Without domain names, the internet would never be what it is today. Not only are they the real estate of the internet, they are also the name brands for many of the world’s largest businesses today. Domains have changed a lot over the years and in this article and infographic, we are going to break down all of the drastic changes, key stats and memorable notes in the world of domain name registration, while also giving you some key pointers on how to pick a great domain name.
The Birth of Domain Names in the 80s
While the internet might still seem young and with millions of people still getting online for the first time every day, domains were actually being registered all the way back in the 80s! Yes, you read that right… the good ol’ 1980s!
To be exact, there were over 60+ domains registered in the 80s and six of them were first registered in the year of 1985.
Once the internet started to gain attention in the 90s, domain names were being purchased at a massive rate, with over 220 domains in 1990 and another 9,000+ in 95.
Jump forward to 2012 and we now have over 220 million domains in the world today. This massive increase in domains can be attributed to not only the growth of the internet, but also the ability to easily purchase domain names for a fraction of the price they used to be. Some of the world’s largest domain registrars also provide useful information and tools for anyone to check if their desired name is available in realtime.
Domains registration are usually in the $7-$35 per year range — this is in comparison to the $79 fee for a two year registration back when Network Solutions was the domain monopoly back in the 90s.
Interesting Domain Name Facts
With over 220 million domains registered in the world today, there are plenty of fun and interesting domain related stats that we can share. Below you will find a list of our favorite domain facts takeaways.
- The first domain name created was NORDU.NET back in January of 1985
- The first domain name registered was Symbolics.com in March of 1985
- The original TLDS (top level domain names) are .edu, .gov, .mil, .net and .org
- The .com domain TLD was original derived from the word “commercial”
- Xerox, HP, Texas Instruments and AT&T All registered their domains in the 80s
- Over 100 million .com domain names were registered in 2011
- The most expensive domain name ever sold was sex.com for $14 million
Domain Registrations Around the World
While the Unites States has always been at the forefront of the internet, global reach is continually on the rise. Here’s a look at how domain expansion has been across different countries throughout the world (as of 2012).
- United States – 74 million
- Germany 6 million
- China – 4.5 million
- United Kingdom – 4 million
- Canada 3.8 million
France, Australia, Japan, Spain and Italy round out the top ten.
Domain Names for People Names
Some of the most common domain registrations are in the forms of personal names. Since domains are pretty much gone for life after they are registered, it’s best to try and secure your own name as a domain name as soon as possible. Even if the .com version of your name isn’t available, it’s still a good idea to register it as a .net or .org.
- 100% of the top 10,000 family names are already taken
- 100% of the top 1,200 male names are already taken
- 100% of the top 2,800 female names are taken
- 100% of two character and three character domains are already taken
I’m sure you are completely blown away by some of the numbers and stats broken down in this domain article and infographic, but what’s even crazier is that these numbers were based off studies and reports from 2012. Imagine how high these numbers are today, just three years later!
Don’t wait to register your domain name today and setup a blog of your own. The longer you wait, the bigger the chance you are going to miss out on a great domain name.
Infographic provided by DomainMarket.com