IN 2021, businesses, organisations, clubs and individuals in County Wexford registered 1,678 .ie domains, a growth of 31.8 per cent on pre-pandemic 2019, according to the latest report from .IE, Ireland’s country domain manager.
Among new .ie registrations with an active website in Wexford last year, two of the most frequently used keywords were ‘cleaning’ and ‘roofing’. In Leinster, 36,875 new .ie domains were registered, and 57,530 on the island of Ireland.
The rate of new .ie domain registrations last year was a reflection on the Government’s lockdown policies in 2021, according to the report. David Curtin, chief executive of .IE, said consumer behavious are changing as a result of the pandemic, with SMEs also adapting.
“Businesses in Wexford and across Ireland are investing in new websites, integrating e-commerce technology, and making use of productivity-enhancing tools all year round because they now recognise the huge role they play in profitability and customer acquisition,” he said.
The issue of cybersecurity was also raised in the report, which found that 54 per cent of all .ie websites are currently secured with a security certificate.
While he said this figure was “encouraging”, Mr Curtin said it’s important that .ie domain holders, particularly those with a responsibility to protect sensitive information, do as much as possible to protect both users and their internal systems from cyberattacks.
“We urge all businesses in Wexford to review their cybersecurity in 2022.”