Verisign released its latest Domain Name Industry Brief this week which shows growth in the second quarter of 2014.
Over four million domain names were added in 2Q 2014, bringing the total number of registred domain names to 280 million across all top-level domains (as of June 30, 2014). That's a growth rate of just 1.4 percent over the first quarter of 2014, but Verisign indicated that worldwide registrations grew by 18.6 million, or 7.2 percent, year over year.
New .com and .net registrations totaled 8.5 million during the second quarter of 2014. In the second quarter of 2013, new .com and .net registrations totaled 8.7 million. The .com and .net extension now total approximately 128.9 miollion domain names, representing a 3.7 percent increase year over year.
Are the new generic top-level domains shifting the attention away from .com and .net? Read "Domains in Focus: These New gTLD's are Booming" at Website Magazine.