52 Domain Facts and Statistics That You Wouldn’t Believe in 2024

Last Updated on February 13, 2024 by James Wilson

Top-level domain (TLD) refers to the extension at the end of a domain name. For example, .com and .co.uk are both TLDs.

Whilst a domain name may seem like a simple thing, it represents your business, brand, and name. A TLD should be memorable, relevant and easy to type or spell. After all, if someone gets your domain name wrong, they’ll either end up on someone else’s website or will give up trying to reach yours.

It may not be at the top of your priority list, but at UK Web Host Review we’ve put together a bunch of interesting domain facts and statistics you wouldn’t believe. It’s important to have a nosey through what we have here and get your 2024 off to a successful start!

General Domain Statistics

  • There are currently 26.3 million generic TLD domains
  • 46.9% of all globally registered TLDs are .com
  • China has the highest number of registered domains
  • Over 23 million domain names have been registered as generic TLDs since 2013
  • .xyz is the top generic TLD
  • 4.1% of the most popular TLDs are .net
  • Around 348.7 million domain names were registered across all top-level domains in Q4 of 2018
  • TLDs first came about in 1985 by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA)
  • At the end of 2019, 1,517 different domain extensions or TLDs existed
  • In September 2019, there was an increase of 4% of domain name registrations, meaning 0.9 million more domain name registrations added than in the previous quarter

Domain Usage Statistics

  • As of January 2020, the number of TLDs hit 1,246
  • The topmost popular generic TLDs registered are .com, .org, .net, .co
  • At the end of November 2018, 46.9% of all globally registered domains used the .com TLD
  • 5.2% of all domains registered use .org
  • As of January 2020, there were 31.7 million new generic TLD domains
  • .site is the fastest growing generic TLD
  • .top is the biggest selling generic TLD
  • The largest country-code TLD in Q3 2019 was .tk with 25.1 million registrations
  • The second-largest country-code TLD is .cn (China) with over 22.7 million domain registrations

Domain Market Share

  • The market share for .com is around 72.90%
  • .net has a market share of 6.62%
  • .org has a market share of 5.02%
  • Among new generic TLDs, .top had the highest market share of 1.74%
  • .online holds a market share of 0.65%
  • Russia’s .ru holds a 5.6% market share
  • Germany’s .de has the second biggest country-code TLD market share of 2.3%

Domain Name Registrars

  • GoDaddy has over 58 million domains registered
  • GoDaddy’s market share is around 16%
  • NameCheap has over 7 million registered domains
  • NameCheap’s market share is around 2.98%
  • In Canada, Tucows has over 9.5 million registered domains
  • Tucows holds 5.36% of market share
  • eNom has over 5.8 million registered domains
  • eNom holds 3.6% of market share
  • German-based 1&1 Internet (IONOS) has almost 5 million registered domains
  • 1&1 holds a market share of 1.6%

TLDs by Country

  • China has almost 9 million registered new generic TLDs
  • 3.6 million of China’s registered TLDs are with HiChina
  • 14.04% of global generic TLDs are registered in the USA
  • 6.02% of domains across the world are registered in Japan
  • Panama has over 2 million registered domains

Domains to be Aware of

  • .gdn has over 46,000 registered domains where 41,762 of them are malicious
  • 75.5% of .work domains are considered spam
  • 17,124 out of 21,774 .tokyo domains are bad domains
  • 56.3% of .shop domains are malicious or spam
  • 3,227 .ooo domains are considered dangerous

Interesting Domain Facts

  • .com is the most trusted TLD
  • .live is regularly used for news and blogs
  • .me is often used for personal blogs
  • .site launched in 2016 and had over 140,000 domain registrations in a single day
  • Google launched .dev TLD for developers in 2019
  • Elon Musk purchased the domain name Tesla.com for £8.73 million in 2016


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