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FREE .EU Domain Name when you Register a New .IE Domain…


This great offer is simple, just register a new .ie domain name or transfer-in a .ie domain name and we’ll give you a free .eu domain name worth €9.95 for the first year…



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This is good news if you think you might be considering doing business in Europe in the future, and you want to protect your name or brand outside of Ireland.


All you have to do is search for your new .ie domain name in our search box and when you’ve found the one you want select your .eu domain too by ticking the box in the search results page. When you get to the shopping cart enter the promo code ‘EUPROMO2014′ and you won’t be charged for your .eu domain name for the first year. You can also search for your .eu domain first and then add your .ie domain name.


 


Another fantastic offer from Hosting Ireland…



All Standard .ie and .eu Registration Terms and Conditions apply and this offer is restricted to new .ie registrations and transfer-in .ie domains and applies to one single order. Don’t worry if you want to order more than one new .ie domain name, just place your order individually and use the promo code as much as you want.
If you cancel your .ie application before your .ie domain has registered you will be charged the full .eu domain price.

September – Website Builder Offer – EXTENDED FOR OCTOBER!


In Support Of Waterford BUSINESS EXPO we’re offering €50 OFF All Website Builder Packages for September! Prices start at ONLY €99…NOW EXTENDED FOR OCTOBER!


All our Website Builder packages come with a FREE Domain*, Hosting and Email, plus Unlimited Pages, and now to get your business off to a great start our Premium and E-Commerce packages also come with a FREE €75.00 Google Adwords voucher.


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€50 OFF is a 30 day special offer for the lifetime of the product.

Free domain includes a one year registration of either a.ie, .com, .eu, .net, .org, .info, .biz or .co.uk. If you’ve already purchased your domain with Hosting Ireland we’ll give you your money back provided it’s been registered in the last 30 days.
 

Want to try first? We offer a 30 day free trial, so why wait?

 


Waterford Chamber Business Expo… 9th September 2014


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Hosting Ireland will be attending the first ‘Waterford Chamber Business Expo’ to be held on Tuesday 9th September 2014. The event organised by Waterford Chamber will include exhibitors from 800 of it’s members and is open to all businesses and the public.

We will be demonstrating our Website Builder and showing how you can build your very own cool website in a matter of minutes…Plus we’ll be on hand to discuss any hosting requirements you may have.

The event will take place at 5pm, at the Tower Hotel, Waterford.

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.IE Domain Registrations 2014…

.IE is still the domain to have in Ireland…

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Nice to see how the market is developing…

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and how Ireland compares with our neighbours…

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And the ‘Winners’ of €150,000 2014 OPTIMISE Fund are…..

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Make-a-Wish Foundation
www.makeawish.ie
Charity organisation who grant wishes to children between the ages of 3 and 17, who are battling life threatening medical conditions throughout Ireland.

Kilkenny Tourist Hostel
www.kilkennyhostel.ie
Hostel providing budget accommodation for up to sixty guests in the centre of Kilkenny.

Love Achill
www.loveachill.ie
Achill Island based company providing tourist and surfing related services while also producing bespoke gift products for wholesale and retail customers.

JF Sports
www.jfsports.ie
Retail sports shop specialising in running and football related products based in Carlow.

Sex Siopa
www.sexsiopa.ie
An online adult retailer focussed in safe, health focussed and well produced accessories.

Dublin Taxi Transfers
www.dublintaxitransfers.ie
An online booking agency which allows customers to book a taxi from Dublin Airport to destinations all around Ireland,

JW Weldon
www.weldons.ie
A fourth generation family jewellery business specialising in diamond engagement rings, antique jewellery and Irish silver.

Party Mad
www.partymad.ie Family run online business retailing fancy dress costumes, party supplies, and balloons throughout Ireland.

Backstage Theatre
www.backstage.ie
Purpose built theatre located just outside Longford town which comprises a 212 seat auditorium and gallery and performance space.

Donegal Shop
www.dongealshop.ie
Dublin based family business retailing Irish crafts, knitwear, wool and tweeds from Donegal and other parts of the country.

