There Were 362.3 Million Domain Names At End 2019 As ccTLDs Drop 4.2m In Quarter Following .TW Crash: Verisign

Verisign’s latest Domain Name Industry Brief shows that 2019 closed with 362.3 million domain name registrations across all top-level domains (TLDs), an increase of 2.4 million domain name registrations, or 0.7 percent, compared to the third quarter of 2019 and 13.5 million, or 3.9 percent, year over year.

The .com and .net TLDs had a combined total of 158.8 million domain name registrations in the domain name base at the end of the fourth quarter of 2019, an increase of 1.5 million domain name registrations, or 0.9 percent, compared to the third quarter of 2019. The .com and .net TLDs had a combined increase of 5.9 million domain name registrations, or 3.9 percent, year over year. As of 31 December 2019, the .com domain name base totalled 145.4 million domain name registrations (139.0 million as of 31 December 2018), and the .net domain name base totalled 13.4 million, down from 14.0 million at the end of 2018, domain name registrations.

New .com and .net domain name registrations totalled 10.3 million at the end of the fourth quarter of 2019, compared to 9.5 million domain name registrations at the end of the fourth quarter of 2018.

For country-code top-level domain (ccTLD) registrations, there were 157.6 million at the end of the fourth quarter of 2019, a decrease of 4.2 million domain name registrations, or 2.6 percent, compared to the third quarter of 2019. Year-on-year ccTLDs increased by 3.3 million domain name registrations, or 2.1 percent from 154.3 million at the end of 2018. The drop was largely on the back of the meteoric rise and then decline of Taiwan’s .tw. At the end of the third quarter of 2019, Verisign reported there were 6.8 million .tw registrations but 3 months later they had crashed out of the top 10 ccTLDs. The tenth largest ccTLD at the end of the fourth quarter was .it (Italy) with 3.2 million, meaning .tw had dropped at least 3.6 million. 12 months ago .tw was the 10th largest ccTLD with 4.8 million registrations.

Total new generic top-level domains (new gTLDs) registrations were 29.3 million at the end of the fourth quarter of 2019, an increase of 5.3 million domain name registrations, or 22.2 percent, compared to the third quarter of 2019. New gTLDs increased by 5.5 million domain name registrations, or 23.2 percent, year over year. The top 10 new gTLDs represented 63.3 percent of all new gTLD domain name registrations. The following chart shows new gTLD registrations as a percentage of overall TLD domain name registrations, of which they represent 8.1 percent, as well as the top 10 new gTLDs as a percentage of all new gTLD domain name registrations for the fourth quarter of 2019.

This chart represents the top 10 trending keywords registered in English in .com and .net domain name registrations for the fourth quarter of 2019.

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