The third quarter of 2020 closed with 370.7 million domain name registrations across all top-level domains (TLDs), an increase of 0.6 million registrations, or 0.2 percent, for the quarter, according to Verisign’s latest Domain Name Industry Brief released this week. This compares to growth of 0.9 percent for the second and 1.2 percent for the first quarter of 2020. Over the 12 months to the end of September, registrations have grown by 10.8 million, or 3.0 percent.
The second quarter of 2020 saw global domain name registrations continue to rise, with an increase of 3.3 million, or 0.9%. This took total registrations around the world to 370.1 million as the global COVID-19 pandemic continued to wreak havoc.
The number of domain names registered around the world grew by 4.5 million in the first quarter of 2020, taking the total to 366.8 million, an increase of 1.2%. The increase was led by an increase in new gTLD registrations of 3.0 million or 10.3%, taking their total to 32.3 million according to Verisign’s latest Domain Name Industry Brief.Continue reading Global Domain Registrations Grow 4.5 Million Led By New gTLDs In Q1: Verisign
Verisign announced last week they are extending the registry fee waiver, the one-time wholesale restore fee charged to restore to active status of a domain name registration which has been deleted by a registrar, for all their top-level domains including .com and .net, until 1 August.
Facebookâs announcement of their new Libra cryptocurrency in mid-June had a big impact on .com and .net domain name registrations with âlibraâ topping the top 10 trending keywords in English registered in June for both top-level domains.
âCurrencyâ also made it into the .com top 10 while gambling-related keywords had an impact on .net keywords with âcasinoâ, âbetâ and âpokerâ.
For May âcouponsâ and âcouponâ topped the .com top 10.
The top 10 trending keywords for .com and .net registered in June 2019 were:
The top 10 trending keywords for .com and .net registered in May 2019 were:
Domain name registrations continue to grow around the world, growing by 18.0 million or 5.4% in the year to the end of March 2019 and 3.1 million or 0.9% for the quarter, taking total domain name registrations to 351.8 million across all top-level domains, according to the latest Domain Name Industry Brief from Verisign released Thursday.
For an alternative view of how domain name registrations globally are faring, see the latest CENTRstats Global TLD Report released in mid-May, which shows there was an estimated 351 million domain names around the world, but also that growth among the 1,484 top-level domains around the world has dropped to a record low of 3.4%.
The .com and .net TLDs had a combined total of 154.8 million domain name registrations at the end of the first quarter of 2019 according to Verisign’s Domain Name Industry Brief, an increase of 1.8 million domain name registrations, or 1.2%, compared to the fourth quarter of 2018. The .com and .net TLDs had a combined increase of 6.5 million domain name registrations, or 4.4%, year over year. As of 31 March, .com domain names totalled 141.0 million registrations, while .net totalled 13.8 million. For .net, this continues its ongoing decline from 14.4 million at the end of March 2018 and 15.2 million the year before that.
Total country code top-level domain (ccTLD) registrations were 156.8 million at the end of the first quarter of 2019, an increase of 2.5 million domain name registrations, or 1.6%, compared to the fourth quarter of 2018. ccTLDs increased by 10.5 million registrations, or 7.2%, year over year.
Without including .tk, the second largest ccTLD, ccTLD domain name registrations increased 1.4 million in the first quarter of 2019, or 1.1%, compared to the fourth quarter of 2018. ccTLDs, excluding .tk, increased by 7.8 million domain name registrations, or 6.2%, year over year.
The top 10 ccTLDs as of 31 March were .cn (China), .tk (Tokelau), .de (Germany), .uk (United Kingdom), .tw (Taiwan), .nl (Netherlands), .ru (Russian Federation), .br (Brazil), .eu (European Union), and .fr (France). There were 304 global ccTLD extensions delegated in the root zone, including Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs), with the top 10 ccTLDs composing 65.2% of all ccTLD registrations.
For new gTLDs, registrations totalled 23.0 million at the end of the first quarter of 2019, a decrease of 0.8 million domain name registrations, or 3.4%, compared to the fourth quarter of 2018. New gTLDs increased by 2.8 million domain name registrations, or 13.8%, year over year. The top 10 new gTLDs represented 52.9% of all new gTLD domain name registrations. The following chart shows new gTLD domain name registrations as a percentage of overall TLD domain name registrations, of which they represent 6.5%, as well as the top 10 new gTLDs as a percentage of all new gTLD domain name registrations for the first quarter of 2019.
