Top 10 (& Bottom 10) Registered Generic Top Level Domain Names (GTLDs)

So what are GTLDs?

A GTLD (generic top level domain name) is a recently introduced new internet address, similar to top level domain names (TLDs) like .com and .net. The difference between TLD and GTLD is that GTLDs can be “dot anything”.

top 10 new top level domain namesGeneric top level domain names were rolled out at the beginning of 2014. Examples include .guru, .directory, .plumber, .cheap and the list goes on and on. There are close to 2000 of them (source: icann.org)

Proponents of “dot anything” said that GTLDs would be the best thing since sliced bread.
Akram Atallah, ICANN’s president of Generic Domains Division, said that GTLDs is “the biggest change to the Internet since its inception.” And, that these will be “bringing people, communities and businesses together in ways we never imagined. It’s this type of innovation that will continue to drive our global society.”

Proponents of GTLDs have also claimed that businesses were no longer restricted to only .com – giving businesses the opportunity to be more creative with their website addresses.

So, is GTLD a success?

The short answer is no. Businesses or individuals are not widely registering generic top level domain names. Have you registered one? It seems like the proponents of GTLDs were too optimistic. With 4 months in GTLDs haven’t been widely adopted.

To give a bit of perspective, here below are the top 3 registered TLDs:

#1

.com

113,762,138

1985

#2

.net

15,261,523

1985

#3

.de

13,719,525

1986

That’s 113 million .com registered, and ticking. To GTLDs defense it should be mentioned that it’s still early days. Plus many of the (assumed) popular ones like .shop, .blog, .buy, .video and so on haven’t rolled out the general public yet.

Top 10 registered GTLDs

#1

.guru

54,370

Jan 26, 2014

#2

.berlin

46,580

Mar 17, 2014

#3

.photography

34,257

Feb 02, 2014

#4

.在线 (xn--3ds443g)

30,795

Mar 18, 2014

#5

.email

27,574

Mar 16, 2014

#6

.link

23,644

Mar 29, 2014

#7

.today

22,319

Feb 09, 2014

#8

.tips

21,183

Feb 16, 2014

#9

.company

17,253

Mar 09, 2014

#10

.中文网 (xn--fiq228c5hs)

14,605

Mar 18, 2014

Bottom 10 registered GTLDs

#1

.consulting

1

Apr 26, 2014

#2

.expert

2

May 04, 2014

#3

.tienda

2

Apr 27, 2014

#4

.works

2

Apr 27, 2014

#5

.сайт (xn--80aswg)

3

Mar 19, 2014

#6

.онлайн (xn--80asehdb)

3

Mar 19, 2014

#7

.wien

7

May 01, 2014

#8

.wiki

10

May 06, 2014

#9

.democrat

26

Apr 08, 2014

#10

.dance

33

Apr 08, 2014

Source: https://www.domaintools.com/statistics/

What do you think? Have you registered one, or is thinking about getting one? Then leave a comment below. We would love you know what you think!

If you want to have a look at what GTLDs are available to register, then you can head over to namecheap.com or godaddy.com and have a look

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