The pandemic and the lockdown have certainly contributed to the growth of Italian Internet domains: citizens, freelancers, and companies have seen the Web as a chance, a resource, and a job opportunity. In 2020, which closes with a total of 3,374,790 names, the Italian Web grew by 4.20 per cent, with an increase of 13.2 per cent in new registrations compared to 2019.
The general picture of the increase in registered domains during a national lockdown has been summed up by the head of Registro .it and Director of the Institute of Informatics and Telematics of the CNR in Pisa, Mr. Marco Conti, who pointed out that such an increase had not occurred since 2008. Moreover, the Director stated that, since the Prime Ministerial Decree of March 2020, which blocked many conventional work activities, "the Web has been a timely digital solution for many, judging by the sharp increase in registrations, with 66,313 and 59,474 new .it names respectively".
At the time of coronavirus, the number of new businesses on the Web is growing; in particular, the number of freelance professionals' websites is increasing sharply, with almost 30,000 new domains, and a 35% increase in digital presence in just one year. Enhancing one's activity on the Web is becoming essential, and the website becomes an opportunity to make oneself known and increase one's business and customer base, also because of the obstacles imposed by the pandemic and the measures to tackle Covid-19.