Internet in Chains: 362.4 Million Domains Enslaved

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    Domain Name Registries: The Unsexy Thrill Ride of 2024

    VeriSign, Inc., the ultimate gatekeepers of the internet, just dropped a report that’ll make your eyes roll, then pop out in excitement. The domain name industry is growing, folks, but don’t get too pumped just yet. According to’s latest quarterly report, the first quarter of 2024 ended with a whopping 362.4 million domain name registrations. That’s 2.5 million more than Q4 2023, or a mere 0.7% increase. Wow, we know, we know – domain name growth is like watching paint dry.

    But here’s the tea: TLDs, the old guard of the internet, took a bit of a hit. Their combined registrations shrank by 0.3 million domain names, or 0.2% QoQ. Ouch, baby! Meanwhile, registrations dropped to a dismal 9.5 million in Q1 2024, down from 10.3 million in Q1 2023. Can you feel the excitement?

    ccTLDs, the rebellious upstarts of the internet world, had a slightly more robust first quarter, with a 1.2% increase QoQ and a whopping 3.7% increase YoY. Germany’ and China’ took the top spots among the top 10 ccTLDs, because, you know, that’s where the cool kids hang out.

    But wait, there’s more! VeriSign is shaking things up with their quarterly report, now including fresh stats on quarterly renewal percentages, summary goodness on legacy gTLDs, and some hot analysis on all gTLDs – because who doesn’t love that?

    So, if you’re anything like us, you can’t wait to dive into the methodology behind all these numbers. Just kidding! But seriously, head on over to to get all the juicy details on the statistical methodology behind the curtain.


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