Global domain name market: 44% of domains are ccTLDs and 56% are gTLDs

44% of domain names globally are ccTLDs and 56% are gTLDs. These figures have not changed substantially over the past few years despite the introduction of hundreds of new gTLDs.

gTLDs grew a combined 0.2% over the past year, dragged down by declines in .top, .org, .net. .biz. The largest gTLD, .com, grew at just over 4% and maintains 46% of the global TLD market.
High percentage gains were made by .art, .ltd, .work, .stream, .reise and .wedding.

CENTR has published the Global TLD Report Q1/2018. The report covers the global status and registration trends in all top-level domains (legacy gTLDs, new gTLDs and ccTLDs), with additional focus on the European ccTLD market.

Highlights from the report

Global market

  • The global TLD market grew 1.4% YOY at the end of Q1 2018, bringing total recorded domains to an estimated 333 million
  • 44% of domain names globally are ccTLDs and 56% are gTLDs. These figures have not changed substantially over the past few years despite the introduction of hundreds of new gTLDs.

European market

  • The TLD market in Europe is estimated at 100 million domains (locally registered ccTLD & gTLDs), of which 59% are European-based ccTLDs
  • European ccTLDs grew in total 3.6% YOY and continue a period of stable growth, in part due to a decline in average deletion rates along with flat rates of new domains
  • New research conducted by CENTR into European ccTLD pricing shows a median retail price of 10 EUR (ex-tax, new registration) with a range of 1-60 EUR

gTLDs

  • gTLDs grew in total 0.1% YOY. Of the legacy gTLDs, .com and .info are the ones to have maintained consistent positive growth over the past year.
  • .com has around 71% of the global gTLD market, with the rest attributed to other legacy gTLDs (18%) and new gTLDs at 11%.
  • A third of all new gTLDs (2012 ICANN application round) have contracted over the past 12 months
  • Median growth among geographic gTLDs was 1.9% YOY. This group has some of the lowest rates of domain parking among all new gTLDs
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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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