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Activation Timeline
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Domain Timeline
 
 
Date
Number of .com Domains
Domain Counter
 
Symbolics.com is assigned on March 15 1985 to become the first registered domain ...
Total active
.com Domains
March 15 1985  
1
Dec 31 1985  
6
Dec 31 1986  
60
Dec 31 1987  
107
Dec 31 1988  
estimation
230
Dec 31 1989  

estimation
568

Dec 31 1990  
estimation 1,402
Dec 31 1991  
estimation 2,602
Dec 31 1992  
estimation 3,013
 
New US Clinton Gore Administration arrives Jan 23 1993
promotes the Internet - launches Whitehouse.gov Website
Total active
.com Domains
Dec 31 1993  
estimation 4,712
Dec 31 1994  
estimation 9,005
Dec 31 1995  
estimation 28,788
Dec 31 1996  
estimation 188,098
 
Google.com is assigned Sep 15 1997
Total active
.com Domains
Dec 31 1997  
estimation 421,312
Dec 31 1998  
3,425,625
Dec 31 1999  
8,006,100
 
new Millenum
more Domain Registration Companies come alive and Domain Registration fees lower
Total active
.com Domains
Dec 31 2000  
21,023,720
Dec 31 2001  
23,198,677
 
End of the Dot Com Bubble Speculation
Unprofitable Web 1 Companies run out of financing
Total active
.com Domains
Dec 31 2002  
21,991,795
Dec 31 2003  
26,207,928
 
Google pushes Keyword Advertising and monetized the Web
Web 2 becomes profitable
Total active
.com Domains
Dec 31 2004  
33,351,738
Dec 31 2005  
46,233,988
Dec 31 2006  
61,624,166
Dec 31 2007  
69,215,937
     
Dec 31 2008  
78,776,555
Dec 31 2009  
84,000,293
Dec 31 2010  
91,724,762
Dec 31 2011  
99,364,359
Dec 31 2012  
106,080,969


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.com
is and remains "the one and only" domain extension
for large Businesses or any major International website.
On an International Level
"A Brand without .com ... is not a Brand"

Numerous websites can be found
using .net (initial signification for .net is "network")
or .org (initial signification for .org is "non profit organisation")


Other generic domains (.biz or .info, .tv or the european .eu.)
launched by Domain sellers after 2000 to copy the .com success,
Usually these domains are a flop,
they have no "natural" traffic.
Most of them redirect to the .com version
and if they appear to be a real website
they might have the bad cognotation to belong to a site
that was too late to get it´s .com



National Top Level Domains, however, are popular,
in particular for small businesses or websites oriented towards a national audiance:

There are 244 different national Top Level Domains, one per Country:

National Domains start to appear at the end of the 90ties,
German .de Domains started registration Nov 5 1986.
Mai 2004 French .fr Domain Registrations were simplified by Afnic
November 2005 Spanish .es Domains were simplified.

The most popular country level domains are
.cn for China
followed by .de for Germany (see some stats on .de domains by Denic)

the country with the highest amounts of Domains
per Capita is Switzerland with it´s .ch
(have a look at the interactive Switzerland Domain Map)