.ART Domains: an online platform that has become a place to build a strong digital identity and tell your story celebrates its 5 year anniversary

Our friends at .ART are celebrating their 5 year anniversary! We’re so excited for the growth of the .ART community and the diverse groups that have chosen to represent themselves with a domain ending in .ART. Read on to learn more about .ART and and its prominent use cases.

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From our friends at .ART

In the last 5 years since its launch, .ART has become the most popular extension for creatives and has a stable place among the top-5 fastest growing domain zones — all through organic growth and remarkably high renewal rates. Its 200K+ community includes creative organizations and personalities as well as industry giants including the Louvre, Marina Abramovic Institute, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Institute of Contemporary Arts of London, Amazon, Bank of America, Mercedes, Pixar, Kickstarter, Vivienne Westwood, and many others. 

A website on .ART can be anything: a point of entry for all social media accounts, an online portfolio, a marketplace that generates a revenue stream, or a cool name for your NFT. As a website owner, you are the only one deciding on its content, which is especially important in times of censorship and other institutional regulations.

Here’s why so many different personalities and organizations choose to be united under the .ART umbrella. 

Make impact with a domain name

None of us had the ability to choose our given names, but it’s a whole other story with your digital identity. .ART offers a solution that not only gives you the ability to use your own name, but also instantly connects with the art world. A .ART domain ending defines you as an artist before anyone even visits your website, and this is a distinct advantage. By choosing yourname.art for your website, you create a point of entry for all the enquiries about your professional background, work, and projects. And you can finally stop worrying about aligning all your media platform profile names.

Caption: Artwork by metalman.art, courtesy of the artist 

Enhance your online presence

The services provided by .ART go beyond digital identification. This applies whether you use traditional artistic mediums or play around with digital, crypto, virtual reality, or NFTs. .ART domains have the possibility of Ethereum integration to be used as easy-to-remember crypto addresses, making them an inherently all-in-one product. You can also simply link all your existing media accounts to one domain address, which is an excellent DIY marketing trick that also saves trees. Why print business cards if you can have a digital one? 

Get found more readily

Using the .ART domain ending can also enhance your search presence. According to a study from The Domain Name Association (dated April, 2017), the relevance of the words in the domain name and extension helps web pages to rank better for specific keywords. The study also found that having a relevant domain name extension (like .ART) means that you need fewer inbound links to rank in top page search spots than you would using the more traditional .com ending. Even if you already have a website using .com, you can still obtain a .ART address and simply point that address to your existing site. This gives you more ownership of your name in the online space.

Moreover, there is the added benefit of a psychological shift. Using the word “art” in your website address automatically puts visitors on notice that your business is a creative one. This is a simple but effective marketing tool built right into your online presence.


CASE STUDIES

In light of .ART’s 5 year anniversary celebrations, we spoke to some of its adopters and found out what shifts they are observing in the art and digital worlds, as well as what led them to choose a .ART domain for their work. 

Shantell Martin – SHANTELLMARTIN.ART 

Shantell Martin, an artist who’s also been with .ART since its inception, has had a very eventful few years. She choreographed her first ballet at Boston Ballet, did a collaboration with the Whitney Museum Shop, a show with Kendrick Lamar, took over all the screens of The Oculus in World Trade Center and created May Room, a space for contemplation and peace on Governor’s island. She reflects on the development of digital space that has taken place since: “People have a more digital presence than five years ago. The definition of “being online” has changed immensely, and now this encompasses AR, Discord, NFTs, etc. It’s so many more things than it used to be.”

Caption: disciplinary artist Shantell Martin (shantellmartin.art) Photo by Timothy Schenck

Steve Miller – STEVEMILLER.ART 

Steve Miller is a multimedia artist and one of .ART’s early adopters. The last 5 years offered him the opportunity to publish a trilogy about art, technology, and the environment.  The newest book Surfing the Cosmos (to be released in Summer 2022) completes a three-part series launched in 2017 with a focus on the environment. All of the books of the series fall under a project entitled Health of the Planet for which he secured HEALTHOFTHEPLANET.ART and a US trademark. After staying true to his .ART identity all these years, he explains: “As the domain space heats up with a plethora of options, it’s important to have a clear identity. .ART is explicit in foregrounding the importance of the content. You come to .ART for a deep dive into creativity and innovation.”

