The Telegragh posted an article today stating that Dot-com will lose dominance by 2020. “By the end of the decade, .com will no longer be the dominant web address ending, experts predict.”
According to NetNames’ Internet 2020 report, 92 per cent of large companies in the US, Britain, France and Germany are planning to invest in new domain names over the next three years, and 46 per cent say they already have begun to invest in this area.
I am not sure what this 46% has “begun” doing because new gtlds registrations are just about a million so far. And I assume that by dominance they mean that by 2020 there are going to be more new registration for new gtlds than for .com.
The report says that “Although .com will remain popular, registrations of new domain names will significantly overtake new registrations of .com and .net, as these established domains become saturated”.
“Dot-com domains currently make up 42 per cent of all web addresses, and have been the main driver for the exponential growth of the internet in the last 20 years, but domain name specialists are predicting that .com could lose dominance by 2020, as hundreds of new web address endings come online.”
“The internet is currently undergoing one of the biggest changes since its inception, with over 1,000 new web address endings coming onto the market this year – ranging from شبكة. (.web in Arabic) to .sexy, .technology and .singles. As a result, the web in 2020 will be a very different place to the one we know and use today.”
“Before this whole process began, there were only 22 so-called generic top-level domains (gTLDs), including well-known ones such as .com, .net and .org. The internet was rapidly running out of usable space, and valuable .com ‘real estate’ was shrinking.”
“The vast range of new addresses being launched, including geographical domain endings such as .london, .nyc, and international suffixes using Chinese, Russian and Arabic characters, will not only help to address this issue, but will also make the web more accessible to users worldwide.”
“As a result, .com, .net and country code top-level domains like .co.uk may well go out of fashion in favour of more descriptive, search-friendly and geographically-neutral web addresses.”