Published August 18, 2010
2010 was a bumper year for .ORG according to the Bi-Annual Domain Name Report on .ORG from The Public Interest Registry.
The .org domain name extension is the world's the world's third largest generic top-level domain and in the first six months of 2010, registrations experienced solid growth of 7.6%, more than doubling last year's first half gain of 3.2%. In relation to the creation of new domain names, .ORG saw a 16.5% growth in the first half of 2010.
In total, there are now 8.5 million .org domain names under management, representing a net gain of 605,053 compared to 241,250 during the same period in 2009.
The blended rate of organisations renewing their .ORG domains for up to 3 years averaged 77.1% in the first half of 2010, an increase of 4% from previous year.
While North America remains the biggest .ORG market, the domain name extension's presence is increasing in Europe; Asia, Australia, the Pacific, Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa. In terms of market share, China and the Netherlands grew from 2% to 4% and 1% to 3 % respectively in 2010.
Unlike .org.au, anyone can register a .org domain name and its use is no longer confined to non-profit groups.
Public Interest Registry (PIR) is responsible for operating .ORG and maintaining the authoritative database of all .ORG domain names.
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