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Domain name registrations count totals 342.4M in Q3 2018: Verisign report

The global domain name registrations count has reached 342.4 million across all top-level domains (TLDs) in the third quarter of 2018, finds Verisign.

The data reveals that around 2.6 million new domain names were registered in Q3. Domain name registrations have increased by 0.8%quarterly and 3.5% year-over-year.

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.com and .net TLDs count

The number of .com and .net TLDs together totaled around 151.7 million at end of Q3 2018, representing an increase of 2 million new domain name registrations (1.3%), as compared to second quarter 2018. These domain names combinedly increased by 4% YoY (5.9 million).

At the end of Q3 2018, the total number of .com and .net domain name base was found approximately 137.6 million and 14.1 million domain name registrations, respectively.

Talking about new .com and .net domain name registrations in Q3, these together totaled to around 9.5 million domain name registrations. At the end of same quarter last year, this total was 8.9 million.

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Top 10 largest TLDs

At the end of Q3 2018, the top 10 TLDs globally included .com, .cn (China), .tk (Tokelau), .de (Germany), .net, .uk (United Kingdom), .org, .ru (Russia), .nl (Netherlands), and .info.

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ccTLD domain name registrations

According to Verisign, the count of country-code TLD (ccTLD) domain name registrations totaled to 149.3 million, decreasing by 0.3% (0.5 million) compared to Q2 2018. By YoY, the count has seen rise of 3.2% (4.6 million).

Top 10 ccTLDs

At the end of Q3 2018, the top 10 TLDs were .cn (China), .tk (Tokelau), .de (Germany), .uk (United Kingdom), .ru (Russian Federation), .nl (Netherlands), .br (Brazil), .eu (European Union), .fr (France), and .au (Australia).

Also read: GoogleRegistry launches .page domain names with security baked in by default

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ngTLD domain name registrations

The total number of ngTLD domain name registrations reached 23.4 million at the end of Q3 2018, up 7.5% (1.6 million) from Q2 2018.

These domain names increased by 10.9% (2.3 million) year over year. The top 10 ngTLDs accounted for around 52.6% of all ngTLD domain name registrations.

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Comodo Cybersecurity partners with 1-grid to expand its web security solutions to South Africa

Leading cybersecurity solutions provider – Comodo Cybersecurity, announced a partnership with 1-grid.com. Under the partnership, 1-grid will be bundling Comodo cWatch website security along with its web hosting services.

1-grid specializes in providing hosting solutions for small and medium size businesses (SMBs) across South Africa.

1-grid.com is a leader in its marketplace in providing managed services for its online SMB customers,” said Jeffrey Eckhaus, Comodo VP Web Security Solutions.”

Adding further he said, “Including Comodo cWatch Web in the 1-grid.com hosting control panel streamlines security implementation for hosting customers. With a single click, small business web sites gain comprehensive protection from malware and other cybersecurity threats.”

Rising cybersecurity threats are not only a challenge for the large enterprises but for the SMBs too, with over 61% of the malware victims being identified as small businesses, per Ponemon Institute 2017. The intensity and risk factors associated with these attacks are becoming more severe and sophisticated.

Compromised websites are the most common feeding ground for cybercriminals. Users who visit such websites unknowingly download malware their systems. This can lead to grave consequences like denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.

Comodo and 1-grid aim to provide SMBs the ultimate protection against such vulnerabilities, by offering cWatch security tools with 1-grid hosting solutions.

cWatch powered by Comodo, will act as the complete website repair and protection solution to help companies protect their website and stop malware from coming back.

Together with Comodo, 1-grid.com stands at the forefront in the fight against cybercrime,” said Thomas Vollrath, Head, 1-grid.com hosting business.

Comodo is the ideal partner and cWatch Web the best offering to serve the cybersecurity needs of our market here in South Africa. Comodo makes it easy to help customers secure their web properties, fueling our growth and building customer confidence,” he added further.

Last month only, Comodo has rolled out Platinum version of Dome shield for DNS based security and visibility. By partnering with 1-grid they are expanding the reach of their cybersecurity solutions to the South African hosting market, ensuring safe browsing for all.

Source: Globe Newswire

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Indian markets provide hosts of opportunities in the Internet Infrastructure space – CloudFest India 2018

The CloudFest India 2018 that was held in Mumbai, India on May 23rd comprised jampacked sessions and informative keynotes that ensured that the day was full of knowledge and innumerable networking exchanges.

