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Mick Begley
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on January 31st, 2019

DNS Flag Day – 1 February 2019

What is DNS Flag Day? From 1 February 2019 changes will be rolled out to the Domain Name System (DNS) software. Named, DNS Flag Day, this is to prepare the DNS for the deployment of new features. However, the knock-on effect is that some domain names will break for anyone who is using a non-compliant DNS setup. We have been scanning the .ie zone over the past few months and reached out to Registrars and domain holders to assist them in moving their DNS to a compliant setup. Currently there are just under 0.4% that are not yet compliant. Technical information…

Naomi Temple
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on January 25th, 2019

New .ie domain registrations jump 30% following registration rule change

51,040 new .ie domains were registered in 2018, up +29% on 2017, according to our latest .ie Domain Profile Report. The total .ie domain database recorded 262,140 active domains at the end of 2018, up +10% on the previous year. In this edition of the .ie Domain Profile Report, we explore the numbers and types of .ie domains registered in 2018, where they were registered, as well as information about the wider .ie domain ecosystem. Easier and faster The large year-on-year growth demonstrates the success of the changes we made to the .ie domain registration process in March 2018. It is…

Oonagh McCutcheon
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on December 21st, 2018

Is your website good at selling online?

Everyone knows that consumers are increasingly moving to purchasing online and the main reasons are convenience, pricing and product availability. Irish SMEs are embracing online in ever increasing numbers.  If you’re an SME, you want to know what the key trends in Ireland are. We run a programme called OPTIMISE which is designed to help small and micro businesses improve their digital presence. In 2018, we helped 40 companies from the design, hardware and retail sectors. OPTIMISE measures each company’s digital presence under 10 separate headings. This includes the full range of factors from design and branding, to content and…

Naomi Temple
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on December 3rd, 2018

As consumers gear up to spend billions this holiday season, only 3 in 10 SMEs can take sales orders online

While Irish consumers continue to spend into Christmas and the New Year, just 30%, or 3 in 10 Irish SMEs with websites, can take sales orders online, according to our SME Digital Health Index 2018 research. Our CEO David Curtin has warned Irish businesses that they will lose their customers to their competitors who are offering the choice and convenience of online shopping. Irish consumers are spending vast sums of money online, during the festive season and throughout the year. E-commerce is worth €12.3 billion to the Irish economy.* According to our Digital trends in Ireland 2018 research, conducted among…

Naomi Temple
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on October 25th, 2018

6 in 10 people have used an emerging digital technology – Internet Day survey

Online dating, Bitcoin and diet tracking—Ireland’s digital habits revealed in our new Digital trends in Ireland 2018 Internet Day survey conducted among 1,000 people. The survey, conducted by Core Research among 1,000 people, was published today to mark Internet Day, a celebration of the internet and its contribution to society and the economy, hosted annually by us. The research reveals Ireland’s attitudes to and use of internet technology, our online shopping habits, and the digital behavioural divides between Dublin and Ireland’s regional towns. Key findings – There are 4 internet-enabled devices in every Irish household. – 6 in 10 people have…

Naomi Temple
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on October 2nd, 2018

Internet Day 2018 – new ‘Digital Town’ initiative to combat low rates of e-commerce in Irish towns

We are delighted to launch our ‘Digital Town’ initiative as part of Internet Day 2018, taking place on 25 October. The Digital Town initiative seeks to highlight the economic, social and cultural benefits of the internet to towns across the country, and to ensure SMEs and local economies are realising the full potential of the digital age, particularly e-commerce. Gorey, Co Wexford has been selected as this year’s Digital Town. Gorey has been chosen for its achievements in cultivating a truly digital environment in the town, and for its ongoing successes in fully embracing digital for its residents and for local…