Irish Domain Policies are Changing

The .ie domain is one we all know and use for our Irish business websites, but this year things are going to change. On March 21st, it is going to become faster & easier than ever before to get a .ie domain for a website. Although this sounds like a good thing, it could become difficult to secure a domain that may be relevant to your business. We have some information and advice on the current situation.

What you currently need in order to apply for a domain:

1: A connection to the island of Ireland.
2: Proof of identity (passport, driving licence, etc.)
3: A claim to the domain name.

What is changing?

In 2018, number 3 will no longer be included in the application process. An applicant no longer needs to provide a claim to the name, meaning anyone could apply for a domain that has relevance to your business. So what should we do now? We need to protect the online presence of our business by securing domains that we may need for it. We can do this by registering them with the IEDR (Irish Domain Registry).

Why is this happening?

The reason that this is happening is to increase growth of the .ie domain, and make it an easier process. This is especially true in the case of new businesses who may not yet be able to provide a claim to their name. A lot of new businesses these days build their online presence before anything else. Another reason is for public or business figures who may brand themselves under a nickname, but are legally known as something else. Our advice is to register your domain(s) with the IEDR as soon as possible, in order to avoid losing out when the change takes place on March 21st.

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