How do I get a domain name?

  • Think about what you’d like on the other side of the .ART. It could be your personal name, name of your business or your specialty. Examples:,,
  • Type the domain you want into the search box at the top of this page. We’ll tell you if that particular domain is available and show others you may like better.
  • Pick one, add it to your cart and check out. You are now the proud owner of your very own .ART domain. As long as it’s registered to you, no one else may use it.

Got any tips on finding a good domain name?

Make it easy to remember.  This is why many businesses get domains with their business names in them. Some people even choose their business name after they have a domain they like.

Shorter is usually better  because they’re easier for customers to remember. It’s also easier to get matching usernames for Facebook, Twitter and any other social media accounts you have.

Get more than one.  As traffic to your website increases, you may attract the attention of copycats who’ll snatch up similar domain names in the hopes of drawing traffic away from you. Register similar or misspelled domains early so this won’t be an issue later.

What is the price of a standard .ART domain?

Pricing for a typical one-year registration fee is $9.95. Annual renewal fees are priced the same.

Why the domain appears as ‘unavailable’ in search?

  • It might have been registered by someone else.
  • If the domain is unregistered, .ART might have reserved this domain for appropriate use at a later date.
  • Alternatively, ICANN prohibits the release of certain domain names for sale. This prohibition includes some common words that are barred for technical or policy reasons.
Even with these select prohibitions, there are several millions of word and number combinations available for registration in .ART. If you wish to register a name that is ‘unavailable,’ please contact us for additional information at [email protected].

Why do .ART premium names have higher prices?

More sought-after terms are generally priced higher across all domain name registries. .ART has undertaken a sophisticated big data collection and analysis of millions of word forms to develop predictive values for words and word groups. The resulting algorithm values names based on several parameters including:
  • Search popularity
  • Word length
  • Prior domain sales
  • Frequency of selection in other domain zones
  • Linguistic strength of association to arts and culture

What are premium names (i.e. .ART inventory names)?

Premium names are generic words or word combinations that are more highly sought-after because they might be: related to the artistic industry, short, memorable, or valuable in some other way. These names might have a predicted value that is greater than the domain name standard price. Using sophisticated analytics, .ART established an inventory of names with a predicted value that is greater than the standard price.

What is the renewal price for .ART inventory names?

The base renewal price for .ART Premium name is $49.99 and depends on additional services you might have purchased.


What do I do with my domain once it's been registered?

Registering a domain name does not automatically activate a website that displays when visitors enter your domain name into a Web browser. Besides setting up a website, there are a number of things you can do with your domain name once you register it.
  • Sell it — Domain names can be a great investment. If you have registered a domain name that you are not using, maybe someone else can.
  • Protect your brand online — The more domain names you register, the better. Prevent others from registering a similar domain name to yours. These similar domain names can steal your customers or confuse them. What can you do with all these domain names? Forward them to your main domain name's website.
  • Hold on to it — Maybe you haven't decided what to do with your new domain name. You can leave it parked for the length of your registration.

How do I renew my domain?

To manually renew your domain name, log in to your account, click on the Renew button next to the domain name you wish to renew. The next few steps ask you to confirm the renewal and process payment for that item.

What happens if I don’t renew my domain?

Within 3-14 days after the domain name expires, the domain name will be removed from the name servers (DNS) which will interrupt any services such as Email, Website hosting, or URL Forwarding.

What happens to my search ranking on Google if I switch my website to .ART?

Recent publications indicate that there are Google Search advantages to domains where the first and second-level names are sematically linked, such as Following well-known and previously established best practices in setting up your .ART address and web page should avoid losing any ranking on Google.

Name Rights

Can I buy the artists’ domains?

The .ART domain registration policies are clear in that registrants must not violate third-party rights when registering a domain. It is up to you to manage this commercial relationship between you and your related parties.

I have a trademark for John. Do I have priority over others in registering domain?

In General Availability, domains are now registered on a first-come-first served basis. Therefore, having a trademark does not give priority on the registration. If another party has registered your trademarked name, you might have remedies at your disposal.

If my trademark is registered by someone else. What are the remedies I can seek?

In addition to traditional legal remedies, ICANN, the Internet Cooperation for Assigned Names and Numbers, has created two dispute resolution processes which can be used to address possible trademark infringements:
  • Uniform Rapid Suspension System (URS).
Link to a document:
Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP). Link to a document:

How do I know that I’m not infringing somebody’s trademark when I’m registering a name?

.ART domain registry policies are clear in that a domain name may not be registered or used to infringe another person’s trademark. Infringement generally occurs when a party registers another’s trademark and takes some action such as holding themselves out to be in the business of the trademark holder or trying to sell the name to the trademark holder at an inflated price.



The top-level domain for the international arts and cultural community.


The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, with whom .ART has a contract to operate the .ART domain registry.

.ART premium name

A domain name that carries a higher than standard predicted value and domain registration fee.

Premium domain name

3.5 million art related words and word combinations with a total value of 750 million USD and an average price of $200 per premium name. Premium names are of value for artistic community and therefore can be uniquely priced. The retail price for premium names ranges from $70 – 15000. Examples of premium domain names:,,,

Privacy protection

Private domain registration option hides WHOIS information, e.g. owner’s name, address, phone number, thus protecting sensitive data.


An Applicant that has submitted a Registration Request that has been paid for in full and accepted by the Registry. A Registrant is the holder of a registered name in the Top-Level Domain Registry.


The entity that is operating a top-level domain registry (such as .ART).

Reserved domain name

Domain Names that the Registry has reserved from Registration and may, at its sole discretion, later release for Registration or Allocation.

Standard domain name

Any word or word combination apart from 3.5 mln premium domain names. Example of a standard domain name:


A Top-Level Domain Registry (e.g .ART).
.ART domain sales support the Art Therapy Initiative