The World Wide Web grew by 1 million domain names in the first quarter of 2010, according to the "Domain Name Industry Brief" report out this week from Verisign.

The report finds the number of registered domain names ended the first quarter of 2010 with a base of more than 193 million domain name registrations, an increase of 11 million domain name registrations, or 6 percent, compared to the first quarter of 2009.

A domain name is the part of a web address that comes after the www. The domain name of this site is

Domains are segmented into two parts: the top-level domains (TLDs), including the generic top-level domains (gTLDs), such as the prominent domains com, net and org, or the country code top-level domains (ccTLDs) such as ca for Canada or jp for Japan. In the case of this site, .ca is the top level of our domain while digitalhome is the second level domain.

As of October 2009, there were 21 generic top level domains and 250 tow letter country top level domains on the internet.

The overall base of .com and .net domain names grew to 99.3 million domain names in the first quarter of 2010. This represents a 2.7 percent increase over the fourth quarter and a 7 percent increase over the same quarter in 2009. New .com and .net registrations were added at an average of approximately 2.7 million per month in the first quarter of 2010 for a total of 8.1 million new registrations in the quarter. The renewal rate for the first quarter of 2010 was 72 percent, an increase from the fourth quarter of 2009, which was 71.2 percent.

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