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 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 per cent over the second quarter of 2014. Registrations have grown by 18.1 million, or 6.8 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. Total includes ccTLD Internationalised Domain Names.
Source: Zooknic, Q3 2014; Verisign, Q3 2014; Centralised Zone Data Service, Q3 2014]>
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 30 September 2014, which account for 179.2 million domain name registrations, or 63.1 per cent of the total global domain name registrations
Source: Centralised Zone Data Service, Q3 2014; Zooknic, Q3 2014
Source: Centralised Zone Data Service, Q3 2014
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.
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.
Among the 10 largest ccTLDs, only .tk (9.1 per cent) exceeded 4 per cent overall quarter-over-quarter growth. This marks six straight quarters where .tk has exceeded 4 per cent growth.
Source: Zooknic, Q3 2014
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.