.EU Registrations Grow By 2.2% In Q1 2014

The total number of .eu registrations grew by 2.2% in Q1 2014, according to the progress report released today by the .eu registry EURid.

“This relatively high growth rate is thanks, in part, to our high renewal rate of above 80% and the higher than expected level of new registrations,” commented EURid General Manager Marc Van Wesemael.

“The latter is especially comforting as it shows that the popularity of.eu is further growing in a crowded market place, even as the many new gTLDs jostle for position.”

Indeed, .eu registrations increased in 27 of the 28 EU member states. Croatia and Portugal both saw growth of more than 10%. Continue reading

Infographic: How did .eu do in 2013?

This infographic was published by EURid, the .eu registry, and offers a quick overview of some key performance indicators for the .eu top-level domain in the year 2013.
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EURid will be the registry of the .eu top-level domain for the next 5 years

EURid has been confirmed as the registry manager of the .eu top-level domain for the next five years, with the European Commission Decision (2014/207/EU), published in the Official Journal of the European Union (L109).

“We feel honored to have been chosen again to serve all the .eu registrars and registrants,” stated Marc Van Wesemael, CEO of EURid. “The decision comes Continue reading

.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

.eu domain name renewal rate tops 80% in 2013

On average, 81% of .eu domain names were renewed in 2013, according to the latest progress report from the .eu registry EURid. This is the seventh year running that .eu has maintained such a high renewal rate, indicating that .eu domain name holders are a loyal group.

“Internet users want to be able to express themselves online through TLDs that inspire feelings of trust, quality and security,” explains EURid General Manager Marc Van Wesemael. “.eu has always had the reputation of being a quality and trustworthy domain, and the renewal rate is proof that our registrants feel the same way.”

That end-users, particularly businesses, are keen to benefit from the quality and trustworthiness conveyed by the .eu brand is further underlined by the fact that the TLD has the highest percentage of business websites when compared with the largest gTLDs, according to the latest website categorisation report published by EURid in collaboration with the Statistics Research Centre of the University of Leuven (Belgium).

37.8% of .eu websites are used for business purposes, compared with an average of Continue reading

30.5% of TLDs are business websites – 27.8% a holding page – 0.9% pornography

EURid, the .eu registry, made a report called “Website usage trends among top-level domains 2014″.

37.8% of .eu websites are used for business purposes, compared with an average of 30.5% of websites under gTLDs like .com, .biz and .net, according to a new website categorisation report published today by the registry for the .eu top-level domain EURid.

“Our findings underscore the fact that businesses across the European Union continue to embrace .eu,” said EURid’s general manager, Marc Van Wesemael. “With its unique cross-border dimension, .eu is ideally suited for trading in many EU countries.”

The report, prepared in collaboration with the Leuven Statistics Research Centre, aims to understand how websites are used and also reveals that there has been a significant drop in the percentage of pay-per-click (PPC) websites on the web, from 20.6% in 2011 to 11.8% in 2013. That PPC sites have become less popular would indicate that revenue generated from this type of website is falling.

The findings are based on the results of the analysis of domain names taken from the zone files of the .com, .net. .org, .biz, .info, .pro and .mobi gTLDs and the .eu ccTLD. A random sample of domain names was selected from each zone file which was then assessed by a multilingual team of researchers. In total, around 5 000 domain names were assessed for each TLD. The website associated with a particular domain name was then categorised into one of eight categories: business, community, pay-per-click, holding page, institutional, password protected, error and pornography.

Further findings

  • Business is the most common use for websites across all top-level domains, with 30.5% of all websites being used for business purposes on average.
  • After business, the next most common use for websites is as a holding page (27.8%)
  • Older, generic TLDs still have distinctive usage profiles, for example .org maintains a high proportion of community websites
  • Pornography only accounts for 0.9% of websites, contradicting the commonly held perception that it is pervasive on the Internet.

The full report, “Website usage trends among top-level domains 2014”, is available for download at http://link.eurid.eu/insights. It forms part of the .eu Insights report series, which is based on surveys, studies and research conducted by EURid, in cooperation with industry experts and sector leaders.

.eu available in Croatia as of 1 July

On 1 July 2013, Croatia will join the European Union. As of that day, Croatian residents, organisations and companies will be able to register .eu domain names.

Here you can find an updated version of the .eu Registration Policy that will go into effect on 1 July.

Iceland, FYROM, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey are all official candidates of membership of  the European Union. Albania applied for membership on April 2009 but has not yet been recognised as an official candidate. Bosnia and Herzegovina has concluded an association agreement and is preparing an application for EU membership. Both are classified as potential candidates for membership by the EU.

.eu 2012 annual report: 3.7 million registered domain names and 5.4% annual growth

General Manager of the .eu registry EURid, Marc Van Wesemael, shares his views on changes in the domain market in the .eu 2012 annual report.

