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Verisign Report Reveals Global Domain Registrations Have Passed the 370 Million Mark - Over 15 Million Added in Past Year

Verisign (the administrator of the .com and .net TLDs) has released their latest quarterly Domain Name Industry Brief (.pdf file) covering the 2nd quarter of 2020. The report said total domain name registrations across all top-level domains (not just those Verisign operates) rose to 370.1 million at the end of 2Q-2020. That is a rise of approximately 15.3 million domain registrations (or 4.3%) from the same point one year earlier.

The quarter ended with approximately 148.7 million .coms registered -  a jump of 6.2 million year over year. That mirrored the 4.3% growth rate of the overall market. However, the .net TLD, has been stuck in neutral, ending 2Q-2020 with approximately 13.4 million registrations, a slight decline from the 13.6 million that were active at the same time last year.

  

The ccTLDs ended 2Q-2020 with 160.0 million country code domains registered worldwide, a 1.4 million rise from a a year ago, a modest growth rate of just under 1%.

The new gTLDs closed the most recent quarter with 31.6 million registrations, 8.6 million more names than at the same point a year ago. That represents a very healthy 37% jump year over year, however the news is not all good. The new gTLDs actually lost about 600,00 domains since the end of the previous quarter (1Q-2020). Next quarter it will be interesting to see if that turns out to be an anomaly or the start of a major slowdown.

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

(Posted Sept. 4, 2020)

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