Companies, self-employed entrepreneurs, private individuals and local organisations in Mayo registered 459 new. ie domains in the first half of 2019, according to the latest edition of the .ie Domain Profile Report, published this week by IE Domain Registry.
The figure is an 8.5 per cent increase year-on-year. New .ie domain registrations in Connacht in the first half of 2019 numbered 2,182. At the end of the first half of 2019, there was a total of 21,155 .ie domains registered in Connacht, up 9.3 per cent year-on-year.
Nationally, the total .ie domain database grew by 8.3 per cent year-on-year, and by nearly 40 per cent compared to the same period five years ago. At the end of the first half of 2019 there was a total of 273,156 .ie domains.
The .ie domain remains an extremely popular way for Irish businesses to demonstrate their authenticity and trustworthiness to local and international customers: 80.2% of the total .ie database is comprised of companies and self-employed entrepreneurs, up four per cent year-on-year.
New .ie registrations by individuals grew by 26.4 per cent year-on-year, which speaks to the growing trend of using websites to build a permanent, personal space on the internet, free from many of the limitations of social networks. Further illustrating the value of the .ie domain, 240 domains were offered for private sale in the first half of 2019, up 75 per cent from 137 in the same period last year.