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In July, domain platform Namecheap released a Domain Insights and Trends Report, detailing domain registration trends for the first half of 2023 (January to June). The top three registered domain extensions during this period were ".com," "
In July, domain platform Namecheap released a Domain Insights and Trends Report, detailing domain registration trends for the first half of 2023 (January to June). The top three registered domain extensions during this period were ".com," ".xyz," and ".shop," with registrations of 1.7014 million, 0.2976 million, and 0.2167 million respectively. Among these, ".com" domains accounted for 40% of registrations, while other domains made up the remaining 60%.
The Most Surprising Domain Extension in 2023
The report highlighted the surprising popularity of ".xyz" domains. As an emerging top-level domain, ".xyz" has gained continuous attention in recent years due to its association with concepts like blockchain and the metaverse, propelling it to become a rising star in the domain industry. As of June 30, 2022, ".xyz" held a 15.7% market share in terms of registrations.
Top 20 Domain Extensions Registered on Namecheap
In 2022, Sedo, a domain marketplace, reported the top 10 registered new top-level domains. ".xyz" ranked first with over 4.48 million registrations, followed by ".online," ".top," and ".shop."
Top 10 Registered New Top-level Domains on Sedo
Beyond its significant registration numbers, ".xyz" domains have also shown impressive investment returns. The highest recorded sale so far was the domain "bull.xyz," which was sold for nearly $200,000 in October 2022, approximately 1.44 million Chinese Yuan. Here are the top 7 highest recorded ".xyz" domain sales in recent years.
Top 7 Highest Recorded ".xyz" Domain Sales
You might wonder if companies actually use ".xyz" domains. Indeed, several well-known enterprises globally have adopted ".xyz" domains, such as:
- Google's parent company Alphabet: abc.xyz
- Delivery robot venture by Skype's founders: Starship.xyz
- MIT startup accelerator: engine.xyz
The Rise of ".xyz" Domains
Launched for registration in 2014, ".xyz" domains have rapidly ascended to become the top new top-level domain. This popularity can be attributed to several factors: low registration costs, global applicability, and the ability to transcend language and cultural barriers. Here are the preferred new top-level domains in various global regions:
- North America: .XYZ, .NET, .ORG
- Europe: .XYZ, .INFO, .CLUB
- South America: .INFO, .US, .CO
- Africa: .XYZ, .SHOP, .NET
- Asia: .XYZ, .INFO, .US
The Future Outlook for ".xyz" Domains
The term "xyz" holds significance in the realm of phonetics and consonants, representing phrases like "small universe," "new universe," "lucky one," "next station," and "swallow" in Chinese pinyin. Additionally, in mathematics, "xyz" symbolizes the three dimensions of space, implying boundless possibilities.
The future prospects for ".xyz" domains are broad, encompassing emerging fields, the tech industry, digital culture, international applications, and more. As the digital era continues to evolve and renowned global brands join in, the registration of ".xyz" domains is expected to further increase.
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