Infographic: 271 million domain names registered worldwide

Here is the infographic Verisign published announcing that 5 million domain names were added to the Internet in Q4 of 2013, bringing the registered domain names to a total of 271 million worldwide. Compared to last year, worldwide registrations have grown by 18.5 million (7.3%): Continue reading

Verisign: 271 million domains worldwide (7.3% increase in 2013)

Verisign today announced that five million domain names were added to the Internet in Q4 of 2013, bringing the registered domain names total to 271 million worldwide. Compared to last year, worldwide registrations have grown by 18.5 million (7.3%).

Think .com is dead? Think again:

  • New .com and .net registrations totaled 8.2 million during the fourth quarter of 2013 compared to 8.0 million in 2012, which is a 5% increase year over year
  • 47.7% of four-character domain names, over 95.3% of five-character domain names and more than 99.8% of six-character domain names are still available as of Dec. 31, 2013

Furthermore, Verisign shared that its average daily Domain Name System (DNS) query load was 82 billion across all TLDs operated by Verisign, with a peak of 100 billion. Year over year, the daily average increased 6.4% and the peak decreased 19.2%.

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New .uk registration policy comes into effect from 4 May 2014

Amendments to the terms and conditions governing registrations of popular .uk domain names such as .co.uk and .org.uk will take effect next month, to formalise procedures for suspending domain names used to carry out online crime.

The changes which come into effect on 4 May, support a new policy for Nominet, the .uk registry, that builds on established practice.

The revised terms and conditions published by Nominet expressly prohibit any .uk domains being used to carry out criminal activity. It means that Nominet can quickly suspend a domain name when alerted to its use for criminal activity by the police or other law enforcement agencies, such as National Crime Agency, Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) or the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

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4 Reasons Why Your Nonprofit or NGO Should Register .ngo and .ong Domains

Public Interest Registry (PIR), the .org registry, published a list of 4 reasons why your nonprofit or NGO should register a .ngo and .ong domain name.

PIR is the registry that will operate the New gTLD strings .ngo and .ong. The .ngo and .ong domains and the NGO Portal will launch in October 2014.

Here are the 4 reasons:

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.eu 8th Anniversary (Infographic)

.Eu opened for registrations in April 2006. This year .eu celebrates it’s eighth anniversary and eight years of milestones with an infographic: Continue reading

.XXX Registry Simplifies Membership Process

ICM Registry, the .xxx registry, has modified the Membership Process for owning and making an .xxx domain name active. Membership Portal has been shut down. So if you need your .XXX Member Token, you simply need to send ICM Registry a request through the Contact form.

Here is the email I got from ICM Registry: Continue reading

CentralNic gives update on gTLDs: .ink sunrise starts today

CentralNic Group, the internet platform business which earns revenues from the registration and renewal of domain names, has issued an update on generic top-level domains (gTLDs).CentralNic says that .ink gTLD will be available for trademark owners to acquire from today (31 March), and for anyone wishing to secure a .ink domain from 5 June. Pre-launch research has identified three considerable markets for .ink domain names: Continue reading

New Domain Lock Option For .UK Domain Names Offers Enhanced Security

UK registry Nominet is now offering registrars the option of locking high-value .uk domains at the registry level, adding an additional level of security against Domain Name System (DNS) hijacking.

The Domain Lock tool inserts additional, manual authentication requirements into the processes for modifying domain names.

The tool is targeted at Continue reading

ICANN Introduces the New Global Domains Division (GDD) Portal

ICANN introduced the new Global Domains Division (GDD) portal. ICANN’s Global Domains Division (GDD) oversees generic domain operations, domain name industry engagement and Web services, with the goal of having all of these pieces coming together under one umbrella in order to improve efficiencies and to serve both registries and applicants better.

Following its announcement earlier this month, as part of ICANN’s efforts to streamline processes wherever possible, ICANN is pleased to announce the official launch of the Global Domains Division Portal.

Registries will no longer need to Continue reading

CentralNic signs registry service contract with Radix for .website, .press, .host and .space

CentralNic Group, the internet platform business which earns revenues from the worldwide subscription sales of domain names, has added four valuable domain names to its existing portfolio of 25 “uncontested” domain names that are ready for market.
The company has exclusively signed a registry service provision contract with Radix Registry FZC (Radix), one of the leading applicants for new Top-Level Domains (“TLDs”) with Continue reading