Hohmann Art Gallery and Advisory – HOHMANN.ART 

Christian Hohmann, President of HOHMANN, Inc., shares what he sees as a current issue of the otherwise synergetic marriage between art and digital: “As a community we have not yet learned how to translate the in-person experience of going to a gallery or an artist studio into a similar digital experience. I wouldn’t welcome clients to the gallery, immediately drag them into my warehouse and show them every single work of art by every one of my artists, right? We need less volume and more quality.  He adds, however, that “It is increasingly hard to remain relevant if your digital presence doesn’t match your physical presence, because fewer people will actually come to the gallery before making a buying decision.” 

Caption: Hohmann booth at Art Miami, photo courtesy of Hohmann Art Gallery 

Are you working on your own masterpiece? Give it a home on .ART!

Four .xyz Sites that Exemplify A New Generation of Innovation

Our friends at .xyz have always stood by as the TLD for the next generation of innovators, thinkers, and creators. From blockchain technology to at-home learning, .xyz is helping more companies present their ideas online and create meaningful connections with communities across the globe. Today, we look at four companies that exemplify the core values of .xyz and how their choice of domain helps them reach new audiences worldwide.

Agora.xyz

Agora.xyz uses blockchain technology to integrate platforms and streamline your time online. Their tool, Agora Space, connects Discord, Twitter, and other social media sites within one platform so users can easily link their social media actions to help better control and automate their digital presence across all channels.

For a platform that heavily values decentralisation and privacy, a .xyz domain perfectly echoes their forward-thinking mindset. Rather than opt for a more standard .com address, or even something descriptively fitting, like .app, Agora crafted their brand identity around a next generation domain name: a signal of innovation, a vision for the world they’re working to create.

Birm.xyz

What is Birm, you ask? Their skillfully crafted homepage offers an easy answer: Birm is an open project trying to connect people that are close — an up-and-coming social app that connects people based on proximity. Relying on mobile GPS coordinates, Birm promises a heightened sense of connection between neighbors to build stronger community as we continue to migrate into a hyper-connected world.

Yet again, we see a fitting example of .xyz to designate a space founded in progress and innovation. Still very much in its testing phase, Birm is a work in progress with a website that celebrates the journey. Their .xyz extension serves as an additional reminder that sometimes to achieve your desired result, you have to begin at the end. Carry on, Birm!


Noobly.xyz

More than ever, folks are creating communities and forging friendships online. Noobly offers a new social media platform for connection, helping gamers find their “Player 2” for their next game. Noobly matches gamers based on what they play and when they’re available. Regardless of where a player is physically located, they’re ready to find someone for their next round.

With .xyz, Noobly is able to market towards all gamers regardless of their game choice, play style, or platform. Rather than restrict themselves to just competitive eSports or retro console emulators, noobly.xyz welcomes everyone where they are, however they play. Whether it’s FPS or RPG, TBS or PvP, noobly.xyz is here for every gamer.

InglesVirtual.xyz

Inglés helps individuals gain confidence in their English by providing teacher-led online classrooms. With courses to improve both written and spoken English, Inglés picks up where self-taught programs leave off, providing real opportunities to practice with others 1-on-1 from the comfort and safety of their own homes.

Often the first step of learning English is mastering your ABC’s, but this is merely the beginning. The work Inglés is doing goes beyond just the foundations to helping their students have confidence with real-world interactions and usage. What better way to display that message of progress than bringing students from ABC all the way to .xyz.

The founder of KindnessAlert.co and her mission to foster kindness.

