Global domain names and Internet security major Verisign on Tuesday announced that the second quarter of 2018 saw nearly six million domain name registrations, taking their total number to around 339.8 million across all top-level domains (TLDs).

The increase of about 6 million domain name registrations globally equates to a growth rate of 1.8 percent over the first quarter of 2018, the company said in a statement.
The “.com” and “.net” TLDs had a combined total of approximately 149.7 million domain name registrations in the domain name base — registered but not configured — at the end of Q2, 2018.

This represents an increase of around 1.4 million domain name registrations, or 0.9 per cent, compared to Q1 2017. The “.com” and “.net” TLDs had a combined increase of approximately 5.3 million domain name registrations, or 3.7 per cent, year over year (YoY).

New “.com” and “.net” domain name registrations totaled approximately 9.6 million at the end of Q2 2018, compared to 9.2 million domain name registrations for Q2 2017. As of June 30, 2018, the “.com” domain name base totaled around 135.6 million domain name registrations, while the “.net” domain name base totaled about 14.1 million domain name registrations, said the company.

For comparison sake, the internet had approximately 333.8 million domain names at the end of Q1 2018 as per Verisign’s previous report. In Q1 2018, the “.com” and “.net” TLDs had a combined total of approximately 148.3 million domain name registrations in the domain name database. As of March 2018, the “.com” domain name base totaled approximately 133.9 million registrations, while the “.net” domain name base had around 14.4 million registrations.

As for the net growth figures in Q2 2018, domain name registrations recorded a growth of 2.4 per cent on a YoY basis, an increase of 7.9 million more new domain registrations in 2018’s second quarter compared to the previous quarter.

With inputs from IANS