VeriSign Domain Name Industry Brief

VeriSign, the global registry operator for .com, .net and other extensions, has released its 3rd quarter Domain Name Industry Brief (DNIB). In this brief, VeriSign reviews the state of the domain industry using statistical and analytical methods.  As always, HEXONET looks forward to this report since it is packed with interesting data, insights, key performance metrics, and growth opportunities.

Here are some of the key highlights:

A Little Luck of the .IRISH

On June 25, 2015, the new top-level-domain name for people and organisations wanting a truly meaningful web address that clearly says ‘Irish’.  Anyone, any business or company or any organisation connected or interested in the global Irish community and wants to market and develop products & services while clearly identifying themselves with the word ‘Irish’ is what the .IRISH domain is about.

It's Getting Hot in Here! Get ready for the new .Sex TLD

ICM Registry, which operates the .XXX, .Porn and .Adult TLDs, has announced launch dates for its new .SEX TLD.  Similar to its original TLDs, .SEX will create a clearly marked place where adult entertainment and content can be both accessed and/or restricted. And since the keywords porn, adult, sex and xxx are searched over 300 million times per month, those in or associated with the industry should consider the brand new .SEX domain name for their portfolios.

Key Launch Phases:

.CLICK and .LINK Growing Popularity

According to the domain industry website on new gTLDs,, two of the top ten most popular domain names are .CLICK and .LINK.  Both TLDs are showing impressive new domain registration numbers with over 150K registrations each and growing.  HEXONET is also seeing growing interest on these new gTLDs and our current promotion on both domain names has been very popular with our resellers.


Update on High-Value Donuts Two-Characters Domains

As mentioned in our most recent newsletter, September 9, 2015, is the big day when Donuts is releasing thousands of extremely desirable two-character combinations across all their gTLDs. All two-character domains (LL ,LN, NL, NN) and some ccTLD labels such as "us" and "co" are being released as its own batch called the "Second Level EAP TWO-CHARACTER group." 

Pre-registration ccTLD Label Variation:

Important Lessons for Registries Releasing Premium Domains

Over the past year and half, many new TLD registries have launched and have now subsequently released their Premium Domains.  Though some Premium Domain releases have been adequately, most are a complete mess.  As a registrar and platform for thousands of domain name resellers, we have a unique perspective on what works and what doesn't work for registries wanting to sell more Premium Domains.

Special .AT Promotion

.AT, the official country-code Top-Level-Domain of Austria, continues to be in high demand. As of July 29, 2015 the .AT zone had over 1.25 million registered domains.  This is an impressive number considering that Austria does not have a huge population base. There is a strong appetite for .AT domains registered with German owners. The .AT suffix is also becoming more popular among the Swiss as well.

Why Register an .AT domain?

Got Tickets?

HEXONET is pleased to announce that it will offer the new .tickets TLD starting August 4, 2015.  Dot Tickets Organisation (DTO), the registry operator of .tickets, is bringing this top online platform of choice to market for ticket people and their customers in the fields of entertainment, travel, sport, and destinations of choice.