There are now ten million .ORG domain names registered the Public Interest Registry (PIR) has announced, with the milestone passed on 24 June.
The not-for-profit operator of the .ORG domain announced that the milestone was reached with the registration of JADFORUM.ORG, registered with Go Daddy, by the Jordan River and Dead Sea Basin Forum (JAD). JAD is an organisation dedicated to advancing the sustainable and regional development of the Jordan River and Dead Sea Basin watershed shared by Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority.
The milestone is significant and makes it the seventh TLD to pass the magic number. First was .COM, which now has around 103.7 million active registrations or domains under management. Second was .CN that passed the milestone in January 2008, peaked at around 13.5 million, and has now slipped back to 3.5 million.
Third was .DE (Germany), who passed the milestone around July 2006, then .NET in mid-2007 while .UK (United Kingdom) passed the milestone in March this year. Statistics for the .TK (Tokelau) ccTLD are hard to come by, but with domain names given away for free, it is estimated the ccTLD passed the ten million milestone in late 2011 or 2012 and now has around 13.5m active registrations, a number that is rapidly increasing.
Today .ORG is the sixth largest TLD behind .COM, .DE (with 15.12m active registrations), .NET (14.74m), .TK, .UK (10.16m) and then .ORG. Rounding out the top ten are .NL (Netherlands – 4.98m), .RU (Russian Federation – 3.88m), .EU (European Union – 3.63m) and .CN.
“From our perspective, .ORG is the most suitable and relevant domain name for our organisation, and it is internationally recognised,” said Dr. Clive Lipchin, Director of the Center for Transboundary Water Management at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies and one of the founding members of the JAD Forum.
Fuelled by surging Internet use worldwide and a growing number of individuals and organisations alike looking to .ORG as a trustworthy, reliable and secure home for their cause, .ORG has maintained consistent growth between nine and ten per cent annually for the past three years. In fact, .ORG has seen a surge in domains under management (DUM) since 2005, growing by more than 156 per cent and maintaining the domain’s position as the world’s third largest “generic” or non-country specific top-level domain (TLD).
“For more than 25 years, .ORG has enabled registrants to engage and empower their communities both online and off,” said Brian Cute, CEO of Public Interest Registry. “Reaching 10 million domain registrations is a significant achievement and highlights PIR’s commitment to providing a trusted place online for organizations, companies, and individuals to tell their stories and mobilize their communities. As we celebrate this milestone, we look forward to continued growth and to giving more causes around the world a trusted, online venue with .ORG.”
Established in 1985 as one of the Internet’s original TLDs, .ORG has become the definitive home for the not-for-profit community but has always been and remains open to individuals, companies and organizations – from non-profits conducting fundraising campaigns and rallying supporters to corporations promoting social responsibility programs.
To date, .ORGs are registered in 175 countries worldwide, representing truly global reach for a top-level domain name. In fact, last year marked another milestone when for the first time growth in .ORG domain registrations outside North America exceeded growth in its traditional market. With more than 400 registrars operating around the world and a strong focus on helping organizations in emerging markets establish and grow their online presence, .ORG is poised for strong and sustainable future growth.