Recent reports released by ComReg and IEDR show the Irish are joining the online space in record numbers, and Blacknight, Ireland’s largest web host and domain registrar, is committed to supporting fellow Irish businesses get online for now and into the future. The .IE domain name, unique to Ireland and supporting Irish businesses, has grown exponentially over the past two years as Covid has limited high-street retail. Blacknight is committed to helping Ireland continue to grow the country’s online presence and userbase in the post-COVID digital economy.

In the recent .IE Domain Profile Report released by DotIE, the national registry for .IE domains, shows that new .IE domain name registrations increased by 24% in 2021 over 2019. In total, 62,198 domains were registered, bringing many small and medium-sized Irish businesses online for the first time as they sought to pivot during the pandemic. This new report comes on the heels of the ComReg report issued in December, showing that the Irish are coming online in record numbers. Both consumers and businesses are now online and staying online.

“At Blacknight, we’ve seen a record number of small businesses coming online,” said Blacknight CEO Michele Neylon, “Many for the first time. Not only are they selling online, but many companies are taking the chance to work remotely – with our colocation and broadband options, along with offering Microsoft 365, we can help with every part of the process of going remote.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed Ireland in so many ways – and now, with the growth in popularity of remote working, Ireland is uniquely positioned to lead the world, and these robust numbers show that .IE is leading the way – it’s now the preferred domain name for those doing business online in Ireland – it now accounts for 52.6% of all website domains hosted in Ireland.

“Blacknight is here to help you with the post-COVID online revolution,” continued Blacknight CEO Michele Neylon. “With easy .IE domain name registration, and a range of products like shopBuilder and siteBuilder, we’re uniquely positioned to get Ireland online and back to work.”

Getting your business online in Ireland starts with securing your .IE domain name, there are now 330,108 registered .IE domain names. Ireland has been changed forever by the COVID-19 pandemic, and it’s no longer business as usual. Blacknight can help you navigate the new online Ireland world.

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