Dot ie domains on the rise but Wexford trails other counties

Published 14/07/2015 | 00:00

WEXFORD is lagging behind most south east and eastern counties when it comes to 'dot ie' domain name registration, according to a new report revealing that .ie registrations have passed the 200,000 mark for the first time.

There are 28 dot ie domains per 1,000 population in County Wexford, compared to 69 in Dublin, 47 in Wicklow, 46 in Carlow, 37 in Kildare, 33 in Louth, 29 in Waterford, and 28 in Kilkenny.

Up to the end of March, Wexford companies, organisations and individuals had 3,999 .ie domains registered, an increase of 2.72 per cent in six months. That compares unfavourably with the overall increase of 6.4%.

According to IE Domain Registry (IEDR), the company responsible for the management and administration of Ireland's official Internet address, the number of .ie domain names registered has now surpassed 200,000 for the first time.

A comparison of the rate of .ie domain registrations per 1,000 population with national domain registrations in other EU countries, reveals that Ireland ranks joint 15th out of 19 countries, while a large divide also exists between Dublin and some rural counties.

Leinster accounts for 69% of all .ie domain names registered in Ireland. Of this total, Dublin has the lion's share of 47%. Munster, Connacht and Ulster follow at 18%, 8% and 5% respectively.

County Wexford accounts for 2.16 per cent of all .ie domains.

Dot ie domains account for almost 50% of the domain market in Ireland, followed by .com at 27%. The domain is seen as important for business as it instantly signifies a strong link with Ireland.

'For all those with a registered .ie domain name, the registry ensures that the registrants' websites are identifiably Irish and that they have a real and substantive connection to Ireland. For businesses this can be a critical marketing and branding tool in promoting their companies,' says David Curtin, Chief Executive of IEDR.

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