“2012 was a very productive year for Europe’s top-level domain, despite the challenges faced by the industry,” said Mr Van Wesemael. “The domain market grew more slowly in 2012 than in previous years, probably as a result of the financial crisis that is raging worldwide.”

EURid’s annual report outlines key achievements from 2012, showcases inspirational .eu websites and presents the .eu General Manager’s comments on the road ahead.

2012 in summary

.eu completed 2012 with 3.7 million registered domain names and 5.4% annual growth..Eu has a 81% registration renewals rate. Germany is by far the country with the most .eu domain name registrations with more than 1 million domains.

Other highlights noted in the annual report include:

The full report is available for download at http://link.eurid.eu/reports.

.eu gains four new members: CECUA, ECTA, EMOTA and IAB Europe

To better serve the .eu market and improve its market knowledge, EURid, the .eu registry, has gained four additional members.

The new members – all associations with a strong Internet-oriented vision which are active on a European level – include:

  • The Confederation of Computer User Associations (CECUA)
  • The European Communities Trade Mark Association (ECTA)
  • The European Multi-Channel Online Trade Association (EMOTA)
  • The Interactive Advertising Bureau Europe (IAB Europe)

“We are pleased to welcome the representatives of these organisations as we believe we can benefit significantly from the extensive experience they have in their fields,” said EURid’s General Manager Marc Van Wesemael. “We look forward to further shifting our focus towards an all-inclusive view of the Internet, while at the same time staying rooted in the strong foundation of technical knowledge that we have built up through our cooperation with the founding members over the years.”

EURid was founded in 2003 by the three organisations running national domain registries for .be (Belgium), .it (Italy) and .se (Sweden). Later, the registries for .cz (the Czech Republic) and .si (Slovenia) became members, as did the European Chapters of the Internet Society (ISOC-ECC) and Business Europe. The Swedish registry ended its membership in April 2013.

“There is great potential at EURid to bring the technical and user sides of the internet closer together. In this, we welcome the fact that EURid is taking the necessary steps to expand its forum and bring in stakeholders from many different organisations and geographical locations.”
Jon Thorallsson, CECUA President

“In the internet marketplace, .eu managed by EURid, is perceived as a recognisable brand, with strong security and user loyalty. As such, EURid presents a qualified and unified forum to work towards harmonisation of online IP and trademark regulation.”
Massimo Cimoli, ECTA Vice Chair

“Europe is taking the lead in online commerce, but trust is still an issue for 57% of users. In our cooperation with EURid we see a lot of potential to work towards a safer marketplace online.”
Susanne Czech, EMOTA Secretary General

“This is a wake-up call to recognise the active role .eu can play in organising online Europe to welcome and at the same time foster global entrepreneurship. The next Zuckerberg will be European. For that to happen we need to be in contact with a broad range of stakeholders and, from this, take the lead. The history of the internet is not over yet.”
Alain Heureux, IAB Europe President

.eu 7th anniversary report: 3.74 million registrations from over 1.84 million EU residents

Celebrating the .eu 7th anniversary a study reveals how EU residents perceive Europe’s internet extension. With registrations topping 3.74 million just ahead of its seventh birthday, .eu has established its place as a respected domain for ambitious businesses, according to recent research commissioned by the .eu registry EURid.

“Our study shows that after seven years of operation we have a solid reputation as a quality top-level domain, suitable for large companies, but also for innovative and creative startups,” said EURid’s General Manager Marc Van Wesemael.

Today, over 1.84 million EU residents have registered at least one .eu domain name, with 25% of those having registered more than one. The research also shows that the majority of .eu users are in business, ambitious, tech-savvy and aiming for expansion, which is where the .eu TLD is important in projecting a continent-wide image.

The top 5 European Countries in number of .eu registrations are Germany, the Netherlands, France, the United Kingdom and Poland.

eu-domain-name-info-7th-birthday-2013Perception of .eu is reinforced by its performance on the IDNX index, which reflects the value attributed by the market to domain names and their related extensions. Since the index’s launch in 2006, .eu has consistently ranked among the big players on the domain name market. The IDNX index, created by internet entrepreneur and scientist Thies Lindenthal, is published on Thomson Reuters and Bloomberg. The index shows the evolution of the relative value of a domain name in different extensions compared with a normalised value of 100 in 2006.

“Our performance on the IDNX index and our consistently high renewal rates of above 80% lead us to believe that since launching seven years ago we have come to be considered a valuable asset to the domain name industry and the European public,” commented Marc Van Wesemael. “We are looking forward to the next years, continuing to consolidate our operations, simplify processes for .eu accredited registrars and add value to our domain name product for .eu users.”

EURid’s research sampled more than 1000 participants from throughout the European Union. More information on the IDNX index can be found at idnx.com.