From the explosion of the scaling and layer 2 ecosystems to the first Devcon in three years and The Merge, it has been an exciting year for Ethereum and ethereum.org. We’ve shipped many impactful features and content, with thousands of incredible contributors helping us along the way.
Let’s dive into our highlights of 2022:
Translation program 🌎
Bringing educational Ethereum content to as many languages as possible is critical to our team's vision for ethereum.org. Our incredible community of contributors has come a long way since we became a multilingual website in 2019, and in 2022 we were thrilled to see continued growth in the number of people contributing to our translation program and the number of readers in non-English languages surging.
2022 in numbers
- 3k new translators joined
- 4.6 million words translated
- 28% of visits are in languages other than English (double 2021’s high)
Help us translate ethereum.org
There was a lot to celebrate in 2022, but we still have far to go to deliver Ethereum education to the non-English speaking world. If you speak a language besides English, check out the translation program and help make ethereum.org more accessible to everyone!
Community engagement 🤝
Ethereum.org is the work of thousands of incredible contributors, and every contribution helps us build a great resource for the community. As with the translation program, ethereum.org saw excellent engagement in many other community-driven initiatives. In 2022 we hit 37,000 Discord members, an incredible 7,000 Crowdin members, and the huge milestone of 1,000 total contributors on GitHub!
We can’t emphasize enough how much we appreciate each and every contributor ❤️. If you’d like to contribute and help us build ethereum.org in 2023, check out our Q1 roadmap.
Open design system 📐
Since May of 2022, we’ve been working on creating the ethereum.org design system. It took a lot of work to get the design to where it is, and we’re excited to share it. In Q1 2023, we’ll begin implementing the code to support the new design system.
One of the overarching goals behind creating a design system is to give designers a way to contribute to the open-source Ethereum community. In 2023, we’ll continue to work with the community to open up our design processes to the community.
Lots of new pages 🥳
2022 was the biggest year yet for new content on ethereum.org. We addressed many of our content gaps and delivered informative, well-received pages that were read by more than a million people.
There are too many pages to list everything here (now more than 300 pages on the website!), but some of the highlights include:
- Layer 2: teaches users why Ethereum is scaling through rollups and how to onboard to layer 2.
- Run a node: highlights the value of running a node (both to people running their own node and to Ethereum generally) and gives readers step-by-step resources to start running their own nodes.
- Staking hub: demystifies the staking process and the key benefits of different staking approaches.
- Introduction to Web3: explains the principles of Web3, its philosophy, and current limitations.
- Energy consumption: shows Ethereum’s current and historical energy consumption and the impact The Merge had.
In 2023, we’ll continue working with our community and subject-matter experts within the Ethereum ecosystem to fill our gaps and deliver high-value content to our readers. If you’d like to help, reach out to us on Discord.
Find wallet revamp 👛
Another huge milestone in 2022 was the revamp of our wallets content. A large portion of traffic to ethereum.org is from users looking to get their first wallet. On our previous find a wallet page, it took a lot of work to compare the different features wallets offered, making it hard for users to decide which wallet best suited their needs.
After several design iterations, we landed on creating an e-commerce-like experience—allowing users to filter wallets by specific features, compare features between wallets, and select user personas with recommended features.
Learn hub and learn quizzes 🧠
There is a constant stream of new users trying to learn about Ethereum. In 2022, we spent a lot of time focussing on creating a better experience for these users. Creating easy-to-understand content is a driving principle of everything we work on, but these two initiatives were especially focused on this subset of our users.
We created the Learn Hub because users needed help finding a starting point for learning about Ethereum without feeling overwhelmed by the amount of information available and the disconnectedness of the different pages on our website. The Learn Hub is a guided pathway for users, starting from the basics of what cryptocurrencies are, walking them through getting started on Ethereum with their first wallet, teaching them how the Ethereum protocol works, and how they can get involved in the ecosystem.
As well as providing a structured learning path with the Learn Hub, we wanted to make learning about Ethereum more fun for users, improve their retention, and gamify the process. To do this, we created learning quizzes. Each quiz has several questions, with multiple potential answers with explanations after submitting an answer to help teach users when they get questions wrong.
We currently have learning quizzes on eight pages and plan to expand it with more functionality and pages in 2023. They’re a ton of fun! Check them out:
- What is Ethereum quiz
- What is Ether quiz
- Introduction to Web3 quiz
- Layer 2 quiz
- NFT quiz
- Wallets quiz
- Security and scam prevention quiz
- The Merge quiz
The Merge 🌳
Undoubtedly the biggest Ethereum event of 2022 was The Merge. As part of preparing The Merge, we audited the entire website for content that would require changes after Ethereum switched to proof-of-stake.
In addition to auditing and updating hundreds of pages of existing content, we created many new pages to reflect the changes that were made like: proof-of-stake frequently asked questions, proof-of-stake vs proof-of-work, how blocks are produced on proof-of-stake, and many more.
For full details, see the three large initiatives we worked on related to The Merge:
Other projects 🏃♂️
As well as our core product on ethereum.org, we spent a lot of time helping out on other projects central to the success of Ethereum. We won’t highlight each of them in-depth, but you should check them out!
- Ethereum foundation blog: rebuilt the blog to add internationalization
- Ecosystem support program (ESP): rebuilt the ESP website
- Geth: designed and built a new website for Geth’s documentation
- EthStaker CLR: designed and built an application enabling a staking-focused quadratic funding round
- Staking Launchpad: updated and added content for The Merge and added translations
- EF Cryptography Research: designed and built a blog for EF cryptography researchers
- KZG ceremony: helped add internationalization and fix frontend bugs for the upcoming KZG ceremony
Looking ahead 👀
With so much achieved, the ethereum.org community has much to be proud of in 2022. Thanks again to the thousands of contributors who got involved!
Like Ethereum itself, we still have a long way to go if we want to continue building the most comprehensive and inclusive resource for Ethereum on the internet.
For that, we need your help! We’ve just released our Q1 product roadmap. Check it out, and let us know how you’d like to get involved 🙏