The IE Domain Registry (IEDR) said today that domain registrations for .ie addresses in the first quarter of the year were up 28pc on the previous quarter, with 9,781 domains registered.
The registry said over 80pc of the new .ie website addresses were registered by sole traders or limited companies.
The remainder were registered by clubs, societies and charities. Some 98pc of the growth in registrations was generated by .ie resellers.
IEDR chief executive David Curtin (pictured) said that six consecutive years of price reductions have led to the cost of registering a .ie domain falling by 60pc since 2003.
“It is encouraging to see that, despite the economic downturn, businesses are still seeing opportunities for growth online, with over 7,500 domain names registered by businesses in the first three months of the year,” he said.
“Irish businesses and consumers can rely on having a safe and secure online experience when they use .ie domain names.”
By John Kennedy
Pictured: David Curtin, chief executive of the .ie Domain Registry (IEDR)