100,000 .ie Domain Names

A flurry of ccTLDs passing the magical one million mark hasn’t stopped IEDR marking the passing of the 100,000 mark in the emerald isle last week.

While the 100,000 mark is not an overly huge mark for most ccTLDs, for .ie it is quite significant due to the registration rules IEDR has in place.

For the lucky domain name that passed the 100,000 mark, royal-hospital-kilmainham.ie, they were given free domain registration for the next 100 years in a presentation by Minister Eamon Ryan, TD, and Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources.

“We’re delighted to see that dot.ie remains the domain of choice for businesses and organisations in Ireland looking to maintain a safe presence online, where cyber crime and fraud are virtually non-existent. Breaking the 100,000th barrier is testament to the trusted nature and wide appeal of dot.ie. The benefits extend to consumers too, who can be assured that with dot.ie they know who they’re doing business with. We would like to extend our thanks and congratulations to our reseller community in particular, who have been the driving force in growing the .ie namespace and in achieving today’s milestone,” said David Curtin, Chief Executive of IE Domain Registry.

There are some advantages with the restrictions. IEDR points out they have been ranked the second safest ccTLD in the world by the 2007 McAfee Site Advisor Report. It is also much easier to get the domain name of choice for Irish businesses, and as of October year, individuals when there were 3,900 domain name registrations for the month. There was also a reduction in the price of a .ie domain name in January 2008.

So far this year there has been an average of 3,000 domain names registered each month.

More information on IEDR and eligibility rules for .ie domain names is available from www.iedr.ie.