Significant spike in .ie domain registrations a positive indicator of regional economic growth
- Latest .ie Domain Profile Report reveals insights into make-up of .ie database, including growth of regional .ie registrations, the oldest .ie domains, and the most expensive
- Kerry registrations up 32.5% year-on-year, according to biannual .ie Domain Profile Report
- 51,040 new .ie domains registered in 2018, up +30% on 2017; the total .ie database increased to 262,140, up +10%
- 28% of all new .ie registrations in 2018 were by individuals, suggesting the growing popularity of .ie for personal branding purposes
- New .ie registrations from Great Britain increased by +28% in 2018, possibly indicating a Brexit-related migration of business to Ireland
- ‘Ireland’, ‘design’ and ‘care’ are some of the most frequently used words in .ie domain names in the database
- IE Domain Registry CEO: “The .ie brand remains distinct on the local and world stages… In an era where people’s trust in the online world is more important than ever, that reliability is crucial.”
1,081 new .ie domains were registered in Kerry in 2018, according to the latest .ie Domain Profile Report, published today by IE Domain Registry, the company that manages Ireland’s country domain, .ie.
The figure is a 32.5% percent year-on-year increase. Overall, new .ie domain registrations in Munster in 2018 numbered 9,031, a 23% percent year-on-year increase.
Nationally, new .ie domain registrations grew by +29% year-on-year to 51,040. The total .ie domain database recorded 262,140 active domains at the end of 2018, up +10% on the previous year. Net growth for 2018, which measures .ie additions and deletions, was up +60% on 2017.
IE Domain Registry attributes the large year-on-year growth to the registration rule change implemented in March last year. It is now easier and faster to register a .ie domain. Applicants only need to provide one document to prove identity and a connection to Ireland; this ensures the .ie namespace remains authentically Irish. Returning customers do not need to re-submit any documents and can avail of a new ‘FastPass’ system.