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 fourth quarter of 2013 closed with a base of 271 million domain name registrations across all top-level domains (TLDs), an increase of 5 million domain names, or 1.9 percent over the third quarter of 2013. Registrations have grown by 18.5 million, or 7.3 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.
Source: Zooknic, December 2013; Verisign, December 2013
The .com and .net TLDs experienced aggregate growth, reaching a combined total of approximately 127.2 million domain names in the adjusted zone in the fourth quarter of 2013.
Among the 20 largest ccTLDs, two exceeded 4 percent overall quarter-over-quarter growth: China and Tokelau. This marks four straight quarters where China (21.1 percent) and Tokelau (7.1 percent) have exceeded 4 percent growth.
Source: Zooknic, December 2013
Total ccTLD registrations were approximately 123.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2013 with the addition of 3.9 million domain names, or a 3.3 percent increase compared to the third quarter. This is an increase of approximately 13.3 million domain names, or 12.1 percent, from a year ago.
3The number of ccTLD extensions cited in this report is published by IANA.
Verisign’s average daily DNS query load in Q4 2013 increased 6.4% over last year and increased 0.9% from Q3 2013. Daily DNS queries peaked at 100 billion, down 5.5% from last quarter and down 19.2% from last year.