We recently caught up with David Curtin, Chief Executive, IE Domain Registry Limited (IEDR) to find out what’s happening in the .IE domain name market. Here’s the latest news:
- Since December 2012 there’s been a 3.3% point increase of the .ie share of the domain market in Ireland bringing it to 46.1%. This shows that .ie remains in a strong position despite an overall decline in the market size.
- Even in the face of recession, the IEDR have noted that over the past 5 years, new registrations of .ie are continuing to grow.
- According to their findings, the majority of .ie domain names are registered by companies under their corporate name or business name – 55% of these are limited companies and 26% are sole traders.
- The amount of personal domains registered remains very low compared to international standards. Personal domains are those not registered by a business. At the end of last year, there were only 8,376 ‘personal domains’ registered on the IEDR database and just over 4,000 of these were actual ‘Personal Names’. Whilst registration rules can be restrictive, this tells us that there is great opportunity for individuals to capitalise on owning their own identity online. It is much more likely your name is available in the .ie extension than it is in other extensions.
- There appears to be a trend emerging showing an increase in the amount of domains being set up for specific events or product launches. However, not surprisingly, these types of domains have a shorter life cycle and are usually released or deleted after 2 or 3 years.
Register365 would like to thank David Curtin and the IEDR for providing us with this latest update on the .ie industry.