Domain name registrations across top-level domains (TLDs) hit 332.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2017, according to VeriSign, which operates domains such as .com and .net.
On Thursday, February 15, VeriSign released the latest issue of its “Domain Name Industry Brief”, which reviews the state of the industry.
With registrations at approximately 332.4 million, this is an increase of around 1.7 million domain name registrations (or 0.5%) from the third quarter of 2017 and a 0.9% increase year-on-year.
In the fourth quarter of 2017, the .com and .net TLDs had a combined total of approximately 146.4 million domain name registrations, a 2.9% increase year-on-year.
The top keywords registered in .com and .net domain registrations included coin, crypto, bit, block and bitcoin.
Registrations for new generic TLDs (gTLDs) hit 20.6 million, 6.2% of the total domain name registrations across all TLDs. This was a decrease of 19.5% (or 5 million registrations) year-on-year.
The top ten gTLDs, which include .loan and .xyz, represented 48.9% of all new gTLD registrations.
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