All May, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is dedicated to highlighting the cultures and influence of our AAPI communities. Connecting an entire region with one domain, .asia has become an online epicenter for businesses, organizations, and individuals to share and relate.
Take a look at some of our favorite .asia sites that run the industry gamut, from art and anime to community initiatives. Especially with a name like Porkbun, we would be remiss to overlook one of our favorite forms of connection, so you can bet we included a few food-focused sites in our top picks too.
This site refers to itself as a Japanese-English contemporary art portal. Showcasing current exhibitions, art-it.asia is part gallery, part magazine, part resource center for artists to explore new works and share ideas. With its clean and elegant layout, do yourself a favor a take a moment to peruse!
Born in 2008, AFA is the largest and most followed Japanese pop culture event in Southeast Asia, and has since become a household name to enthusiasts throughout the region. Remember when we used to gather in crowds? AFA has a whole page dedicated to cataloging that history of events.
Development Asia is collaborative platform for sharing expertise, best practices, and technologies relevant to addressing broader economic and societal issues. This site is a wealth of information and resources — even if you aren’t trying to solve the world’s biggest problems.
One of the top performing .asia sites, this Netherlands-based restaurant boasts colorful inventive plates that play on the classics, from dim sum to pad thai. Plus, upon entry to the site, you’re immediately greeted with Don’t Worry, Be Happy! And I for one welcome that level of saccharinity.
Located in Singapore, Marukyu’s extensive menu offers Omakase courses, seasonal dishes, and a wide selection of bentos. Stunning plates on a clean site with simple navigation — I’ll make a reservation for now please.
For those who already have an established .com, .asia domains still offer usefulredirects. Take BuffaloWildWings.asia or Microsoft.asia for instance. Leading brands showing their global reach — ah the beauty of a well-used domain.
If we missed your favorite, @ us on Twitter. And a Happy AAPI Heritage month to all our neighbors!
The .art domain zone, created for professionals in the art world and the creative community, confidently entered 2021, passing the mark of a hundred thousand users.
There is continuous innovation happening in the .art domain zone. We’ve selected some of our top .art stories that will hopefully motivate you to get creative or bring inspiration for your hobbies.
1. Crypto artist Matt Kane released his record-breaking Bitcoin-based artwork priced $100K on volatility.art.
Chicago-based artist Matt Kane began a classical painting career before moving to IT. He combined his skills and became a “creative programmer”. Kane’s Right Place & Right Time, 2020 work is programmed to reflect Bitcoin’s price volatility. The work and the domain volatility.art, on which it was created, were sold to a private collector TokenAngels for over $100,000.
2. The circa.art, a project that supports the creative community suffering from the pandemic by raising money through charity sales, appeared recently on the iconic Piccadilly Circus digital billboard.
All the legendary brands such as Coca-Cola, Kodak, eBay, Nescafé, Hyundai, L’Oréal Paris, McDonald’s, and many others have marked this London’s central tourist location. Since October 2020, visitors and residents of the capital can regularly view a new circa.art’s monthly video of a work by a renowned artist on sale. Artists such as Ai Weiwei and Patti Smith have already taken part in the project. The artworks on view are available for as little as $100.
3. .art received a patent for its unique ART Digital Twin solution.
The past year has become significant for .art in terms of innovation. The domain zone received a US patent for a developed method of storing and identifying objects using additional Whois fields, launched as “.ART Digital Twin“.
The Observer, a leading international publication, has released its newest edition of Arts Power 50. The founder of the domain zone, Ulvi Kasimov, was included in the list among the most influential artists, curators, heads of museums and non-profit organizations, politicians and innovators operating in technology related to art.
.Art zone co-founder and a trustee of the Multimedia Art Museum (MAMM), Reikhan Kasimova, launched a charitable project titled Flowers for Medics amid the rise of the pandemic in 2020. Together with MAMM, .ART launched an exhibition of works submitted within the framework of the project. A sold-out charity auction to support medical workers and artists in need also followed the show. The initiative further strengthened .art domain zone’s authority as an innovator across both art and tech communities.
It’s the season of giving, and Porkbun is offering designers, artists, and creatives the rare chance to score a .design domain name for free!
With this special offer, you get the .design domain name of your choice free for one year, plus tons of other exciting goodies like a free Weebly Site Builder trial, email hosting and free email forwarding, free WHOIS privacy, free SSL security, and free hosting options. Now that’s a big holiday bonus!
If you’re a designer, you understand the importance of smart presentation. This special, limited-time offer is the perfect opportunity for you to spruce up your digital portfolio or refresh your online branding. A .design domain allows you to create a more succinct, powerful, and memorable URL and email address. It’s a great way to assert yourself and improve your contact with customers, whether you’re a freelancer, web developer, or a creative studio — or maybe you just have extremely good taste in domains!
