2019 report: Domain market grows – Registrar consolidation increases


CENTR has published the CENTRstats Global TLD Report Q4/2019 . 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:

  • The global TLD market grew an estimated 3.0% YOY to 372 million domains at January 2020, driven mostly from gains in .com, .icu, .site and .uk.
  • Across the top 300 largest TLDs, the median year-on-year growth rate was 2.6% at January 2020, down from 4.5% a year earlier.
  • The median growth of European ccTLDs was recorded at 1.6% at January 2020, an increase of 0.5% from its low in April 2019.
  • Over 2019, data shows that an increasing number of domains have been transferred between registrars, which may be linked to ongoing consolidation in their businesses.
  • The median buy price for a registration across European ccTLDs is 13.6 EUR (including tax / 1 year). Many registrars also offer promotional prices, which at January were recorded at a median rate of 6.0 EUR.
  • The top 300 largest gTLDs’ median growth was 2.4%, a rate which was largely stable over the course of 2019.
  • After many months of increasing growth rates, the largest TLD, .com has begun to level off and completed 2019 at 4.6% YOY – a figure still well above the top 300 median and most other mature markets.

The pdf version of the report can be found here.


About Konstantinos Zournas

Studied Computer Engineering and Computer Science in London, UK and now living in Athens, Greece. Love domains and building websites. Went online in 1995, learned about HTML in 1996 and about domains in 2002. Started publishing the OnlineDomain.com blog in 2012.

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