Site Review

Discussion in 'Webmaster Discussion' started by Arch-Stanton, Feb 11, 2006.

  1. Arch-Stanton

    Arch-Stanton New Member

    I am looking for some webmasters to review this site.

    Apart from the look and feel, I would also be interested in your views/opinions on the subject matter of the site.


  2. SlitheryImp

    SlitheryImp New Member

    To be honest, I can't really see something like this taking off, but then, many of my predictions about the future had me sunning in Cannes on my Yacht about now :)

    It is an interesting idea though, and I really like the design and layout (especially the .irl logo)

    How would it work though? Does it completely bypass ICANN? Would you have to get co-operation form all Namesrver admins? Sorry if my questions seem stupid, but I do not have much understanding of how this would work.
  3. mneylon

    mneylon Administrator Staff Member

    The site design is fine.

    The concept is pointless.
  4. louie

    louie New Member

    you can not get a straight answer then this one from blacknight.
  5. Arch-Stanton

    Arch-Stanton New Member

    Your question is right on the mark, it’s a matter of getting all TLD registers working together, see this link.

    ICANN are under increasing pressure, at the recent world conference the whole thing was over shadowed by objections of the American control of the Internet, and ICANN are under criticism as being puppets of Verisign.

    The whole thing is being played out at a different level, will it remain a closed shop or will they come together and open it up? which way is the Internet going? Who knows!!!!
  6. mneylon

    mneylon Administrator Staff Member

    Arch-stanton - the ICANN debacle is one thing but the idea of setting up yet another alternative to .ie is a completely different one.
  7. Arch-Stanton

    Arch-Stanton New Member

    Quite right, it is a different matter.

    However, here’s an interesting static, there are approx 300,000 registered businesses’ here in Ireland (source enterprise Ireland) yet the IEDR have only sold 50,000 names to date. The restriction of access impedes many peoples ability to purchase a .ie domain.

    How may times yourself have you answered questions on boards, explaining to people, the hoops they must jump through before they can buy a .ie.

    The IEDR over the last couple of years have dropped their price and developed a better control panel for resellers, this is good, and fair play, operators like yourself have passed this saving on to your customers. However, I believe competition in the market can only benefit the customer and increase the efficiency of registries and availability of names people want.
  8. mneylon

    mneylon Administrator Staff Member

    No. I would disagree. The perception of restriction is what causes the issue.

    If you have a registered business with the CRO there is nothing to stop you registering IE domains
    In most cases the people asking the questions did not have a registered business name or were still under the impression that they needed to jump through hoops

    We've always tried to pass on the savings to our clients, however there are others who simply refuse to

    No. Competition in itself is a good thing, but if you start pushing yet another alternative to .ie you will only cause confusion.
  9. mneylon

    mneylon Administrator Staff Member

    NB: I've moved this from site reviews to discussion, as the review part of the thread has taken a backseat :D
  10. louie

    louie New Member

    What I don't like about IEDR is the fact that they sell .ie domains to any business from outside Ireland if they can prove (copy of an invoice) that they do business in Ireland. That's not really fair to the irish owned business. Did you ever try to get a name? It won't be as easy as UK customers gets the .ie name.

    I found myself prices for the .ie too high, but thanks to Blacknight for passing the savings on to customers, i managed to get what i wanted for half the price it used to be.

    .ie might help you on telling the visitors you are an irish business, but what about website owned by UK customers that have a .ie domain? I heard many people complaining as the prices on some of those website displayed in Euro differ from the credit cards charges after the purchase.
  11. mneylon

    mneylon Administrator Staff Member

    By your logic then an internationally trading company would have to setup offices in Ireland in order to get an IE domain.

    You don't need to prove anything to get a domain, so I don't really understand what your point is

    In most cases pricing displayed in Euro on sites, such as Amazon UK, are clearly marked as indicative. It doesn't take much to check the actual exchange rates via
    I suppose the real issue here is that the UK is still using Sterling and has refused to use Euro
  12. louie

    louie New Member

    Isn't that the way it should work?
  13. mneylon

    mneylon Administrator Staff Member

    In a word - no
  14. louie

    louie New Member

    I don't mean offices, but at least have the company name registered in Ireland.

    You wouldn't like to register a company name here and find out that your domain name .ie is used and owned by somebody from outside Ireland.

    What can you do then? Do you have a rights about it?
  15. Arch-Stanton

    Arch-Stanton New Member

    What other alternatives are there to a .ie which will indicate your Country of origin or place of business?

  16. mneylon

    mneylon Administrator Staff Member

    Why? That's an incredible burden to place on a business.

    A lot of the international companies we register IE domains for would hold trademarks as well.
    It's called brand protection :)

    If you are dumb enough to register a business name that is similar to an existing well known brand then what do you expect?

    Why would you have any rights in that instance?

    If company X is registered in the UK in 1990 and is trading with Ireland it can register or a derivative thereof.

    If in 2006 someone in Ireland decides to setup Company X with the Irish companies' office then they have zero right over the domain

    It would be a wholly different matter if the domain were registered in bad faith or were to breach trademark
  17. mneylon

    mneylon Administrator Staff Member

    There are a couple of companies offering third level domains based off IE ( and and another one that has been pushing a third level off a .com - If I can find a link to them I'll post it
  18. Arch-Stanton

    Arch-Stanton New Member

    How many people/business realistically want a third level domain name. As people try to get more form their site these days they use sub-domains to augment the SDL (second level domain). The most popular third level domains are or Most hosting providers have an easy to use “add sub-domain” feature, so turning it to a forth level wouldn’t really be an option.

    I can see the use for offering a third level domain, but it would only be useful if they gave it away free.

    For commercial use they would have to incorporate some kind of control panel to have DNS editing facility for the third level domain, would either or have this facility and then give subsequent rights to forth level domains created from the third level one.

    Also if I had let’s say for example and forwarded the name to a hosting option in Holland, what would be the implication for the owner of with the IEDR.
  19. SlitheryImp

    SlitheryImp New Member

    But why do you need an alternative? getting a .IE domain is simple.

    - Download the RBN1 Form (
    - Fill it out and walk into the CRO office (Parnell Square, Dublin)
    - Pay 40 euros and you're done

    Alternatively, you can register online (you only need your PPS no.), fill out the form, print it, sign it and send it in with a payment of 20 euros.

    And then register the company name as a domain.

    Done... It couldn't be easier... Well, it could, but then we'd have the same kind of problems that .com's have
  20. mneylon

    mneylon Administrator Staff Member uses a frame redirect at present. I'm not sure what way is setup

    That would probably depend on whether there were complaints regarding the use of the sub-domain. In either case removing an A record is not that complicated :D

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