Even if you’re not a designer, the fact you’re reading this now means you probably have designer friends in your life — the freelancers, the one’s with the endless side hustles, relentlessly asking for your input: “Pantone 2034C or 4059C?” “Does this filter look retro-enough?” “Should I keep the generic arrow curser or make it a slice of pizza?!” Share this offer with them to support your favorite independent web designer, UX and UI designer, architect, interior designer, or illustrator!
But while the big brands may be impressive, it’s the sites from independent freelance designers that we find especially inspiring. For example, Steph Salileng is an illustrator and UX/UI designer with a sharp, minimalist site at stephdoes.design.
Her outstanding portfolio is made even better by the detailed explanations that accompany each project. Steph walks you through her process start-to-finish, sharing key insights that take you into the mind of a designer. Plus, with a domain this memorable, none of her contacts will forget that Steph does, indeed, do design! Now that’s our kind of branding.
In 2015, the internet welcomed 500+ new Top Level Domain endings – new gTLDs – giving people more options to choose from when registering a domain name. In addition to .com, .net and .org, people could choose from anything from .love to .marketing. But even before that, in 2010, there was another alternative to .com that was already making waves in its infancy: .co. In its 9 years being available to the public, .co has become a popular domain name choice for many startups as well as enterprise brands. This post share some fun stats about .co and why you should consider one for your entrepreneurial endeavor.
Are you a business trying to get your product or service in front of the right people? Sometimes throwing up some ads on facebook doesn’t do the trick because it’s not where your customers hang out. Moreover, banner ads on major platforms feel intrusive. Native advertising is definitely a smoother experience for the user, especially if it integrates with blogs and newsletters that people love to follow. That’s where ThoughtLeaders.io comes in. ThoughtLeaders connects brands with the websites and blogs who publish content that is related to their product or service. Not only does ThoughtLeaders present a novel solution, but their domain name extension of .io helps them to stand out as a leading edge tech firm.
I work with hundreds of freelance designers every day on my blog and online community. And, I have to be honest, it’s scary just how often I hear something like this:
“I want to reach out to new clients, but my site’s just not ready.”
So today, I’d like to offer a few stellar examples of designers using the new .design domain extension to showcase their work. Some of the examples are extremely simple—in a good way—proving you don’t have to spend months redesigning (or designing for the first time) your portfolio site.
After highlighting a few great examples of just what you can do with a quality .design domain, I’ll quickly share some of my best tips for making the most of your design portfolio site.
When you purchase a domain name, you own the keys to your website kingdom. Your domain name tells the world what your website is about, and gives you a brand name. From a technical perspective, you can do a lot of things with your domain name. You can connect your domain name to a website that you’ve built with another web service like Wix or Weebly. You can use it as a re-direct if you own another domain name. You can integrate it into eCommerce shopping platforms so that your customers only see your professionally branded storefront. However, sometimes performing these tasks can be tricky for the novice user. Some registrars don’t make these tasks any less tricky when they make you go through multiple webpages and convoluted instructions to make basic changes. To combat this, we re-engineered our domain management console to make it easier for you to manage your domain names. Read on to get to know the new Porkbun Domain Management Console. Continue reading →
Fresh off his Main Stage presentation at RGD’s Design Thinkers conference, notable designer Stefan Bucher stopped by our booth in the exhibit hall and left as the enthusiastic new owner of both 344.design and DailyMonster.ink.
344.design is now home to the company website for Stefan’s studio, 344 Design, through which he has created designs and illustrations for clients David Hockney, Judd Apatow, and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, not to mention album covers for the likes of Sting and Whitney Houston.
So why on Earth would this accomplished designer want a .ink website? And what is Daily Monster?
“It’s always hard to break through when you’re presenting your content online, particularly when so many common sense domain names are already taken. The new domains are a great way to liven things up and grab people’s attention.”
When an idea pops into Stefan Bucher’s head he can’t stop until he somehow makes it real. And so began the Daily Monster project. Each day, he films himself putting a few drops of black ink on a piece of paper, blows it out with compressed air, and creates a new monster character out of the resulting shape. “It’s an exercise in beating procrastination and fear. I’m scared of the white page, and the ink blot makes it so that I’m not starting a drawing, I’m finishing one, which is much more fun!”
Much like the monsters themselves, over its life of 10+ years, Daily Monster has expanded and evolved. The website and it’s videos have spawned a book containing stories about each monster sourced from his fans all over the world, and even an app, the DAILY MONSTER Monster Maker!
In its latest evolution, Stefan re-launched DailyMonster.com as DailyMonster.ink.
