New .IE domain registrations increased by 9398 in the first three months of 2012, the IE Domain Registry (IEDR) has reported, in one of Europeâs smaller ccTLDs.
Registrations grew steadily each month at 3053, 3184 and 3161 for January, February and March respectively. The figure for Q1 represents a 12.2% increase on new registrations recorded in the previous quarter (Q4 2011), which totalled 8,694.
The figures indicate steady demand from Irish micro-businesses and sole traders for .IE domain names, the registry reported. The total number of .IE domains now stands at 177,720. In the first quarter of the year, IEDR reached another milestone with the registration of Irelandâs 175,000th .ie domain. The registrant was www.teaemporium.ie, the website of Camillaâs Tea Emporium based on Eyre Square in Galway city. The company, owned by Modestas Ramanauskas and established in 2005 specialises in selling a wide range of fine teas and coffees from around the world to customers and trade.
âWeâre really pleased with the growth in .IE domain registration figures in the first three months of the year,â David Curtin, Chief Executive of the IE Domain Registry, said. âIâm delighted to see that Irish businesses are continuing to make .IE, which is one of the worldâs safest and most respected domain names, part of their brand and online identity. The New Year can be a tough time for small business owners in particular, so itâs really encouraging to see that many of the new registrations came from sole traders, some of them just starting out.â
Congratulating Camillaâs Tea Emporium, David Curtin added; âWeâre proud to have reached another milestone in IEDRâs twelve year history with the registration of Irelandâs 175,000th .IE domain. Iâd like to congratulate the 175,000th .IE registrant TeaEmporium.ie and wish them continued success with the growth of their online business, which already benefits from a great website and an established presence in the heart of Galway.â
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