Here’s how domain name registrars peformed in January.
ICANN has published the latest official data from Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) about the .com namespace. This registrar-by-registrar report covers January 2021.
Here’s how registrars did in terms of new .com registrations in January:
1. GoDaddy.com* (NYSE: GDDY) 978,334 (1,109,061 in December 2020)
2. Namecheap Inc. 291,257 (293,601)
3. Newfold Digital+ 212,014 (203,348)
4. Tucows** (NASDAQ:TCX) 205,679 (188,512)
5. Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) 169,363 (140,523)
6. Alibaba (HiChina) 154,990 (169,862)
7. Wix (NASDAQ: WIX) 113,294 (88,149)
8. Dynadot 98,314
9. IONOS^ 79,960 (112,642)
10. CentralNic^^ (AIM: CNIC) 73,360 (105,075)
I left Hongkong Domain Name Information Management Co off the list even though it had 91,467 new .com registrations. The site ICANN links to for this registrar has a 2017 copyright date, no SSL certificate, and a @qq.com email address. I’m going to assume these registrations are not from a public-facing registrar.
Here’s the leaderboard of the top registrars in terms of total .com registrations under management as of the end of January.
1. GoDaddy* 55,445,265 (55,136,925 in December 2020)
2. Newfold Digital+ 14,525,308 (14,582,476)
3. Tucows** 12,977,992 (12,967,927)
4. Namecheap 7,175,485 (7,007,290)
5. Alibaba 6,122,968 (6,160,015)
6. IONOS^ 5,773,208 (5,763,174)
7. TurnCommerce++ 4,647,632 (4,582,174)
8. Google 4,193,876 (4,105,308)
9. CentralNic^^ 3,000,932 (2,951,343)
10. GMO 2,089,337 (2,100,966)
NameSilo crossed 2 million .com domains under management and is slightly below GMO.
Many domain companies have multiple accreditations and I’ve tried to capture the largest ones. See the notes below.
* Includes GoDaddy, Wild West Domains, Uniregistry and 123 Reg
** Includes Tucows, Enom, Ascio and EPAG
+ Includes PDR, Domain.com, FastDomain, Bigrock, Network Solutions, Register.com, SnapNames registrars, and Crazy Domains/Dreamscape. There are other Newfold registrars, but these are the biggest.
++ Includes NameBright and DropCatch registrars
^ Includes 1&1, PSI, Cronon, United-Domains, Arsys and world4you
^^ Includes Key-Systems, 1API, Internet.bs, TLD Registrar Solutions, RegistryGate, Moniker, Instra
I have some interesting information about how domain registrations are being affected by manipulation. To be honest a expect this comment to be deleted or not pass moderation, but who knows, I might be surprised.
Please do this test – go to google and type in the following:
“epik domain registrar”
“godaddy domain registrar”
“network solutions domain registrar”
“(insert any other) domain registrar”
See something different/wrong?
For Epik, in first position result they provide the wikipedia page rubbishing them, then the company website in second position. As a bonus, google provided a nice block on the right with company info explaining “Epik is an American domain registrar and web hosting company known for providing services to websites that host far-right, neo-Nazi, and other extremist content.”
Now compare that to all the other registrars – they are listed in the first position with no rubbishing of any kind.
Why the difference? (That’s a rhetorical question, I know why.) People have started seeing the games being played. I also wonder how different things might be if there wasn’t such blatant attacking of one particular registrar. Are/were there others too? Oh, and of course, the mountain of bad publicity directed at Epik all across the fake media on the internet.
Anyhow, I was curious to see how many domains at other registrars but wasn’t able to find the info. I only found data up to Aug 2020. ICANN data is difficult to locate. Any ideas/links?
Andrew Allemann says
First position on Google for the term “Epik domain name registrar” is Epik.com
For “Epik domain registrar” the first three results are epik.com, registrar.epik.com, and twitter.com/epikdotcom
You can find the monthly data here:
ICANN is getting ready to put this info behind a registration wall