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New Global Domain Registration Stats from Verisign Show .Com Still Outperforming the Market with Mixed Results for Other TLDs

Verisign (the administrator of the .com and .net TLDs) has released their latest quarterly Domain Name Industry Brief covering the 3rd quarter of 2020. The quarter closed with 370.7 million domain name registrations across all top-level domains (TLDs), an increase of approximately 10.8 million domains that represents a 3% rise year over year. About 600,000 of those domains were registered in 3Q-2020, a less robust 0.2% increase from the previous quarter. 

.Com domain registration jumped by 5.7 million year over year to 150.3 million (a 4.4% rise that easily bested the overall market growth rate). .Net, which has been steadily slipping in recent years looks to have stabilized. .Net closed 3Q-2020 with approximately 13.4 million registrations, the same figure it posted at this point a year ago.

ccTLDs also remained static ending 3Q-2020 with 160.6 million registrations, down a hair (minus 0.7%) after a year-over-year decrease of 1.2 million domains. However, the ccTLDs regained 500,000 of those domains over the last quarter, a 0.3% increase since the end of 2Q-2020.

The new gTLDs flipped that script, falling 4.7% from the end of 2Q-2020 after losing 1.5 million domains. However, the new gTLDs still ended up with a big year-over year increase, having added 6.2 million domains to finish 3Q-2020 with 30.2 million registrations, a jump of more than 25% since the same point a year ago. 

(Posted December 2, 2020)


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