There were talks on domains; net neutrality; tips to help hosting providers become cloud solutions providers; and internet market opportunities for startups and SMBs, just to name a few.

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India, with 4.9 million registered domains (as of Q4 2016) and 51 million SMBs represents a huge market for the internet industry.

The Chief Product Officer at GoDaddy – Steven Aldrich, opened the keynotes for the day, throwing light on how independent ventures are growing in India, and how they will drive global employment.

Later, an interesting session on net neutrality was taken by Tim Wu – American lawyer and professor at Columbia Law School with Seoren von Varchmin – CEO, Cloudfest as the moderator. Tim discussed about the state of IT in the context of India market.

Vice-President – Naming Services, APAC at Verisign – Manish Dalal, talked about the fundamental trends that drive the demand for domain names and how they are related to cloud hosting.

One of the important sessions was taken by Alan Keller – CRO at Duda, who talked about the closing gap between websites and apps and how this can save the internet for SMBs. Websites lack the smooth and fast experience provided by apps. But, developing an app, and submitting it to an app store is somehow time-consuming and difficult for SMBs.

To save businesses from getting stuck in the functionality of a website, Google started pushing websites to adopt app like functionality with Progressive Web Apps (PWA). The PWA technology will help businesses run websites with app like functionalities embedded.

Later, Praveen Bhadada – Partner & Practice Head at Zinnov, shared the key findings of their State of the Domain Industry Report.

The report highlighted the increasing count of domain names in India with a stronger growth as compared to the global markets. .com domain had 57% share of the Indian Domain Name Industry in 2017.

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You can read complete coverage of the report here.

Rajendran Dhandapani, Director of Engineering at Zoho, discussed the cloud trends and how hosting services industry is evolving with cloud technologies. He said that the hosting providers should be vigilant in choosing their technology partner while moving towards the cloud.

The event partners included names like GoDaddy, Duda, Zoho, ConnectReseller, Domain Dhaba, Donuts, Serveroft, E2E Networks and many others.

With CloudFest coming to an end successfully this year, most people, including us will be eagerly waiting for the announcement of dates for the next year’s CloudFest India.

Stay tuned for the latest hosting and cloud industry news.

Images Source: CloudFest 

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101 Fascinating Facts You Didn’t Know About Domain Names

Why Not Getting the .COM TLD You Want Might Not Be the End of the World?

As the Internet continues to grow exponentially, more of its most valued real estate – the .com, is no longer available for new entrants into the domain market. For many, this can be disheartening, especially when that million-dollar idea and million-dollar name took hours to research, plan and draw-up. Though a .com TLD (Top Level Domain) remains the premier TLD in use, other options do exist and may actually be cheaper and better for your brand.

According to domain facts from websitebuilderau.com, a vast array of country and regional TLDs, along with industry and sector-based non-government TLDs exist and are vastly under-populated, meaning getting that perfect domain name may be cheaper and easier than you think.

Most Common Alternative

When it comes to online real estate the second most popular domain TLD is .net. For those who are unable to register their sought-after name as a .com, there is a chance that .net is available. Though not nearly as popular as .com extensions, .net is still used by many of the world’s top brands and are a great alternative if a .com isn’t available.

Cheapest Options

For those looking for a cheaper entry point into the world of online domain ownership many cheap and even free options exist. Up until 1995 .com domains were free to register and since have seen price upsurges. The TLD .xyz is the most used non-governmental TLD and it costs only 59cents to register your domain. Other cheaper options are the free domains registered to the .tk, .cf, .ga, .ml, .cu or .cc TLDs. With these options, it’s possible for anyone to get a piece of the Internet real estate market for little to no investment.

Sector Specific Options

For those looking to register a domain that fits into a specific sector or niche, sector-specific TLDs are a great option. For example, if you were a company looking at releasing a mobile app, the .app TLD may be just what you’re looking for. Other in-demand TLDs that are sector or niche specific include .fan, .web and .club. For those looking for even more TLD freedom, a frequently used technique is to adapt country TLDs to commercial purposes. Examples of this are using something like .dj, the TLD for Djibouti, if you are a disc jockey, or .co (Colombia) to represent corporation or company. By using your imagination, you can increase the possible TLDs available to you and add a little spin on how you market your brand.

