The Dutch registry, the SIDN, announced that .NL reached the 5 million domains
5 Million DOT NL
milestone. They archieved this milestone just a year af ther 25th birthday of the .NL domain and 15 years after the SIDN took over .NL. .NL holds the 3rd position in list of biggest ccTLD’s after .DE and .UK with a little over 15 million domains for .DE and little over 10 million for .UK
Individuals are allowed to register a second-level .nl domain since 2003. As a forerunner, individuals were allowed to register a third-level domain since 2000. Such ‘personal domains’ had the form of john.doe.123.nl. They never became popular, and registration has been suspended since 2006.
SIDN is located in Arnhem and has 1800+ Registrars.
On 16 March, Nominet the ccTLD operator for *.uk reported they had over 10 million registrations. The 10th million .uk domain name registered is SwarveMagazine.co.uk. According to whois records the 10th million .uk domain name was registered by Steven Northam.
“We’ve been growing at around the 10% for the past couple of years,” said Nominet’s chief executive, Lesley Cowley.
Yesterday, SIDN the operator for the ccTLD .NL registered more then 4.9 million registrations. .NL is one of the largest ccTLDs in terms of total registrations . SIDN celebrated its three millionth domain name registration in 2008,while its two millionth milestone was reached in 2006. 6 years later, the number of .nl domain names has more than doubled .
Denic hit the 15 million mark yesterday. The 15th million domain name is floristennetzwerk.de. .DE is the world’s largest ccTLD, and the second largest TLD.
SIDN reports a huge increase for .NL domain name registrations. Net growth for 2011was 607,265 domain names, an increase of 14.5% compared to 2010. Compare this percentage to .DE 5% (702,000 domain names) and .EU 6% (196,000 domain names) and it’s easy too understand that Roelof Meijer, CEO of SIDN is pleased with the results. The SIDN is currently close to 5 million domain name registrations and has the highest domain name density in the world.
Strong brand preference
When it comes to registering domain names, both consumers and businesses continue to show a strong preference for the .nl brand. That has a lot to do with the reliability and security of the Dutch extension. “SIDN is constantly using its expertise and resources to improve the security, reliability and accessibility of the internet in general, and of the .nl domain in particular,” commented Meijer.
“We work in tandem with roughly 1,800 .nl registrars, who, despite all the economic uncertainty, have held their nerve: they have continued to invest and consequently to perform well.”