How Many Domains Are There

How Many Domains Are There? – Ultimate Domain Name Stats

The World Wide Web is extraordinarily wide. But exactly how many domains are there? 

It’s a difficult question to answer because of the varied methods of measuring and tracking them. However, we can get a good sense of the number of domains and the most popular ones by reviewing the available numbers. 

To better understand how many domains exist, check out these domain name registration statistics for 2021.

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Types of Domains

Domains are often defined by their root (also known as domain extensions).

According to the IANA database, there are currently 1,589 registered domain root types (such as .com, .uk, etc.).

These include:

  • Top-Level Domain (TLD) or Generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD): TLDs, also known gTLDs, are the most generic category. These include all types of domains. 
  • Country-Code Top-Level Domain (ccTLD): These are defined by their country of registration (i.e. .de).
  • New Generic Top-Level Domain (ngTLD): These are newly registered in the database and may be atypical (i.e. .club). 
  • Geo New Generic Top-Level Domain (Geo ngTLD): These are newly registered, but have to do with location (i.e. .berlin). 

How Many Domains Exist in Total?

In total, there are currently 367.3 million domain name registrations.

While this seems like a fairly high number, domain name registrations have actually decreased year-over-year. Compared to 2020, there were 2.8 million fewer registrations.

What Are the Most Popular Domains Worldwide?

Most popular top-level domains worldwide as of April 2021

Most popular top-level domains worldwide 2021
Source: Statista

As you can see, the most popular domains are a mixed group of generic and country-level sites. Based on the market share (among the top 10 million websites), the most popular domain continues to be .com with a 52.3% share.

.in (for India) is next highest with 18% of market share, .ru (for Russia) with 5.9%, .org (for organization) with 4.4% and .net (for network) with 3.3%

Top 10 largest TLDs by number of reported domain names
Source: Verisign 2021 Report

However, when calculated by the total number of reported domain names, the popularity of certain domains shifts. Thus, .com continues to be #1 with 157 million, but others jump on the list including:

  • 24.7 million – .tk (for Tokelau, a territory of New Zealand)
  • 20.7 million – .cn (for China)
  • 17 million – .de (for Germany)
  • 13.6 million – .net (for network)
  • 11 million – .uk (for the United Kingdom)
  • 10.4 million – .org (for organization) 
  • 6.2 million – .nl (for the Netherlands)
  • 5.7 million – .ru (for Russia)
  • 4.8 million – .br (for Brazil)

How Many .com and .net Domains Are There?

.com and .net are some of the most popular domains today. In total, they account for 170.6 million domain name registrations. Year-over-year, this marks a 5.2% increase from 2020.

.com continues to be the most popular of all. There were 57 million .com domain name registrations as of 2021. 

.net continues to trail behind .com and .org, with a total of 13.6 million domain name registrations as of 2021. 


How Many ccTLDs Are There?

Top 10 ccTLDs, as of June 30, 2021

Top 10 ccTLDs 2021
Source: Verisign 2021 Report

Currently, there are 157.7 million ccTLDs. Overall, ccTLD domain name registrations decreased year-over-year, with 1.5% fewer registrations than 2020. 

In addition, there are 308 ccTLD roots in the database, with the top 10 accounting for 64% of all ccTLDs. The most popular ccTLDs include:

  • 24.7 million – .tk (for Tokelau, a territory of New Zealand)
  • 20.7 million – .cn (for China)
  • 17 million – .de (for Germany)
  • 11 million – .uk (for the United Kingdom)
  • 6.2 million – .nl (for the Netherlands)
  • 5.7 million – .ru (for Russia)
  • 4.8 million – .br (for Brazil)
  • 3.8 million – .fr (for France)
  • 3.7 million – .eu (for the European Union)
  • 3.4 million – .it (for Italy)

How Many ngTLDs Exist? 

Leading new generic top level domains (gTLD) as of April 2021 (in millions)

Leading new generic top level domains  (gTLD) 2021
Source: Statista

ngTLDs, those with new domain roots, account for 6.2% of all domain name registrations. 

In one 2021 study of ngTLDs, the #1 was .xyz with 3.6 million domain name registrations.

Other popular ngTLDs include .online, .site, .top, .icu, .club, .shop, .vip, .app and .work. 

ngTLDs as percentage of Total TLDs

 ngTLDs as percentage of Total TLDs
Source: Verisign 2021 Report

However, in another 2021 study of 22.9 million ngTLDs, the most popular domains appeared in a slightly different order.

ngTLDs market shares:

  • .xyz 13.3%
  • .online 7.9%
  • .top 5.2%
  • .club 4.7% .
  • .site 4.7% .
  • .shop 4%
  • .vip 3.8%
  • .app 3.2%
  • .icu 2.6%
  • .work 2.5%

Finally, the top 10 ngTLDs represent just over half of all ngTLD registrations.


How Many Geo ngTLDs Are There?

Geo ngTLDs as percentage of Total Geo TLDs

Geo ngTLDs as percentage of Total Geo TLDs
Source: Verisign 2021 Report

Finally, some new domain roots are related to geographic location. These geo ngTLDs often correspond to cities or regions. There are 63.7 million geo ngTLDs today. 

Currently, there are 47 geo ngTLDs with over 1,000 registrations. Of this group, the top 10 account for 1.2% of all geo ngTLDs.

Tokyo is the most popular geo ngTLD with 20.8%, but others include .nyc, .berlin, .london, .bayern, .africa., .koeln, .amsterdam, .hamburg and .paris.


Domains Continue To Dominate

Ultimately, there’s no one answer to how many domains exist today. While most estimates suggest there are 350+ million total, the statistics on different types of domains vary. 

As global business picks up post-pandemic, we imagine there will be even more domains. Be sure to check back on our Siteefy blog for more stats and updates! 

Sources:
  • https://www.verisign.com/assets/domain-name-report-Q22021.pdf
  • https://www.statista.com/statistics/265677/number-of-internet-top-level-domains-worldwide/
  • https://www.statista.com/statistics/569300/gtlds-by-number-ob-domains/
  • https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20200528005832/en/Internet-Grows-to-366.8-Million-Domain-Name-Registrations-at-the-End-of-the-First-Quarter-of-2020

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