There Are Now 280 Million Domains Across All TLDs, 113.7 Million Are .Com (40%+)

verisignVerisign released its latest Domain Name Industry Brief, which takes a pulse of global domain registrations and trends. The following are the domain industry’s top-line numbers at the close of Q2 2014:

  • 4 million domain names were added to the Internet in the second quarter of 2014
    (This increase globally equates to a growth rate of 1.4% over Q1 of this year)
  • Worldwide registrations have grown by 18.6 million, or 7.2%, year over year
  • The .com and .net TLDs experienced aggregate growth, reaching a combined total of approximately 128.9 million domain names in the adjusted zone for .com and .net in Q2 (The base of registered names in .com equaled 113.7 million names, while .net equaled 15.2 million names)
  • Verisign’s average daily Domain Name System (DNS) query load was 95 billion across all TLDs operated by Verisign, with a peak of 204 billion
The second quarter of 2014 closed with a base of 280 million domain name registrations across all top-level domains (TLDs), an increase of four million domain names, or 1.4 percent over the firstquarter of 2014. Registrations have grown by 18.6 million, or 7.2 percent, year over year.
The base of country-code top-level domains (ccTLDs) was 129.3 million domain names, a 1.7 percent increase quarter over quarter, and an 11.5 percent increase year over year.
The .com and .net TLDs experienced aggregate growth, reaching a combined total of approximately 128.9 million domain names in the adjusted zone in the second quarter of 2014. This represents a 3.7 percent increase year over year. As of June 30, 2014, the base of registered names in .com equaled 113.7 million names, while .net equaled 15.2 million names.
New .com and .net registrations totaled 8.5 million during the second quarter of 2014. In the second quarter of 2013, new .com and .net registrations totaled 8.7 million.
The order of the top TLDs in terms of zone size changed slightly when compared to the first quarter, as .cn (China) moved up two rankings from the seventh largest TLD to the fifth largest TLD, resulting in .uk and .org each moving down one ranking to sixth and seventh largest TLDs, respectively. All other TLDs in the top 10 maintained their rankings.

You might also be interested in reading this quarter’s featured article, “Get Ready DNS: Here Comes the Internet of Things,” which highlights the critical need to protect the devices, applications, and all other “things” that connect to the Internet from security threats.

For more information, copies of the Q2’14 DNIB and past reports can be obtained at VerisignInc.com/DNIB.

Have a look at the infographic below:

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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.

2 comments

  1. 280 million tld’s….. Mind boggling at how many choices people have today to get their own keyword/phrase domain and no longer limited to just a hand full of extensions that had them ALL taken/squatted before. Personally, (as I’ve mentioned previously many times) I feel that 280 million tld’s are going to easily saturate the market enough that the valuing system take a huge hit and domain investors are left scratching their heads with digital property once worth 10x more. Thankfully (at the moment anyways) the .com market still seems viable (This may change in the upcoming years as new tld’s develop and become more mainstream).

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