Monday, 10 September 2018

Just last week, Verisign – the global leader in domain name and Internet security services, released its latest domain name industry report, which offers an up-to-date insight into the global TLD market trends.

The report covers the second quarter of 2018 and gives valuable information about the TLD performance on the domain market.

Check out the main domain name industry highlights from the report and see which types of domains are most popular at Thexyz.

What is the Verisign domain industry report?

The latest industry report from Verisign shows that the first half of 2018 closed with about 339.8 million domain name registrations across all TLD extensions worldwide.

This figure marks a 2% increase of domain registrations compared to the first quarter of 2018, which means that approximately 6 million more domain names were registered over a period of just 3 months!

This is quite a remarkable figure, bearing in mind that the number of domain registrations in the previous quarter period grew by only 1.4 million (0.4%) as compared to the fourth quarter of 2017.
In comparison to the figures from a year ago, domain name registrations mark a 2.4% spike, which translates into an increase by almost 8 million domain names.

In their latest report, Verisign presents a breakdown of the domain registrations by TLD, which gives a good idea of the most popular TLDs on the market:

As of June 30, 2018, the most popular gTLDs on the market are .COM, .NET, .ORG and .INFO as their base (a total of 165.4 million) represents 49% of all registrations worldwide.

.COM keeps being the front runner with the impressive 135.8 million registrations, which have grown by 5% since June 2017.

The other three gTLDs show a drop in registrations compared to last year, with .NET reaching a 7% decrease in numbers.
The total number of country-code (ccTLD) domain name registrations amounts to 149.7 million, which represents around 44% of all TLD registrations, as of June 30 2018.

This is an increase of approximately 5.5 million domain name registrations, or 3.8 percent, compared to the second quarter of 2017.

According to the Verisign’s report, the most popular ccTLD, as of June 30, 2018, is .CN with the stunning 22.7 million registrations, followed by .TK (a free ccTLD), .DE (Germany’s TLD), .UK
 and .RU.

The remainder of the Top 10 chart of ccTLDs is completed by the Netherlands’ .NL TLD, Brazil’s .BR TLD, the European Union’s .EU TLD, France’s .FR TLD and Italy’s .IT TLD.

The total reported amount of nTLDs at the end of the first half of 2018 was 21.8 million, a decrease of approximately 2.5 million domain name registrations, or 10.4 percent, compared to June 30, 2017.
According to the report, the most popular nTLDs are .TOP, .LOAN and .XYZ, followed by .CLUB and .ONLINE.

The report includes a chart, which shows that nTLD registrations represent 6.4% of all TLD registrations:

For more TLD stats, check out the latest issue of the Domain Name Industry Report.

What are the most popular TLD's at Thexyz?

Following up with the report of Verisign, we’ve made our own research into the TLD trends across Thexyz.

As of June 30, 2018, we’ve observed a 5% increase in the number of domain registrations compared to the volumes from a year ago.

  • gTLDs and ccTLDs have preserved steady increase rates year over year.
  • In contrast to the global nTLD trend, however, we’ve seen an increase in the number of new generic TLD registrations as well.
  • This is largely due to the increased number of nTLDs on our platform and also the various promo campaigns we’ve been running for some of the most attractive ones.
  • And of course, thanks to your continued support.
In the chart below, you can see the distribution of domain registrations in regards to TLD types as of June 30, 2018:

gTLDs still have a dominating presence in the chart and will most probably continue to do so for a long time in tune with the global trend.

It seems that regardless of the growing significance of the local factor (ccTLDs) and the increasing popularity of keyword based domains (nTLDs), .COM, .NET and .ORG will continue to be a top choice for the majority of new registrations across our platform and the market in general for years to come.

The chart listed below lists the most popular TLDs across our platform:

As in the Verisign report, the top 10 chart on our platform features the most popular gTLDs – .COM, .NET, .ORG and .INFO.

