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New gTLDs now outnumber the old TLDs

Kevin Murphy, June 18, 2014, 22:16:41 (UTC), Domain Registries

There are now more 2012-round new gTLDs alive on the internet than there are legacy TLDs.

With today’s addition of five new strings, including .brussels and .surf, there are now 312 delegated new gTLDs and 308 others in the DNS root zone file.

The legacy TLD count includes the original eight gTLDs such as .com and .gov, 285 ccTLDs (including 36 IDN ccTLDs), and 15 gTLDs added by ICANN in the 2000 and 2003 rounds.

With just shy of 1.2 million domains under management (including all the registry-reserved and freebies) the new gTLD program currently accounts for about 0.4% of all registered names.

About 140 new gTLDs are in general availability. The rest have been delegated but are either in sunrise periods or pre-sunrise periods.

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Comments (2)

  1. Troy says:

    I don’t get why those in the Sunrise and pre-registration phases are going to bother with their rollouts. Ever give a party and have no one show up? Obvious to me that this is about to happen.

    • Joe Alagna says:

      Hi Troy,

      They are going through the Sunrise phases because they are required to do so.

      New TLDs don’t need 100M+ registrations each to survive and succeed; they weren’t structured financially for that and enough safeguards were built into the system to ensure their success.

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