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ccTLDs Growth Outstrips Legacy gTLDs: CENTR Report

CENTR small logoThe growth rate for the 248 ccTLDs around the world has been higher than that for the 21 legacy gTLDs in the three months to the end of August according to the latest CENTR DomainWire report.

The number of domains registered across all ccTLDs was 129,388,192, an increase of 1.7 percent over the three months, not including internationalised domain ccTLDs, which themselves grew by the even higher rate of 2.9 percent to 1,244,863.

Meanwhile the 21 legacy gTLDs saw growth of 0.3 percent to 148,807,739. Meanwhile, as would be expected, registrations across all the new gTLDs grew significantly across the three months – growing a total of 139.8 percent to 2,070,244.

In total, according to the ZookNIC statistics used by CENTR, there was a total of 282,526,140 domains registered across all TLDs, an increase of 1.3 percent in three months.

Among the ccTLDs, growth was highest with the largest, .tk (Tokelau) which saw registrations of its free domains grow 8.6 percent to 26.0 million. No other ccTLD saw growth of over two percent, but five saw registrations of 1.0 percent or more. They were .cn (China) with growth of 1.8 percent to 10.8 million registrations, followed by .eu (European Union – 1.5% – 3.8m), .ch (Switzerland – 1.2% – 1.9m), .br (Brazil – 1.2% – 3.5m) and .au (Australia – 1.0% – 2.9m).

The 20 largest ccTLDs accounted for around 82 percent of all ccTLD domains registered globally and 38 percent of all domains.

Within Europe there were almost 66.5 million ccTLD domains registered at the end of August, a growth rate of 0.3 percent for the quarter and 2.8 percent for the year.

The report also notes the countries with the highest domain name penetration. Liechtenstein tops this list with 176 ccTLD domains registered per 100 people, followed by Montenegro with 117, boosted by their .me ccTLD being promoted as a gTLD. The Netherlands and Switzerland followed with 33 and 24 respectively, then Denmark (23), Germany (19) and the United Kingdom (17).

The report also looked at registrar security and authentication. CENTR asked over 100 registrars, web hosting companies, ISPs and other IT related organisations for their thoughts on some specific areas of security management. The aim of the survey was to gather views on how to increase the security level access to their web portals as well as to evaluate the need for a greater emphasis on two-factor authentication and other security features.

The survey found that 90 percent of respondents are not aware of any situation where leaked credentials have led to an attacker modifying DNS or related data. This left 10% who have experienced this type of incident. Almost 70 percent of all respondents stated an attack of this kind would be a major impact on either the entire or part of the organisation.

To download the CENTR report in full, go to:
https://centr.org/news/09-25-2014/domainwire-sep14-global-tld-report

.ME Announces Loyalty Programme… With Prizes!

DotME logoThe .ME Registry has announced the .ME Loyalty Program where among other perks and prizes you can win t-shirts, domain name and hosting packages, gift card vouchers and much more.

The announcement came at NMX in Las Vegas and was available as of 4 January.

The .ME Loyalty Programme is designed to honour members of the .ME community through what they call a fun exchange of points and rewards. To get involved:
1. Sign up at the Loyalty Programme Page
2. Perform fun actions to collect points
3. Redeem rewards.

There is also a Facebook page with announcements at https://facebook.com/domainme as well as #domainME on Twitter.

European ccTLD Growth Slowing But Still Higher Than gTLDs

It may have a reputation for being one of the TLDs with the most phishing domains, but the number of .tk (Tokelau) domain names under management continues to soar. Registrations grew by 13.9 percent in the quarter ending August, according to the latest Centr DomainWire StatReport, with total registrations reaching 19.1 million for the ccTLD whose domain names are given away for free.The report notes .de (Germany) continues to progressively grow and maintain its second place with 15.5m DUM while .uk (United Kingdom) comes in third with 10.6m. But .cn (China) continues to rapidly grow, again, and is now back to 7.8m.Within Europe, at the end of August 2013 there were just over 65.1m DUM while over the past 12 months, overall net growth is 5.9 percent – an increase of around 3.6m. The largest contribution to the increase came from .ru with 780,000.The ccTLDs with the largest growth rate within Europe were .me (Montenegro) where registrations grew by 5.2 percent in the quarter ending August, followed by .ru (Russian Federation – 4.1%), Cyprus (.cy – 3.8%), .pt (Portugal – 3.4%) and then .is (Iceland – 2.9%).The report also shows the number of domain names per person. This statistic is skewed by how the ccTLD is marketed, with .me ranking highly due to it being marketed more as a gTLD. The Centr report shows that .li (Liechtenstein) has the highest penetration with 181 domains per 100 people for the 37,000 people in the country, followed by .me with 116. Then follows .nl (Netherlands – 32), .ch (Switzerland – 23), .dk (Denmark – 22), .de (19) and then .uk (17).The report also notes that growth rates in European ccTLDs have slowed over the past 12 months. The growth rate for the year to August 2013 was 5.9 percent (compared to the 12 months to April 2012 whose growth rate was 6.6 percent) but this was on average 2.5 percent higher than for gTLDs globally. The average monthly growth of all European ccTLDs is 0.47 percent. Globally the number of ccTLD registrations grew by one percentage point in the 12 months to August 2013, while gTLDs share dropped by the corresponding percentage point.Marketing is also looked at in the report, with how ccTLDs are marketed. Registries use traditional as well as new marketing tools, as shows the below graph which is based on a June 2013 survey amongst CENTR members. The same survey shows that a large majority of the registries have, or are developing, a formal marketing plan. The traditional ‘offline’ channels such as printed media, TV and radio are used by several registries while others cooperate with registrars with sponsorship arrangements and co-marketing initiatives and programmes.The report is available for download from centr.org/system/files/share/domainwire_stat_report_2013_2.pdf.

.ME Announces Release Of Five Premium Domain Names

Dot ME logo[news release] The .ME Registry, operator of the .ME Internet extension, is releasing five exclusive, previously unreleased premium domain names: Around.ME, Hire.ME, Fund.ME, Find.ME and For.ME. The .ME Premium Domain Program is open for applications starting May 10, 2013 and is set to close June 15, 2013.

These memorable .ME domain names are ideal for any company that wishes to brand themselves as unique and personal, or launch a new product using an exclusive name. All businesses, large or small, existing or start-up, are eligible to apply.

The .ME Registry CEO, Predrag Lesic explains: “The goal of the Premium Domain Program is to assign the very best premium domains to the best content. We are not interested in just selling the domain; we think the quality of service provided has a far better value for our company and for the end users. That’s the main criteria we’ll be looking for in our Premium Domain Program applicants.”

The .ME Premium Domain Program, which began in 2008, has had many successful applicants. Startups like About.me, Couple.me and Connect.me as well as established companies like Visa (V.me), Google (Ro.me) and Time Inc. (Ti.me) have all participated in the program.

“Branding our service with a dotME domain was an obvious choice because we provide a unique, personalized experience for our users to display a full snapshot of their lives online in one central place,” said Ryan Freitas, co-founder of About.ME. “We also found that the ability to so specifically brand About dot me was an integral part of how we were able to make such a successful connection with our users.”

Applicants are judged on the quality of the service they are providing, their references and their business proposals. The winning applicants for Around.ME, Hire.ME, Fund.ME, Find.ME and For.ME. are scheduled to announced by July 1, 2013.

To learn more about how to apply for one of the five Premium Domains, as well as the application and selection process, please visit www.domain.me/premium-domain-program.

This .me news release was sourced from:
domain.me/me-announces-release-of-five-premium-domain-names

Domain Pulse 2013: GFC, Maturing Markets, Lead To Domain Registration Growth Slowing

Maturing domain name markets and the global financial crisis have both impacted on the registration growth within the German speaking countries in Europe as well as elsewhere Mathew Zook of Zooknic told the Domain Pulse conference last week.However this does not mean registrations have declined, as they are still growing strongly and would be the envy of any other industry or economy. It is just not growing as strongly as they have previously. Growth could be compared to the Chinese economy, which was rocketing along until the GFC hit, but then still continued to grow at a rate that was the envy of almost every other country.Overall across the world Zook has observed through his research that yearly growth rates have been declining over time due to maturing markets, high penetration rates for internet use and it becoming harder to find good domains. As the GFC hit, registration growth was slowed a bit more. But as the global economy is improving, Zook has observed so are registration growth rates.But the pattern observed by Zook is inconsistent as registrations are growing more strongly in some markets. Over the last ten years the fastest growth has occurred in ccTLDs such as in .in (India), .cn (China), .tk (Tokelau, which gives away its domains for free) and .co (Colombia). But within the German speaking countries that co-host Domain Pulse, growth has been slower. However it should also be noted these are more mature markets.An example of a maturing market is .de which has expanded by 2.5 times over the last ten years and remains the world’s largest ccTLD and second largest TLD, but overall share has shrunk due to the expansion of other TLDs.One market that has grown strongly in recent years and which is a mature market is .fr (France). However this is likely to be largely explained by the liberalisation of registration policies.Domain registrations also increase the more computers there are connected to the internet, Zook also told Domain Pulse, which was also fairly constant over time.Speaking of new TLDs, a focus of this year’s Domain Pulse, Zook believes they can be successful. Those TLDs that will be open for public registrations may face an uphill battle getting noticed with registrars reluctant to add new and unknown TLDs to their “shelf space.” But Zook cites the examples of .me (Montenegro), .co and .tk, all successfully relaunched in recent years as defacto gTLDs, to show that they can work.Zook also believes new TLDs are not likely to have a significant impact and they may be complementary to rather than a substitution for existing registrations.

