Around 3.6 million websites across 464,000 domain names were taken offline after a major fire at an OVHcloud data centre site in Strasbourg last week, Netcraft is reporting. Around 184,000 websites using 59,600 .fr domain names were impacted, around 1.9% of all .fr domain names.
On 23 December, the number of domain names registered across all delegated new gTLDs passed the 11 million mark, according to nTLDstats.com, out of a total of just over 300 million domains registered across all TLDs.
According to the website that compiles a comprehensive tally of statistics for new gTLDs, they note that on 24 December there were 11,000,512 registrations. Going by how nTLDstats.com update their data, it means on the 23rd the 11 million mark was passed.
The largest of the 868 gTLDs that have been delegated continues to be .xyz with 1.769 million registrations, and still far ahead of the second largest, now .top with 955,000 registrations followed by .wang with 601,000.
Of the top 30 by registration numbers, the only strings that arenât generic are one brand gTLD (.ovh with 79,400 registrations) and the geographic gTLDs of .nyc (79,900), .london (62,300) and .berlin (58,300).
Of the 868 delegated gTLDs, around 410 have entered the General Availability phase while a large number of those delegated are ânot availableâ and are brand gTLDs.
Currently there are 16 gTLDs with more than 100,000 registrations, 33 with more than 50,000 and 140 with more than 10,000.
By registration numbers, the largest registry is XYZ.COM with 1.774 million domains across its six gTLDs, then Famous Four Media (15 and 1.686m), Donuts (191 and 1.543m). On gTLD numbers, Donuts is the largest followed by Rightside (40 gTLDs) and Uniregistry (23).
The largest backend registry provider is Neustar with 101 gTLDs and 2.354m domains followed by CentralNIC (34 and 2.331m), ZDNS (17 and 2.187m) and then Rightside (231 and 1.948m).
Over 72 percent (7.992m) of the registered domains are parked. And there are naturally, and unfortunately, domains that are linked to malware and phishing. But the percentage is tiny with 9,269 or 0.08 percent of all domains registered in new gTLDs having suspicious activity.
New gTLD registrations are still surging upwards with the six millionth registration occurring on 7 June according to nTLDstats.com. Currently there are over 6.033 million domains registered.The six million registrations are across 650 gTLDs, although 281 of these have less than 100 registrations with the bulk of these still in their Sunrise periods or are brand gTLDs. And 104 have more than 10,000 registrations.So there have been quite a few winners. And a few losers. Among the winners is .xyz, the market leader in the total registration count with well over 960,000 registrations. And even though it is estimated several hundred thousand of these were given away for free, it would still be far and away the largest gTLD when it comes to paid registrations.Second on the list of total gTLD registrations is .网址 (.website) however almost all of these registrations are to one registrar and it’s difficult to know how what they’re being used for. Third is .science that has gained close to 300,000 registrations in under four months with one registrar accounting for 85 percent of all registrations.Fourth is one of the big success stories – .club. The gTLD boasts that their 247,000 domains, along with all of the Donuts domains across their gTLDs, are fully paid for. Fifth is .party and it, like .science, has the same registrar making up 90 percent of its 187,000 registrations.The Chinese .wang is sixth with 173,600 registrations and appears to be doing well while .berlin is seventh but this includes a number of free domains. From a peak of over 157,000 registrations it is now down to 153,200 registrations three months into the first of the renewals. But next week over 60,000 domains that were either given away or sold cheaply come up for renewal and undoubtedly it will take a hit. But even if none of these are renewed, an unlikely worst case scenario, it would still be the eleventh largest of the new gTLDs.Rounding out the top ten are .top (129,300 registrations), .link (120,100) and .realtor (102,500). The latter’s numbers though are one of the more unlikely to be sustained. The registry operator has given away domains to real estate agents across North America, but with highly restrictive conditions, it’s unlikely that many will put up money when it comes time for a paid renewal.The .nyc gTLD is also performing well in eleventh place with 79,400 registrations, while .click (69,800) and one of the earliest gTLDs and a Donuts gTLD .guru (69,000) are also doing well.Indeed, while there are some that one could argue should have or could have done better, or even much better, the only other gTLD whose numbers one could question is .ovh among the top 103 with registrations above 10,000. The .ovh gTLD has close to 63,300 registrations but 90 are reserved and the rest through one registrar. And none appear to have been paid for.The most successful backend registry is Donuts with 1.365 million registrations across 186 gTLDs while CentralNic has 1.106 million registrations across 22 gTLDs followed by Neustar with 933,400 registrations across 48 gtLDs then ZDNS (588,100/14), Uniregistry (445,800/21), Rightside (281,500/36), Afilias (212,500/64), TLD-BOX (207,400/7) and Minds + Machines (199,645/24).Some of the losers would appear to be .whoswho, never likely to have big numbers of registrations, but seven months into General Availability has 61 registrations. And while there are others with lower numbers, .rich hasn’t proved very rich with 406 registrations so far and .HIV has struggled with the registry operator now offering the gTLD for sale hoping their unique model for raising funds for charity has some appeal to a larger registry that bring some economies of scale to the project. And in the battle of Democrat v Republicans, the Democrats are winning with 1,356 registrations to 805. But it couldn’t be said either has set the political establishment alight!
Itâs possibly one of the strangest new gTLDs to take off. The new gTLD .ovh has over 50,000 registrations, making it the sixth most popular of the new gTLDs. And after only five days into its General Availability.
From 2 October onwards, to celebrate the General Availability launch of .ovh, OVH launched a promotional campaign for the registration of the first domain names under the gTLD.
What is .ovh? Itâs French. And according to the gTLDâs website, it all started with an April foolâs day prank in 2009 when Octave Klaba (OVH founder and CEO) announced the creation of .ovh. In just a few hours, the company received over 22,000 requests to register .ovh domains. No more convincing was needed for OVH to make this dream a reality.
The telecoms company .ovh has what is described as a community of 700,000 customers and is the number one internet hosting provider in Europe, number three in the world.
The gTLD is also pushing that having a .ovh domain âmeans sharing the values of the group â expertise, close proximity to customers, innovation, passion, creativity and open-mindedness. We want to make domain names accessible to as many people as possible, and always at the best price. Thatâs why .ovh will be one of the most affordable extensions on the market.â
The gTLD has Afnic, registry for .fr, as their backend services and registry provider.