new .ie registrations by individuals have surged by 26.4pc in the first half of this year, according to the latest Domain Profile Report.
This is in part down to a growing trend of people and small businesses using websites to maintain a permanent, personal space on the internet, the report says.
“Websites give users more control when compared to some social media platforms, whose algorithms control what content is seen by followers,” said David Curtin, CEO of IE Domain Registry, the company that manages and maintains the country domain for Ireland.
However, the number of .ie domain registrations fell overall – by 6pc in the first half of this year.
The fall is partly due to an “unprecedented” surge in new .ie registrations over the corresponding period in 2018, according to Mr Curtin.
In March last year IE Domain Registry removed the ‘claim to a name’ registration requirement. This has made it easier and faster for people and businesses to secure their .ie domain name of choice.
Following a surge in registrations in that period, compared to this year, the rate of new .ie registrations has cooled off and returned to normal growth levels.
As at 30 June 2019, the total .ie database stood at 273,156 registered website names, an increase of just over 8pc year-on-year.
Just over eight in ten of the registrations was made up of businesses and self-employed entrepreneurs.
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