Verisign 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: