Bill Sweetman from NameNinja has released a handy little guide to domain name pricing for startups. While the guide is aimed at businesses starting out, the information around domain name pricing is applicable to anyone who wants to either "upgrade" their online brand or launch a new one. The guide focusses primarily on .com domain names, but also mentions both ccTLDs, … [Read more...] about How Much Should Startups Budget for a Decent Domain Name?
IEDR have released an update to their "dot ie Digital Health Index". The full report, which runs to about 60 pages, is summarised in their accompanying press release and graphic: Here's the full press release: Less than a third of Irish SMEs’ websites are ‘e-commerce enabled’ even as Irish consumers are set to spend in excess of €100 million online this Black … [Read more...] about IEDR Issue Updated IE Health Index
The IEDR have published their annual report for 2015. Some key takeaways from it: IE ccTLD registration volumes are up 13% Domain renewal rate is 88.6% 54.34% of IE domains are registered by incorporated companies IEDR's expenditure on marketing and related activities has increased significantly Overall company turnover is up 5% One of the possible … [Read more...] about IEDR 2015 Annual Report Reveals Registrations Up 13%
IEDR have published a new video to promote the launch of the 2015 OPTIMISE "fund". Essentially they'll fund website development and online marketing assistance / consultation for several Irish small businesses. However it is not a "fund" in the traditional sense, as there is no actual cash. IEDR have a number of vendors they work with and it is those vendors who will provide … [Read more...] about IEDR’s New OPTIMISE Video
DNS Belgium, the registry operator for .be, has sent out a notice to their registrars to raise awareness of an invoice scam. Here's a sample of the dodgy invoices being sent: According to the registry "BE Domein Host" is not one of their accredited registrars, so apart from the pricing being more than a little "over the top" they aren't even a valid … [Read more...] about DNS Belgium Alerts Registrars and Registrants to Invoice Scam