Fast and Branded For You

Today, we’re excited to release dedicated IPFS gateways. While the public Pinata gateways will continue to exist, dedicated gateways will give NFTs and DeFi applications a fast, branded way to serve content.

Why Might You Need a Dedicated Gateway?

If you’re fetching content from IPFS, you want it to be fast. But the more content that’s fetched, the slower the response times can be. It’s like waiting at a busy deli counter for a nice pastrami. You know you’ll eventually get it, but you don’t know how long it’ll take for everyone else to get their delicious lunch. …


A Defined Relationship Among Many

You’ve seen this title before. Countless publications and even mainstream news organizations have tried to answer this question. Unfortunately, they are providing answers to questions that may not have been asked. Yes, the technical implementation of NFTs is important in the same way that the technical implementation of your dishwasher is important. But you don’t need an article explaining that. You need a quick guide that explains how to use your dishwasher and why you shouldn’t be hand-washing your dishes.

We’re going to tackle this article from strictly a utility and best practices approach. No blockchain descriptions. Keeping it simple…


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The creator economy is booming. With Twitter, Facebook, Substack, and others creating platforms for creators in recent months, Patreon has become the old guard in this space. Founded in 2013, Patreon now has over 6 million active users. It’s the first place creators think of when deciding to release their work directly to their fans

However, creators struggle to manage the content that they release to their fans. Many subscription creators today are forced to use Youtube videos with ads, struggle with file size limits, and find themselves forcing their fans to login across multiple content platforms. We’ve written about…


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Home is comfortable. It’s inviting and familiar and powerful. It amplifies your voice as you write because you know it. Because it’s home.

It’s also a trap.

When setting a story, choosing somewhere you know well makes a ton of sense. What better way to ensure the right amount of verisimilitude? What other way to convince the reader that they are not reading a book or story, but experiencing it? What you can feel and hear and taste in your mind because of your familiarity with the place becomes what the reader can feel and hear and taste. But what…


Using Pinata

The amazing thing about hackathons is the range of applications people come up with. Ideas flow freely, and sometimes you stumble across something you hadn’t thought about before. That was the case for us when we were judging the Eth Global NFT Hack competition. An app called MyMuzzay, now called CocoNFT, surprised us with a simple platform that pulled in Instagram posts and minted them as NFTs while storing the asset and metadata on IPFS. They did this by leveraging as many no-code tools as possible, including Zapier.

Brody Berson and Reid Robinson both work at Zapier and were able…


Using Pinata: Part 3

This is part three of a three-part series about creating NFTs like NBA Top Shot using Flow and IPFS.

Part one:

Part two:

In this final part of the series, we’re going to finish things up by enabling the transfer of NFTs. As we’ve come to expect, Flow has some great documentation around this concept, but we are going to extend those docs and make them fit the paradigm of IPFS-hosted content. Let’s dive in!

Setting Up

Hopefully, you’ve been following along with the prior two tutorials. If so, you have all the starter code necessary to continue, and we’re going to…


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Using Pinata: Part 2

This is part two of a three-part series focused on the Flow blockchain, NFTs, and IPFS. You can read part one here:

In this tutorial, we’re going to build a simple React application that interfaces with Flow smart contracts to authenticate and to fetch NFTs owned by a user. We will then resolve the NFT’s metadata to get the IPFS location of the NFT’s underlying digital asset (in this case a video). …


Using Pinata: Part 1

As the non-fungible tokens (NFTs) market reaches a fever pitch, it’s interesting to look back on the relatively early days of NFTs and remember the challenges that were exposed by CryptoKitties. The platform, built by the team at Dapper Labs, was the first real example of potential mass adoption and the first real strain on the Ethereum blockchain.

Since then, NFTs have taken off with platforms like Rarible , OpenSea, Foundation, and Sorare springing up. These platforms are seeing millions of dollars flow through monthly. Most of this has happened, despite the early struggles, on the Ethereum blockchain. However, the…


This is how you might feel debugging production Electron applications

Electron is a great framework that makes developing cross-platform desktop applications easy. If you’re a JavaScript developer, it is probably the first thing you’ll reach for when you decide to build a desktop application. I know I did. In building my first and second desktop applications, I used Electron. In that process, I learned some tricks to help the development process go a little smoother. One such trick is how to better debug issues that may arise in the packaged, production version of your Electron app that you won’t see in development.

If you’re not familiar with Electron, it is…

Justin Hunter

Writer. Developer. Founder. Full stack engineer at Pinata. I previously founded Graphite Docs and SimpleID.

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