Since I found out – months ago – that users would be able to create a CUSTOM NAMED account on EOS, I have been itching to build one. This is not to be confused with the name bidding feature that is also happening on EOS, which is for big businesses and big spenders that will eventually populate the EOS blockchain ecosystem. In any case, TODAY I was able to make my WISH become a reality… I created my very own custom EOS account, “Monk3yCrushR”, and it was a LOT easier than you might imagine! To clarify, EOS accounts must be 12 characters long and can contain lower case letters and digits (up to 5).
I should go backwards a bit, as in the time after I became an EOS stakeholder in January of this year, I have been avidly watching a number of EOS-centric YouTube channels. One such channel is called “The Awakenment” from a fine Block Producer candidate team based in the U.K., “EOSvibes”. I would recommend any EOS account holders to vote their tokens for EOSvibes as a Block Producer, as they really seem to care about EOS and the community it represents.
About a month ago, “The Awakenment” released a video on YouTube ( https://youtu.be/822Oa8pXG5g ) about an EOS tool they created to help people easily set up a new EOS account. I must say, creating an account was simple and straightforward after watching the video just one time!
First, you should understand that the EOS account creation site that EOSvibes created is a NOT FOR PROFIT tool. That said, there is a small one-time cost to create a new EOS account, as they each contain 0.2 EOS and also covers the cost of the RAM required to run the account. As such, the cost of creating an EOS account can vary based on the current EOS and RAM prices. For the record, when The Awakenment created the above video, the example account cost just under $19 USD. When I created my account today it cost me just $8.54 USD. As the RAM prices have fallen dramatically since the initial run-up, the cost to create my new account was greatly reduced when compared to the video example. To say the least, I was thrilled about that outcome!
By the way, it is worth mentioning that EOSvibes is the same Block Producer candidate that is behind the HIREvibes human resources Dapp that is coming to the EOS blockchain.
As I did today, all you have to do to create a new custom named EOS account is to visit https://eos-account-creator.com and follow the easy step-by-step instructions.
Now you simply need some creativity to come up with a busting good EOS account name! Remember it must be 12 characters and must contain at least one (and not more than 5) numbers. The great thing about the EOSvibes account creation site is that it will let you know if your account name is not valid on the EOS blockchain.
The one thing you will need to do is generate a couple of random EOS key pairs. While there are numerous ways to do this, you have to be careful where you get these keys from. If you happen to create a key pair from an un-trusted source, you could lose the EOS tokens you eventually deposit into your new account, so BE CAREFUL.
I utilized Scatter to create my two new key pairs – if you used Scatter to access your Genesis Snapshot Account, you already know you can go into the “Key Pair” tab and simply click the “New” button, then click “Generate Key Pair”. You simply want to do this TWICE, save both pairs of Public and Private Keys outside Scatter, then simply discard them within Scatter. Once you have these you can use either set as your “Owner” key pair and the other one as your “Active” key pair on https://eos-account-creator.com to set up your new custom named EOS account. Be sure to save your new Owner and Active keys offline in a safe, secure place.
So ENJOY! Create an EOS account name that means something special to you. In my case, I will eventually utilize my new account name as my day-to-day account for regular transactions. For others being able to easily create a custom named account will match their business type or name and will simplify accepting payments in their future EOS store. Regardless of your purpose, it is now super easy to stake out their naming rights on the EOS blockchain.