Should I have a .com or .ie domain?

This is a question I am asked on a regular basis, .com or .ie? To correctly and quickly answer this you must first know the answer to the following question – Where is the target audience for my website located? In other words, are you targeting an Irish market or a global market. Here is my experience on the matter.

  • .ie domains prove your are 100% an Irish company as you must demonstrate your connection with Ireland such as your registered business number for a business related domain or a passport for a personal name
  • If targeting an Irish market, .ie domains hosted within Ireland and having an Irish IP address generally tend to perform better on the search engines, potentially leading to a higher volume of traffic on your site
  • If targeting a global market then .com is definitely the option for you. I find it wise to register both domains if they are available and if trading globally, have your website on the .com domain and point the .ie domain toward it.
  • Price. The .ie domains tend to be around €20 more expensive than the .com domain. The prices vary quite a lot depending on the registrar you use. A .com should never set you back more than €10

Conclusion: all in all it really depends on what and where you are marketing. If trading within Ireland and Ireland is your target audience then I would recommend you use the .ie domain.

9 thoughts on “Should I have a .com or .ie domain?”

  1. If you are trading/selling in Ireland then a .ie domain is of great importance and does give extra confidence to potential customers.

  2. Little traffic but perhaps more pertinent traffic. Search engines should prefer .ie for those searching from Ireland. Like the author aptly summarises it all depends on your target.

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  4. Would it perhaps be more prudent to have a .ie domain and route it to a .com domain – I know this means managing 2 domains, but then the market is fully covered…

  5. I actually believe that the .ie domain is one of the most respected domain names out there because there’s very little in terms of bad, spammy websites using this extension. It’s a highly trusted TLD.

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