As a leader in global domain names and Internet security, Verisign provides this briefing to review the state of the domain name industry and highlight important trends in domain name registration.
The first quarter of 2016 closed with a base of approximately 326.4 million domain name registrations across all top-level domains (TLDs), an increase of 12 million domain names, or 3.8 percent over the fourth quarter of 2015. Registrations have grown by 32.4 million, or 11 percent, year over year. 1
1 The generic top-level domain (gTLD) and ccTLD data cited in this report are estimates as of the time this report was developed, and is subject to change as more complete data is received. Total includes ccTLD Internationalized Domain Names.
Source: Zooknic, Q1 2016; Verisign, Q1 2016; Centralized Zone Data Service, Q1 2016
The .com and .net TLDs experienced aggregate growth, reaching a combined total of approximately 142.5 million domain names in the domain name base2 in the first quarter of 2016.
2 The domain name base is the active zone plus the number of domain names that are registered but not configured for use in the respective Top-Level Domain zone file plus the number of domain names that are in a client or server hold status.
Total ccTLD registrations were approximately 148.2 million in the first quarter of 2016, with an increase of 3.8 million domain names.
Source: Zooknic, Q1 2016
Here are the top 10 trending keywords in .com and .net domain name registrations for the first quarter of 2016.
During the first quarter of 2016, Verisign’s average daily Domain Name System (DNS) query load was approximately 124 billion queries per day across all TLDs operated by Verisign, with a peak of nearly 189 billion.