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May 30, 2019

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Latest Verisign Quarterly Report Says Worldwide Domain Registrations Increased By 18 Million In Past Year

Verisign (the administrator of the .com and .net TLDs) has released their latest quarterly Domain Name Industry Brief covering the 1st quarter of 2019. The report said total domain name registrations across all top-level domains (not just those Verisign operates) reached a record high of 351.8 million at the end of 1Q-2019. That is a rise of approximately 18 million domain registrations (or 5.4%) over the same point one year earlier.

Verisign's .com and .net TLDs had a combined total of approximately 154.8 million domain name registrations at the end of 1Q-2019, a 4.4% rise year over year. The quarter ended with approximately 141 million .coms registered -  7.1 million more a year ago which translates to a 5.3% jump.

The .nets did not fare as well as they continued to give up ground. 1Q-2019 ended with approximately 13.8 million .nets registered, down from 14.4 million a year ago which represents a year over year decline of 4.2%

It was a mixed bad for the new gTLDs. Total new gTLD domain registrations stood at approximately 23 million at the end of Q1-2019. That is 13.8% higher year over year (an increase of 2.8 million domains), however the new G's have started moving in the opposite direction since the end of the previous quarter (4Q-2018). Since then they have lost about 800,000 domains, a 3.4% decrease quarter to quarter.

The ccTLDs remained a bright spot. Total country code domain name registrations stood at 156.8 million at the end of 1Q-2019, an increase of 10.5 million registrations (a solid  7.2% leap year over year) that showed the ccTLDs outperforming the market at large.

That is much more valuable information in the full report that you can read here.

(Posted May 30, 2019)  

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