The Registry fee for .COM and .NET will increase 2 days from now. The fee for .COM domain names have increased from $7.34 to $7.85 and the fees for .NET domain names have increased from $5.40 to $5.86.
This is the last of the 4 price hikes that Verisign is entitled to, under contract with ICANN.
Here’s a quick summary of the price changes so far:
Why does Verisign keep increasing .COM/.NET fees?
According to them; in the last five years, the volume of DNS queries on Verisign’s global Internet infrastructure has more than doubled, increasing to an average daily query load of 57 billion in the first quarter of 2011. This daily number was ~30 billion queries on average in 2007 and was a miniscule of 1 billion queries per day back in 1999.
The additional fees help the company bolster and scale infrastructure and platforms to ensure smooth functioning of these systems.
* Data sourced from Verisign.com
The .XXX domain extension is now fully LIVE on OrderBox. After a minor delay, the Registry went live with General Availability of .XXX a few hours ago. Domains will now be available on a First-Come, First-Serve basis.
Registrars: Please contact your respective Account Managers if you have any queries about .XXX domains. We’ve got ready-made collaterals for you to use in your marketing activities.
In their latest Press Release, Stuart Lawley, CEO of ICM Registry commented:
“While adult entertainment is enjoyable to many adults, it is not appropriate for all audiences. We created .XXX to address the unique needs of the online adult entertainment industry. The public response has been overwhelming as consumers and the adult entertainment providers are excited about the benefits and infinite possibilities of .XXX.”
The Council of European National Top Level Domain Registries (CENTR) recently released their latest DomainWire Stat Report for 2011. This can be found on the CENTR Website.
Quick stats from the detailed report:
- The largest ccTLD is still .DE followed by .UK, .NL. RU, .EU and .CN in order
- The 20 largest ccTLD Registries manage together around 63 million domain names representing 75% of all ccTLD domain names globally
Global TLD Breakdown:
It’s going to be interesting to see whether the new gTLDs might affect the growth of these ccTLDs in any way. What do you think?
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