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Naomi Temple
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on March 21st, 2018

It’s now easier than ever to register a .ie online address

Registering a .ie online address is now easier and faster than ever as ‘liberalisation’ policy change comes into force today (21 March). Previously, any individual or business registering a .ie online address had to prove that they had a valid claim to the desired name and a real, tangible connection to the island of Ireland. Our change to the registration process retains the requirement for applicants to prove their connection to Ireland but drops the need to prove a valid claim to a name. From now on, any individual or business with a provable connection to Ireland will be able…

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…

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on February 2nd, 2018

Dot ie Domain Profile Report January 2018

2017 the strongest year on record for new .ie domains with 108 registered every day We’re delighted to publish the latest dot ie Domain Profile Report which examines the makeup of the .ie domain database. 2017 was a record-breaking year: 39,523 new domains were registered – an average of 108 every day. The figure is a 14% increase on 2016 and the best single year for new registrations. There are now 237,412 .ie domains in the database, a 7% increase on the previous year end and an almost 30% increase on five years ago. The increase was driven by nationwide…

Oonagh McCutcheon
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on January 17th, 2018

Website costs for SMEs in Ireland: How much should you pay?

What’s in the ebook? After 20 years working with Irish businesses we’ve compiled all the information you need when deciding on a budget for your website. Our advice is broken down into practical and manageable tasks, showing you what you need to consider when going through the process. In this guide, we take a closer look at the costs involved, and how to make the most of your budget when developing a new website. The ebook profiles four typical Irish business scenarios for: •  Start-up (1 part time staff) •  Micro business (less than 3 employees) •  Small business (less…

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…