Verisign has released an industry statistics for the first quarter of 2014 which closed with a base of 276 million domain name registrations across all top-level domains (TLDs), an increase of five million domain names.
“Domain Registrations reportedly grew by 19.3 million at 7.5 percent, year over year.”
The base of country-code top-level domains (ccTLDs) was 127.1 million domain names, which is a 2.9 percent increase quarter over quarter, and a 13.1 percent increase year over year — reports Verisign, the registry operator for .com, .net, .tv, .cc, .name, .jobs, .edu and .gov top-level domains.
The Verisign Domain Name Industry Brief says .com and .net TLDs experienced aggregate growth, reaching a combined total of approximately 128.5 million domain names in the adjusted zone in the first quarter of 2014. This represents a 4 percent increase year over year. As of March 31, 2014, the base of registered names in .com equaled 113.2 million names, while .net equaled 15.2 million names.
Further more, new .com and .net registrations totaled 8.6 million during the first quarter of 2014. In the first quarter of 2013, new .com and .net registrations totaled 8.8 million.
The order of the top TLDs in terms of zone size changed slightly when compared to the fourth
quarter, as .ru (Russia) moved up a ranking from the ninth largest TLD to the eighth largest TLD, resulting in .info moving down one ranking to ninth largest TLD. All other TLDs in the top 10 maintained their rankings.
The largest TLDs in order by zone size were .com, .tk (Tokelau), .de (Germany), .net, .uk (United
Kingdom), .org, .cn (China), .ru (Russian Federation), .info and .nl (Netherlands).
As of March 31, 2014, there were 198 new generic TLDs (gTLDs) delegated into the root; 125 of
which were delegated during the first quarter of 2014. Download the full report here: Domain Name Industry Brief (Volume 11).
See the infographics below for the largest TLDs, new gTLDS, and ccTLDs by Zone size.
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