New gTLD 1st Day Registrations: .Website 6,342, .Press 800, .Host 780

newgtldHere are the domain name registration results from yesterday’s 3 New gTLD launches:

Radix launched yesterday its first 3 New gTLD strings: .Website, .Host and .Press.

.Website got the most registrations as expected and has 6,342 domains today. .Host and .Press didn’t do as well and got 780 and 800 domains respectively.

Radix reported yesterday that .website had more than 6,500 domains in the first 4 hours. I think that the actual number today is higher than 6,342 and maybe closer to 7,000 but zone files don’t include domains without a nameserver. And it seems that all landrush domains that had more than 1 applications are not showing up in zone files as these don’t have nameservers.

I checked 2 of my landrush domains and they are not in the zone files. So I am waiting for the auctions to start.

I also think that the numbers are not as high as expected because there are a lot of reserved domains and then almost all the other domains are high premiums ($400-$6000). There were very few non-premium domains that I could find. So although I liked all 3 extensions I only applied for 3 domains in total.

The “New gTLD 1st Day Registrations” include sunrise domain names as well as any domains registered by the registry or any founder’s program. Any registry is allowed to register up to 100 domains for it’s own use and give out another 100 as part of the New gTLD founder’s program.

(I am always comparing the same first hours from their 1st day for all New gTLDs. The hours between General Availability and the first zone files update.)

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About Konstantinos Zournas

Konstantinos studied Computer Engineering and Computer Science in London and lives in Athens, Greece. He works on domain names, websites and software development. Has been online since 1995 & domaining since 2002.

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