Quick Way Out Of a Relationship – Give A Domain To Your Valentine. .ME Doesn’t Think So!

Dot ME logoI don’t know about you, but I reckon if I turned up on Valentine’s Day with a domain name as a gift for a beloved, I would get short shrift and be shown the door! But the .ME Registry thinks otherwise and is trying to entice people to give their loved one “personalised gift cards for the purchase of .ME domain names.”

And if that’s not enough to entice you, “the registry will host a three-day, ‘cheesy’ Valentine Twitter contest. Ten participants will win a free .ME domain and the opportunity to be featured on the .ME blog.”

Explaining it further, the registry says “this Valentine’s Day, the .ME Registry has partnered with ME-net, Montenegro’s leading registrar, to offer gift cards. The process is simple: shoppers can purchase digital gift cards from TheGiftOf.ME and email them to their loved ones. Recipients can then visit the site, select the .ME domain they want and start building their online presence.”

“To celebrate this holiday, on 30 January, 6 February and 13 February, followers of the official .ME Twitter account will have the chance to participate in the #MyCheesyValentine Twitter contest by tweeting funny, witty and unconventional Valentine’s Day greetings. The .ME team will select ten winners, who will be awarded a free .ME domain name registration for one year. Complete rules are posted here.”

“We love the sentiment behind this special day and are thrilled to be sharing love and laughs through our Twitter contest this Valentine’s Day,” said Predrag Lesic, CEO of the .ME Registry. “Our hope is to showcase the creativity of our wonderful community and give people the opportunity to surprise their loved ones with a gift as unique as the person they love – a dot-ME domain name.”

I think the gift is definitely unique! But would you really give a domain name to a loved one, unless they were, say, a domainer? Go on, prove me wrong!

CENTR Releases European Domain Name Statistics Report

The latest CENTR Domain Wire Stat Report shows that Montenegro (.me), Serbia (.rs) and Slovakia (.sk) are the European countries with the highest market share of the local ccTLD with 99 percent, 90 percent and 87 percent respectively.This means that in Montenegro, 99 percent of all domain names registered in the country across all top level domains are .me domains.The biannual report covers a wide number of statistics for Europe, such as there are 61.7 million country code domain names registered in Europe which is around a quarter of the 245 or so million domain names registered globally.And the European ccTLD with the highest growth rate is .pt (Portugal), but this is largely because registration policies for the ccTLD were liberalised earlier this year. And across Europe, two in five (40%) domain names are registered by individuals, while the remaining three in five are registered for commercial purposes. Plus the average length of a domain name is 11.2 characters and the top three registrars account for 45 percent of all European registrations.The report includes a list of the top 20 ccTLDs globally, which is headed by .de (Germany) with, as of the end of September, had 15.2 million registrations. There followed .tk (Tokelau – 10.83m) and .uk (United Kingdom – 10.24m).Within the top 20 list, the highest growth (year on year) has been achieved by .cn (China) at around 26.6 percent, partly due to changes in registration requirements. Second was .co (Columbia) with an increase of 25.1 percent, then .ru (Russia – 16%) .fr (France – 16%) and .br (Brazil – 15%). The median growth of the top 20 ccTLDs year-on-year was 11.5 percent.And IDN ccTLDs make up around 0.40 percent of the roughly 245 million domain names registered around the world, with the largest being .рф – the IDN ccTLD for the Russian Federation – with around 840,000 registrations.To download the complete Domain Wire Stat Report, go to centr.org/news/statistics/12-03-2012/2462/domainwire-stat-report-available.

