64% increase in new .ie web addresses

A recently released bi-annual .ie Domain Profile Report shows continued year-on-year increases in new .ie domain registrations as the pandemic accelerates e-Commerce digital trends. Commenting, David Curtin, Chief Executive of .ie said: “Homeware stores and garden centres who may previously have been reluctant to invest in their online presence are now benefiting from the convenience and revenue-generating power of online sales.”

The pandemic has greatly accelerated the trend towards omni-channel retail, whereby the process of buying and selling a product or service integrates digital and physical platforms.

The first half of 2021 is the best first half-year period on record for new .ie domain registrations. A total of 33,815 new .ie domains were registered.

“These figures are good news for the Irish economy given that new domain registrations are a forward indicator of digital intent and future e-commerce activity,” said David.

With a .ie domain, holders can add extra layers of security to their website by purchasing security certificates and other tools from trusted third-party providers and domain registrars.

100,576 .ie websites have a security certificate (indicated by a URL beginning with https://), a 20% year-on-year increase. Security certificates prove to website visitors’ browsers that they are on an authentic and secure site.

The number of .ie domains with DNS Security Extensions/DNSSEC (a cryptographic security protocol) and Registry Lock (a manual service that minimises the risk of unauthorised or unwanted changes to a domain) is, however, much lower, at just 0.11% and 0.01% respectively of the .ie database.

“After the ransomware attack on the HSE, the importance of cybersecurity to government institutions and private businesses has come into sharp focus. While security certificates are crucial to trust and privacy, additional features, such as DNSSEC and Registry Lock, provide extra layers of domain security and peace of mind to the owner and to users.

We strongly encourage all .ie domain owners to contact their domain registrar or a trusted, verified third-party provider for more information about their use.” said David Curtin.