So, it’s tough to write about this topic, because I don’t want to seem like I’m knocking certain blockchains and their respective NFT platforms. For that reason, I’m going to be intentionally vague, and this article is mostly just going to be an expression of my own preferences, along with a brief explanation of why I think more people should consider minting NFTs on Proton (a layer one blockchain). As we know, different blockchains have different minting processes, and different marketplaces have their own unique advantages and disadvantages. On the flipside, creators/artists will not all be looking for the same features when determining where to launch their NFT collections, and there are trade-offs abound.
The primary reasons I use Proton for NFTs are because the minting process is simple, intuitive, and the Protonmint site functions properly. You might think that would be the case with most NFT platforms, but it absolutely is not! I have sought to experiment with a number of other blockchains (in order to reach new pools of buyers and other markets) and found that some of them have incredibly tedious and convoluted processes for simply minting an NFT collection. They often needlessly complicate matters with all sorts of quirky, blockchain-specific “launch” features you may or may not care about, and they make you go through all manner of hoops just to get the ball rolling and mint a single NFT. Perhaps these tediously complex procedural/technical barriers help to deter scammers and filter out junk. That’s great, but at least provide a shortcut or backdoor for the civilized NFT world.
Some of these chains don’t even have their own mobile wallet apps. (Yes, there are layer one projects out there with 500 million dollar plus market caps that don’t even have their own in-house iOS apps.) They have Chrome browser extension wallets, so basically you can’t even engage with the marketplaces on mobile in a reliable fashion. I won’t say which ones, but certain large blockchain marketplaces I attempted to use were incredibly buggy and failed at performing some of the most basic functions. (For example, I would click the “Connect Wallet” button and nothing at all would happen, despite the fact that I was using the most common computational devices on the planet and which are used by millions of people.) In some cases, you even have to fill out a form and “apply” to launch a collection, with the promise that a person will get back to you in a week or two with an answer and further instructions. Note that I’m not talking about exclusive, high end marketplaces but just the standard, flagship NFT platforms for a couple of layer one chains.
Basically, when I’m looking to launch an NFT collection, all I want to do to start things off is:
A. Connect my wallet
B. Name my collection
C. Upload some images
D. Mark them for sale
That’s literally it. It’s cool if there are additional features and promotional enhancements, but the things I listed above should be the first priority. Proton’s Protonmint offers by far the most user friendly experience for minting an NFT collection and getting it to market. Honestly, it’s just so convenient, and that’s why I keep coming back to using it, even though I could potentially be making more money elsewhere. People might say that OpenSea is pretty easy to use and normie friendly. It is…but OpenSea is still not as user-friendly as Protonmint in my opinion. I also hate using Metamask, as I find it to be frustratingly buggy and unreliable at the most inopportune times. Proton’s WebAuth wallet has kind of spoiled me in that regard. It has plenty of features but also excels at the most basic functions one needs a wallet to execute.
Of course there are trade-offs on Proton. The main one is that there are not yet as many buyers as on some of the larger, more well-known chains and marketplaces, but believe me when I say that people do buy. Occasionally whales will swoop in and swallow up whole collections, but there are plenty of casual, small-time shoppers and collectors who poke around and make purchases as well. I would strongly urge artists to consider minting their collections on Proton, particularly those artists who are seeking out alternatives to Ethereum and prefer a hassle-free experience. Creators should also be prepared to promote their projects and keep sales expectations modest, given the current climate. You have to be willing to put in a little bit of work.
NFTs listed on Protonmint automatically appear on ProtonMarket. There’s also a Proton-based NFT auction site, Soon.Market, which offers the same high quality, user-centric experience that is characteristic of Proton applications. You’ll need the WebAuth wallet (available on iOS and Android) to get started with Proton NFTs. After some basic KYC, you should be able to get up and running pretty quickly with your first NFT collection on Proton.
Ready, set, mint.
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