Did You Know – 10 Mind Blowing Facts About Domain Names


 

  1. Can you guess the number of .com domains already registered?

    There are over 113,746,728 .COM domains registered to date. Well the number is increasing every day, and it might be very hard for you to get the .COM you desire. Luckily, there are tons of new TLD options for you to choose from to make the domain shopping process a little easier.

     

  2. All three-lettered .COM domains have been long since registered

    In case you haven’t already noticed, the chances of you finding a three lettered .COM domain are slim to none. The domains are extremely popular because they are short and easy to remember. All these domains have been gone ever since 1997, so if you ever come across one be sure to grab it!

     

  3. All ‘a’ .COM addresses have been taken

    All the domain names comprising entirely of the letter ‘a’, from a.com right up to aaaa….aaaa.com (63 characters) are already registered. Someone clearly sees the vowel as a valuable domain name. What do you think?

  4. Registering a domain used to be entirely FREE

    Domain name registrations were free until 1995, when Network Solutions was granted the authority to start charging for domain names. It started at $100 for 2 years of registration and then fell to $70 in 1997. Ever since ICANN (The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) was created, the registration prices have dropped considerably and have consequently become more affordable.

     

  5. Coca Cola in love with .COMs with “ahh”

    Coca Cola owns all the domain names that can be pronounced as ‘ahh’. Such as ahh.com, ahhhh.com, ahhhhh.com, and so on… all the way up to 62 h’s! Hard to believe, isn’t it? But it is in fact entirely true!

     

  6. Google.com was originally intended to be Googol.com

    As Larry Page, the co-founder of Google.com narrates: “Lucas Pereira: ‘You idiots, you spelled [Googol] wrong!’ However, at the time google.com was available and googol.com was not- so I guess it all worked out in the end! Well I’d definitely say so!

  7. Most expensive domain transaction ever 

    DotTV Inc. paid $50m to the island nation of Tuvalu for the rights to the “.tv” top level domain space. Imagine that!

  8. A single individual owns over 200,000 domains

    Dr. Lieven P. Van Neste owns well over 200,000 domain names. Most recently he has been seen making attempts to sell off his collection at truly fire-sale prices via Afternic and other third party brokers. So be on the lookout and you just might get lucky.

     

  9. A Welsh village owns the world’s largest single word web address

    The longest unhyphenated single word domain name belongs to Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, a Welsh village, and was registered by hosts Internetters in October 1999. The town’s name translates into English as “the church of St. Mary in the hollow of white hazel trees near the rapid whirlpool by St. Tysilio’s of the red cave”.

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Animesh Agarwal
An avid traveler, foodie and reader, Animesh is passionate about the world of domain names and loves to tie bits and pieces of information together to form the bigger picture. Animesh is a graduate from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Varanasi, one of the elite institutions of India.

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