Towards the end of November, Nominet – the organisation which runs the .uk domain registry – released its domain name industry report. This is the first one they’ve produced – the stated aim is “to share information and insight about trends and developments within our industry”.
It paints a fairly interesting picture of the state of the UK domain name industry, including information about how many domain names get registered, renewed and cancelled.
You can view the full report here – it’s a 28 page PDF weighing in at around 4MB.
It’s definitely worth a look, even if you only have a causal interest in the subject. Here are a few facts from it that jumped out at me. All these were correct at the time of the report’s publication:
- 48% of all domain names end in .com
- There are around 140,000 .uk domains registered each month
- There are 23 domain names for every 1,000 people on the planet
- China’s become one of the largest domain name markets – there are now more .cn domains than .uk ones, and they’re still being registered at the rate of about 1 million per quarter.
- The most common starting character for a .uk domain is ‘s’ followed by ‘c’, and over a million domains contain a hyphen.
As well as checking out the full report, you can read about its background over on the Nominet management blog. They’re after feedback too, so if there’s something you’d like to see covered in the future then let them know.