Non-fungible tokens, as they’re called, have become popular with creators, as the tokens provide a fail-proof way of assigning ownership rights to any digital creation. So a creator can mint their digital artworks as NFTs and then sell the rights to that work and generate income.
While most NFTs today are minted on Ethereum, there has been growing demand for more sustainable alternatives.
The Solana blockchain is renowned for its low energy usage. Thanks to its proof of stake consensus mechanism, a single transaction on the Solana network uses the equivalent amount of power as a Google search. That makes it a much superior alternative to Ethereum, which like Bitcoin relies on a proof of work consensus that requires vast amounts of energy to process transactions.
NFTs are gaining attention on Behance. Thousands of creators using the Adobe-owned social media site for designers and artists showcase Ethereum-based NFTs on their profiles, and with the native integration of Solana, they’ll also be able to display work minted on the Solana blockchain.
To do so, all users have to do is link their Phantom Wallet address to their Behance profile. They can also add their Solana address to their Content Credentials to ensure they’ll receive credit for their work, even if they sell their NFTs. Behance has also promised to launch additional tools in future that will notify users if someone tries to claim their work as their own.
For creatives who’re interested in minting Solana NFTs, Behest recommends Holaplex as an easy tool to get started. For more experienced creators, the Metaplex tool is perfect for advanced customization, Behest said. Once their NFTs have been minted, creators can show them off on their Behest profiles and list them for sale on marketplaces such as Formfunction and Magic Eden.
Behest said the Solana NFT integration was made possible by QuickNode, a middleware software provider that integrates applications with multiple blockchains through an API. QuickNode’s API, which also supports Bitcoin, Ethereum, Polygon and Binance Smart Chain in addition to Solana, provides a means to query and send data back and forth between third-party apps and the blockchain.