Organizations have more options than ever before when it comes to choosing an internet domain name. Yet despite the choices, the dot-com domain still retains its crown as the largest domain registry.
Verisign's first quarter Domain Name Industry Brief (DBIR) report found that at the end of the first quarter of 2018, there were approximately 333.8 million domain name registrations across all top-level domains (TLDs), up by 1 percent year-over-year.
The largest domain registry remains dot com at 133.9 million domain registrations. The second largest is the country code TLD (ccTLD) .cn for China with 21.4 million, followed in third by .tk (Tokelau) with 19.9 million. The .tk ccTLD is operated by Freenom, which offers .tk domains for free, helping to fuel continued growth in the ccTLD.
Verisign operates both the dot-com and dot-net registries, which had a combined total of 148.3 million domains at the end of the first quarter for a 3.2 percent year-over-year gain.
The total number of ccTLD domain registrations at the end of the first quarter of 2018 was approximately 146.3 million, for a 2.2 percent gain over the first quarter of 2017.
While dot com and the ccTLD space are growing, the same cannot be said about the new generic top level domains (ngTLD).
The ngTLD program kicked off in June 2012, expanding the volume of TLDs from a base of only 22. The ngTLDs include hundreds of options, with the most popular being dot top, dot XYZ and dot Berlin, among others.
The total volume of ngTLD domains name registrations fell to 20.2 million at the end of the first quarter of 2018, down 20.7 percent year over year.
Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.