Mission Possible
www.missionpossible.ie
A Galway based SAAS cloud reward and recognition platform which enables companies to reward their staff by getting personal tasks completed for them whilst they are working.

Stonechat Jewellers
www.stonechat.ie
A contemporary jewellery store specialising in hand-made Irish designs created in their in-store workshop and by selected designers.

House of Ireland
www.houseofireland.ie
A retail business specialising in the sale of Irish clothing, jewellery, china, linen and crafts.

Extreme Ireland
www.extremeireland.ie
Tour provider offering daily tours of Ireland’s major attractions along with adventure tours and climbing and mountain skills courses.

Office.ie
www.office.ie
Dublin based provider of office supplies and services to the business sector throughout Ireland.

Congratulating from Hosting Ireland to all winners…

We’re Proud To Sponsor The Net Visionary Awards…

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The Annual IIA Dot ie Net Visionary Awards, now in their 16th year are a mainstay of the internet business calendar and we at Hosting Ireland are proud to sponsor the event. The Annual IIA Net Visionary Awards will be on Friday September 26th -the anchor Awards of Awards Season 2014 – at Smock Alley Banquet Hall.

Hosting Ireland is sponsoring the Best “All About Online” B2C eCommerce Retailer category.
The award recognises the retailer who is selling purely online. That’s right, no building with a shop window and a name over the door… just a website proving that it’s possible to sell online to anywhere at any time. The winning retailer will be selling online in Ireland and overseas. Their SEO will be second to none so that if they are selling it you can find it – in seconds. They will have a flock of fans and followers on Facebook and Twitter. They will have a website of exceptional customer experience and service that is irresistible to its customers.

Social Engagement – Primary Reason for Irish Adults to go Online Daily…Press Release

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We received this release from the ISPAI (Internet Service Providers Association Ireland) of which we are a member…

