Oh, my gosh, Ireland has over 200,000 .ie domain names, time to get involved
I learned some interesting domain figures today 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 this 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 dot com and dot net.
I for instance, have never brought a domain with a country extension name, and I have been buying domain names since at least April 2002. Not once did I buy a .ie domain name, I have purchased at least 15 domain names in the dot com, dot net and dot ws name spaces in this time period. Ok, I know that the dot 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 my djtrlm dot com domain name in April 2002 and have maintained it ever since.
I explain part of my reasoning in my review of Domain Cost Club here.
I at least will no longer pay retail price for a domain name. Ever.
Let me know if you have any applicable thoughts on this great subject by leaving your applicable thoughts below. Many thanks.