For a dose of welcome good news, check out kindnessalert.co, the heartwarming product of a noble idea that found its rightful platform on a fitting domain. Our partners at .co put together a feature of the site’s founder and kindness aficionado, Catherine Vaughan. Read on for an affecting take on her story and the domain that helped make her mark.

from our partners at .co

Catherine Vaughan wants to teach people to be kind, but not just that — she wants to cultivate goodwill and create a culture of kindness. 

The true meaning of the kindness goes far beyond just being nice and kindnessalert.co is a place where you can find resources, blogs, and songs to help you embrace life and cultivate a kind mind. 

As a child, Catherine always had a curiosity for science, spirituality and human behavior, after earning a Bachelor’s and two Master’s degrees in physical sciences, public policy, and ministry and studying photography she went on to explore different careers.  

However, it wasn’t until 2019, that Catherine commenced her Kindness initiative as this captured her imagination and she became curious about kindness and mindfulness and the lack of awareness of it in daily life. She set out to explore the synchronicity between practicing mindfulness and becoming kind-minded. 

It was then that she saw a need for mindful teaching, to educate people about treating others as they would want to be treated. With her passion for kindness Catherine pitched her kindness initiative at the 2016 and 2018 Evansville, Indiana Startup Weekend program in the .U.S.A, and in 2019 Catherine received feedback and she became more focused on her enterprising idea, “Clarity comes step-by-step as one action sets the stage for another” Catherine says.

That Startup Weekend also led her to choose the .co domain extension her website sits on, all participants received a domain offer and with her confidence in Porkbun, she decided to go for it before the offer expired. 

Getting this initiative off the ground hasn’t all been smooth sailing for Catherine as she has ADHD and a limited support network, so running and managing a business doesn’t come easy and is difficult to monetize. However, Catherine says that her business journey has been a humbling learning experience. She practices what she preaches which is to pause, breathe and choose clarity, mindfulness, and kindness: “Surrender the ego. Be curious and courageous. Be led by love, not fear or greed or self-importance. Appreciate the power of this universal, creative force, this love that is infinite, eternal, and unconditional. In your life, work, and relationships, cultivate a kind mind, open heart, and joyful, resilient, vibrant spirit.”

Once kindness is felt and its power is understood, it is more likely to be reproduce. Earlier this month, Catherine entered her song “When I See Kindness in Your Eyes” in the 2021 Great American Song Contest. So, send positive energy to Catherine and her song… to ensure that we can all celebrate the kindness in our lives. 

9 of Our Favorite .Asia Domains

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.

art-it.asia

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!

animefestival.asia

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

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. 

happyhappyjoyjoy.asia

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.

kaimook.asia

KaiMook.Asia

Based in Belgium, Kaimook is known for their authentic Thai cuisine with an emphasis on heat. Don’t mind me, I’ll just be here dreaming of Massaman curry.

marukyu.asia

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.

Redirects

For those who already have an established .com, .asia domains still offer useful redirects. 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 community reached over 100K members!

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“.

 4. The Observer lists .art founder Ulvi Kasimov in the Top-50 Arts Innovators of 2020.

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. 

5. .Art’s charitable project “Flowers for Medics” goes viral. 

.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.

Get a Free .design Domain Name for Your Website!

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!

Joining industry leaders is your first step to becoming one yourself: the adoption of .design by globally recognized companies means that your domain will be in good company. Check out the amazing sites at spotify.design, adobe.design, npr.design, airbnb.design, cloudflare.design, amazon.design, dropbox.design… We could go on! 

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.

Remember, this offer won’t last long, (but your domain will!) so seize the day and seize the deal! Register your free .design domain name today!

Happy 9th Birthday, .co!

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.

.co Stats, By The Books

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7 Creatives using .design domains well + tips for a high-converting portfolio

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.

Jump to my top tips for converting portfolio site visitors into paying clients.

Without further ado, here are 7 designers & agencies using their .design domain to boost profits & grow their business.

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Getting To Know The Porkbun Domain Management Console

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