TLD Health Check-Up

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We’ve passed the autumn equinox and the kids are back in school, so we thought it’s time to do a quick health check on Donuts TLDs.

Taking a glance at year-to-date numbers (through August 2017), the indicators are all positive. We are seeing robust uptake and renewals of Donuts TLDs across different geographies, different categories, different registrars and across many new TLDs.  Some interesting tidbits:

  • Year-over-year growth in new registration volume (excluding new TLD launches) has increased by a hefty 34%. This is excellent news, since new TLDs are still a nascent category, and driving awareness with businesses, organizations and individuals takes effort and persistence.
  • We’ve added over 1 million new registrations in 2017 to date, bringing our total domains under management to over 3 million. Three million is a large number, but keep in mind that it’s still only ~1% of total domains under management. As a new category, new TLDs still have a long way to go.
  • Donuts “Top 10” TLDs (as measured by registration volumes) clocked in with healthy growth at 79%, year-over-year. The “Top 10” are:
    • .city
    • .email
    • .life
    • .live
    • .news
    • .rocks
    • .sale
    • .solutions
    • .today
    • .world

Yet the “Top 10” TLDs accounted for just a bit over half of our overall volume growth, year to date. That tells us that the growth is actually well distributed across many different TLDs – another sign of health across our entire portfolio, and that the category of new TLDs is beginning to resonate with businesses and consumers.

While we are focused on growth in new domain registrations, we also look carefully at renewals: they are a useful measure of the overall health of the TLD and its perceived value to end customers. Here, too, the data for year-to-date 2017 (through August) are both consistent and promising:

The average renewal rate for a Donuts TLD is 71% (weighted for volume, so that little numbers with ultra-high renewals don’t skew the data).

Digging a bit deeper into the data is even more interesting: 184 TLDs had renewals of 1,000 registrations or more. In that group, renewal rates ranged from 60% – 94%. Two insights here:

  • Many Donuts TLDs are experiencing very strong renewal rates
  • These renewals rates are on par with the “gold standard” of .COM

While the industry has a long way to go to drive mass awareness, Donuts’ initial efforts are attracting exactly the kinds of high-quality end customers that will help build an enduring foundation for success. As we enter the final quarter of 2017, we are optimistic for our category overall, and for Donuts’ business in particular.

We’ll continue to provide more insights over the next few months.