As the global leader in domain names, Verisign provides this briefing to review the state of the domain name industry and highlight important trends in domain name registration.
The first quarter of 2014 closed with a base of 276 million domain name registrations across all top-level domains (TLDs), an increase of five million domain names, or 1.7 percent over the fourth quarter of 2013. Registrations have grown by 19.3 million, or 7.5 percent, year over year.1
1The gTLD and ccTLD data cited in this report are estimates as of the time of this report, and subject to change as more complete data is received. Total includes ccTLD Internationalized Domain Names.
Sources: Zooknic, Q1 2014; Verisign, Q1 2014; Centralized Zone Data Service, Q1 2014
Source: Centralized Zone Data Service, Q1 2014
The .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.
Among the 10 largest ccTLDs, four exceeded 4 percent overall quarter-over-quarter growth: Tokelau, Argentina, India and Columbia. This marks four straight quarters where Tokelau has exceeded 4 percent growth.
Source: Zooknic, Q1 2014
During the first quarter of 2014, Verisign’s average daily Domain Name System (DNS) query load was 85 billion across all TLDs operated by Verisign, with a peak of 120 billion. Compared to the previous quarter, the daily average increased 3.4 percent and the peak increased 20.6 percent.