NFT is the short form of Non-Fungible Token and serves as a digital certificate of authenticity.
What does this mean? In the real world and beyond, antiques, first editions of books, records, classic pieces of art, and other historical items are usually auctioned off with certificates proving their genuine uniqueness. How does this approach translate from the real world to the digital world? Right now, it’s NFT.
NFTs have the same goal but for digital artifacts. Art pieces in the forms of mp3s, jpegs, videos, GIFs, and other file formats can now be certified as unique in the market. In fact, this technology does pave the way for a new form of “ownership” of digital files that was not yet possible with blockchain technology. NFT files can be collected, traded, and even destroyed in the same way as any other physical object. All transactions and records are stored in the blockchain and can be viewed by anyone on the internet.
The process of converting a digital work into NFT is called “minting.” Minting refers to creating a token on the blockchain that is forever linked to that specific digital work of art. When an artist mints a new NFT, it is unique and has a higher value than a regular digital work that has not been minted. Could ADA be the cryptocurrency of your choice?
Choose to mint over mine: Why choose minting as a method? Simply because minting, e.g., through Cardano NFT projects, has proven to be more environmentally friendly than other known alternatives in the market.
Supposing Cardano (ADA) is the cryptocurrency of choice, artists can benefit from Cardano’s robust infrastructure that offers security while also providing quick transactions with low fees – all without sacrificing any of the originality that makes this cryptocurrency so appealing for maintaining ownership in its first place!
Moreover, the proof of ownership allows that to happen when they own their very own NFT contracts.
When it comes to minting NFTs, there are a lot of different solutions out there. So, how do you choose the right one for you?
A few factors to consider
A fee is how much money you pay when using a service/platform.
Different minting solutions can charge different fees. Some could charge a flat rate, while others may charge a percentage of the total value of minted NFTs. Make sure to compare the fees charged by different solutions to find the one that fits your budget.
- Ease of use
Ease of use is essentially being able to use something without running into bumps or issues along the way.
Some minting solutions are easier to use than others. If you’re not particularly tech-savvy, you may want to choose a solution that is easy to use and has a user-friendly interface.
- Supported cryptocurrencies
Not all minting solutions support every cryptocurrency. Make sure to choose a solution that supports the cryptocurrencies you want to use. Some cryptocurrencies offer advantages that others can’t.
- Supported platforms
Not all minting solutions support all platforms. Make sure to choose a solution that supports the platforms you want to use. Depending on the marketplace of your choice, some platforms provide better support in setting up your own NFT smart contract that is better suited for your minting needs.
Make sure to choose a minting solution that has a good security reputation and offers robust security features. After all, you don’t want your NFTs to be compromised by hackers. Cardano, for example, deploys good staking rewards for pools that are not highly saturated, thereby minimizing centralization. This policy, in turn, avoids the 51% attack theory.
Reputation is very important because it means that the solution has a proven track record of doing what it promises. A good way to approach this is to keep your desired community in mind.
Interacting with your community and building one is important for your success as an artist.
Finally, make sure to do your research and find out what other people think of the minting solution you’re considering.
Wrapping it all up
The process of deciding what type of solution to use can be challenging. You might not know which provider will best serve your needs, or you might worry about the quality and security aspects that come with each option. However, we hope this article has helped you learn more about how blockchain technology works in relation to digital art collections so that you can continue to focus on building a fantastic portfolio without stressing too much over these issues.
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