– Highest quarterly number of .ie domains registered in Quarter 2 2011 –
The IE Domain Registry (IEDR), the managed registry for Ireland’s official internet address .ie today reported that registrations for Ireland’s top level domain reached their highest ever total for a three month period. 10,812 .ie domains were registered in Quarter 2 2011, a 6.8% increase on the corresponding quarter last year. This growth was aided by the highest ever single month for registrations occurring in May 2011, with over 4,000 new .ie domains being created.
The IEDR’s quarterly registrations report shows that the total number of .ie domains now stands at over 165,000 with a total of 20,995 domains being registered in the period from January to June this year, a 10% increase on the 19,099 domains registered in the same period last year. These new registrations represent an annualised growth rate of 27.4% on the number of domains since the start of the year.
The figures point to steady demand for the .ie namespace from Irish sole traders and limited companies, who account for 81% of all registrations. The percentage of registrants who do not renew their domain also fell to 13% for the year to date, down 1.7% on the 2010 figure. Dublin continues to be the county that registers the highest percentage of .ie domains with 38% of the total .ie domains registered during the first six months of 2011 being based in the capital.
Commenting on the .ie registration figures for the year to date, Mr. David Curtin, Chief Executive of the IE Domain Registry, said “It’s encouraging to see that the second quarter of 2011 has experienced an increase in the continued growth of .ie domain registrations. The IEDR has consistently invested in the right technology to maintain the safety, security and resilience of the .ie domain infrastructure, while the ongoing efforts of our Registrars have contributed significantly to the promotion of .ie. The .ie namespace provides an established, trusted domain name through which start-ups and entrepreneurs can bring their goods and services to market and win consumer confidence. The IEDR is committed to maintaining the integrity, affordability and resilience of this vital platform for Irish e-commerce.”
On businesses not exploiting the full potential of online sales, Mr. Curtin added: “IEDR’s Domain Name Industry Report revealed the extent of Irish business’ presence online. We were surprised to learn that only two thirds of Irish businesses have a web presence and just 21 per cent of these had any kind of e-commerce functionality. This means that there are considerable online sales opportunities that Irish businesses are missing out on. As businesses continue to struggle with challenging trading conditions I would encourage them to investigate the benefits of marketing and selling online. A fully transactional website can be put in place for a fraction of the cost of the annual rent of a high street retail unit – yet a website shop front can be seen by potential customers anywhere in the world.”