.Com is doing fine, but the same can’t be said for other top level domains.
Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) has published its quarterly Domain Name Industry Brief (pdf) for the first quarter of 2021.
The company calculates that total domains registered across all extensions fell 2.8 million, or 0.8%, since the end of 2020. Total domains fell 3.3 million, or 0.9%, compared to the first quarter of 2020.
This might come as a shock to people who have heard about exploding growth in domains during the pandemic and with Verisign raising its guidance for the year.
While .com continues to grow at a steady clip, total country code (ccTLDs) and new top level domains have fallen.
Verisign figures the total base of ccTLDs fell 1.5% compared to the end of last year and 0.6% compared to a year ago.
The biggest fall has been in new top level domains, which have plummeted 29.3% over the past year and 12.3% in the last quarter. This has to do with a handful of top level domain operators halting or reducing low-cost registration promotions.