.NL Hits Five Millionth Registration

The five millionth .NL domain name was registered today, 30 July, SIDN announced.

The magic milestone was reached with the registration of mariongerritsen.nl, registered by Marion Gerritsen who will shortly receive a tablet computer while the staff working for the registrar (Registrar.eu) will receive celebratory cake.

“We are very pleased to have passed this significant milestone,” said Roelof Meijer, SIDN’s CEO. “The Netherlands can be proud of the .NL internet domain. As well as being one of the most secure domains in the world, it is the third largest country-code domain that there is: only Germany’s .de and the UK’s .UK have more names. Last year, we celebrated our domain’s silver jubilee, .NL having also been one of the first active domains on the internet. The success of .NL is partly down to the 1800 registrars who register domain names for their clients.”

There are more .NL domain names registered per person than almost all European countries, and the ccTLD is the fourth largest after .DE (Germany), .UK (United Kingdom) and TK (Tokelau) according to Verisign’s latest Domain Name Industry Brief. Rounding out the top ten ccTLDs are .RU (Russian Federation), .EU (European Union), .CN (China), .BR (Brazil), .AR (Argentina) and .AU (Australia).

One in five (21%) Dutch households already have a domain name, and in 2012 that figure is set to increase by three percentage points SIDN predicts. In the Netherlands’ business sector, the level of penetration is much higher. Almost every business has one or more domain names, and Statistics Netherlands reports that 83 per cent of businesses have websites.

Looking ahead, SIDN expects the nation’s commercial organisations expect to increase the size of their domain name portfolios, mainly to support product and campaign-specific websites. By contrast they note enthusiasm is waning for ‘defensive’ registrations (registering a domain name to stop anyone else from having it, rather than with the intention of using it). Overall, SIDN expects the number of business registrations to continue growing, but not as fast as private registrations.