Ireland has over 200,000 .IE domain names. I learned some interesting domain figures in July 2015 that I wanted to share with you. Ireland’s country domain extension name, .IE now has over 200,000 .IE domain names associated with it.
Fact, France and Ireland score the exact same on the per 1,000 population count
For every 1,000 head of population in Ireland, there are 44 .IE domains.
This as it happens is the same as France.
Ireland is adding over 16,000 .IE domain names every 6 months.
Netherlands are way ahead of Ireland and France on this score
Ireland still has some way to go to catch up with the Netherlands on this front.
For every 1,000 head of population in the Netherlands, there are 332 .NL domain names.
Why isn’t Ireland’s score higher?
I have a theory based on my personal experience. Personally, I would have thought that Ireland’s score would have been higher.
However I think that part of the reason is that Irish people and Irish businesses buy domains in the general generic extension space, extension names like .COM and .NET for instance as well as United Kingdom related extensions.
I for instance, have never brought a domain with a country extension name. I have been buying domain names since at least April 2002. Not once did I buy a .IE domain name. I have purchased or renewed at least 15 domain names in the .COM, .NET and .WS domain extensions in this time period.
Ok, I know that the .WS extension name is associated with a small country island, however I brought it for its ‘web site’ meaning, not because I am based in that small country island.
For instance I first purchased this particular .COM domain name (workfromhomenotes.com) back in August 2005 and have maintained it ever since as noted in the following screenshot:
You may have also noticed that its domain registrar is Domain Cost Club.
Since I do not like paying retail prices for things I can obtain cheaper, I looked at the following offering and went for it. You too may very well do the same thing. I at least will no longer pay retail price for a domain name. Ever. With a current active applicable Domain Cost Club membership, you will be able to do the same thing, assuming of course, that it makes perfect sense for you as it does for me.