Did Two Domain Sherpa’s Change The New gTLD Registrar Market?

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As most domain investors know myself, Adam Dicker, Rick Schwartz and Page Howe have had a weekly show on DomainSherpa.com for many months were we discuss news and other things going on in the domain industry.   On last Thursday’s DomainSherpa.com show, Adam Dicker said that he had just a few days before found the domain name registrar Hexonet.net and told the audience that he loved the customer service, support and that Hexonet was going to be his go to registrar and highly recommended them to the audience.

After Adam’s comment,  I told the audience I agreed with Adam wholeheartedly and in fact had been moving my entire domain portfolio to Hexonet over the last 18+ months and that Hexonet was my registrar of choice and the vast majority of my new gTLD registrations had been done through Hexonet.

To be clear Hexonet did not pay us or compensate us in anyway for our recommendation and didn’t even know it was coming (even I didn’t know this discussion would be coming up).

We just gave our honest feedback on a company in the domain space that we both used.

During Yesterday’s DomainSherpa’s show,  host Michael Cyger asked Adam and I if we had gotten any feedback from our comments regarding Hexonet and if people took our advice.

We responded we did get some personal feedback but that it was too early to tell how many people took our advice

However yesterday once the zone files for the new gTLD’s updated and the 25,000+ .Club domains got added to ntldstats.com, a couple of things on the Registrar side of the stats stood out.

For one Hexonet which had previously been around 15-17 in terms of registrar market share of new gTLD registrations had jumped up to number 5.

Looking at the registrar stats for just .Club which launched yesterday, Hexonet was actually the number 1 registrar for the extension with 7,788 registrations more than three times more than the next closest registrar which was Godaddy.com, which had almost 2,400 registrations.  Hexonet did 40 times the registration volume on .Club than the second largest registrar in the world Enom did.

That is pretty amazing considering Godaddy has about 50% share of the domain registrar market, 25% of the registrar share of the new gTLD market (including many in-house registrations from Uniregistry) and that Godaddy has done a huge push for .Club to the extend the founders of .Club were sitting at Godaddy’s offices when .Club was launched.

So did two domain investors; two DomainSherpa’s move the entire new gTLD registrar market and possibly the domain registrar market itself.

Like I answered yesterday, its too early to tell but the numbers are pretty incredible.

Namecheap Debuts “State-of-the-Art Domain Search Functionality”

Namecheap, announced today the launch of our new, more efficient, more responsive search functionality.

The new “tailored” search capabilities is described in a Press Release from the comapny t as being “leading-edge technology.”

“Designed to streamline the process of finding, tracking and purchasing internet domain names; Namecheap’s updated domain search is clean, user-friendly and intuitive.

With the new search, users can customize their display with simple drag-and-drop options and flag specific domain extensions as “Favorites”.

“Favorites” settings are saved for future search sessions removing the hassle of scrolling through domain extensions you may not be interested in and only returning results for those you are.

The domain extensions are now also neatly organized under three new categories: “New” for newly released domains, “Popular” for the well known extensions and best sellers and “International” for country-specific domains.

Customers who wish to perform bulk searches will enjoy improved functionality as well.

“At Namecheap we are constantly looking at ways to give our customers the absolutely best experience possible and save them time.

Our new search does exactly that by giving our customers complete control over the results they want from their domain search and best of all, it’s as easy as pie pie for folks to set up.” said Richard Kirkendall, Namecheap CEO.”

I took a quick tour of the NameCheap and the site does remember which domain extensions you select from the menu which seems to include all new gTLD’s that have launched.

“The site allows you to simply drag and drop to re-order the tabs and set their priority. We’ll remember your choices for your next visit.”

123-Reg.co.uk Alerts Customers to Fraudulent Email

123 Reg – co.uk alerts customers to fraudulent emails.


Please be aware these are NOT genuine emails from 123-reg so no action is required if you receive such an email. We advise you to not click on the links and to delete the email immediately.

Emails such as this attempt to fraudulently get your account details allowing unauthorised access to your account. These emails are known as phishing emails and are a serious threat to the security of your account.

