Analysis of .PW Domain Registrations One Month After Launch

| May 8, 2013

The launch of .PW has received a great deal of attention because it can indicate the kind of reception new gTLDs may receive.  The .PW registry operators were delighted to reach 50,000 domain registrations within only 3 weeks of general availability.  With their goal for the year of 100,000 registrations, they appear to be well on their way.  We congratulate their success.

We were curious what might be driving the registrations of .PW.  To find out, we researched the geographic distribution of domain registrations based on NameServer information.  We identified Nameserver data on 63,736 .PW domains to find the top NameServer domains and hosting countries.  While our list of domains is not complete, we feel it is a large enough sample. Here’s what we found:

The top 3 Nameservers all belong to companies apparently doing business in China.



Looking at the geolocation of the NameServer IPs, the influence of registrations from the Chinese market is even more clear:



(NOTE: You may notice that these totals add up over 63,736.  Domains often have more than one Nameserver hostname, and each Nameserver hostname may have multiple IP addresses. A domain may have geographically distributed Nameservers. For each domain, we count the country once, regardless of the number of Nameserver IPs in that country)

While .PW seems to be doing well in many markets, the strong growth of .PW domains appears to be driven primarily by Chinese partners which prominently promote .pw to their users.  To illustrate, the company (which manages the #2 .PW Nameserver promotes .pw registrations on its homepage and offers it at a lower price than other TLDs.

Lastly, we also analyzed the composition of the domain names to see if there were any patterns.  Interestingly, nearly 25% of the registrations contain at least one numeric character.  Compare that with less than 7% of domains overall.


After looking at this data, our takeaways are:

1      .PW domains appear to be doing extremely well in the Chinese market.
2      New gTLDs will benefit from strong registrar partnerships, and low pricing.
3      Numerical character domains may be very popular early registrations in new gTLDs, at least those that expect to have a strong Chinese user base.




Category: Domain Industry, Domain Tools Updates, NameServer, New TLDs, Registrant Search

About the Author ()

Michael joined DomainTools in 2005 and helped develop the back-end systems powering many of DomainTools' most popular products. He managed Engineering for 4 years before moving to his new role in R&D in 2012, where he focuses on exploring new technical opportunities & solutions. Michael is an expert in DNS and has deep experience with the collection and processing of Big Data. Before joining DomainTools, Michael's work primarily focused on developing email & anti-spam software, web application frameworks, and account management automation for ISPs. Michael holds a BS in Computer Science from Central Washington University.

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  1. Question: why would the Chinese registrars be so far ahead of every other country in registrations? What am I missing here?

  2. Michael says:

    If I was to speculate, I’d say that the registrars are doing a better job promoting the TLD, or that it’s more attractive to Chinese customers for price, availability, or some other reason.

  3. Kailas says:

    I thought the registrars are doing a better job promoting the TLD…

  4. harsh says:

    when you will post a new article on .pw domain. also is there any site where i can find the total number of registered .pw domains and their daily increase ?
    your article on .pw was awesome
    thank you

  5. solar panels says:

    Please is this fact true about the spam out break coming from the .PW domain? Was particularly in interested but am not skeptical, was the TLD run on tested servers prior it’s released?
    If you Google this you will know what I mean, will need an expert to shed more light on this.

  6. onapthanh says:

    I’d say that the registrars are doing a better job promoting the TLD, or that it’s more attractive to Chinese customers for price, availability.