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Verisign Reports Total Domain Registrations Worldwide at End of 3Q Down a Bit From 2Q But Up YOY

Verisign (the administrator of the .com and .net TLDs) has released their latest quarterly Domain Name Industry Brief (DNIB) covering the 3rd quarter of 2022. The quarter ended with 349.9 million domain name registrations across all top-level domains (TLDs) worldwide, a drop of 1.6 million domains (-0.4%) from the end of 2Q-2022. However, the year-over-year picture is much better. Total registrations have gone up by 11.5 million (3.4%) from the same point a year ago. 

At the end of 3Q-2022, .com registrations stood at 160.9 million, down by 200,000 domains (-0.1%) from the end of the previous quarter but up 2.3 million (+1.5%) from from a year ago.

.Net remained static at the end of 3Q-2022 with the same 13.2 million total the TLD had at the end of the previous quarter. Year over year the .nets were down slightly from the 13.5 million that were registered at the end of 3Q-2021.

Country-code TLD domain name registrations mirrored the overall market, slipping quarter to quarter by rising year over year. The ccTLDs finished 3Q-2022 with 132.4 million domains, down 1.7 million (-1.3%) from the previous quarter but up a healthy 4.5% from the same point a year ago after adding 5.7 million domain since the end of 3Q-2021.

The new gTLDs, with 27.3 million registrations at the end of 3Q-2022, had the highest year over year percentage increase, jumping 16.2% from the same point in 2021. The new G's also managed to eke out a small increase from the previous quarter, adding 300,000 domains (+1.0%).

(Posted December 8, 2022)  

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