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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 fourth quarter of 2014 closed with a base of 288 million domain name registrations across all top-level domains (TLDs), an increase of four million domain names, or 1.3 per cent over the third quarter of 2014. Registrations have grown by 16.9 million, or 6.2 per cent, 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. Totals include ccTLD Internationalised Domain Names.

  • Largest TLDs by Zone Size


    Source: Zooknic, Q4 2014; Verisign, Q4 2014; Centralised Zone Data Service, Q4 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 31 December 2014, which account for 180.6 million domain name registrations.

    Source: Zooknic, Q4 2014; Verisign, Q4 2014; Centralised Zone Data Service, Q4 2014

  • Largest New gTLDs Reaching Day 60 of General Availability in Q4, by Zone Size at Quarter’s End

    Source: Centralised Zone Data Service, Q4 2014


  • Growth of .COM & .NET

    The .COM and .NET TLDs experienced aggregate growth, reaching a combined total of approximately 130.6 million domain names in the domain name base2 in the fourth quarter of 2014.

    2 Per the Verisign Q42014 Earnings announcement, starting in Q12015, the term “domain name base” will be defined as “the domain names that resolve in the zone, the domain names that are requested to be not configured for use in the top-level domain zone filed by the registrant, and those domain names on hold status.

  • Top 10 ccTLDs by Zone Size

    Among the 10 largest ccTLDs, .tk grew the fastest, with 4.0 per cent overall quarter-over-quarter growth.


    Source: Zooknic, Q4 2014

  • DNS Query Load

    During the fourth quarter of 2014, Verisign’s average daily Domain Name System (DNS) query load was 110 billion across all TLDs operated by Verisign, with a peak of 146 billion.