Extension ranking May 2013: Germany is no longer the second extension the most used in the world

The extension ranking in May 2013 has a huge change: .DE (Germany) is no longer the second top-level-domain in the world. Discover which extension took the second place of the ranking.

Tokelau, an archipelago in South Pacific, became the second global extension instead of the German .DE. This growth comes from the fact that registrations of domain names in .TK are free. This has allowed the extension to reach 17 million, 2 million more than the .DE. Helped by these figures, the company Freenom currently operating the .TK convinced Mali and the Central African Republic to offer their national domain names for free too. A priority registration period ("sunrise period") will take place until 31 May 2013 for trademark owners who wish to protect their brands. During this period the registrations will be charged but then the .CF and .ML will open to all for free this summer. This policy change is going to increase the low statistics of these extensions. For exemple Mali has currently 450 domain names registered (116th in the ranking). The free model works thanks to advertising and may attract fraudulent practices such as phishing.

New heights reached by some famous extensions

In the top 10, China has gained another million domain names in .CN compared to March 2013. This huge increase (over 17%) allowed it to overtake .INFO which keeps falling and has gone under the symbolic 7 million domain names (6.8 million).

The marketed extension (extension whose meaning has been changed in a marketing perspective) .CO reached the significant level of 1.5 million registered domain names. Marketing also helped the .PW, extension of Palau. This country in Oceania, with an area of less than 500 km2 located east of the Philippines, has chosen to give the meaning of "Professional Web" to its extension. This marketing orientation has led to the registration of more than 50,000 domain names in .PW in a month. PW has gone directly to 75th position.

Another newcomer in the ranking is much less spectacular: .POST run by the Universal Postal Union. Validated in 2004 by ICANN, the gTLD has been delegated only in August 2012 and just began to register its first domain names: of which there are seven.

Some significant decreases

Experiencing steady decline over the last months, .INFO lost one place in the ranking and fell belwow 7 million domain names under management.
The main significant decrease is certainly the generic .XXX which saw a 20 % fall and three places in the ranking. This might not be a good signal for the NewgTLDs .ADULT, .SEX, .PORN supported by the registry ICM Registry and that will appear in a few months.



 

