The Afnic Domain Name Industry Report has published new key figures. This month, through an extremely thorough lexicographical analysis of .fr domain names, the new edition of the Report confirms that:
- “france”, “paris”, and “real estate” (immobilier) lead neck to neck among the terms used in .fr domain names: some 12,300 domain names contain each of these terms. “hotel”, “location” (rental), “saint”, “restaurant”, “service”, “web” and “auto” are – in descending order – the remaining terms, whether accented or not, present in the Top 10.
- The term “paris” has risen sharply since the study in August 2011, with an increase of 43% in 18 months.
- The domain name with the greatest number of hyphens contains 17 of them.
- The longest IDN contains 56 characters.
To recap, the Afnic Industry Report on Domain Names in France has changed format. Instead of being edited once a year, it has now become a monthly publication, each issue focusing on a specific trend, event or prominent figure.
Afnic is the acronym for Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération, the French Network Information Centre. The registry has been appointed by the French government to manage domain names under the .fr Top Level Domain. Afnic also manages the .re (Reunion Island), .pm (Saint-Pierre and Miquelon), .tf (French Southern and Antarctic Territories), .wf (Wallis and Futuna) and .yt (Mayotte) French Overseas TLDs.
In addition to managing French TLDs, Afnic’s role is part of a wider public interest mission, which is to contribute on a daily basis, thanks to the efforts of its teams and its members, to a secure and stable internet, open to innovation and in which the French internet community plays a leading role. As part of that mission, Afnic, a non-profit organization, donates 90% of its profits to its Foundation for Digital Solidarity. Afnic is also the back-end registry for the companies as well as local and regional authorities that have chosen to have their own TLD, such as .paris, .bzh, .alsace, .corsica, .mma, .ovh, .leclerc and .sncf.
Established in 1997 and based in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Afnic currently has 80 employees.