Published February 15, 2011
A recent bi-annual report entitled "The Dashboard", from .ORG, The Public Interest Registry (PIR), states that active registration of .org domains increased by a net gain of 824,559 registrations during last year.
.ORG now consists of over 8.8 million domain names under management. The report states .ORG domains under management have more than doubled in the last 5 years, from 3.9 million in 2005.
The blended rate of renewal sat at 74.8 percent in the second half of 2010, an increase of 2 percent from the first half of last year.
North America continues to be the .ORG stronghold, with registrants in the region making up 64% of overall market share; followed by Europe, Asia, Australia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean and Africa respectively.
Brian Cute, CEO of .ORG, The Public Interest Registry, states the results show the continued strength and trust in the .org domain extension. Mr. Cute expects similar growth in 2011.
.ORG is the Internet's third largest "generic" or non-country specific top-level domain (TLD).
Unlike registering a .org.au name, Australians can register a .org domain name without having to meet the same stringent eligibility criteria of .org.au. Use of the .org extension is longer confined to non-profit groups and in some cases, it is even used for commercial operations.
Public Interest Registry (PIR) is responsible for the oversight of .ORG operations and maintaining the authoritative database of all associated domain names. The extension is celebrating 25 years of operation this year.
The latest Dashboard report can be viewed in its entirety here.
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