March 4, 2013
The number of registered .ORG domain names has sailed past the 10 million mark.
PIR's bi-annual domain name report details the growth of .ORG in the second half of 2012. The registration of the 10 millionth .ORG domain occurred in June last year and the registry has continued to grow at a healthy rate; hitting 10.1 million domains by the end of 2012.
According to the report, new .ORG registrations increased by 11.9 percent in the second half of 2012 and the registry experienced a net gain of 416,301 registrations.
PIR says .ORG domains under management have more than doubled during the past seven years, jumping from 3.9 million in 2005.
The popularity of the extension has increased substantially in our own region; with registrants in Asia, Australia and the Pacific growing by 47 percent. Australian registrants make up 3% of all .ORG registrations.
Some Australian registrants may choose to register a .ORG if the .ORG.AU equivalent is already registered or as a way of protecting from cybersquatters. Others may register a .ORG if their group is not a registered organisation. To be eligible, registrants must be a charity operating in Australia, as defined in the registrant's constitution or other documents of incorporation.
"This increased demand for .ORG in international markets only further solidifies our commitment to non-profits and non-governmental organizations (NGO) worldwide," says Brian Cute, CEO of PIR.
PIR is also continuing to pursue acquiring registry operator status of a potential new generic Top Level Domain (gTLD); .NGO. Australian group Computing Assistance Support & Education Inc (CASE) has previously expressed concerns with regard to the NGO extension in relation to Australian organisations.
The .ORG domain space was created 1985. Public Interest Registry (PIR) was founded by the Internet Society in 2002 and assumed responsibility for operating .ORG and maintaining the authoritative database of all .ORG domain names in January 2003.
The Public Interest Registry Dashboard - July - December 2012 can be viewed in full here (PDF).
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