The domain name industry seems to be doing just fine despite all the hullabaloo about the coming introduction of those new gTLDs.
Verisign has just published its quarterly Domain Name Industry Brief, which shows that more than 6 million domain names were added to the Internet in the final quarter of 2012. This brings the total number of registered domain names to more than 252 million worldwide across all TLDs – a 2.5% increase over Q3 2012 and the eighth-straight quarter with growth over 2%. Worldwide, TLD registrations grew by 26.6 million, or 11.8%, year over year in 2012. As of Dec. 31, 2012, the base of registered names in .com equaled 106.2 million names, while .net equaled 14.9 million names.
Other interesting facts from the report include:
- The .com and .net renewal rate for Q4 2012 was 72.9 percent (up slightly from the previous quarter)
- The base of Country Code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs) was 110.2 million domain names, a 5 percent increase quarter over quarter, and a 21.6 percent increase year over year in the base.
- 64% of domains had multi-page websites, 21% had one-page websites and 15% had no websites at all.