Online businesses taking the world over by storm with domain name registrations crossing 351.8 million

The number of domain name registrations in the first quarter of 2019 has reached 351.8 million across all top-level domains (TLDs), as per Verisign.

When compared to the fourth quarter of 2018 that closed with 348.7 million domain registrations, the registrations in Q1 increased by 3.1 million. It can be noted that the domain name registrations have grown by 5.4 per cent year over year.

1.2% increase in .COM and .NET domains

The .COM and .NET domains had a combined total of around 153 million domain registrations in the last quarter of 2018. This number has increased by 1.2 percent in Q1 2019.  The combined total of these two domains was 154.8 million in the end of Q1 2019.

Individually, the .COM domain totalled 141 million domain registrations, whereas the .NET had a total of 13.8 million registrations.

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.COM domain has the highest number of domain registrations

As of March 31, 2019, the top 10 TLDs are .COM, .CN (China), .TK (Tokelau), .DE (Germany), .NET, .UK (United Kingdom), .ORG, .TW (Taiwan), .NL (Netherlands), and .RU (Russian Federation).

ccTLD domain name registrations

Country code top-level domain (CCTLD) had a total number of 156.8 million domain name registrations in the first quarter of 2019. This is an increase of 1.6% from Q4 2018.

Decline in gTLD domain registrations

Total domain registrations for new gTLDs were 23 million in the first quarter of 2019. The registrations for this have decreased by 3.4%, compared to last quarter of 2018 which was approximately 23.8 million.

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Square to acquire Weebly in a cash and stock deal worth $365 million

Square Inc., the leading mobile payments company, has acquired online website creator Weebly, in a cash and stock deal worth $365 million.

Founded in 2007, Weebly is a San Francisco-based technology company that allows customers to start and grow an online business with curated website templates, powerful e-commerce and integrated marketing solutions.

On the other hand, Square is known for its payment software and hardware. The company expanded its portfolio by acquiring Caviar, the food delivery service, and Zesty, the corporate catering startup.

Weebly has over 625,000 paid subscribers worldwide, and around 40% of which are outside the U.S. The acquisition will help Square to expand its customer base around the world and add new revenue stream.

The Weebly customers will be able to access Square’s ecosystem of managed payments, hardware, as well as software. Square believes that its services will perfectly complement the services of Weebly which include web hosting, web designing, online store, and marketing tools.

Square and Weebly share a passion for empowering and celebrating entrepreneurs,” said Jack Dorsey, CEO of Square. “Square began its journey with in-person solutions while Weebly began its journey online. Since then, we’ve both been building services to bridge these channels, and we can go even further and faster together.”

By acquiring Weebly, Square will also enable sellers to easily start or grow an omnichannel business through a cohesive solution. The omni-channel approach can make it easier for buyers and sellers to perform the critical business tasks like managing orders, growing sales, engaging with customers, as well as making informed business decisions.

“Entrepreneurship gives an opportunity to people who were never given one,” said David Rusenko, CEO of Weebly. “Weebly has created technology that helps people bring their business idea to life online. Now, we will be expanding that vision to help entrepreneurs succeed beyond their website. I’m excited for Weebly to join Square and help build the future of commerce together.”

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The acquisition is expected to close during the second quarter of 2018. The companies will continue to operate independently until the closure of transaction.


How to Identify A Poor Web Hosting Service Provider?

When it comes to starting your online business, choosing the best domain name, picking a robust website builder and selecting a reliable web hosting are 3 important factors that you need to get right at all costs if you want to achieve success and grow in the online business.

Without getting these basic foundation right, you will simply disappear in the sea of other online businesses out there. Thus, today, we’ll tackle one of these factors, which is web hosting and to assist you in making the right choice.

One of the major warning signs of a low-quality web host is frequent and unplanned downtime. The result of which is a loss of potential customers, leading to decrease in sales, which could ultimately affect your ROI. Also, a sub-standard hosting provider doesn’t invest in the kind of a robust infrastructure that is essential to keep your website safe from all potential harms and cyber threats.

If you are planning on getting a hosting for your site then do check out this infographic to make a well-informed decision.

Comprising of 21 warning signs, this infographic provides you with an overview of the important web hosting features that you need, in order to run a successful online business. These features are essential for your website to perform and function optimally at all times. Plus, it will help you stay a step ahead of your competitors.

A hosting service provider’s failure to offer these basic essentials is a sign of a poor web host.Thus, take a look at the infographic below to identify a poor web hosting service provider, and make the right choice when choosing a web host for your business.

21 Warnings That Indicate It’s Time to (Switch) Your Web Hosting Right Away [Infographic


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