The Big List: Wow! All 882 domain extensions 2016 [Infographic]


List of all domain extensions 2016

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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List of domain extensions

 

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Domain names have entered a new level: +300M domains and growing

The domain name space has entered a new era.

Growth facts:

  • 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).

However:

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.

The consequence:

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:

example of .com domain name

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.

Domain extensions 2016

From the list of domain extensions to be launched in 2016 the following have been the most anticipated:

.Music

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.

.Africa

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.

.Web

rick schwarz, T.R.A.F.F.I.C.

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.

.App

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.

How so?

They already launched .soy, .how and .みんな , but on  their official list of future launches .app isn’t listed.

.Blog

Panama based registry Primer Nivel paid an estimated USD 20M for the rights to .blog. CEO Gerardo Aristizabal had no comments yet, when The Register contacted him in February about the launch plans.

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Now it’s your turn. Please leave a comment below. What’s your favourite domain extension and why?

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  • Brian Cimbolic

    This is great! Pretty interesting to see how far we’ve come as an industry.

    • http://www.europeandomaincentre.com/ Christopher Hofman

      Yeah, it’s amazing to see the explosion visually.

  • bhartzer

    I’ve already save the graphic. Great to see someone put this together!

    • http://www.europeandomaincentre.com/ Christopher Hofman

      Will send you a couple for the office as well ;).

  • Andrew Brier

    Well done, very useful graphic to keep around. Puts the nTLDs in their proper context, lots of them but not so many registrations relative to country TLDs and .COM (not yet!).

    • http://www.europeandomaincentre.com/ Christopher Hofman

      Thanks a lot Andrew!

  • Victoria Hicks

    Awesome visual! Love it!

  • Moses Boone

    Exceptionally Well Done!

    • http://www.europeandomaincentre.com/ Christopher Hofman

      Thanks Moses!

  • Sebastien Staub

    Hi Christopher great article. I am a domainer for 3 years now. My best ones are the .cloud – This is where it is all hapenning these days. I managed to snap http://www.edocs.cloud & http://www.edocuments.cloud | You can buy docs.cloud for $65,000 and documents.cloud for $19,000 respectively I am sure mineo are not far! If not better. Currently accepting offers !! Glad you mentioned the .Africa – Digital.Africa also mine and for sale!

    • http://www.europeandomaincentre.com/ Christopher Hofman

      Thanks Sebastien! Yeah, .cloud is a very nice extension. Regarding .africa it’s not live yet, so I assume that you have only applied for digital.africa.

  • Oleg Nerus

    I have not found .укр (ukrainian in cyrillic)

    • http://www.europeandomaincentre.com/ Christopher Hofman

      Thanks for the info. Should be updated by tomorrow

  • http://www.jovenet.consulting Jean Guillon

    Hello Christopher and thank you very much for sending me this poster: this postal mail was pretty much intriguing!

    • http://www.europeandomaincentre.com/ Christopher Hofman

      You’re welcome Jean!

      • http://www.jovenet.consulting Jean Guillon

        Small surprise tomorrow.

  • Rajitha

    This is very much informative, thank you so much Christopher. 🙂

  • Elsa

    Hi Christopher,

    Thank you for this article! I have a few questions:

    –I know you mentioned businesses will usually just register just a few.

    I’m planning on starting a brand new company. The .com (it’s a 6 letter name) was available so I’ve purchased that one. But what are the other extensions you’d recommend purchasing as well? (.net, .org, .us, .nyc (if I’m in nyc?), .uk if I plan to expand there one day? What are all the domain extensions I’d actually ever need for my business?)

    –Do international companies end up having the different international extensions for each country they operate in? Or does their .com work fine globally, and then the webpage knows based on location to automatically use the correct language?

    Thank you!

    -Elsa

    • http://www.europeandomaincentre.com/ Christopher Hofman

      Hi Elsa,

      Sounds great that you secured the short .com domain.

      For brand protection you should consider:

      Geo domains – Which countries will be your obvious markets?
      New TLDs: Are there some extensions, which define your category?
      .com variants: Any obvious spelling mistake, then secure alternative .com domains

      Regarding using local country code TLDs for local language versions, you should Google posts on this subject, since it’s not a clear decision.

  • Michelle Randolph

    I want to use the extension .kid. How can I get it for my website?

  • Adam

    Hi Christopher, I see .map on the infographic for 2016. Does that mean it’s sure to go live this year? Or could it be another year or more?
    Thank you very much,
    Adam