Spaceship’s first million domains under management

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Firmly cementing our place as the fastest-growing domain and web services platform, Spaceship has hit over 1 million domains under management — and that's only the beginning. 

Spaceship's radically different approach is helping more and more web pros, small businesses, and entrepreneurs from around the world get online and grow better.  

Since coming out of closed beta on April 16, 2023, Spaceship has hit so many amazing milestones thanks to your support. From Product Hunt brand recognition to launching many innovative products and apps, it’s been a busy but rewarding time.

But while hitting 1 million domains under management is a big milestone for us, what's the significance behind that number? The importance of domains is continuing to grow across the digital world, so what patterns or insights can be gained to help guide your future domain choices?

Diving into the numbers

As the fastest-growing domain and web services platform, Spaceship is perfectly placed to capture new insights into domain market trends. Let's take a closer look at the data.

Transfers vs. new registrations on Spaceship

Of the 1 million domains registered on Spaceship over the past year, 29% were transferred from other hosts, while 71% were new registrations. This shows both seasoned domainers and new domain owners were drawn to Spaceship’s groundbreaking platform and easy transfer process.
New transfer features are also being added all the time, such as ‘DNS Import’ which lets you migrate third-party DNS records for an even more effortless transfer to Spaceship.

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The percentage of .com vs. other TLD registrations

When it comes to top-level domains (TLDs) and domain name trends, .com is typically the first choice for many. It’s the most recognizable and trustworthy TLD, giving automatic credibility to any website. That’s why it accounts for nearly half of domains registered on the web. 

However, on Spaceship, .com only accounted for 13% of new domain registrations. This doesn’t indicate a slowdown in popularity or a change in hosting industry trends but more likely a lowering of supply. Many good .com domains have already been snapped up.

As a result, people are seeking alternatives, which brings us to our next insight.

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The top 20 TLDs registered with Spaceship 

This list includes generic TLDs (gTLDs) and country code TLDs (ccTLDs). gTLDs make up the majority of registrations, with .in and .co.uk just about making the cut. 

Topping the leaderboard is .shop with a huge 28% of all domain registrations. Although .com is second, there is still a stark difference, with .shop having more than double the number of registrations. 
Considering just how ubiquitous online shopping has become, it’s not surprising. With 20.1% of retail purchases expected to take place online in 2024, it’s no wonder people are flocking to e-commerce, locking in their online stores with a .shop domain.

The list of top 20 tlds registered.

The top 5 countries registering domains with Spaceship

So, where do most of our domain registrants come from? The US leads the charge with 21% of domain registrations, followed by China, which accounts for 11%. This aligns with wider web trends and overall domain registration stats, which also put the US and China at the top.

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The top 10 gTLDs

We’ve already looked at .shop and .com, but what about the other contenders? TLDs like .net and .org should be familiar to anyone who spends time online, but .sbs probably isn’t. However, it's certainly gaining popularity, taking 3rd place with 10% of all gTLD registrations. 

Launched in 2021, .sbs is short for side by side and is one of the newest web trends for gTLDs. It appeals to community-oriented organizations such as non-profits, activists, and social enterprises.

The lists of top 10 gTLDs and ccTLDs.

The top 10 ccTLDs

For organizations wanting local relevance and trust, a ccTLD is a no-brainer. So .in and .co.uk leading the way is in keeping with current industry trends, with India and the UK among the most dominant Internet users. 

It’s unlikely that every TLD here is used for domain localization. Although .ai is the ccTLD for Anguilla, most domain registrations are related to artificial intelligence companies. Similarly, .co is the ccTLD of Colombia but is considered a great alternative to the .com domain.

Building the digital future together

It’s certainly exciting times for domains and launching web futures. We’re seeing the emergence of newer TLDs focused on industries and markets, with the traditional king of domains (.com) maybe starting to see its crown slip? The data tells its own story.

Make no mistake, though, hitting the 1 million domain milestone isn’t all about us and our achievements. Spaceship is being specifically engineered to make sure we’re providing exactly what you need. It’s made for you, and with you — so we are building the digital future together. Which means anything we achieve is really thanks to you.

Here’s to the next million or two…or twenty, together. 

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    AstroGuide.Ai

    Jun 12, 2024

    Hate to do this but quoting your figure above: “With 20.1% of online purchases expected to take place online in 2024…” I believe you meant to say 100%. :)
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      Yaroslav Kabai

      Jun 12, 2024

      Thank you for your feedback! The text has been updated.

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    Zubair Ibn Zamir

    Jun 12, 2024

    Congratulations!
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    Rebel For Life

    Jun 13, 2024

    If you want another million registrations in the next 12 months - then be CHEAPER than everybody else. One reason why seasoned Domainers are transferring to you - but keep the transfer prices low. Be aggressively competitive in your pricing and you may just end up ruling them all. 😊☮🌈
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    HM Faisal Arafin

    Jun 13, 2024

    Almost 200k (.shop) domain registered. few are gonna renew this. By the way, people are extremely happy with your services. thanks.
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    Happy Customer

    Jun 14, 2024

    You guys have a lot of features, but so hard to just see my list of domains. I have to search for and then open a domain list. As a domain registrar, have all my domains in a list right then when you go to dashboard. Cheers
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      Guest User 287

      Jun 21, 2024

      Please describe and request here https://www.spaceship.com/roadmap/

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    German Huayllani

    Jun 18, 2024

    Congratulations!!!
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    niubi ma

    Jun 23, 2024

    spaceship let's go!
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    Nuberu Samuel

    Jul 1, 2024

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    Ryan Harris

    Jul 2, 2024

    Spaceship is really taking off and I'm so glad to see it. I've transferred domains to Spaceship and I've brought domains on Spaceship and I'm really happy to call myself a Spaceshipper! It's so intuitive and easy to use and the support staff are ever so nice, always helpful with every single ticket they get. I must have opened at least 4 tickets with them and each time the staff have been nice, kind and respectful and I couldn't ask for more than that, it's such a perfect Registrar I will continue to use them for as long as they stay!
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    Bill S

    Jul 9, 2024

    Congratulations and well done :D 👏👏
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    5.best

    Jul 11, 2024

    congrats to 100000 domains in spaceship.com now !
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    Dexter

    Jul 19, 2024

    Congrats! Your future looks bright and exciting. My intuition tells me to transfer all my domain names here, but another voice tells me your current prices are just a marketing stunt. Another thing, I wish you would use an affiliate platform that's less complicated.
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