New gTLDs Domains: 15 Million Registration Milestone Hit
This morning I noticed that there are now 15 million registered new gTLD domain names, according to nTLDStats.com. Just a little over a week ago, I wrote an article about 14 million new gTLD domain names, and around 1 million more domain names were registered since that article was published.
The list of the 5 most registered extensions has not really changed much since the last update:
At the present time, .XYZ has a little over 17% of all new gTLD registrations with nearly 2.6 million registered .XYZ domain names. .Top, with over 1.6 million registered domain names, is the only other new domain extension that has over 1 million registered domain names.
I think the list of the top 5 registrars where new gTLD domain names are registered illustrates that the greatest demand for new gTLD domain names seems to be coming from Asia:
- Chengdu West Dimension Digital Technology Co., Ltd.
- Alpnames Limited
- GMO Internet
I still think the biggest catalyst for the registration growth is likely the low cost of domain registrations for at least several of the leading extensions. I have seen some of these extensions selling for $1 or less at various registrars. This is good for growth, but it remains to be seen what will happen at renewal time. I also believe investors are driving quite a bit of the registration growth.
Just look at this growth chart since the 10 million milestone (courtesy of nTLDStats.com):
This will likely be the last registration number update until another major milestone (such as 25 million) since the registration numbers continue to grow fairly rapidly.
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