The total number of domain names registered across all top level domains around the world grew by six million in the first quarter of 2015, to a total of 294 million domains as of 31 March, according to the latest Domain Name Industry Brief from Verisign released Tuesday.
The increase of six million domain names globally equates to a growth rate of 1.9 percent over the fourth quarter of 2014. Worldwide registrations have grown by 17.8 million, or 6.5 percent, year over year.
The .com and .net TLDs experienced aggregate growth in the first quarter of 2015, reaching a combined total of approximately 133.0 million .com and .net domain names in the domain name base. This represents a 3.1 percent increase year over year. As of 31 March, the domain name base of .com equalled 117.9 million names, while .net equalled 15.1 million names. While .com registrations have grown by 4.7 million registrations in the last 12 months, .net registrations have declined by around 100,000, a decline experienced by a number of gTLDs following the introduction of the first of the new gTLDs in early 2014.
The .com gTLD remains by far the largest of all TLDs. In the gTLDs it is followed by .net and then .org (10.5m) and .info (5.2m).
On the new gTLDs, they accounted for 4.8 million domain registrations as of 31 March or 1.6 percent of all domain registrations with .xyz by far the largest. It currently has 998,000 registrations according to nTLDstats.com.
Of the ccTLDs, .tk (Tokelau) remains by far the largest and currently has 24.5 million mostly free registrations. Next is .de (Germany – 15.9m), .cn (China – 11.9m), .uk (United Kingdom – 10.6m), .ru (Russian Federation – 4.9m), .nl (Netherlands – 5.6m), .eu (European Union – 3.9m), .br (Brazil – 2.9m), .au (Australia – 3.0m) and .fr (France – 2.9m).*
In the first quarter, Verisign processed 8.7 million new domain name registrations for .com and .net, as compared to 8.6 million domain names for the same period in 2014.
During the first quarter of 2015, Verisign’s average daily Domain Name System (DNS) query load was 119 billion across all TLDs operated by Verisign, with a peak of 165 billion. Compared to the previous quarter, the daily average increased 8.6 percent and the peak increased 13.1 percent. Year over year, the daily average query load increased 40.2 percent and the peak query load increased 37.9 percent.