The growth in new domain registrations helped to drive a registration fee income of €2.66m for Ireland’s .ie Domain Registry (IEDR), which manages the .ie top-level domain.
The IEDR said today that total .ie domains at the end of 2011 stood at 173,145, up 13%, while there was an 8% increase in new .ie domain registrations totalling 39,398.
IEDR CEO David Curtin said the key focus for the year ahead is to continue to provide resources to encourage Irish SMEs and microenterprises to register .ie domains.
He also said that “It is not clear why so many thousands of small businesses in Ireland remain effectively offline. Anecdotal evidence suggests: a perceived complexity and cost, the level of time commitment required, a reluctance to engage with multiple software vendors, and/or an absence of obvious business benefits.