled by any government or corporation.
Anyone can register a Dot-Bit domain in minutes using the inexpensive cryptocurrency, Namecoin.
Dot-Bit domains are extremely resistant to being shut down or hijacked by governments, corporations or criminals. Dot-Bit domains are THE decentralized alternative to building your whole web presence on a Dot-Com or other top-level domain that can be shut down at any time for any reason by any government without due process.