Registrations if .IE domain names are growing strongly, with a growth of 15 per cent (9,398 registrations) in the last quarter to 131,862 registered domain names. However the growth is in an economic climate in Ireland that is not conducive to business growth.
“It is encouraging to see continued growth in .ie domain names, demonstrating that Irish businesses are seeing growth opportunities online despite the more challenging economic environment they face,” said IEDR chief executive David Curtin.
New registrations increased by seven per cent to 28,522 for the first nine months of the year with the majority of the growth in registrations coming from sole traders or limited companies (83%). The rest were registered by clubs, societies and charities.
.IE domain name registrations have continued to grow for the last six years, partly due to ongoing reductions in the cost of registration. Since 2003 the cost of registering a .IE domain name has decreased by around 64 per cent. However the rules for registering .IE domain names are quite restrictive to most other ccTLDs in western countries.
To register your .IE domain name, check out Europe Registry here.