(The Hosting News) – The IEDR which reports a total of 173,145 registered .IE domains is responsible for the management and administration of Ireland’s official Internet address .IE, in the interest of the Irish and global Internet communities. Of the 173,145 domains under management, 39,398 were registered during 2011.
There is perhaps no bigger champion of .IE domains than Blacknight (http://www.blacknight.com) , the extension’s most prolific registrar. Blacknight is the number one domain registrar and hosting company in Ireland and serve 39% of the Irish hosting market. Blacknight have given away nearly 5,000 free first year .IE registrations through the Getting Business Online program (http://gettingbusinessonline.ie/) ; an initiative aimed at helping Irish businesses develop their online presence.
“As a company that is intensely focused on the Irish market, we work hard to help .IE domains thrive,” Michele Neylon of Blacknight explains. “We believe strongly in the Irish community and in .IE as a product and local startups and businesses are showing that they feel the same.”
.IE has a market share of 42% in Ireland. According to their July 25 press release IEDR performed strongly in 2011 despite poor economic conditions in Ireland.
Commenting on the 2011 results, Mr. David Curtin, Chief Executive of the IEDR said; “The past year has been an extremely difficult one for the Irish economy so we are particularly pleased to have been in a position to grow registrations, provide new promotional resources and formalise policy development programmes, while generating operating profit for the Registry.”
.IE domains have become a strong staple of Irish Internet culture and Blacknight intend to continue to strengthen the relationship between the domain and its Irish registrants.
Neylon Continues: “We suspect that part of the reason .IE performs strongly is because the Irish community want Irish domains. Giving them an incentive, like a free year’s registration doesn’t hurt either.”
Blacknight are an Irish based, ICANN accredited domain registrar and hosting company. Recipients of several awards for their revolutionary use of social media, Blacknight are one of Europe’s most cutting edge Internet companies. Blacknight constantly seek to lead the way by introducing innovative solutions for its client base and provide dedicated servers and colocation as well as a comprehensive range of Microsoft Windows and Linux based hosting plans and domain name registration services to business globally.