Since people are either misreading this post or misunderstanding the offer details we have decided to simplify it.
Please read this article in its entirety, as it answers most of the questions we have been asked.
Are you paying silly money for IE domains?
Would you like to save a load of cash?
We can guess the answer to both questions ….
So here’s what we’re doing.
Starting tomorrow, August 24th 2009, and running until August 29th 2009, we are going to slash the price of IE domains.
Instead of paying our normal rate or even 50% of it you’ll pay only 5 euro ex-VAT to register OR transfer a .ie domain. (That’s close to 80% off our normal price!) – Please read on for the terms and conditions of this offer.
How much will a .ie cost?
5 euro ex-vat for a one year registration – just in case it wasn’t clear!
How do I get the special price?
Just order a .ie registration or transfer.
The discount will be applied in the shopping cart just before you checkout ie. when we’re about to take the money from you the final total will be displayed
See screenshot below (click to enlarge) :
Are there any special coupons or discount codes?
No. It’s all automatic.
Now there are certain limits.
The special price is limited to one order per customer and you can only register one .ie domain for a one year at this special price.
How many domains can I get a this special rate?
But I want to order a domain for someone else?
Fine, however only one domain will be discounted
Can I transfer a .ie from another provider?
Yes. You can transfer a .ie domain from any other provider and get this special rate.
I want to transfer a lot of IE domains from another provider to you. Can you help us?
The special rate is only applicable to one domain order. If you want to move a large number of IE domains from one of our competitors please contact our sales team who can give you a discount rate on IE domains.
Do I need to buy hosting from you?
No, you don’t. We’d love it if you did, but you’re under no obligation to.
Can I host this domain with … ?
You can host the domain wherever you like, however ALL IE domains need to have dns records setup before they will function.
What’s included in the price?
The IE domain registration (or transfer) and DNS services.
Unlike some companies we don’t charge anything extra for DNS services for domains you are paying us for.
Can anyone register a .ie domain name?
No. The IE domain space is governed by specific rules. If you do not qualify you won’t be able to register the domain. Please read over our guide here.
What kind of documents will I need to provide?
That will depend on what and how you are applying for it. Our system will send you out emails with detailed instructions based on your order.
Generally speaking you will need to provide proof of identity, business documents and possibly a signed covering letter explaining why you want to register the domain name in question. Saying that you “like it” is not enough – sorry!
How long do I have to supply the documents?
Please provide them as quickly as possible. A pending registration request will only be valid for 28 days maximum.
What happens if I don’t supply the documents in time?
The registration request may lapse and someone else may order the domain.
Why do I need to provide documents?
The IE Domain Registry have very strict rules. We do not invent the rules, we merely act as a conduit.
I don’t want to provide the documents, surely an email is enough?
No it isn’t. If you want to register the domain name you will need to provide the documentation as requested. No exceptions.
Can I register my own name?
If you are a resident in Ireland and can prove your residence you can register your name. See the PDN site for details. NB: The rules are explicit and do not allow for any extra variations
I don’t live in Ireland, can I still apply for an IE domain?
Please read the registration guide. If you are a business then you may qualify. If you are a private individual it’s highly unlikely that you will.
I don’t know what name to register, can you help?
Why don’t you have a look at the deleted domain list. You may find some inspiration there.
How much will it cost to renew domains registered (or transferred) during this offer?
Our normal rates at the time of renewal will apply.
Can existing customers renew their domain at this price?
No. This special only applies to new registrations OR transfers from other providers.
So what is the catch?
There is no catch.
How can Blacknight offer IE domains at such a low price?
Short answer – economies of scale. We have invested heavily in automating the order process as much as possible.
All dates and times are based on Dublin, Ireland.
This special offer deal will not be extended, so if you leave your order until 5 minutes before it closes you may be disappointed, as we will not extend it even a minute beyond the deadline.
UPDATE: Added a screenshot
Yet Another Domain Promo – IE Domains For a Fiver!
Just posted this over on the company blog.We’re doing a special on IE domains (registrations and transfers) at a mere 5 euro.Full details here…
This is presumably, what’s known as a loss leader, rather than just an economy due to the scale of your enormous operations. 🙂
Seriously though, people may well like to know that you can register an Irish business name (not the same as registering a limited company etc), see the https://www.core.ie/ web site. This protects you for using the name somewhat and is sufficient proof for the IEDR to grant a .ie domain name.
