Domain statistics are increasingly interesting to follow. All types of businesses as well as individuals see the Internet as another effective way of reaching their goals. It should not come as a surprise that the number of domain registrations have skyrocketed.
The internet is a virtual world where almost anything can be done. Most people and companies that wants an online presence, want to get a name that is unique. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that a domain, special and unique enough to identity a person or a business, has been witnessing a demand boom these days.
Domain statistics report
Verisign recently released a Domain Name Industry Brief, which pointed it out clearly. The number of domains the internet carries increased by approximately 12 million domain names in the first quarter of 2016. This gives a total number of about 326.4 million domain names across all different top-level domains (TLDs). Compared to the fourth quarter of 2015, this is a 3.8 percent increase.
This domain statistics will shed light on how much the internet has grown since the first quarter of this year. Just to make things comprehensible, I will be breaking down how much the internet has grown into different categories.
.com and .net Breakdown
The domain statistics has shown that there is an aggregate growth in the number of .com and .net top-level domains. The two most generic TLD’s (.com and .net) has reached a cumulative total of about 142.5 million domain names. This huge number of registrations are divided up in 10 million new domains on .com. According to the domain statistics from Version, .net has recorded 8.7 million domain registrations in the first quarter of 2015.
Top-Level Domain Breakdown
According to the domain statistics, in the first quarter of 2016, the top level domains recorded are shown in the pictogram below, with .com domains topping the table:
Country-Code Top-Level Domains:
At the end of the first quater of 2016, the domain statistics also pointed out that country-code top-level domains number has increased to approximately 148.2 million. On a percentage level, it has a 2.6% increase compared to the number of domains in Q1 2015.
Top10 country-code top level domains by zone size, calculated on March 31, 2015, are shown on this image:
New gTLD Breakdown
By the end of first quarter 2016, new gTLD registrations summed up to a total number of 16.1 million. This equals to 4.9% of the total domain name registrations. 54.8% of all new gTLD registrations are represented by the top 10 new gTLDs. The charts below portray new gTLD domain name registrations as a percentage of the total registrations of the Top-Level Domain name registrations. Also, for 2016’s first quarter, the top 10 new gTLDs serves as a percentage of all new gTLD domain name registrations.
DNS Query Load
The domain statistics done by Verisign shows that, during the first quarter of 2016, the average daily Domain Name System (DNS) query load was 124 billion across all Top-Level Domains operated by Verising, which had a peak of 189 billion.
The daily average of DNS query load increased, quarter-over-quarter, by 0.5% and the peak was 2.7%. However, DNS query load increased, year-over-year, by 3.5% and with a peak of 14.2%.
Source: The details in this blog post are taken from the Verisign domain statistics report: Domain Name Industry Brief.
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