A recent ISPAI Hotline.ie Nationwide Public Survey shows that Irish adults’ predominant online daily behaviour
revolves around online conversations: eMail usage (88%), followed by social networks related activities (63%) and
news browsing (54%).
Aside from online daily activities, the top 3 uses on a weekly basis are: product search (44%), Internet banking
(42%) and educational research (30%). If we zoom out more, top 3 online monthly activities are: online shopping
(67%), eLearning (40%) and Internet banking related (36%).
Broadly these results seem to show that Irish love to talk a lot about things with each other and using the news as
conversation generators – but this traditional trait is increasingly moving online. We now use the handiness of the
Internet to research what we are thinking about buying but actually buy online more sparingly. It also looks like
we check to see how the bank balance is holding up weekly and at the end of the month!
Frivolities aside, whether daily, weekly or monthly activities, these have one thing in common: our Personal Data.
Whereas we all realise that banking PINs and transactions are personal data and we’re pretty careful not to
disclose that information, users are often oblivious to the personal data they are potentially sharing when they
sign up to many other services.
Paul Durrant CEO of ISPAI and Manager of Hotline.ie says, “there is no such thing as “small” pieces of personal
information as “small” pieces can be pieced together to build a much bigger picture. Each one of us should bear in
mind that on the Internet “Private” is often still Public.”
Throughout 2013, ISPAI Hotline.ie registered an increase in reports related to Financial Scams – 47 cases
compared 15 cases in 2012. “One might think that’s a tiny amount, but do bear in mind that Hotline.ie service’s
remit is primarily to deal with illegal content online. That is, Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) and content that
incites hatred (e.g. racist hate-speech). However, to help safeguard our members’ customers we accept reports of
fraudulent online content with a clear Irish connection. These aren’t the “ordinary” Internet scams like your email
has been drawn in the some International Lottery promotion or the African bank that has finally tracked you down
to inherit 35 million dollars left by a mysterious distant relative; but emails or websites that purport to represent
well know Irish institutions or companies.” said Durrant.
30 out of the 47 cases, assessed by Hotline.ie in 2013, were variations of the police “Ransom-Ware” Trojan which
locks your computer and displays a message purporting to be from An Garda Síochána, ordering that a “fine” be
paid for viewing illicit content like CSAM, and when received the computer will be unlocked. Not one person that
paid the “fine” managed to retrieve his/her money – and unfortunately there were a good many caught out.
14 cases were various notices purporting to originate from Irish Service Providers, Banks or State Institutions such
as: Revenue (Tax Refund Online), eircom, Vodafone, Bank of Ireland, but are “phishing” for Personal Data which
criminals gather to build up your personal / financial identity which, when complete, they can then use.
Only 3 cases were actually related to online shopping such as fake websites of well-known high street shops in
Ireland. “We suspect that the numbers are much higher in reality but there is a tendency not to report these if
money is recovered from the Bank – but that doesn’t help others, please report them as we want to take these
fake websites down.” added Durrant.
A study conducted by iReach Market Research in April 2014 showed that 65% of Irish adults are concerned about
giving their Personal Data online. ISPAI Hotline.ie has compiled the following list of tips to help Internet Users of
all ages protect their Personal Data:
 When receiving unexpected eMails or phone calls from Service Providers requesting to perform any
activity involving Personal Data always verify the identity of the sender / caller before following the
instructions.
 Ensure that any website requiring Confidential/Personal Information is using a secure connection.
Always look for https and a pad-lock in the address bar of the browser window. Also, pay attention to
error messages that the browser gives when it says a site cannot be trusted.
 Always read or at least glance over Terms & Conditions and Disclaimers before engaging or providing
Personal Information.
 Install and update anti-virus software to restrict unauthorized access to data and protect that data
from corruption. Ensure that security features, including a firewall are turned on, set to automatic scan
and updated regularly to protect against the latest threats.
 Establish a separate eMail account that can be used to sign up to websites and social networks.
 Don’t put Personal Information on the Internet or on any Social Networking site.
 If you find any Personal Information posted on the Internet without your consent demand that it be
removed by the owner of the site.
 Always ensure that all the information is completely erased from old devices (PCs, laptops, phones
etc.) before disposing of them.
 Never write down secret pins or passwords. Change passwords on a regular basis.
 Monitor your bank account / credit card statements regularly and immediately query any
inconsistency with your Bank.
 Do not give Personal Information over the phone, Internet or by mail, unless you are the one who
made contact and you know for sure that you are dealing with the right entity.
Last but not least we would like to encourage all Internet Users to report suspected illegal content encountered
on the Internet, by using www.hotline.ie Service.
Editorial Notes
ISPAI – Internet Service Providers Association of Ireland is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee of its
members. Since November 1999, ISPAI runs the Hotline.ie Service under agreement with the Department of Justice
and Equality, An Garda Síochána and oversight from the Office for Internet Safety. Further information available on
www.ispai.ie
Hotline.ie Service is part-funded by ISPAI and currently under receipt of grant support from the European
Commission, through the Safer Internet Programme (2009-2013). Hotline.ie Service (www.hotline.ie) provides a
confidential online platform whereby the Irish public may anonymously report suspected illegal material, especially
child pornography, encountered on the Internet. If Hotline.ie assesses the material to be probably illegal under Irish
law, the location of the illegal material is then traced. If found to be hosted or distributed from Ireland, An Garda
Síochána and the relevant ISPAI member are notified, so the material can be removed from public Internet access and
law enforcement investigation may be initiated. Further information available on http://www.hotline.ie/
Nationwide Survey conducted by iReach Market Research on behalf of ISPAI Hotline.ie – the Study conducted in
Spring 2014 was part of iReach Consumer Omnibus Survey. Sample Size=1,000 respondents. Demographics: Gender -
53% female & 47% male, Age: 18+
For media inquiries: 0129452

IEDR Optimise Deadline Application Extended 7 days…

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“We couldn’t have made applying for awards any easier for busy SMEs” – David Curtin, CEO, IEDR

