If you’re thinking of setting up a .ie website in Ireland, there are a few additional costs involved that you need to be aware of compared to our US neighbours across the pond. There is also a bit more red tape to get through before you are granted use of a .ie domain name such as providing business name registration to go along with the domain you’ve chosen. Once you get through the initial red tape, it’s just like purchasing any other domain name. You need to find a reliable hosting service, point your name servers to the hosts DNS settings, then build your website. There is a bit more to it than your standard .com, .net or .org but if you have a business in Ireland, it’s well worth the additional work up front.
Now let’s take a look at average website costs in Ireland.
Domain name registration
You can register a .com domain name on a site like Namecheap for the standard price of €7.82 per year. In comparison, a .ie domain will generally set you back for €19.99 per year. You might be able to find some offers around that will give you a much better deal in your first year but generally by year two, the price will go up to a similar level. A website I have used in the past to purchase .ie domains is called LetsHost. At the time of writing this article they even have a sale on for €9.99.
Once you have purchased a domain name, the next step is to find a suitable web hosting provider. In an ideal world, it would be best to host your website on a server that isn’t a million miles away. I wouldn’t go any further than Europe. The United States is just that little bit too far. The additional cost here comes in the form of VAT which is added to your purchase. If you are a business that is already registered for VAT this shouldn’t be a problem as you can most likely claim back the cost of VAT paid on the purchase.
So now you’ve built the foundations for your website you’ll need to decide on a design that is likely to work for your industry. You may choose to do this yourself, or you could employ a web developer who can advise you on the best types of design for your industry. If you are looking for a low-cost web designer in Ireland, Andy’s Web Design offers affordable pricing.
Ultimately the cost you would expect to pay for a website in Ireland are not that much more than the United States, but there are certainly a few extra hurdles to overcome. Whether you opt for a .ie domain or not depends whether Ireland is your sole target market. If you are interested in having your website visible to countries in the EU you might be better off with a .eu domain. Then there’s always the possibility of a .com, .net or .org which involves a much quicker setup process.