IE web domains hit 250,000
THE number of people and companies with a .ie domain has reached a quarter of a million, according to IE Domain Registry.
David Curtin, CEO of IE Domain Registry, the company that manages and maintains Ireland’s country domain, said that customers value the ease and convenience of websites.
“In order to survive, small and medium businesses need to respond to competition from international websites,” he said.
Mr Curtin added that the company was working closely with SMEs through its Optimise programme.
The programme, which was established by IE Domain in 2011, aims to empower small businesses to improve their online presence, hone their digital capabilities and grow their ecommerce sales.
To date, the programme has assisted over 130 small and microbusiness owners to enhance their website capabilities and grow online sales.
The milestone comes after IE Domain reported its best ever six months for the period to June 30.
New domain registrations grew by 39pc year-on-year to 28,126 during the six months, working out an average of 154 new .ie domains registered every day.
Almost two-thirds of new .ie domains were registered by businesses (including corporate bodies and sole traders).
Last year IE Domain, which employs 22 people at its Dublin base, reported a 3pc increase in turnover to €3.12m from €3.03m in 2016.
David Curtin, chief executive of IE Domain Registry, with Rasa Levinaite, owner of The Wicklow Street Clinic, Dublin. The clinic is the 250,000th .ie domain registered in Ireland.