What is the .ie domain?
It is the country code Top Level Domain (TLD) for Ireland.
Why use it?
The .ie domain has a trusted link with Ireland. There are many pros for choosing a .ie domain for your business; it can offer you extra safety, security and a robust authentic domain in which you can interact with your customers.
When you choose a .ie it guarantees your visitors that you have a genuine connection with Ireland. It shows that you yourself are genuine (you are who you say you are) and that anybody who visits your site can do so with a greater feeling of safety and security.
.IE domains are fully traceable and it portrays globally that you are Irish and nationally that you are local. The .ie domain, has been ranked one of the world’s top 5 safest domains by the McAfee Mapping the Mal Web report, since the first report was published in 2007. View a Mal Web report.
How Do I register a .ie domain?
If we work with you we will help you with the process below but for anyone who has a general interest, here is what you will need to do.
1. Check the domain name is available.
You can check availability at the following IEDR link. (Just type your desired .ie domain into the search box at the top of their page > Is my domain available.
2. Prove you are who you say you are.
You will need identification, usually a RBN, Passport or driver’s license and accompanying letter stating your link to Ireland and why you require the .ie domain you want to purchase. As mentioned, this is all to ensure you have a genuine link with Ireland.
3. Choose your hosting company and desired hosting package.
With regards to hosting, it is a big market out there for you to choose from with a wide range of quality and pricing. It is worth pointing out that quality hosting has a benefit to your servers speed, security and in turn how you may well rank in Google – so choose wisely.). For our future clients, depending on your current & possible changing future requirements we can offer you advice on the best hosting company for your needs.
4. Submit your application.
If all is in order you should hear back from the IEDR within a couple of days (I do not think they work Irish Bank Holidays – worth bearing in mind). Sit tight and wait for the application to, all being well, be approved.