.ME Announces 5 Day Social Media Contest And Win Free Domain Rego

Dot ME logo[news release] Get ready to get social. The .ME Registry, operator of the .ME domain name extension, the most personal domain around, today announced the “You are Not a .com, You are a .ME” social media contest. The contest will run from Sept. 17-21. All participants who take part on a daily basis will receive a complimentary, one year .ME domain name registration. Three grand prize winners will receive a Canon EOS Rebel T3 Camera. The .ME Registry will announce grand prize winners on Twitter during the week of Oct. 1.

Thousands of .ME domain names are registered every month as an alternative to .com by people who want to show the world that they are a person, not a corporation,” said Predrag Lesic, CEO of the .ME Registry. “We invite people everywhere to join us on Twitter for a chance to secure their preferred .ME domain name before it’s taken by someone else.”

A .ME domain name is the Web address for people who want to stand out on the Internet and is a great way to promote a blog or Website. People and organizations worldwide have registered .ME domain names to humanize Web content and make their sites personal. Additionally, .ME domain names are commonly used as part of search engine optimization (SEO), online reputation management and Web branding strategies. Check the availability of and purchase a .ME domain name at www.Domain.Me.
Entering the “You are Not a .com, You are a .ME” contest is as easy as following .ME on Twitter and re-tweeting the .ME contest tweet daily throughout the contest period. Everyone who follows .ME on Twitter and re-tweets the contest tweet once a day will receive a complimentary .ME domain name registration. Grand prize winners will be selected from the pool of all participants. Complete rules are posted on the .ME website here.

This .ME registry news release was sourced from:
http://www.domain.me/me-registry-announces-five-day-social-media-contest

 

.ME Fastest Growing European ccTLD Shows Centr Report

The Montenegrin ccTLD .ME is the fastest growing of all European ccTLDs while there are there are roughly 59 million domain names registered in Europe the latest Centr DomainWire Stat Report shows.The report for the first half of 2012 contains a wealth of statistics including that 40 per cent of all domain names registered in Europe are for private purposes while 60 per cent are for business.There is also the average length of a domain name – 11.2 characters.The ccTLD with the highest number of domain names per person in Europe is.LI (Lichtenstein) with 192 domains per 100 people living in the country followed by .ME with 86 domains per 100 people. Third is .NL (Netherlands), which is the first of the larger ccTLDs with 28 domains per 100 people. Rounding out the top ten are .CH (Switzerland – 28), .DK (Denmark – 21), .DE (Germany – 18), .UK (United Kingdom – 16) and then .AT (Austria), .LU (Luxembourg) and .SE (Sweden), each with 13 domains registered per 100 inhabitants.The report also lists the top 20 ccTLDs globally using figures as of the end of April. The top ten are .DE first with over 15 million registrations, followed by .UK (10.09m), .NL (4.92), .RU (Russian Federation – 3.79), .EU (European Union – 3.60), .CN (China – 3.35), .BR (Brazil – 2.89), .AR (Argentina – 2.49), .AU (Australia – 2.40) and .IT (Italy – 2.39).To download the Centr report and check out many more statistics including on domain name renewal rates and world internet usage, go to https://www.centr.org/DomainWire_Stat_Report_2012_1.

Sedo and .ME Registry Partner To Auction Premium .ME Domains

Sedo logo[news release] Sedo, the leading online domain marketplace and monetization provider, today announced an exclusive auction of premium .ME domain names. The .ME top level domain (TLD) has become a primary alternative to .com, and a distinctive way to promote your business or build your online brand. The .ME domain name extension has been used by both start-ups and established companies alike to support their online marketing efforts.

Sedo has successfully brokered the sale of more than 1,000 .ME domain names, totaling more than $2 million U.S. dollars, including such premier names as Business.Me for $40,000, and online website sharing platform Join.Me for $45,000. Global brands such as Facebook (FB.Me), Porsche (Porsche.Me) and Yahoo (ME.Me) have also taken advantage of the .ME domain name extension, but with a wide range of prices and a unique selection of premium .ME domain names, companies of any size can reap the benefits of this memorable, personalized TLD.

Running in partnership with the .ME Registry, the auction begins on May 26, 2012 and runs until May 31, 2012. The auction will include a wide range of prices and a unique selection of premium .ME domain names such as:

  • LosAngeles.Me
  • Singles.Me
  • Camera.Me
  • DVD.Me
  • Tunes.Me
  • Airline.Me
  • Apartments.Me

The complete list of .ME domain names available for auction on Sedo.com can be found at sedo.com/ME.

This Sedo news release was sourced from:
https://sedo.com/presse/presse.php?tracked=&partnerid=&language=us&id=457