There were 1,330 new .ie domains registered in Galway in first half of 2018 – that’s up 40% year-on-year, according to biannual IE Domain Registry ‘Domain Profile Report’ published last week.
With Connacht registrations up 39%, the overall national figure meant that the first half of 2018 the best ever six-month period for new .ie domain registrations.
That’s according to the IE Domain Registry, the company that manages and maintains Ireland’s official country domain name, .ie.
And Registry CEO David Curtin said that this was down to new ‘liberalisation’ policy which made it easier and faster to register a .ie domain.
There were 154 new .ie domains registered every day in first half of 2018, bringing total .ie database to 252,222.
“Growth of .ie in regional parts of Ireland is a fantastic example of how the internet can help businesses overcome traditional barriers to growth,” said Mr Curtain.
Overall new .ie domain registrations in Connacht in H1 2018 numbered 2,364, a 39% year-on-year increase.
Nationally, .ie domain registrations grew by 39% year-on-year to 28,126, bringing the total .ie domain database to 252,222 at the end of H1 2018. The majority (62.5%), of new .ie domains were registered by businesses (including corporate bodies and sole traders).
“Virtually every county in Ireland recorded an increase in .ie domain registrations in the first half of 2018,” revealed Mr Curtain.
“The increase in registrations in Galway and in Connacht during this period is good news, as increased online activity among businesses is a leading indicator of Ireland’s broader economic growth.
“In particular, the growth of .ie in regional parts of Ireland is a fantastic example of how the internet can help businesses in less infrastructurally developed counties overcome traditional barriers to growth, such as a smaller customer base or slower road and rail links.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.
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