Al­most 1,000 new do­main names in county

994 .IE NAMES REG­IS­TERED IN COUNTY WICK­LOW SO FAR THIS YEAR

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS - By MARY FOG­A­RTY

AL­MOST a thou­sand new .ie do­mains were reg­is­tered in Wick­low in the first half of 2018, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est Do­main Pro­file Re­port pub­lished last week by the IE Do­main Reg­istry, the com­pany that man­ages and main­tains Ire­land’s of­fi­cial coun­try do­main name.

The fig­ure, 994, is a 47 per cent year-on-year in­crease. Over­all, new .ie do­main reg­is­tra­tions in Le­in­ster in the first half (H1) of 2018 num­bered 17,544, a 39 per cent year-onyear in­crease.

Na­tion­ally, .ie do­main reg­is­tra­tions grew by 39 per cent year-on-year to 28,126, bring­ing the to­tal .ie do­main data­base to 252,222 at the end of H1 2018. The ma­jor­ity (62.5%), of new .ie do­mains were reg­is­tered by busi­nesses (in­clud­ing cor­po­rate bod­ies and sole traders).

In to­tal, 154 .ie do­mains were reg­is­tered ev­ery day in H1 2018, with in­creases in 31 of the 32 coun­ties of Ire­land.

Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of IE Do­main Reg­istry David Curtin said: ‘Vir­tu­ally ev­ery county in Ire­land recorded an in­crease in .ie do­main reg­is­tra­tions in the first half of 2018.

‘The in­crease in reg­is­tra­tions in Wick­low and in Le­in­ster dur­ing this pe­riod is good news, as in­creased on­line ac­tiv­ity among busi­nesses is a lead­ing in­di­ca­tor of Ire­land’s broader eco­nomic growth.

‘In par­tic­u­lar, the growth of .ie in re­gional parts of Ire­land is a fan­tas­tic ex­am­ple of how the in­ter­net can help busi­nesses in less in­fras­truc­turally de­vel­oped coun­ties over­come tra­di­tional bar­ri­ers to growth, such as a smaller cus­tomer base or slower road and rail links.

‘Part of IE Do­main Reg­istry’s over­ar­ch­ing mis­sion is to en­sure that Ire­land’s small busi­nesses are tak­ing full ad­van­tage of the in­ter­net econ­omy by get­ting on­line, con­nect­ing with their cus­tomers, and sell­ing to them. We are con­fi­dent that con­tin­ued in­no­va­tion within the .ie names­pace, and on­go­ing dig­i­tal ad­vo­cacy for e-com­merce, will have pos­i­tive, long-term re­sults for Ire­land’s SMEs.’

Mr Curtin said that a sig- nif­i­cant part of .ie’s growth in the last six months is a re­sult of IE Do­main Reg­istry’s new ‘ lib­er­al­i­sa­tion’ pol­icy.

The pol­icy, im­ple­mented in March af­ter ex­ten­sive con­sul­ta­tion with in­dus­try stake­hold­ers and the gen­eral pub­lic, makes it eas­ier and faster to reg­is­ter a .ie do­main. This change is timely as busi­nesses are mov­ing away from generic, anony­mous email addresses, like eir­com.net or gmail.com.

‘Lib­er­al­i­sa­tion has re­sulted in a stream­lined reg­is­tra­tion process. While ap­pli­cants are still re­quired to prove their con­nec­tion to Ire­land, they can now reg­is­ter their pre­ferred name on a first-come, first-served ba­sis. For new busi­ness start-ups and small-scale en­ter­prises, lib­er­al­i­sa­tion has re­moved an ad­min­is­tra­tive ob­sta­cle to .ie do­main reg­is­tra­tion,’ said Mr Curtin.

‘Busi­nesses, or­gan­i­sa­tions and com­mu­nity groups across the is­land of Ire­land recog­nise the unique power and ben­e­fit of .ie’s “iden­ti­fi­ably Irish” brand for their web­sites and email addresses. For an SME, a .ie on­line ad­dress sig­nals to lo­cal cus­tomers that they are lo­cal and trust­wor­thy. To in­ter­na­tional cus­tomers, .ie is an authen­tic and pro­tected marker of Ir­ish­ness,’ he said.

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