New .com and .net, TLDs of which Verisign provides registry services for, domain name registrations totalled 9.8 million at the end of the first quarter of 2019, compared to 9.6 million at the end of the first quarter of 2018.
There were 6 keywords that related to drug addiction and rehabilitation on Verisignâs top 10 list of trending keywords for .com in April: rehab, drug, centers, alcohol, treatment and addiction. But not one of these keywords made it to the .net list.
With more than 300 million domain names registered globally, Verisign note there are numerous examples of trending keywords reflected by domain name registrations. In the past there has been a correlation between domain name registrations and newsworthy and popular events, as well as anticipated trends.
This monthâs list of the top 10 trending .com and .net keywords registered in English during April are below:
Verisign have announced a few enhancements to their domain name suggestion tool NameStudio API that improves suggestions for users in some non-English languages, for personal names and based on location.
The NameStudio API is an innovative domain name suggestion service that swiftly returns relevant domain name suggestions, and can be easily implemented with any platform. The service delivers relevant domain name suggestions based on popular keywords, geo-location data, and semantic relevance. Machine learning algorithms help ensure the service continuously improves the domain name suggestions. The NameStudio API provides domain name suggestions in over 1,500 top-level domains (TLDs), and can be customized to meet unique business needs.
The latest NameStudio API enhancements include:
- Expanding the language support from 10 to 13 (now includes Dutch, Hindi and Vietnamese) allowing users to reach more customers around the world;
- Significant advancements to the German, French, Italian, Portuguese and Mandarin language capabilities; and
- Enhanced ability to detect and offer domain name suggestions based on personal names and provide relevant domain name suggestions based on the end-userâs location (when provided).
These are just some of many great updates to the NameStudio API Service.
NameStudio API provides second-level domain name suggestions in Verisign-operated TLDs and other TLDs. Availability checks are currently offered in Verisign-operated TLDs and several other TLDs.
Following the completion of the final step of the KSK rollover on 22 March this year, Verisign reported this week theyâve been seeing a significant increase in root DNSKEY queries up until a couple of days ago and queries have now returned to a normal number. But why Verisign is not yet able to explain.
In a post on the Verisign blog, Duane Wessels writes that Verisign have been recording post rollover and until just a couple days ago, they were receiving a dramatically increasing number of root DNSKEY queries, to the tune of 75 times higher than previously observed, and accounting for ~7 percent of all transactions at the root servers they operate.
Wessels goes on to write âIn January of 2019, the root zone was published with the old KSK marked as ârevoked.â Marking the old KSK as ârevokedâ tells validating resolvers that it should be removed as a trust anchor, since it will not ever be used again for generating DNSSEC signatures. Everyone involved expected this to be a non-event. However, we instead saw an even bigger increase in DNSKEY queries coming from a population of root server clients. As of March 21, 2019, Verisignâs root name servers receive about 1.15 billion DNSKEY queries per day, which is 75 times higher than pre-rollover levels and nearly 7 percent of our total steady state query traffic.â
âUnlike the first increase, which remained level throughout the months of October, November and December, the second increase exhibits a disturbing trend which continued to grow and grow. With the assistance of some root server operator colleagues, we are just beginning to understand the cause of these increases.
âOn March 22, 2019, the old key (marked as revoked) was removed from the root zone. This took place according to the revised plan and schedule, in order to accommodate the root zone Zone Signing Key (ZSK) rollover taking place on April 1, 2019.
âWe are pleased to report that, with the removal of the revoked key, DNSKEY query rates are now returning to pre-revocation levels. Thus, it would seem that the presence of the revoked key in the zone triggered some unexpected behavior in a population of validating resolvers.â
To explain the background of the KSK rollover, Wessels writes âIn July 2017, a new root zone Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) KSK was first published in the DNS. That is the point at which validating resolvers all over the internet could begin the process of automatically updating their DNSSEC trust anchor, and many did. According to the best available data at the time, however, a small percentage of validators were not automatically updated. This, among other factors, led Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to postpone the rollover and study the situation.â
âThe rollover resumed in 2018, and in October, the root zoneâs DNSSEC keys were first signed with the new KSK. Those of us closely observing the rollover heard of only a very small number of problem reports affecting end users, albeit after a significant amount of study and end-user outreach by Verisign and others, and everyone agrees the successful rollover was a significant milestone. There was, however, observable change in traffic to the root name servers. As the graph below shows, the rate of queries for the rootâs DNSKEY data increased by a factor of five. Just prior to the rollover, Verisignâs root servers received about 15 million such queries per day. After the rollover, it increased to about 75 million.â