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FAQs

What is an IDN?
What is UTF-8?
What is Punycode?
Which browsers support IDN?
How do I buy an IDN domain name?

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IDN FAQ : How do I buy an IDN domain name?

1. Choose a domain name.

If you already speak your target languange, then you can come up with your own list of appropriate domain names and skip to step 2. If you don't speak the language of your target market, you can use online language tools to translate your world list. To make sure you're really getting an accurate translation, compare translations from multiple sources and then re-translate your foreign words back into English.

***It's always best that you have a native speaker double-check the words you find through online translation sites.***

Online Dictionaries and Translators

2. Narrow your list down.

Use online tools such as Overture's foreign language market keyword checkers to find the most frequently searched terms relevant to your clients or your own site/business. You can also look at the value of the current Pay-Per-Click bids on those terms. Finally, use Google to determine raw popularity and usage of similar terms across the internet.

3. Convert the domain name from UTF-8 to Punycode.

Use an online conversion tool to encode your native character name into ASCII code. You can use the IDNFAQ Conversion Tool link below or search for other online IDN Punycode converters.

IDN International Domain Name Converter

4. Check availability and choose a registrar.

Make sure you use a domain registrar who fully supports IDN domain names. Since the IDN market is still developing, IDN support and features can vary greatly.

Features to look for:

a) Automatic UTF-8 conversion for availability searches. This allows you to directly search for your desired words without having to do a manual Punycode conversion beforehand.

b) Proper display of both UTF-8 and Punycode in all sections of your account management control panel.

c) Handling of IDN "Variants". A "Variant" error may occur when you try to register an apparently "Available" IDN name in one language that turns out to be already registered in another language. Because of Punycode encoding overlap, there are many words in one language that will end up being encoded to exactly the same Punycode ASCII text as a word from another language. This is especially common with Japanese and Chinese domain names. Make sure your prospective registrar will not charge you before doing this variant check.

IDN Registrars List

Good luck!