Fifteen companies can each win prizes of 10 days of professional consultancy, training and development, from a total fund of €150,000, in this year’s IEDR sponsored OPTIMISE Awards programme The closing date for the awards, made to companies that want to improve their e-commerce capabilities, is the 27th June 2014.
Now in its fourth year the OPTIMISE Fund has already benefitted a total of 45 small businesses across all industries and from all parts of the country who have had free professional consultation, practical training and e-commerce development from some of Ireland’s best known online business advisers. Entries may be submitted from any industrial sector and past winners include companies as diverse as natural yogurt makers Killowen Farm of Wexford, Orient Travel, Dublin and the Galway News newspaper. Each one of them has reported a substantial benefit for their businesses following the mentoring they received as their prize.
The awards are called the OPTIMISE Awards as each award gives small business owners the e-tools and know-how to ‘optimise’ their existing website and grow their business via the Internet. Applications are open to any Irish organisations classified as an SME or micro-enterprise with a .ie website that is currently accessible to the public. IEDR, the IE Domain Registry, manages the registry for Ireland’s official Internet address .ie.
Commenting, David Curtin, Chief Executive of IEDR, said: “IEDR wants to encourage all SMEs in Ireland to expand their businesses online, using the commercially trusted .ie domain address. We realise that SMEs are under huge pressure and that’s why we have made applying for these fifteen awards so straightforward. Our aim is quite simple, we want as many businesses as possible to have an online .ie presence.
“These are very practical awards that can be a game-changer for winners. The OPTIMISE Awards give hands-on, practical help that really makes a difference to small companies’ online potential. We match businesses’ needs with experts’ independent advice about the right tools and technologies that will create a better online experience for companies and their customers.
“For some, online sales and bookings will be a priority while greater customer engagement using social media will be a focus for others. Extending a business to e-commerce shouldn’t be daunting. It’s something that small Irish companies have been reluctant to embrace for too long, and too many companies continue to miss out on new, sometimes international, business opportunities that can grow a company’s potential customer base from the 5 million people in Ireland to the 7,000 million people worldwide.”
For further details about the OPTIMISE Fund and how to apply, CLICK HERE. The closing date for receipt of entries is 27th June 2014.
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Domains, Domains and More Domains…

Domains, Domains and More Domains…
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Yes there here, more domains and lots of them. Hosting Ireland commitment as one of Ireland’s favorite domain registrars is to provide domain choice and as you will of heard many new domains are now becoming available and we want to make sure you have access to registering them.

Already we have over a 150 plus new domains and this will keep growing over the coming months. Here’s a few that we thought were interesting:

.agency
.boutique
.coffee
.directory
.expert
.farm
.guru
.holiday
.institute
.kitchen
.luxury
.marketing
.ninja
.pub
.repair
.support
.technology
.university
.villas
.watch
.xyz
.zone

Why not browse through our catalogue and you’ll me amazed at what’s available….

Browse New Domains Now

Apply for funding with IEDR’s 2014 OPTIMISE and you could win €10,000 toward your e-business development…

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- 15 Irish companies to benefit from €150,000 Fund announces Minister for Communications, Pat Rabbitte, T.D. –

Wednesday, 21st May 2014. The IE Domain Registry (IEDR), the managed registry for Ireland’s official Internet address .ie, today announced that its 2014 OPTIMISE Fund is open for entries from small business owners looking for a helping hand to improve their e-commerce capabilities.
Encouraging small and micro-business owners across Ireland to apply for one of 15 places on this year’s OPTIMISE Fund worth €150,000 overall was the Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte, T.D.
The OPTIMISE Fund provides professional consultation, practical training and e-commerce development support to give small business owners the e-tools and know-how to ‘optimise’ their existing website and grow their business via the Internet. To date IEDR has helped 45 small businesses across a range of industries, including tourism and culture, food and retail, technology and business services, as well as media and education since the Fund was established in 2011.
Applications are open to all Irish organisations classified as an SME or micro-enterprise with a .ie website that is hosted online and currently accessible to the public. For further details about the OPTIMISE Fund and how to apply, CLICK HERE. The closing date for receipt of entries is 20th June 2014.

