New .IE Registrations Surge By A Quarter In 6 Months On Back Of COVID-19

Irish businesses have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by registering more domain names, with new registrations surging by a quarter (26%) in the first six months of 2020 and by over a half (56%) year-on-year, according to the latest .IE Domain Profile Report 2020, covering January to June.

Over 40 percent of new registrations on the island of Ireland occurred in the two months of May and June, as businesses responded with online services, following the Government’s ‘work from home’ order which closed most of the country’s business premises.

There were 295,794 .ie domains in the database at the end of the first half of 2020, an 8 percent increase on the same period last year. Total .ie domains under management have grown 44 percent on the same period five years ago. As of the end of July there are around 298,500 domain names for Ireland’s country code top-level domain (ccTLD) registered

Over three-quarters (78%) of .ie domains were registered by companies and self-employed business. .ie domain names now account for over half (50.7%) of all hosted domains in Ireland, up 1.5 points year-on-year, followed by almost a third (32.6%) for .com.

To download the full report, click here [pdf].

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