Please note, this email is 100% unrelated to the Heartbleed Bug. Our system does not use the version of OpenSSL that was affected.

Godaddy Loses 5% Market Share of New gTLD’s As .Berlin Changes The Game

Godaddy.com share of the new gTLD market dropped 5% overnight after the domain extension for .Berlin launched getting almost 32,000 registrations

German based registrar, InterNetX said they were able to secure 81% of all preregistrations for its clients, “making it the #1 registrar for .BERLIN domains in the B2B sector”.

Godaddy.com which had just under 40% of the new gTLD market as a domain name registrar share is now sitting right below 35%.

Many German based registrars benefited from the success of .Berlin which is responsible for about 11% of all new gTLD registraions just short of 32,000 registration out of 294,000 new gTLD registrations.

As you can see United-Domains 1and1, Cronon, Key-Systems market share increased from previous numbers and 3 German registrars are in the top 5 of all registrars worldwide when it comes to new gTLD’s

1and1.com did over 10,000 registration for .Berlin

United-Domains AG did 8,752 domain registrations.

Here are the top 10 domain registrars for .Berlin:

1. 1&1 Internet AG 10,130 31.70%
2. united-domains AG 8,752 27.39%
3. PSI-USA, Inc. dba Domain Robot 6,777 21.21%
4. Cronon AG 2,823 8.83%
5. Key-Systems, LLC 807 2.53%
6. 1API GmbH 688 2.15%
7. Vautron Rechenzentrum AG 275 0.86%
8. InterNetworX Ltd. & Co. KG 250 0.78%
9. EPAG Domainservices GmbH 250 0.78%
10. Variomedia AG dba puredomain.com 173 0.54%

Here is the current market share of domain name registrars for the all new gTLD according to ntldstats.com

egistrar Domains % Share
1. Godaddy LLC 100,640 34.22%
2. Enom, Inc. 29,423 10.01%
3. united-domains AG 26,810 9.12%
4. 1&1 Internet AG 25,006 8.50%
5. Cronon AG 10,774 3.66%
6. PSI-USA, Inc. dba Domain Robot 9,813 3.34%
7. Name.com, Inc. 9,782 3.33%
8. Mesh Digital Limited 8,979 3.05%
9. Tucows Domains Inc. 8,415 2.86%
10. 101Domain Inc 6,905 2.35%
11. Key-Systems, LLC 6,699 2.28%
12. Network Solutions, LLC 5,896 2.00%
13. Gandi SAS 3,790 1.29%
14. 1API GmbH 3,114 1.06%
15. PDR Ltd. d/b/a PublicDomainRegistry.com 3,110 1.06%
16. Interlink Co., Ltd. 2,352 0.80%
17. MarkMonitor Inc. 2,236 0.76%
18. Ascio Technologies, Inc. – Denmark 1,841 0.63%
19. CSC Corporate Domains Inc 1,824 0.62%
20. Instra Corporation Pty Ltd. 1,760 0.60%

14K of Enom’s 23K new gTLD Registrations Are From NameCheap


Yesterday we reported on the top 20 domain name registrars in terms of new gTLD domain name registrations.

The domain name registrar in second place on the list was Enom with 23,167 new gTLD domain name registrations.

Today the CEO fo NameCheap.com Richard Kirkendall told TheDomains.com that of the 23K domain name registrations of Enom.com, NameCheap.com accounts for over 14,000 of them.

Namecheap.com is a reller of Enom so its totals are included in Enom’s official totals.

Based on 14,000 registration NameCheap.com would be the 2nd largest new gTLD registrar in the world giving it 6.5% of the new gTLD market.

Enom.com without NameCheap.com would account for only 9,000 domain names placing it 5th on the top 20 list of domain name registrars of new gTLD domain names, right ahead of Name.com

Both Enom.com and name.com are owned by Demand Media, Inc. (DMD) which is doing a lot better than another publicly traded company Web.com (WWWW) whose two largest registrars NetworkSolutions.com and Register.com having a total of about 5,000 new gTLD domain registrations.