Registrations of new gTLDs domains broke the two million mark over the weekend across the 367 gTLDs that have been delegated, 195 of which having entered General Availability. As of Sunday there were over 2,031,000 registrations according to nTLDstats.com.The gTLD with the most registrations, or Domains Under Management, continues to be .xyz with 455,926 registrations, or 22.7 percent of all registrations, down from around a quarter only a few weeks ago as more gTLDs launch.In second place remains .berlin with 138,000 registrations and then .club with over 98,600, .guru with over 69,000 and then .wang which is closing in on 56,400, being the only gTLDs with more than 50,000 registrations.But what of the registrations. There is certain to be a shakeout at the end of years one and two as it can be expected that many domains won’t be renewed. Especially .xyz that has seen almost 83 percent of its registrations through one registrar, Network Solutions, which has been giving its .com registrants the equivalent .xyz domain unless they opted out. Additionally, .berlin ran a heavily discounted promotion for a few weeks that saw registrations jump around 90,000 in a few days.Additionally, almost four in five (79.51%) of the new gTLD domains registered are currently parked meaning very few are being used for productive websites, nor likely any other use like email. Six percent (120,664) are currently being redirected to another website.The gTLD, according to nTLDstats.com, with the highest proportion of parked domains is unsurprisingly .xyz with 93.63 percent of all their registered domains currently being parked followed by .berlin with 83.25 percent.Interestingly the gTLDs among the top ten with the least domains parked proportionally are .photography (63.19%) and .email (65.23%) while .wien with 8,149 registrations and .webcam with 9,071 have the lowest proportion of parked domains with 53.94 and 47.27 percent respectively. Could this be an indicator of future success?Of the registries, the largest is Donuts with 145 of the 371 gTLDs released into the wild (delegated) that cover over 839,600 of the registrations, or 41.72 percent. There are also 182 registrars that are taking registrations for at least one of the new gTLDs.In broader registration statistics, there are also 18 gTLDs that have passed the 20,000 mark, 37 have passed 10,000, 76 passed 5,000 and 176 have passed 1,000.
The number of gTLDs to be delegated reached 83 on 8 January with .berlin being entered into the root, and becoming only the second city gTLD after .wien (Vienna).
Going to nic.berlin currently redirects to dotberlin.de and the delegation marks seven and a half years of hard work for the DotBerlin crew led by Dirk Krischenowski, Katrin Ohlmer and Johannes Lenz-Hawliczek since the project was founded on 21 June 2005.
But for .berlin and other gTLDs that are banking on public registrations, the going may be hard. It has been an issue for some time that many registrars, especially smaller ones are sceptical about devoting resources to gTLDs with little public interest, although they could act as resellers and be able to devote far fewer resources.
And Domain Incite has pointed out ICANN have released a list [pdf] of only 21 registrars that as of 6 January have a fully executed 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement and have been âcertifiedâ by IBM on the Trademark Database (TMDB) platform.
The list includes the worldâs largest registrar, and one of the largest applicants for gTLDs, GoDaddy. However as Domain Incite notes, these registrars certainly account for a large proportion of the market, accounting for 39.5 percent of the existing gTLD market.
It was a glimmer in the eye of Dirk Krischenowski and a few others back in 2004, but now it is almost reality with the proposed new gTLD to be entered into the root in about four weeks.
In a surprise at The Munich Conference on New Top Level Domains, contracts were signed for the .berlin and .wien (Vienna) new gTLDs with ICANN â the first two cities to have their contracts signed.
The signing follows the passing of technical tests of the backbone operator, TLD Box, a subsidiary of nic.at, the registry for the .at (Austria) country code.
“We are glad that our work over the last eight years we have achieved our goal,” Krischenowski, founder and general manager of DotBerlin told Golem.de, who also said the signing was unexpected.
Krischenowski hopes that .berlin domain names will be available in the first quarter of 2014 for somewhere between â¬29 and â¬49 while Ronald SchwÃ¤rzler, Operations Manager for punkt.wien. expects .wien domains to be available in March 2014.
Note: a previous version of this article noted .berlin domains would launch in the final quarter of 2013.