As for ccTLDs, the chart is a reflection of the markets where the majority of our customers operate in, namely the United Kingdom, Australia, United States, Canada and New Zealand.

It’s interesting to note that .CO – albeit a ccTLD, has entered into our top 10 chart thanks to its growing popularity as an alternative to .COM.

Even with all of the new domain extensions, catchy .COM alternatives and a variety of country-specific TLDs on the market today, .COM remains on top when it comes to domain industry trends.

Although .COM isn’t always the top choice for startups and small businesses today, it is still an important decision-taking factor. So it will likely remain on top thanks to it its universal recognition and long-standing history online.
Friday, 7 September 2018

In recent years, Swoole has taken over as the new best programming solution thanks to its scalability and the performance boosting capabilities it offers as a PHP extension.
Swoole represents an event-driven network communication framework for asynchronous and parallel PHP requests, which is aimed at scaling up the performance of web applications.
Based on the C language exclusively, Swoole allows PHP developers to write scalable applications for: Internet, mobile communication, cloud computing, online gaming, without the need to have an in-depth knowledge of non-blocking I/O programming.
Learn more about the Swoole framework and about how you can make use of it on our web hosting platform.

What is the Swoole framework about?

Swoole was introduced with one basic idea in mind - to provide efficiency to PHP programmers and give them more time to focus their efforts on more innovative products.
Swoole boasts built-in async, multi-threadеd I/O (input/output) modules, which distinguish it from the other async programming frameworks such as Nginx and Node.js.
This allows programmers to create network servers and to perform database and filesystem operations for the PHP language.
PHP developers can use either sync or async API to write the applications.
Here is a glimpse of the advantages of the Swoole framework:
  • 100% C-compiled, with extremely powerful performance;
  • Simple and easy to use, development-efficient;
  • Event-driven, non-blocking asynchronous processing;
  • Supports millions of concurrent TCP connections;
  • Supports asynchronous/synchronous/coroutine;
  • Supports multiprocessing/multi-threading;
  • CPU affinity/daemon process;
And here is a list of the key Swoole components, which make Swoole truly efficient for application development:
  • IPv4 / IPv6 / Unixsocket network support;
  • Async TCP/UDP server and client;
  • SSL / TLS support;
  • Async HTTP/ WebSocket client;
  • Database connection pooling;
  • Async MySQL client;
  • Async Redis client;
  • Fast Serializer / Unserializer;
  • Milliseconds task scheduler;
With this wide array of components, Swoole can be utilized by a number of applications for mobile communication, cloud computing, microservices, mobile games, and live chat systems, to name a few, which are normally within the capacity of C++ or Java developers.
Currently, Swoole is adopted by some of the greatest retail platforms like Alibaba and Baidu.

How does the Swoole framework work?

Swoole runs in CLI mode, which distinguishes it from the common PHP model.


Here are the key differences between Swoole and the traditional PHP model:
  • Swoole supports more server-side protocols;
  • Swoole supports long-live connections for websocket/TCP/UDP server;
  • Swoole creates additional worker processes so as to make use of all available CPU cores;
  • Swoole can manage and re-use the status in memory.

How to make use of Swoole on our platform?

The Swoole extension has been readily installed on our web hosting platform and you can enable it with a click for your projects.
In the PHP settings section of the Web Hosting Control Panel, just scroll down to the Swoole setting at the bottom of the table and click on the pertaining checkbox.

Note: The Swoole extension is currently supported by the PHP 7 version only, so make sure to switch to any of the supported PHP 7 releases first.


Once you have enabled Swoole for your hosting account, you will need to create an instance for your project from the Supervisor section.

In the Supervisor section, just click on the Create Instance button and then specify the path to the script you want to use Swoole for:


In our example, we are using a websocket server script:

Once the instance has been added, you will need to copy the port that has been generated for the instance:

and paste it into the script file as displayed below:

That’s it! Now you will be able to run a websocket server by using the Swoole network framework on at Thexyz. 

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