4th January 2000

Guernsey Press registers its domain

Guernsey Press registered its eponymous home on the web – guernseypress.com – in January 2000, but this wasn’t its first online venture. It had previously made a home for itself at thisisguernsey.com and .co.uk, which it had registered 22nd January 1998, and – even earlier – at guernsey-press.com, which was registered in 1996.

Several years after it stopped publishing news on its “thisisguernsey” domains, the brands were still working hard for Guernsey Press. In 2018, web analytics service Alexa showed “this is guernsey” and “thisisguernsey” being the first and fifth most popular search terms used by visitors to guernseypress.com. SimilarWeb also put “this is guernsey” at the top of search keywords, with “guernsey press” and “guernsey news” coming in second and third.

Naturally the publisher itself has the best idea of who visits, where they come from and why, but if these analysis sites are correct, a higher proportion of women and people at work visit guernseypress.com than the average of all sites across the web (says Alexa). Guernsey Airport is the most popular place people click through to after visiting, and just over 70% of its visitors come from Guernsey (according to SimilarWeb).

Guernsey Press’ online history

The earliest incarnation of guernseypress.com preserved by the online Wayback Machine illustrates how unfamiliar many still found the web at that time. It instructed visitors that “to navigate around our web site is easy, simply click on the links on the side bar and you will be taken to that section of our web-site”.

However, an earlier, hyphenated guernsey-press.com was archived on 5 December 1998. It includes the story of Olympic gold medallist Duncan Goodhew and his friend Richard Bickerton becoming the first men to swim 12 miles around Alderney, revealed that British Aerospace had been appointed to manage the development of the new terminal at Guernsey Airport, and explained that campers on Alderney had been raided after innocently buying a “love potion” that police believed contained the drug speed.


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Other events that occured in January

Alderney elects its first president 1st
Guille and Alles open their library 2nd
Guernsey bans smoking in public places 3rd
Guernsey Press registers its domain 4th
Guernsey Zoo is sold as a going concern 5th
Guernsey opens its wartime files
Guernsey Police moves to its new headquarters 6th
Guernsey Fisher makes its maiden voyage 7th
Work begins on the Val des Terres 8th
A hotel porter goes on trial for murder 9th
Guernsey Police Service appoints its first inspector 10th
Royal theft inquiry heads to Guernsey 11th
Channel Express Airways plane crashes in Guernsey 12th
Sibyl Hathaway, Dame of Sark, is born 13th
Channel Television disappears 14th
Benefactor Osmond de Beauvoir Priaulx dies 15th
MV Prosperity is wrecked at Perelle 16th
Guernsey’s Royal Court sits for the first time 17th
Doctor Who travels to Guernsey 18th
Channel 4 gameshow Treasure Hunt comes to Guernsey 19th
Hanois Lighthouse is cut off by the weather 20th
Guernsey-built prototype plane crashes 21st
Guernsey Steam Tramway stops running 22nd
Radiant Med sinks with loss of life 23rd
Guernsey wins gold at the Commonwealth Games 24th
Sark is awarded Dark-Sky status 25th
Guernsey passengers are battered by storms 26th
Sir Isaac Newton has his say on a mysterious Guernsey invention 27th
Guernsey’s last witch trial takes place 28th
Guernsey poet George Métivier is born 29th
The States of Guernsey proposes a new airport 30th
Guernsey lifeboat performs a chemical tanker rescue 31st