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Recent CENTR’s (the European ccTLD not for profit association dedicated to supporting the interest of country code TLD managers) report states that as of August 1, 2014, “there are 282,525,140 domain name registered in the world.” This is an increase of approximately 1.6% since May of this year (2014)—since May, an additional 4.5 million domains have been registered globally. This growth can be attributed to both country code registrations and new gTLDs; the current market share of new gTLDs is approximately 0.7% of the overall growth numbers, and that percentage is growing consistently.

Domain Registration by TLD Type:

Registrations               Change (3m)

ccTLD                                 129,388,192                       1.7%

ccTLD IDN                        1,244,863                           2.9%

Legacy  gTLD                   148,807,739                       0.3%

Sponsored TLDs               1,015,102                            7.9%  (including .travel, .XXX other restricted TLD’s)

New gTLDs                        2,070,244                           139.8%

Total                                   282,526,140                       1.3%

 

The top 20 largest ccTLDs represent roughly 82% of all ccTLD registrations globally and 38% of all domain names globally (gTLDs, ccTLDs etc).

Top 20 ccTLDs by Registrations:

Tokelau (.TK)                              26 Million

Germany (.DE)                            15.7 Million

China (.CN)                                  10.8 Million

United Kingdom (.UK)              10.5 Million

Netherlands (.NL)                      5.5 Million

Russian Federation (.RU)         4.9 Million

European Union (.EU)              3.8 Million

Brazil (.BR)                                  3.5 Million

Australia (.AU)                            2.9 Million

France (.FR)                                2.8 Million

Italy (.IT)                                      2.7 Million

Argentina (.AR)                          2.6 Million

Poland (.PL)                                2.5 Million

Canada (.CA)                               2.3 Million

Switzerland (.CH)                      1.9 Million

United States (.US)                    1.8 Million

Spain (.ES)                                   1.7 Million

Colombia (.CO)                          1.7 Million

India (.IN)                                    1.5 Million

Belgium (.BE)                            1.5 Million

 

For questions about this post please contact Safenames at +44 1908 200022 (emeasales@safenames.net) or in the US at +1 703 574 5313 (nasales@safenames.net).

 

Top level .NZ (New Zealand) domain names are now available for registration. Previously you could only register at the second level (i.e., .CO.NZ, ORG.NZ and/or NET.UK). The new .NZ extension offers a great space for you to build (or continue building) your online success story. Registering country code extensions allows businesses to strengthen their domain portfolio and naming strategy with a local online brand by registering shorter, more relevant domain names that signify a web site that contains information, goods, and services within New Zealand.

For questions about this post please contact Safenames at +44 1908 200022 (emeasales@safenames.net) or in the US at +1 703 574 5313 (nasales@safenames.net).

New “GEO” TLDs .eus (the top-level domain for Basque, a region located at the western end of the Pyrenees) and .gal (the top-level domain for Galicia, a community in northwest Spain) are now in Trademark Sunrise. Registering ‘geo’ domains is such a great way to enhance the credibility (reputation) of your business in specific regions (cities, countries, etc.).

TM Sunrise (as well as Landrush) for .eus and .gal will remain open though November 18, 2014, and General Availability will open on December 2, 2014. Because TM Sunrise and Landrush are open concurrently, registrations will be processed as follows:

  • Domains that are applied for between September 16 – November 18, 2014 and have an smd file will be treated as a TM Sunrise application.
  • Domains that are applied for during this period and do not have an smd file will be processed as a Landrush application.

During General Availability  domains will be registered on a first come, first served basis unless the name is blocked or reserved by the registry.

For questions about this post please contact Safenames in the UK at +44 1908 200022 (emeasales@safenames.net) or in the US at +1 703 574 5313 (nasales@safenames.net).

The TM Sunrise launch phase for new gTLDs .LAWYER and .ATTORNEY launched today, July 29, 2014. These domain extensions offer a new way for legal professionals to connect with prospects and build an identity through distinctive web and email addresses. Whether you are a sole practitioner or a partner in an established firm, registering a .LAWYER a/o .ATTORNEY domain(s) will help set your practice apart and reinforce your brand.

TM Sunrise for .LAWYER and .ATTORNEY will remain open through September 27, 2014 and the remaining schedule is as follows:

  • Phase 2—Rest Period :: In lieu of formal Landrush Period
  • Phase 3—General Availability/EAP :: Scheduled to open October 8, 2014*.

It’s important to note that only trademark holders who have received a valid signed mark data (SMD) file issued by the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) may apply for an exact match domain name during the Sunrise period for any new gTLD(s). If you have any questions about this launch please contact Safenames in the UK at +44 1908 200022 (emeasales@safenames.net) or in the US at +1 703 574 5313 (nasales@safenames.net).

The new gTLD program has recently passed 1.6 Million domain registrations. This is great news considering that many people/businesses have still not heard of ‘New gTLDs.’ So which TLDs have the most registrations to date? Here are the top five:

  1. .XYZ with 343K registrations
  2. .Berlin with just over 137K registrations
  3. .Club with nearly 90k registrations
  4. .Guru recently surpassed 65k registrations
  5. .Photography just passed 41k registrations

So where do the rest of the New gTLDs fare? Eleven of the New gTLD’s have more than 25k registrations, 30 have more than 10k, and 63 have at least 5k registrations. Numbers do seem to be increasing steadily and it will be interesting to see where things stand at the end of 2014.

If you have questions about New gTLDs, please contact your Safenames account manager. You may also contact us in the UK at +44 1908 200022 (emeasales@safenames.net) or in the US at +1 703 574 5313(nasales@safenames.net).

New “GEO” gTDL .Bayern is now in TM Sunrise. Geo TLDs are meant to enable businesses, organizations, and individuals who are doing business in a particular city/region, or planning to in the future, to establish an online naming presence by registering shorter, more relevant domains that represent their business within a specific local geographic community–much like how .EU, .ASIA, etc. (ccTLDs) are used to denote a country or region. Registering additional domains (specifically new gTLDs) is one of the best ways to optimize your naming strategy and protect your brand(s) within specific markets.

TM Sunrise for .BEYERN will remain open through September 2, 2014 and the rest of the schedule is as follows:

  • Phase 2—Landrush :: Scheduled to open July 1, 2014 and remain open through September 2, 2014.
  • Phase 3—General Availability :: Scheduled to open September 30, 2014.

Only trademark holders who have received a valid signed mark data (SMD) file issued by the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) may apply for an exact match domain name during the Sunrise period for any new gTLD(s). If you have any questions about this launch please contact your Safenames account manager. You may also contact us in the UK at +44 1908 200022 (emeasales@safenames.net) or in the US at +1 703 574 5313 (nasales@safenames.net).

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