IE web do­mains hit 250,000

Irish Independent - Business Week - - Front Page -

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.

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