Incidentally – If you have charitable status in Ireland you can get a free registration of .ie domains from the IEDR. A convoluted process but I’m sure the shining Blacknight will come to your rescue.
All the best Dave
While it is obviously a loss leader, the only way we can do it is due to economies of scale i.e. we’ve invested heavily in automating processes on our end so that our cost per domain registration is lower.
As for the CRO – a registered business name will allow you to get the domain, however it does not grant you any rights. If you search for “mace” or “supervalu” on the cro site you’ll see what I mean
Good one, just got my familyname.ie. Better get in there before one of my entrepreneurial transition year nephews see it.
Got all excited when I received the ‘Grab a .ie for a fiver’ email from Blacknight- Don’t get me wrong, I like the guys at Blacknight but . . .
I transferred my first .ie http://www.Pigott.ie that I had… ok €5+tax, I transferred the second (nihao.ie) I had again- €5+tax, I then transferred the third .ie domain and again €5+tax-
Got to the checkout all is ok €18 there abouts (an absolute Steal!)
entered details etc- but when the payment was finally completed I got an onscreen invoice for over €60???
It seems the deal is limited to one €5 deal per blacknight account???
Blacknights transparency began to get a bit murky???
Anyway- I was happy to continue with the transfer as Blacknights transfer price is still very competitive-
And that’s my tuppence worth
We made it very clear in the blog post that we limited the offer to one order per client.
No Problem Michele- It said Grab! so I just started grabbing…
Awesome I was just looking to buy one this week.!!
“5 euro ex-vat per year – just in case it wasn’t clear!”
That’s a fiver per year forever? Cool if so!
What I said was ‘This protects you for using the name somewhat’ not that it give you any rights.
In reality these things are incremental and the more you colonise a name the more leverage you will have defending it.
All the same great offer, a .ie name for a fiv€r! Great stuff. Things are certainly moving forwards from the situation a few years ago. Well done.
The iedr policy mentions a Discretionary Category. This would seem to allow you .ie provided it’s not for commercial purposes, is that correct?
Paul – no it’s for a period of 2 years maximum after which you will be billed at whatever rate we are charging at the time (see above)
“discretionary” is a very open category. It basically means you can register a domain name that is not obviously linked with your registered business or company. In many cases it would be used for a product or service offering from a business.
It can also be used for a personal registration, though from what I’ve seen it will only work well there if the term is a bit obtuse
So with “discretionary”, it seems like you could register your nickname, or anything.ie. A previous section of the policy seemed to specifically refuse nicknames. I was thinking of using it with my nickname for my blog…
Excellent! I just got NiallOK.ie approved and now have it for 2 years for a tenner! 🙂 Had to go discretionary and wasn’t sure I’d get it, but I did 🙂
Great stuff, Blacknight! 🙂
Here’s a question – how much will the domain be after the 2 year example above? Example in year 3 will it default to being an existing cutomer renewing the domain and thus be met with the usual costs?
As I mentioned above, the cost for renewal in year three will be our rate at that time.
Over the past 6 years we have continually reduced our retail price on .ie domains as the IEDR have reduced their wholesale rate to us.
I obviously cannot predict how much they will be charging us in year 3, but if they continue to reduce their cost to us we will pass on as much of that saving as we can
Let’s Just say- I purchased .ie domains from Novara or register.ie for €99+vat (domain only) in 2004/05 they are still at €69.99+vat- when I asked why they were priced so high and Blacknight priced considerably lower- they said ‘Er? Maybe they’re just selling them cheaper???’- Bizarre!
BTW- All my .ie domain transfers were completed today- in less than 24hrs- thanks!
Does that include URL forwarding by any chance?
Pidge – yes
What forms of payment do you accept? Have a 3v card, so do you accept that, or maybe Paypal?
As far as I know 3V cards would be treated as a Visa
The offer is not coming up automatically – I am getting the below for a .ie for 2 years
2 Year(s) €0.00 €45.90
As there seemed to have been quite a bit of confusion with the offer we simplified it (see above):
ie. you can register 1 domain for 1 year at the price
Nice offer guys thanks … wondering what to do with mine … must find another domain name ARGH!
Dammit, I saw this only half an hour too late!
Was that until the 23:59 Friday night the 28th, or all day until 23:59 on Saturday 29th?
My clock was stopped….Say it again and give us a break.