New gTLD Registrations Top 30 Million For First Time


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The number of new gTLD registrations topped the 30 million registrations mark for the first time last week on the back of a surging .icu which has grown from 200,000 to 4.1 million in just 12 months and is set to enter the top 10 top-level domains overall in the next few days, passing Brazil’s ccTLD, .br while .brands dominate the total number of new gTLDs delegated by ICANN with around 56% of the 1,201 new gTLDs.

New gTLD registrations got close to the 30 million mark, peaking at around the 25.5 million market in April 2017, plummeting to 23.6 million 4 months later. Registrations then stuttered along before hitting a new low of 22.7 million in February 2018, then rising to 23.8 million in April and then plummeting again, losing one million registrations in a month. In June 2018 registrations then began rising, quickly at first then more slowly to 26.6 million in December 2018 before a rise began again in September from 25.729 million to the 30.103 million today, with a steep acceleration in November.

While total registrations aren’t a guide to success, it can be used as a guide and for a writer as they’re an easy topic requiring only a little research, predominately using nTLDstats but also DomainNameStats.

As .icu continues to surge, there remains 6 other new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) with more than 1 million registrations – the others being .top (3.641 million), .xyz (2.798m), .site (1.998m), .club (1.477m), .online (1.406m), .vip (1.322m) which between them account for more than half (55.11%) of all new gTLD registrations. In total, there are 13 new gTLDs with more than 500,000 registrations and 30 with more than 100,000.

According to DomainNameStats, which lists domains under management, or registrations, for all top-level domains, there are 3 new gTLDs in the top 25 of all top-level domains. The largest, naturally, is .com with 143.178 million registrations, while .cn is second, making it the largest country code top level domain (ccTLD) with 20.846 million.

There are currently 1,201 new gTLDs that have been delegated, and around 525 have entered General Availability and are open to registrations. Of the remainder, 2 are in Sunrise periods (.new and .madrid) while the remaining 675 or so are largely .brand new gTLDs, which means around 56% of all new gTLDs are for .brands.

The largest of the .brand new gTLDs is .dvag for the Deutsche Vermögensberatung Aktiengesellschaft (DVAG), a Frankfurt-based financial advisory company that operates in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. There are currently 3,500 .dvag domain names, which are used by the company’s financial advisors which makes it currently the 344th largest of the new gTLDs.

The next .brand new gTLDs are .mma for the French MMA IARD, which offers financial services within France. There are 1,648 .mma domain names making it the 428th largest. Third for .brands is .audi (Audi) with 1,380 domains under management with .audi domains used by Audi dealers around the world. It’s the 438th largest of the new gTLDs. There are at least 9 .brand new gTLDs in the top 500.