.ORG Grows 1.4 Percent To 10.43 Million In First Half, 2014

Public Interest Registry logoThe total number of .org domains under management increased to 10,428,027 globally, a 1.4 percent (143,512) increase in registrations in the six months to the end of June 2014, the latest bi-annual Dashboard report from the Public Interest Registry, the .org registry operator, has found.

Other findings outlined in “The Dashboard” include the following:

  • Germany, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and France also saw steady growth and continued to lead as the top five markets for .org registrants outside of the United States.
  • .org continues to experience a strong renewal rate of 73.9 percent; more than 55 percent of registrants renewed after one year, 72.3 percent of registrants renewed after their second year, and nearly 85 percent of registrants renewed after their third year.
  • .org domains help organisations from a wide variety of sectors to share their passions, ideas and causes online. Some top industries include information and manufacturing services, arts, entertainment and recreation.

“The Dashboard” also reveals that Asia continues to be a strong growth market for the .org domain. In the first half of 2014, China, Japan and India saw notable growth, and now comprise more than six percent of the total .org market.

“After three decades, we’re thrilled to see that .org remains the domain of choice for organisations serving the public interest,” said Brian Cute, CEO of Public Interest Registry. “In the past few years, the .org domain hit 10 million domains under management and experienced rapid adoption in several international markets. We’re optimistic that in the year ahead, more and more organisations, individuals and around the globe will turn to .org to share their passions, ideas and causes.”

Additionally, to further Public Interest Registry’s commitment to bringing people across the globe online, the organisation launched three new International Domain Names (IDNs), which translate to “organisation” or “institution” in non-Latin based scripts — Devanagari, Cyrillic and simplified Chinese. With these new IDNs, website owners are able to use their native script to brand their organisation and connect with more Internet users across the globe.

The report also found the industry with the most .org domains is “information”, which accounts for 20.0 percent of all registrations followed by “manufacturing” (15.1%) and “miscellaneous services” (14.8%).

The latest edition of PIR’s Dashboard is available for download from:
pir.org/news-events/for-press/dashboard/