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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…

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 December 18th, 2017

Creating positive online experiences

User Experience, or UX as it’s more commonly known, is an integral part to creating an effective website for your business. It refers to a person’s emotions and attitudes when using a product. UX design is the process of designing an online experience that’s easy, intuitive and useful to the visitor. Essentially it’s an approach to design that takes the user into account. It ensures that the layout and how the content flows across the website is in line with how people like to search and take in information. UX designers aim to understand how users interact online and so…

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…

Oonagh McCutcheon
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on November 23rd, 2017

How to make social media work for your business

Almost 70% of Irish social media users follow brands and businesses, with most doing so through mobile devices.  This ‘always-on’ connected community offers huge opportunities to engage with and learn about your audience. People are using social media for entertainment, news, catching up with friends and family, researching places, products, services and ideas.  For many, it’s the default medium, the place they go first thing in the morning to find out what’s happening in the world. Let’s take a very quick look at the most popular channels in Ireland (all statistics are from the Ipsos Mori tracker): Facebook Facebook is still…