Al­most 1,000 .ie do­mains in county in first six months

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WICK­LOW reg­is­tered 941 new .ie do­mains in the first half of 2019, ac­cord­ing to a new re­port.

Com­pa­nies, self-em­ployed en­trepreneur­s, pri­vate in­di­vid­u­als and lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions in Wick­low reg­is­tered 941 new. ie do­mains in the first half of 2019, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est edi­tion of the .ie Do­main Pro­file Re­port, pub­lished last week by IE Do­main Reg­istry.

New .ie do­main reg­is­tra­tions in Le­in­ster in H1 2019 num­bered 16,513. At the end of H1 2019, there was a to­tal of 169,879 .ie do­mains reg­is­tered in Le­in­ster, up 8.2 per cent year-on-year.

Na­tion­ally, the to­tal .ie do­main data­base grew by 8.3 per cent year-on-year, and by nearly 40 per cent com­pared to the same pe­riod five years ago. At the end of H1 2019, there was a to­tal of 273,156 .ie do­mains.

The .ie do­main re­mains an ex­tremely pop­u­lar way for Ir­ish busi­nesses to demon­strate their au­then­tic­ity and trust­wor­thi­ness to lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional cus­tomers: 80.2% of the to­tal .ie data­base is com­prised of com­pa­nies and self-em­ployed en­trepreneur­s, up 4 per cent year-on-year.

New .ie reg­is­tra­tions by in­di­vid­u­als grew by 26.4 per cent year-on-year, which speaks to the grow­ing trend of us­ing web­sites to build a per­ma­nent, per­sonal space on the in­ter­net, free from many of the lim­i­ta­tions of so­cial net­works.

IE Do­main Reg­istry, the com­pany that man­ages and main­tains .ie, Ire­land’s coun­try do­main name, says that much of the do­main’s re­cent growth has been pow­ered by a change to reg­is­tra­tion re­quire­ments im­ple­mented in March 2018.

While .ie reg­is­trants must still prove their con­nec­tion to Ire­land, they no longer need to prove their ‘claim’ to a par­tic­u­lar .ie name, which makes the reg­is­tra­tion process eas­ier and faster, par­tic­u­larly for early-stage start-up busi­nesses.

David Curtin, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of IE Do­main Reg­istry, said: ‘In Ire­land and in Wick­low, .ie re­mains the dig­i­tal gold stan­dard for busi­nesses, en­trepreneur­s, com­mu­ni­ties, and in­di­vid­u­als that want to build or en­hance their on­line pres­ence.

‘For Ir­ish busi­nesses that sell on­line, .ie rep­re­sents au­then­tic­ity and trust­wor­thi­ness, fac­tors that are hugely im­por­tant for e-com­merce and con­sumers’ peace of mind. For in­di­vid­u­als, a .ie do­main has ben­e­fits over a so­cial me­dia pres­ence, par­tic­u­larly in terms of con­trol over con­tent and reach, which many so­cial net­works re­strict as they con­tinue to change their al­go­rithms.’

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