New registrations of .ie domain names are up 56% in Q2 2020 as businesses move online in response to the pandemic.
33,286 new .ie domains were registered in the first half (H1) of 2020 (January 1 – June 30), an increase of 26% compared to the same period last year, according to the latest IE Domain Profile Report for H1 2020, published by the IE Domain Registry (IEDR).
Massive surge in Q2
40% of new registrations in Ireland happened in May and June, as firms reacted to the government’s closure orders. IEDR suggests that more companies, self-employed business owners, and independent professionals have gone online since the lockdown to maintain their revenue streams, stay in contact with customers, and expand into new markets.
“Thirty-one of the island’s thirty-two counties recorded an increase in the first six months of 2020,” says David Curtin, CEO of IEDR. “This suggests that business owners and entrepreneurs, in cities and in regional parts of the country, recognise that having a trusted Irish online presence is crucial when nearly all physical premises are shut and footfall is extremely low or non-existent.”
.ie now accounts for 50.7% of all of Ireland’s hosted domains versus 32.6% for .com. The report includes some striking statistics on the breakdown of new registrations.
* 59% of all new .ie registrations in H1 2020 were by companies or the self-employed.
* New .ie registrations by individuals increased by more than 35% YoY in H1 2020.
* County Tyrone recorded the largest increase in new .ie domains (105%) in H1 2020 (albeit from a low base), followed by Monaghan (83%) and Carlow (75%).
* Dublin and Cork recorded the highest (12,504) and second-highest (2,734) numbers of new .ie domain registrations in H1 2020.
* The UK accounts for the majority of internationally registered .ie domains.
* New registrations in H1 2020 increased by 13% year-on-year (from 635 to 718).
* New .ie domain registrations that include a ‘fada’ increased by 13% (39 in H1 2019 vs 44 in H1 2020).
* 41% of .ie websites now have a security certificate.
Help with selling online
The leading Irish domain registrar and web host, Blacknight, which handles about 30% of new .ie registrations, says eCommerce is also on the rise.
“Businesses are putting their domains to work and adding payment systems and online stores to their websites,” says Michele Neylon, CEO of Blacknight.
Blacknight recently introduced new products like siteBuilder and shopBuilder, which adds online sales functionality to any website. It’s also running free webinars to help train business owners and producing a podcast about coping with pandemic life (thelockin.ie).