Ranking May 2013 Extension Number of registered domain names in May 2013 (*) Evolution % / previous ranking
1 .com - Generic 108 867 756 0,70
2 .tk - Tokelau 17 065 598 13,02
3 .de - Germany 15 421 379 0,18
4 .net - Generic, Networks 15 303 808 0,25
5 .co.uk - United Kingdom 10 460 115 1,10
6 .org - Generic Organization 10 292 790 0,45
7 .cn - China 7 489 764 17,60
8 .info - Generic 6 817 851 -3,27
9 .nl - Netherlands 5 254 726 0,81
10 .ru - Russia 4 549 747 2,45
11 .eu - European Union 3 702 770 -0,94
12 .br - Brazil 3 200 445 2,08
13 .au - Australia 2 658 697 1,35
14 .fr - France 2 601 215 1,11
15 .it - Italy 2 553 368 0,51
16 .ar - Argentina 2 500 000 *
17 .pl - Poland 2 426 609 0,73
18 .biz - Generic 2 348 698 0,31
19 .ca - Canada 2 077 486 1,11
20 .us - United States 1 798 939 0,16
21 .ch - Switzerland 1 774 262 2,31
22 .es - Spain 1 653 144 2,51
23 .co - Colombia 1 500 000 1,55
24 .be - Belgium 1 373 727 0,11
25 .jp - Japan 1 334 594 0,71
26 .se - Sweden 1 280 612 -1,06
27 .in - India 1 250 000 *
28 .dk - Denmark 1 230 909 1,11
29 .at - Austria 1 211 144 0,67
30 .kr - Korea 1 192 431 -0,63
31 .cz - Czech Republic 1 050 076 1,11
32 .mobi - Generic, Mobile 1 065 296 2,69
33 .rf (Cyrillic) - Russian Federation 791 247 1,48
34 .nu - Niues Islands, New 700 000 *
35 .ua - Ukraine 692 277 *
36 .mx - Mexico 669 078 1,19
37 .me - Montenegro Personnel 685 541 4,92
38 .tw - Taiwan 668 544 11,09
39 .hu - Hungary 634 081 0,42
40 .no - Norway 584 317 1,11
41 .nz - New Zealand 530 479 1,46
42 .pt - Portugal 526 393 5,28
43 .cl - Chile 420 849 2,25
44 .ir - Iran, Islamic Republic of 378 156 3,60
45 .asia - Generic, Asia 414 285 26,16
46 .sk - Slovakia 320 540 2,20
47 .fi - Finland 335 115 1,29
48 .tr - Turkey 313 876 -1,84
49 .vn - Viet Nam 367 050 4,47
50 .中国 / .CHINA (IDN TLD) in Chinese 238 318 -0,99
51 .il - Israel 271 417 -4,26
52 .hk - Hong Kong 218 946 1,74
53 .name - Generic, Name 218 301 -0,22
54 .tel - Generic 215 740 -3,88
55 .my - Malaysia 184 974 -12,55
56 .ie - Ireland 184 334 *
57 .sg - Singapore 157 035 1,00
58 .pro - Generic, Business 147 794 1,33
59 .lt - Lithuania 157 409 4,54
60 .su - Soviet Union 120 654 1,48
61 .xxx - Generic, Adult 113 773 -20,41
62 .si - Slovenia 108 369 0,47
63 .co.id - Indonesia 103 882 *
64 .lv - Latvia 103 092 *
65 .ae - United Arab Emirates 87 461 2,82
66 .kz - Kazakhstan 100 000 *
67 .uy - Uruguay 79 169 1,26
68 .lu - Luxembourg 74 782 1,59
69 .rs - Serbia 78 663 -0,17
70 .hr - Croatia 74 605 0,08
71 .by - Bielorussie 73 000 *
72 .li - Liechtenstein 69 522 -1,11
73 .ee - Estonia 69 185 -0,91
74 .pe - Peru 69 047 2,10
75 .pw - Palau, Professionnel 50 000 1st time in the ranking
76 .cat - Generic, Catalonia 62 493 4,21
77 .is - Iceland 43 510 2,44
78 .ma - Morocco 43 354 *
79 .jobs - Generic, Employment 42 597 1,52
80 .ng - Nigeria 40 000 *
81 .sa - Saudi Arabia 31 451 8,57
82 .ke - Kenya 27 630 2,72
83 .HONGKONG (IDN TLD) in Chinese 26 987 0,07
84 .travel - Generic, Tourism 23 364 -1,32
85 .re - Reunion 20 826 1,89
86 .am - Armenia 20 729 -0,12
87 .az - Azerbaijan 17 323 *
88 .tn - Tunisia 16 643 -4,67
89 .uz - Uzbekistan 16 457 2,13
90 .coop - Generic, Cooperative 14 990 0,35
91 .cr - Costa Rica 14 839 0,35
92 .ba - Bosnia and Herzegovina 14 632 0,96
93 .py - Paraguay 14 258 1,57
94 .ly - Libya 13 572 *
95 .cy - Chypre 11 025 *
96 .jo - Jordan 9 928 *
97 .aero - Generic, Aerospace 8 327 1,29
98 .ni - Nicaragua 7 094 *
99 .tz - Tanzania 6 954 0,56
100 .c?? - Serbia (IDN) 5 465 26,65
101 .ps - Palestine 5 448 *
102 .dz - Algeria 4 927 3,42
103 .mu - Mauritius 4 000 *
104 .sn - Senegal 4 000 *
105 .IRAN (IDN TLD) in Persian 3 430 -5,98
106 .tf - French Southern and Antarctic 2 635 *
107 .lb - Lebanon 3 413 *
108 .cu - Cuba 2 500 *
109 .pm - St Pierre and Miquelon 2 357 0,21
110 .ҚАЗ / .KAZAKHSTAN (IDN TLD) en russe 2 067 2,38
111 .ci - Côte d'Ivoire 2 000 *
112 .alsaudiah (IDN) - Saudi Arabia 1 887 0,32
113 .yt - Mayotte 1 842 *
114 .wf - Wallis and Futuna 1 242 *
115 .bf - Burkina Faso 1 000 *
116 .ml - Mali 450 *
117 .museum - Generic Museum 436 0,23
118 .va - Vatican 262 *
119 .SINGAPOR (IDN TLD) in tamul 191 -21,72
120 .rw - Rwanda 160 *
121 .falasteen / .PALESTINE (IDN TLD) in Arab 159 *
122 .km - Comoros 67 *
123 .SINGAPOR (IDN TLD) in Chinese 15 7,14
124 .post - Generic, post 7 1st time in the ranking



 

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