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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 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 February 20th, 2018

SME ONLINE SUCCESS STORY: FRESH THINKING FOR TOP IRISH FISH SUPPLIER

Our recent dot ie Digital Health Index (Q4 2017) reveals that SMEs are realising the benefits of selling online. While only 40% of Irish SMEs with websites can take sales orders, it is a notable improvement on just 30% in the previous wave of research. One of our accredited registrars Letshost.ie, has highlighted a particular success story from one of their customers – Eat More Fish. Who is Eat More Fish? Eat More Fish is an Irish online fishmonger which sustainably sources high quality seafood locally from all corners of Ireland; from Donegal to Mayo, Galway to Cork and everywhere in…

Naomi Temple
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on December 15th, 2017

Irish SMEs demand more digital skills training

Our latest dot ie Digital Health Index reveals almost a third (32%) of Irish SMEs want more digital skills and e-commerce training. As a result, we are recommending the rollout of a cross-industry digital skills programme for micro-businesses, that have begun their digital journey, but need help to access Ireland’s growing e-commerce market; as well as a Local Enterprise Office-run ‘buddy system’ that pairs up businesses with digital experts in their local area. E-commerce, is becoming an increasingly important part of Ireland’s economy. Ireland’s share of the European e-commerce market is €9 billion and is expected to grow to €14…

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on September 7th, 2017

An evening with Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales – Ireland’s Internet Day 2017

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales will visit Dublin in October to discuss the fight against fake news, the launch of his recent news website WikiTRIBUNE, and how threats to online knowledge-sharing can be combatted with evidence-based journalism. We are absolutely delighted to host Mr Wales at our event celebrating Ireland’s Internet Day in Trinity College Dublin on Thursday, 26 October. Limited tickets are now available booked online. Tickets cost €15, with all proceeds going to CoderDojo, the volunteer computer programming club for young people. About Ireland’s Internet Day Now in its third year, Ireland’s Internet Day, which coincides with international Internet Day,…

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on August 28th, 2017

Public consultation begins on liberalisation of .ie domain policy

A public consultation on the liberalisation of .ie domain registration and naming policy begins today and will run until 30 September. Currently, to register a .ie domain name, an individual or business must prove that they have a valid claim to the desired name and a real, tangible connection to the island of Ireland. Our proposal is to retain the requirement for registrants to prove their connection to Ireland, but drop the need to prove a valid claim to the name. If the policy change is approved, any individual or business with a provable connection to Ireland will be able…