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Domain Name Industry Brief

As a leader in global domain names and Internet security, Verisign provides this briefing to review the state of the domain name industry and highlight important trends in domain name registration.

  • Domain Name Industry Brief

    The third quarter of 2014 closed with a base of 284 million domain name registrations across all top-level domains (TLDs), an increase of four million domain names, or 1.6 percent over the second quarter of 2014. Registrations have grown by 18.1 million, or 6.8 percent, year over year.1

    1 The gTLD and ccTLD data cited in this report are estimates as of the time this report was developed, and is subject to change as more complete data is received. Total includes ccTLD Internationalized Domain Names.

  • Largest TLDs by Zone Size


    Source: Zooknic, Q3 2014; Verisign, Q3 2014; Centralized Zone Data Service, Q3 2014

  • Largest gTLDs and ccTLDs Marketed As gTLDs by Zone Size

    The top 10 largest gTLDs and ccTLDs marketed as gTLDs by zone size were .com, .tk, .net, .org, .info, .biz, .co, .mobi, .me and .tv, as of Sept. 30, 2014, which account for 179.2 million domain name registrations, or 63.1 percent of the total global domain name registrations.

    Source: Centralized Zone Data Service, Q3 2014; Zooknic, Q3 2014

  • Largest New gTLDs by Zone Size on Day 60 of Their General Availability Period

    Source: Centralized Zone Data Service, Q3 2014


  • Growth of .com & .net

    The .com and .net TLDs experienced aggregate growth, reaching a combined total of 130.0 million domain names in the adjusted zone in the third quarter of 2014.

  • Largest ccTLDs by Zone Size

    Among the 10 largest ccTLDs, only .tk (9.1 percent) exceeded 4 percent overall quarter-over-quarter growth. This marks six straight quarters where .tk has exceeded 4 percent growth.


    Source: Zooknic, Q3 2014

  • New Regional gTLDs Compared to Existing ccTLD

    Source: Centralized Zone Data Service, Q3 2014

  • DNS Query Load

    During the third quarter of 2014, Verisign’s average daily Domain Name System (DNS) query load was 114 billion across all TLDs operated by Verisign, with a peak of 318 billion, the highest average and peak query loads in a single quarter to date.