Domain names are an important aspect of the digital ecosystem and the more you know about the state of the industry the better prepared you are to take advantage of the opportunities. Let's take a look at what's trending this week in the world of domains.
- Verisign reported in its latest Domain Name Industry Brief that 4 million domain names were added to the Internet in the third quarter of 2014, bringing the total number of registered domain names to 284 million worldwide across all top-level domains (TLDs) as of Sept. 30, 2014. The increase of 4 million domain names globally equates to a growth rate of 1.6 percent over the second quarter of 2014. Worldwide registrations have grown by 18.1 million, or 6.8 percent, year over year.
- The ICM Registry, operator of the .XXX and upcoming .PORN and .ADULT TLDs, has made available a Web-based tool to let companies check their brands across the hundreds of new top-level domains. The tool shows if the second-level domain (or SLD) entered is available in other TLDs and if it's eligible for Sunrise.
- Donuts has won the rights to the .CAFE gTLD over Punto 2012, the registry that runs .BAR and .REST (meant to be perceived as a shortened form of restaurant). Donuts actually operates the .Restaurant extension currently, and it, Punto 2012 and Google are fighting over the .FOOD extension.
- Affilias, which dumped its IPO plan earlier this month, won the rights to operate .BET beating out a trio of other contenders. Affilias also managed the .POKER extension, which enters the sunrise period (for eligible trademark holders) from Feb. 5 to March 7, 2015.
- Domain and hosting platform Name Hero announced it now accepts Bitcoin for domain name registrations and transfers, thanks to a partnership with Bitcoin wallet and exchange service provider CoinBase.