David Curtin - CEO IEDR and Pat Rabbitte TD

David Curtin – CEO IEDR and Pat Rabbitte TD


David Curtin, Chief Executive of IE Domain Registry, said: “I would strongly encourage small business owners with a .ie website to apply for IEDR’s OPTIMISE Fund. OPTIMISE is about hands-on, practical help that really makes a difference to small companies’ online potential. We match the businesses’ needs with experts’ independent advice on the right tools and technologies to create a better online experience for the companies, and their customers. Online sales and bookings will be a priority for some, while greater customer engagement using social media will be a focus for others. Either way, the move to e-commerce needn’t be daunting. It’s something that small Irish companies have been reluctant to embrace for too long, and too many companies continue to miss out on new markets, new customers and new growth opportunities as a result.”
Angela Butler - Finance and Operations Manager IEDR and Pat Rabbitte TD

Angela Butler – Finance and Operations Manager IEDR and Pat Rabbitte TD


Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte, T.D., said: “The OPTIMISE Fund is a great opportunity for small companies to develop their online presence, access global markets and improve competitiveness. One of the key aims of the National Digital Strategy is to get an additional 2,000 small Irish businesses trading online over the next two years. The OPTIMISE Fund will encourage companies to develop the capacity and skills which are fundamental to participation in the global economy and is a fine example of the practical support for small businesses developing their online presence.”

About the IE Domain Registry:
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The IE Domain Registry (IEDR) is responsible for the management and administration of Ireland’s official Internet address .ie, in the interest of the Irish and global Internet communities. The IEDR operates the domain name system (DNS) for the .ie namespace, facilitates a dispute resolution service and operates a public ‘Whois’ lookup service for .ie domains. The DNS is one of the most important systems on the Internet as it provides the means to map easy-to-remember Internet addresses (such as www.iedr.ie) to cumbersome IP addresses (193.1.32.40).
The IEDR is a managed registry which means that there are rules and procedures governing the registration of .ie domain names. New applications are reviewed to ensure compliance with the terms and conditions of registration. For example, IEDR will verify an applicant’s company registered number with the CRO, or its patent reference number with international databases. This contrasts with dot.com or dot.eu where there is no manual review, and the domain applied for will be automatically registered – once the name is available. Authenticating the claim to the domain name lends confidence to consumers and businesses to carry out transactions online, safe in the knowledge that the online companies are who they say they are. Also with a managed registry there are virtually no instances of cyber squatting, fewer costly intellectually property disputes and reduced instances of spam and identity theft.
Reflecting the nature of Ireland’s managed registry system, the .ie country code domain name, has consistently been ranked one of the world’s top 5 safest domains by the McAfee Mapping the Mal Web report, since the report was established in 2007. In 2010 the namespace was rated the third safest top level domain in Europe and fourth safest country domain name in the world.
In October 2007 the IEDR relaxed the rules for registering personal .ie domain names for individuals, for example, www.johnsmith.ie. The relaxation of the rules was introduced in response to the increasing popularity of social networking sites such as Facebook and Bebo after full consultation with the .ie registrar community and industry organisations. In November 2010, the IEDR celebrated its 10th anniversary during which it marked a number of milestone events including the registration of Ireland’s 150,000th .ie domain name and launch of a www.why.ie as a resource for .ie registrants and registrars. This was followed by the publication of the Registry’s inaugural Domain Name Industry Report, the first account of its kind in Ireland of the .ie namespace and the Irish domain market. It is set in the context of the global domain name market and Ireland’s Internet ecosystem, and will be published annually as a resource for Internet industry leaders and policy makers.
In May 2011, IEDR launched OPTIMISE, a €100,000 e-commerce website development fund. The fund was launched following the findings of IEDR’s Domain Name Industry Report which found that only two-thirds of businesses were online and of those, only 21 per cent had e-commerce capability. Now established and entering its fourth year, IEDR’S OPTIMISE Fund has already provided 45 small and micro-business owners with professional support with which to plan and carry out a major e-commerce website upgrade.
In early 2012 IEDR reached another milestone with the registration of Ireland’s 175,000th .ie domain.
Under the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility programme, the IEDR also provides free .ie domain names for registered charities, as well as free registration for two years to registrars providing new broadband connections to Ireland’s schools and educational institutions.