Here’s how registrars fared with .com in May.
Uniregistry recently announced that it crossed the million domain milestone. I’m not sure how Frank Schilling’s own domain names and North Sound new TLDs are accounted for, but the number is strong even if all of his domains in the total.
For the second month in a row, Uniregistry tops the transfer gains in Verisign’s monthly report.
Keep in mind that these reports are published after a three month delay. So this post is about May’s results. They certainly suggest that Uniregistry is becoming a popular registrar from a transfer-in perspective. Net adds are still lacking, though, with just 1,280 new .com registrations in May. This makes sense if the company is mostly attracting domain name investors.
Let’s start by reviewing which registrars added the most new .com domain name registrations:
1. GoDaddy* 900,737
2. eNom** 217,152
3. HiChina 157,192
4. PublicDomainRegistry 115,932
5. Tucows 106,574
When it comes to companies that won the transfer game, here are the top five registrars for May with retail operations. These numbers are the net gains after taking into consideration transfers-out:
1. Uniregistry +30,851
2. Epik +17,433
3. CSC +8,327
4. HiChina +6,691
5. Google +6,143
Epik and CSC are new to this list.
Here are the registrars that lost the most to transfers, offset by the number of inbound transfers:
1. eNom** -32,201
2. MelbourneIT -13,323
3. Network Solutions -11,538
4. Tucows -8,691
5. Moniker -8,647
GoDaddy is usually on the transfers lost list, but it had a good month when it comes to transfers. Its flagship GoDaddy.com registrar actually gained a little. Combined with reseller platform Wild West Domains, it lost 1,421.
*Includes GoDaddy and Wild West Domains **Includes eNom and Name.com, but not dropcatching registrars.