Synthetic Monitoring

Simulate visitor interaction with your site to monitor the end user experience.

View Product Info


Simulate visitor interaction

Identify bottlenecks and speed up your website.

Learn More

Real User Monitoring

Enhance your site performance with data from actual site visitors

View Product Info


Real user insights in real time

Know how your site or web app is performing with real user insights

Learn More

Infrastructure Monitoring Powered by SolarWinds AppOptics

Instant visibility into servers, virtual hosts, and containerized environments

View Infrastructure Monitoring Info
Comprehensive set of turnkey infrastructure integrations

Including dozens of AWS and Azure services, container orchestrations like Docker and Kubernetes, and more 

Learn More

Application Performance Monitoring Powered by SolarWinds AppOptics

Comprehensive, full-stack visibility, and troubleshooting

View Application Performance Monitoring Info
Complete visibility into application issues

Pinpoint the root cause down to a poor-performing line of code

Learn More

Log Management and Analytics Powered by SolarWinds Loggly

Integrated, cost-effective, hosted, and scalable full-stack, multi-source log management

 View Log Management and Analytics Info
Collect, search, and analyze log data

Quickly jump into the relevant logs to accelerate troubleshooting

Learn More

Domain domination: The .com TLD larger than all ccTLDs combined

Dot com is kingAs the Internet keeps growing, so does the number of registered domain names. It makes sense, of course. The number of sites grows, so we need more addresses.

We recently mentioned that we are likely to pass 100 million registered domain names across all country-code top level domains this year (ccTLDs, e.g. .de, .cn, .uk, etc.).

A respectable number, but it doesn’t tell the whole story.

.com in a league of its own

A hundred million may seem like a lot, but it also highlights how incredibly dominant the .com TLD is. As of this writing there are almost 104 million registered .com domain names, more than all ccTLDs combined.

This should be seen as more of more a testament to the popularity of .com than any failure on part of ccTLDs.

To put these numbers in perspective, as of Q1 2012 there were a total of 233 million domain names across all TLDs (gTLDs and ccTLDs). So .com has north of 40% of all domain names on the entire Internet.

.com compared with other gTLDs

As you can imagine, .com dominates the generic top-level domains (gTLDs) even more, where it accounts for 74% of all registered domain names. It has seven times as many domain names as .net, the second-largest gTLD.

The number of registered domain names per gTLD are currently as follows:

  1. .com 103.9 million
  2. .net 14.7 million
  3. .org 10.0 million
  4. .info 7.8 million
  5. .biz 2.3 million

(There are more gTLDs, we only listed the five largest.)

Will the .com dominance continue?

The question is what will happen with .com now that ICANN has opened the floodgates for hundreds or even thousands of new TLDs.

Even though this has opened up for a more, shall we way, diverse TLD field, Internet users could very well be so used to seeing the .com suffix by now that its dominant position is assured for many years to come.

Data sources: Verisign for Q1 numbers, Registrar Stats for current gTLD numbers.

Crown in top right image via Shutterstock.

Can gzip Compression Really Improve Web Performance?

Last updated: February 26, 2024 The size of the web is slowly growing. Over [...]

Woman looking at laptop and writing down notes in a notebook with a tech background behind her
Troubleshooting End-User Issues With a DEM Tool

In the last decade, businesses have made massive investments in the digital eco [...]

Exploring the Software Behind Facebook, the World’s Largest Social Media Site

At the scale that Facebook operates, several traditional approaches to serving w [...]

The Developer Obsession With Code Names – 200+ Interesting Examples

Code names can be about secrecy, but when it comes to software development, it [...]

Web API Monitoring Explained: A Helpful Introductory Guide

An API, application programming interface, is a collection of tools, protocols, [...]

Monitor your website’s uptime and performance

With Pingdom's website monitoring you are always the first to know when your site is in trouble, and as a result you are making the Internet faster and more reliable. Nice, huh?



Gain availability and performance insights with Pingdom – a comprehensive web application performance and digital experience monitoring tool.

Start monitoring for free