The rate of growth of of the number of domains registered globally is slowing - the second quarter of 2017 saw an increase of just 1.3m (<0.4%) to 331.9m across all Top Level Domains (TLDs). This compares to previous growth rates of 2-3%, according to Verisign's latest Domain Name Industry Brief.
Making up that topline statistic are rises in the number of legacy gTLD registrations .com, .net, .org and even an increase of 300,000 .info domains alongside a rise in the number of country code (cc) TLDs. Meanwhile the number of new gTLDs has fallen, most widely reported as the impact of giveaway domains not being renewed and a run on domains in China not holding.
So what's happening to the number of domain name registrations? Does this slow down represent the beginning of the end for domains? Or do the number of domains being registered even matter?