The total List of Domain Extensions (2016 INFOGRAPHIC)
You surely know .com, .net or .info domain names. You have probably also heard about – or even registered – domains ending with .de, .fr and co.uk. You might even be aware of the new breed of domain extensions such as .club or .marketing.
But did you know that the total list of domain extensions is 882? 882!
The infographic below is a timeline from 1985 to 2016, which lists the birth year of every domain extension since .com in 1985.
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Domain names have entered a new level: +300M domains and growing
The domain name space has entered a new era.
- 300M domain names were reached in Q4 2015 according to DomainWire Global TLD Report.
- Over the last two years the number of domain extensions has increased from 273 top level domains to 882 including the ones launching this year.
- A newly released scientific paper in The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics concluded that the lack of domain extensions had stifled demand by 25% – or 75M domain names. The new domain extensions will solve this
How businesses use the new domain extensions
The introduction of the new domain extensions has made it possible for businesses to be creative:
- New companies use them to stand out (E.g. lix.tech, a Danish startup digitalizing study books).
- Existing businesses change web address to communicate sharper with their audience (E.g. Oregon based veterinarians Animal Health Associates skipped animalhealthassociates.org for aha.vet).
- Businesses use them to build a safer platform (.e.g. American bank choicebank.com just changed to choice.bank).
54% OF INTERNET USERS AREN’T AWARE OF ANY OF THE NEW DOMAIN EXTENSIONS
There is a significant gap between availability and awareness.
According to an ICANN survey, conducted by Nielsen in September 2015, it was revealed that 54% of respondents couldn’t name a single one of the +500 domain extensions launched since 2013.
Businesses will only focus on a limited set of domain extensions (.com, .net or a country code extension such as .co.uk), when considering their next domain name. Not because these extensions are better, but because they don’t know better.
Here’s a good example:
Newly opened Twin Rivers Golf Club in Waco, US registered twinriversgolfclubwaco.com, when they could get twinrivers.golf instead. A 22 characters .com domain instead of a short, brandable radio test approved web address.
Top level domains to be launched in 2016
I have marked with red the domain extensions, which have gone live already in 2016 (10th March). The ones in green have announced their launch dates.
From the list of domain extensions to be launched in 2016 the following have been the most anticipated:
Currently on hold. An industry source expects that the .music top level domain won’t go live for years to come. The various applicants will block it in accountability procedures and lawsuits, when delegated to the winning applicant.
We’ve been waiting for the African continent’s main domain extension since 2006. 2016 seems to be they year it will go live, however ICANN has temporarily suspended the .africa top level domain until a federal hearing on 4th April. The road will be open after this hearing.
This is Rick “The Domain King” Schwarz’ favourite new domain name extension: “If this was a horse race, .web would win before most others are out of the gate“.
Currently in contention but expected to go live in Q4 or possibly Q1 2017.
Google paid a record breaking USD 25M to become the .app registry. They still haven’t announced, when this top level domain will go live, and it’s a really good question, if they will keep it for themselves.
They already launched .soy, .how and .みんな , but on their official list of future launches .app isn’t listed.
Now it’s your turn. Please leave a comment below. What’s your favourite domain extension and why?
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