Verisign and Ntldstats periodically publish updated information about the Internet domain name industry. In this article, Dominios Latinoamerica summarizes the main outocomes of these reports.
The second quarter of 2015 closed with a base of 296 million domain name registrations across all top-level domains (TLDs), an increase of 2.2 million domain names, or .8 percent increase compared to the first quarter of 2015.
The .com and .net TLDs experienced aggregate growth, reaching a combined total of approximately 133.5 million domain names in the domain name base in the second quarter of 2015. This represents a 3.1 percent increase year over year.
As of June 30, 2015, the base of registered names in .com equaled 118.5 million names, while .net equaled 15 million names.
Top 10 TLDs
New .com and .net registrations totaled 8.7 million during the second quarter of 2015. In the second quarter of 2014, new .com and .net registrations totaled 8.5 million.
The largest TLDs in order by zone size were .com, .tk, .de, .net, .cn, .uk, .org, .ru, .nl and .info.
The order of the top TLDs in terms of zone size did not change from the first quarter of 2015.
Total ccTLD registrations were approximately 138 million in the second quarter of 2015, with the addition of 1 million domain names, or a .8 percent increase compared to the first quarter of 2015. This is an increase of approximately 9.1 million domain names, or 7.1 percent, year over year. Without including .tk, ccTLD quarter-over-quarter growth was 1.0 percent and year-over-year growth was 4.8 percent.
Registrations have grown by 16.4 million, or 5.9 percent, year over year.
Total country-code TLD (ccTLD) registrations were 138 million domain names, a .8 percent increase quarter over quarter, and an 8.2 percent increase year over year.
The top 10 ccTLDs, as of June 30, 2015, were .tk (Tokelau), .de (Germany), .cn (China), .uk (United Kingdom), .ru (Russian Federation), .nl (Netherlands), .eu (European Union), .br (Brazil), .au (Australia) and .fr (France).
As of June 30, 2015, there were 288 global ccTLD extensions delegated in the root, including Internationalized Domain Names (IDN), with the top 10 ccTLDs composing 66.7 percent of all ccTLD registrations.
Largest ccTLDs by Zone Size
Keyword trends in .com and .net
Verisign publishes a monthly blog post highlighting domain registration keyword trends from the previous month. Each list is developed by examining keyword registration growth relative to the preceding month, such that those keywords with the highest percentage of registration growth are being reported on.
This method is intended to highlight the new and changing keywords seen in .com and .net domain name registrations. By evaluating the keywords with the largest percentage shift, the top 10 that have seen a significant shift in end user interest quarter over quarter can be identified.
Here are the top 10 trending keywords in .com and .net domain name registrations for the second quarter of 2015.
Top 10 trending keywords in .com and .net Q2 2015
As of June 30, 2015, new gTLD (ngTLD) registrations totaled 5.86 million, which represents 2 percent of total domain name registrations. The top 10 ngTLDs represented 44.6 percent of all ngTLD domain name registrations.
The following charts show ngTLD domain name registrations as a percentage of overall TLD domain name registrations, and also the top 10 ngTLDs as a percentage of all ngTLD domain name registrations.
New gTLDs as Percentage of Total TLDs
New gTLDs growth
Geographical New gTLDs as Percentage of Total Comparable Geographical gTLDs
Among the geographical ngTLDs that have been delegated, 28 have had more than 1,000 registrations since entering general availability (GA), as of the end of the second quarter of 2015. The charts below summarize geographical ngTLD registrations as of Q2 2015, as a percentage of total geographical gTLD registrations.
Geographic gTLDs include ccTLDs with one or more related geographical ngTLD having more than 1,000 registrations at the end of Q2, and their related geographical ngTLDs. In addition, the second graph highlights the top 10 geographical ngTLDs as a percentage of all geographical ngTLD registrations
Zooknic, Q2 2015
Centralized Zone Data Service, Q2 2015