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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,…

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…

on August 17th, 2017

112 new .ie domains registered every day in first half of 2017

We’re delighted to publish the dot ie Domain Profile Report Q3 2017. A total of 20,255 .ie domains were registered in the first six months of 2017*. This amounts to 112 .ie domains being registered every day from January to June 2017, which is an 11% increase on the same period last year and is the best half-year period for new .ie domain registrations since 2011. There were 230,611 registered .ie domains by 30 June 2017, up 6% year-on-year. The dot ie Domain Profile Report examines and analyses the make-up of the .ie database, also showed that most (67%) .ie domains…

on July 28th, 2017

How can I protect my website and make sure customers know it’s safe?

If you’re selling online you need to make sure your website is secure and safe. There have been a number of high profile hacking incidents and online security issues in the last year that have made consumers more aware of the benefits of buying from a secure website.   In a recent survey about online security, 84% of consumers said they would abandon a purchase if they felt that their data was being sent over an unsecured connection*. So what can you do to make your website secure? The best advice is to ensure that you have an SSL certificate in…

on July 20th, 2017

Annual Report & Review – 6% increase in turnover in 2016

We recorded a 6% increase in turnover in 2016, from €2.86 million in 2015 to €3.03 million last year. Full details can be found in our Annual Report & Review for 2016, which we published today. Overall, the report shows that we are in a solid financial position, ending 2016 with €3.6 million in members’ funds and €6.3 million in liquid funds and investments. Deferred income on the balance sheet increased by 4% in 2016, to €2.05 million, up from €1.97 million in 2015. 2016 operational highlights A total of 34,615 new .ie domains were registered in 2016, a slight 1.7%…

on July 11th, 2017

Harness the power of Google Analytics for your business

According to our latest dot ie Digital Health Index, only 7% of Irish SMEs currently have the ability to run analytics for their business’s online tools. Digital Analytics are tools that provide a set of measurements that help you understand your website or social media performance. Most analytics tools are free and allow you to better understand what impact your online efforts are having on your target audiences. Why do I need to use Google Analytics? As a business owner, it’s essential that you can see what visitors are doing on your website and how they interact with it. Not knowing what…