Country & Region Options

Another great option for brands and businesses that operate in a specific region or territory is to register their preferred domain name with a country-specific TLD. For example, a Canadian company selling products or services to a Canadian consumer base can register a .ca TLD, or a United Kingdom-based company can do the same with a .uk extension. Currently, top country-specific domain registrations are led by China’s .cn TLD, and other top countries specific TLDs including .de for Germany, .ru for Russia and .tk for Tokelau.

Regardless of your domain’s TLD, the truth is you will need to market your address to draw traffic regardless. In the event you can’t get your brand’s exact .com TLD, these are just a few ways to solve the problem, adding a unique marketing angle and possibly saving you money at the same time.

Here’s a quick infographic that will give you a brief about domain names and facts associated with them:

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An Infographic: 15 Interesting Facts About the .net TLD

.net TLD recently surpassed 15 million .net domains registered globally, making it one of the most popular domain extensions on the Internet today. To mark this momentous occasion, Verisign, the operator of the infrastructure for a portfolio of top-level domains including .net and .com, pulled together 15 facts about .net, which go as follows:

15 Facts About .net:

1: Almost 139,000 domains registered in other top-level domains (TLDs) immediately forward to the same name, but as a .net site.

2: The first domain name to ever exist was a .net. While the first domain name to be registered was the now famous Symbolics.com, it is a lesser known fact that the very first domain name ever to exist was Nordu.net. Nordu.net was created by the registry with the same name as the first Internet rootserver (nic.nordu.net). Symbolics.com later went on to be the first domain name to go through the full registration process.

3: Due to its unique status .net is not among the six other original generic top-level-domains in RFC920, the document which outlines the original domain name conventions. It was still created on the same day as the others though – 1/1/1985.

4: Today the .net zone sits over 15 million registered domains, roughly 10 times more than in the year 2000 when there were about 1.5 million registered.

5: The .net zone has doubled in size since 2006.

6: In 2012, the average character length of .net domain names created was 12 characters.

7: As social media grows in popularity, a trend of registering domain names and pointing them to social media accounts is emerging; most notably on Facebook. As of March 2013, 6,503 .net domain names pointed to Facebook. This is up from 5,039 in March 2012. That’s almost a 23% annual growth rate.

8: Approximately half of the 15 million .net domains registered today are registered within the United States.

9: .net domain names are hosted in more than 200 countries worldwide.

10: Almost half (48%) of the .net domains registered in India have e-commerce functionality on their sites.

11: A single .net domain name can be registered in as many as 350 different native languages thanks to internationalized-domain-names (IDNs). IDNs make the Internet more globally accessible and functional by enabling domain names in non-ASCII characters.

12: Verisign applied for three transliterations of .net in Hangul, Simplified Chinese, and Devanagari last year through ICANN’s new gTLD program.

13: The percentage of the total base of .net domain names that are registered in Japan (2.51%) is almost twice that of the percentage of the total base of .com domains that are registered in Japan (1.43%).

14: DNSSEC (Domain Name System Security Extensions) adds security to the DNS. Compared to .com, .net has almost double the percentage of DNSSEC enabled domains today.

15: Today, more than 99.9% of 6+ character .net domain names are available.

To learn more about .net and see if the domain name you want is available, visit VerisignInc.com/dotnet.

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WordPress.com Users Can Now Register .CO Domain Names at $25/year

WordPress.com today announced via a blog post that it has added .CO as a new top-level domain to its Custom Domains. .CO will now be available for WordPress users at $25/year. Other TLD options available at WordPress.Com are .ME,.COM, .NET and  .ORG.

Existing WordPress users can  register a .CO domain name directly from their dashboard. Private Registration for domain purchase will cost an additional $8.

Interested new  WordPress.com users have to signup at WordPress.com’s signup page first, fill out their details on the form and then  register a .CO domain name  from their dashboard.

WordPress.COM - .CO Domains

” A .CO domain name is short and memorable, making it a great option for your WordPress.com website or blog,”   Cheri Lucas Rowlands, Editor,  WordPress.com in an official blog post.

Earlier this month, Domain marketplace and monetization provider Sedo released a report titled “.CO Market Report: A Look Back at Three Years of .CO on the Domain Name Market”, which showed significant growth and success of the .CO domain extension within three years of  its launch.

Here is more information on how to register .CO Domains via WordPress.com.