Total domain registrations now number 333.8 million according to the latest Domain Industry Brief Report from Verisign, the registry for the .com and .net top-level domains (TLDs).
The report is for Q1 of 2018 (more information on the previous report can be read here) and it states total registrations across all TLDs increased by 0.4 percent (1.4 million) quarter-on-quarter and 1 percent year-on-year (3.2 million).
Meanwhile, total registrations of country-code top-level domains (ccTLDs), e.g. .uk, .de, .cn, now total 146.3 million and increased 0.1 percent (200,000) quarter-on-quarter and 2.2 percent year-on-year (3.2 million).
Total ccTLD registrations include registrations of the .tk extension (.tk domains can be registered free of charge).
The report also highlights that .com and .net TLDs still predominate and collectively account for 148.3 million registrations, which is a 1.3 percent (1.9 million) increase quarter-on-quarter.
There are now also 3.2 million more .com and .net registrations than there were at the end of Q1 2017, which represents a 3.2 percent (4.6 million) increase. Of the 148.3 million .com and .net registrations, 133.9 million are .com domain names while 14.4 million are .net domain names.
Meanwhile, new generic top-level domain registrations (gTLDs) now total 20.2 million and registrations of gTLDs decreased by 0.4 million (2 percent) quarter-on-quarter and 5.3 million (20.7 percent) year-on-year.
Overall, that leaves .com in top spot with 133.9 million registrations and .cn, .tk and .de 2nd, 3rd and 4th with 21.4 million, 19.9 million and 16.3 million registrations respectively.
Meanwhile, the .uk ccTLD maintains 6th position in the chart with 12 million registrations and is closely followed by .org, which has 10.3 million registrations overall.
Verisign also states there are now 302 global ccTLDs and the top 10 ccTLDs comprise 65.3 percent of all ccTLD registrations. It also states total gTLD registrations comprise just 6 percent of all domain registrations.
Looking at the aftermarket, the average sale price of the top selling domains in Q1 of 2018 is $533,000.