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.ORG Registrations Increase 12% In Second Half 2012

PIR .ORG logoThe number of .org domain names registered increased by 11.9 percent in the second half of 2012 to over 10.1 million according to the latest Dashbord report from the Public Interest Registry, making .org the seventh largest TLD.

The Public Interest Registry is the not-for-profit operator of the .org domain and has released the results of its bi-annual domain name report, “The Dashboard,” detailing the increased growth of .org from July to December.

Other findings outlined in “The Dashboard” include:

  • the number of .org domains under registration (DUM) grew by 4.3 percent in 2012, growing 1.1 percent from July to December.
  • .org experienced a net gain of 416,301 registrations in 2012.
  • .org’s DUM has more than doubled during the past seven years, increasing from 3.9 million in 2005.

Using the latest figures, .com is the largest TLD globally, currently with 107.274 million registrations, followed by .de (Germany) with 15.348 million, .net with 14.967 million, .cn (China) with 13.41m then .tk (Tokelau), although actual figures are hard to come by for the TLD whose domains are given away for free.

Following is .uk (United Kingdom) with 10.24m, .org (10.190m), .info (6.94m), .nl (Netherlands – 5.186m) and rounding out the top ten is .ru (Russian Federation – 4.398m).

“The Dashboard” also revealed strong growth outside of .ORG’s core markets, North America and Europe. From 2010 to 2012, newly created .ORG domain names in Asia, Australia and the Pacific Region grew by 47 percent, followed by Latin America at 25 percent and Africa at 23 percent. Top five international markets for .ORG registrants by country include the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, Australia, and France.

“We had a very successful 2012, which included reaching a remarkable milestone with the registration of our 10 millionth .ORG domain,” said Brian Cute, CEO of Public Interest Registry, “The outlook for 2013 looks just as bright both domestically and abroad. As we are experiencing rapid growth in various countries, PIR is pursing initiatives to increase support for international markets, which includes introducing new domain options for communities worldwide.”

Public Interest Registry details its advancements and preparations for the development of the .NGO and .ONG domains in “The Dashboard.” Public Interest Registry’s applications to manage the to-be-launched top-level domains are currently under evaluation with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), as are four other internationalized domains that translate into “organization,” “org” or “structured organization” in Devanagari, Cyrillic and Chinese-simplified scripts.

The Dashboard also illustrates the diversity of .ORG registrants, annual renewal rates and growth compared to other domains. In addition, the registry discusses its commitment to enhancing Internet security and preserving the open Internet.

For more information on “The Dashboard” or to download a copy, please visit pir.org/news.

Figures used for TLD registrations statistics include registrarstats.com, Verisign’s Domain Name Industry Brief and individual registry websites.