“After running DailyMonster as a .com for the first 10 years, having a .ink domain for an ongoing exercise in creating characters from blown ink was just too good of a fit to pass up!” He adds, “It’s always hard to break through when you’re presenting your content online, particularly when so many common sense domain names are already taken. The new domains are a great way to liven things up and grab people’s attention. I love that I now get to use 344.design and dailymonster.ink to show my work!”
More about Stefan’s work here, including the six books he’s authored (so it should come as no surprise, he’s won a D&AD award for book design, too).
Improving SEO with context and a .design domain name
Karen and Dave Rose are the owners of Fraser Valley Website Design, now found at fvwebsite.design. The business has grown considerably as they’ve expanded from SEO to graphic design, photography, drone imaging, car wraps, oh, and they also happened to get married in the process!
If Karen’s path from dairy farmer to SEO guru wasn’t already non-traditional, it seems that the recent switch from a .com domain to a keyword heavy .design name, fvwebsite.design, has created a noticeable uptick in their Google ranking, especially as displayed on Google Maps.
“My mind is always thinking ‘relevance, relevance, relevance’ and the .design domain made perfect sense to me,” said Karen. “I said to Dave, let’s try this domain ‘.design,’ and the website.design part of the domain has just worked out fantastic. The technical benefit I saw was that we moved right up, right away, on the keyword search on ‘graphic design’ and ‘website design’.”
Despite what some media outlets, and Google themselves, have said, the Roses have definitely noticed that their domain has benefited their ranking. Google claims to remain domain agnostic, which is a safe statement coming from a company that applied to run 101 new top-level domains (as part of the post .com era, new options include .design). “Overall, our systems treat new gTLDs like other TLDs (like .com and .org),” they claimed in an article in Webmaster Central Blog, “keywords in a TLD do not give any advantage or disadvantage in search.”
The fvwebsite.design story isn’t just anecdotal information, this is a report coming from an SEO expert. Karen has been in the SEO business for the past 15 years. That’s pretty much since the birth of SEO. She spent much of that time leading a team of 5 global algorithm analysts for Microsoft through large corporate developments, including the Bing and Yahoo merger. Karen eventually moved on from the Microsoft contract to found Fraser Valley Website Design and has never looked back.
However, their success has not been without its hiccups. In 2012, when Google implemented Penguin (an updated search algorithm) and later versions, Fraser Valley Website Design took a hit. They lost their top placement.
“It was the Penguin algorithm, which was followed up by 3 version updates, the latest one was October 2014 that dropped our ranking due to many issues,” Karen told us, “such as old CMS codes, broken links back to other sites, and content relevancy for SEO metas.”
Something had to change and that change came in the form of a new domain. Tapping her entrepreneurial spirit and her SEO expertise, Karen followed a hunch and moved the company’s domain name from fvwebs.ca to fvwebsite.design.
fvwebsite.design currently retains the top positions for “web design” and “graphic design” within a 80 mile radius of their base of operations (60 miles out of Vancouver, BC).
“It used to be that you’d build a company and then find a domain name,” Dave told us, “Now, you get the domain first and build the company second.” Availability and inventory are some of the great benefits of new TLDs, especially new TLDs with a professional edge, such as .design.
The Rose’s story contradicts previous statements made by Google that adopting a new TLD will neither benefit nor hurt your SEO. While we have a clear counterexample in Fraser Valley Website Design’s SEO success with .design, we can also conclude that a relevant domain will always give your site greater context and make it more clickable. Perhaps the results are due to the fact that the new domain was just more appealing to those searching for local web design help in the B.C. area. Maybe it was this interest that caused their rise to #1 in local search. fvwebsite.design’s story is only one datapoint, but it points to the value of .design for SEO and is part of a larger success story. We look forward to following along and learning from these entrepreneurs and others like them.
Have you experienced an SEO breakthrough with a new TLD? Tell us your story!
“The company was Energi Design. But when I started to think about design I decided to put it into one word, energi.design, and I thought that .design had to come out at some point, so I started searching for it.” – Steve Holmes, energi.design
Steve Holmes is not the typical .designer. He discovered .design a year before it was made available to the public. His diligence paid off. He’s been the proud owner of www.energi.design as soon as the domain was made available, which he now calls “his perfect domain name.”
Energi.design was founded in London in 1994. Since then, the company has moved internationally… twice. The company is now based in Munich, DE. Despite being in business for over twenty years, the company has remained a one-man-show. Despite that, the workload is steadily increasing. The month of August is especially busy, with seven video projects going on at the same time.
Steve has taught in colleges and universities and he has toured around Europe and the USA promoting Adobe After Effects. He has received awards both for his motion graphics and his typography and his client list is, in one word, impressive.
We were able to call in and get a bit of Steve’s time last week. Here’s what we talked about.