Internet Grows to 280 Million Domain Names in the Second Quarter of 2014

Today, we released the latest issue of the Domain Name Industry Brief, which showed that the Internet grew by four million domain names in the second quarter of 2014. The total number of domain names across all top-level domains (TLDs) is now 280 million. This is a 1.4 percent increase over the first quarter of 2014. [1]

TLDs by Zone Size Q2 2014

.com and .net Breakdown

New .com and .net registrations totaled 8.5 million, bringing the combined number of .com and .net TLDs to 128.9 million domain names in the adjusted zone by the end of the second quarter of 2014.

gTLD Breakdown

At the end of the second quarter of 2014, 322 new gTLDs were delegated into the root; with 124 new gTLDs delegated during the second quarter of 2014. Total new gTLD registrations equaled 1.3 million, or 0.50 percent of global TLD registrations.

The chart below captures the initial 60-day registration volume rank for those new gTLDs reaching 60 days of General Availability during the quarter. In the second quarter of 2014, 93 new gTLDs reached 60 days of General Availability and of those, the 10 largest new gTLDs, as measured by zone size on Day 60 of their respective General Availability period, were: [3]

New gTLDs by Zone Size Q2 2014

ccTLD Breakdown

Country-code top-level domains (ccTLDs) reached 129.3 million domain names. The top 10 ccTLD registries by domain name base were:

ccTLDs by Zone Size

DNS Query Load

Verisign’s average daily Domain Name System (DNS) query load during the second quarter of 2014 was 95 billion, with a peak of 204 billion, across all TLDs operated by Verisign. Year over year, the daily average increased 18.8 percent and the peak decreased 16.6 percent.

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For more domain stats from the second quarter of 2014, check out the infographic below and the latest issue of the Domain Name Industry Brief.

Q2 2014 Domain Name Industry Brief

From Visually.


[1] The 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.

[2] The total number of gTLDs and their registrations is published through the Centralized Zone Data Service: https://czds.icann.org/en

[3] The new gTLDs that reached 60 days of General Availability during the second quarter was determined using ntldstats.com.

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