Growth continued at major hosting companies in June, but at a more measured pace than the torrid expansion seen earlier this year. This month's Hosting Provider Switching Analysis
finds the providers with the 10 largest net gains added 336k hostnames in June, compared to an average of 731k per month for the top 10 through the first five months of 2004.
That trend held true for June's largest gainer, domain registrar Go Daddy, which added 64K hostnames after five consecutive months of growth exceeding 100k hostnames. Germany's 1&1 Internet AG was next, continuing its relentless growth as it exceeded 4 million web-visible hostnames for the first time.
Top Hosting Providers By Hostname Growth, June 04 to July 04
Among this month's gainer is New.net, which added 18k web-visible domains for a 60 percent gain from May. New.net offers domain names outside the ICANN top-level domain (TLD) system, including extensions such as .shop, .xxx, .ltd and .mp3. New.net domains aren't recognized by the centralized domain name system, but are supported by a number of large ISPs including Tiscali, Earthlink, Juno and NetZero. Those using other ISPs must download a browser plugin to visit those sites.
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