Namecheap overtakes Alibaba, Endurance over Web.com

Namecheap overtakes Alibaba, Endurance over Web.com

Shakeup on the overall leaderboard.

The words "top 10 domain registrars" in purple and yellow text

ICANN has published the latest official data from Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) about the .com namespace. This registrar-by-registrar report covers June 2020.

There are a few key takeaways:

1. As I predicted last month, Namecheap has overtaken Alibaba to become the fifth-largest .com registrar. It now has over 6 million .com domains under management. In June, it topped Tucows for the #2 spot on monthly .com adds. Namecheap was previously a reseller on Tucows’ Enom platform.

2. Web.com is experiencing a serious collapse in new registrations while other registrars are seeing growth. Historically, it was regularly in the top 10 for monthly .com registrations, garnering 60,000+ registrations per month. In June it had only 36,000 new .com registrations, and only 29,000 if you exclude registrations from its Dreamscape acquisition. While it still has a huge base of .com domains, it slipped to #4 on the total .com registration base charts.

3. Wix.com continues its upward climb. The company is getting a boost from people shifting their businesses online during the pandemic and it is increasing ad spend to take advantage of the opportunity. Customers registered another 100k+ .com domains in June, and the company is nearing 1 million .com domains under management.

Here’s how registrars did in terms of new .com registrations in June:

1. GoDaddy.com* (NYSE: GDDY) 1,019,809 (893,819 in May)
2. Namecheap Inc. 276,463  (221,681)
3. Tucows** (NASDAQ:TCX) 261,936 (241,523)
4. Endurance+ (NASDAQ: EIGI) 198,274 (185,996)
5. Alibaba (HiChina) 160,422 (129,520)
6. Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) 159,637 (146,768)
7. Wix (NASDAQ: WIX) 118,685 (104,064)
8. United Internet^ 78,001 (74,587)
9. NameSilo 58,967 (53,893)
10. Bizcn.com 49,431 (n/a)

Here’s the leaderboard of the top registrars in terms of total .com registrations under management as of the end of June 2020.

1. GoDaddy* 53,921,563 (53,787,318 in May)
2. Tucows** 12,911,196 (12,858,166)
3. Endurance+ 7,054,410 (7,011,577)
4. Web.com++ 7,036,119 (7,054,625)
5. Namecheap 6,001,568 (5,843,286)
6. Alibaba 5,877,037 (5,876,504)
7. United Internet^ 5,550,769 (5,543,211)
8. Google 3,653,632 (3,566,580)
9. Xin Net Technology Corporation 3,087,400 (3,391,386)
10. GMO 2,270,872 (2,305,575)

Many domain companies have multiple accreditations and I’ve tried to capture the largest ones. See the notes below.

* Includes GoDaddy, Wild West Domains, Uniregistry and 123 Reg
** Includes Tucows, Enom, Ascio and EPAG
+ Includes PDR, Domain.com, FastDomain and Bigrock. There are other Endurance registrars, but these are the biggest.
++ Includes Network Solutions, Register.com, and Crazy Domains/Dreamscape
^ Includes 1&1, PSI, Cronon, United-Domains, Arsys and world4you

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