Blacknight Internet Solutions Ltd
|Industry:||Internet, Registrar, Host|
|Headquarters:||Barrowside Business Park |
Sleaty Road, Graigcullen
|Michele Neylon, Founder, CEO|
Blacknight Internet Solutions Ltd. is a 100% Irish owned company which serves the hosting and co-location needs of business, both large and small; it is also the country's largest registrar and the only one that is accredited by ICANN. Blacknight hosts over 100,000 domains on its servers; which are based with the Data Electronics Group and Interxion, both in Dublin. It is the market leader for the Irish ccTLD, .ie.
Blacknight began offering free one-year registration of .co domains in October, 2012 as part of the Getting Irish Business Online initiative. This free domain offering had been offered for .ie domains since May, but the amount of verification necessary for .ie registration made it a labor-intensive offer.
In January, 2010, ICANN authorized the transfer of a bulk transfer of Hosting365 Inc.’s gTLD domains to Blacknight. This action was undertaken due to a compliance issue that resulted in ICANN's de-accreditation of registrar Hosting365 Inc. ICANN explains its decision and the procedures undertaken here
The company's online marketing and use of social media has led to them being nominated for several awards in Ireland.
- 2012 Social Media Awards - Best Blog of a Business 
- 2011 Social Media Awards - Best Business Twitter Account – Marketing and Sales 
Blacknight sponsored the 2012 Irish Web Awards, and specifically “The Most Beautiful Website in Ireland” category as an appreciation of good design.