How to use a domain name with special characters like à, ç

A few years ago, it was almost impossible to have a domain name with special characters. Indeed, the only characters you could have in a domain name were the English alphabet letters. Although this is now possible, it is still not easy to connect such a domain to web servers such as cPanel. Or share in some platform that does not consider it valid. Fortunately, conversion tools can convert the domain name with the puny code special format characters (Punycode). In this article, we will see together how to get there.

Why a domain name with Special characters?

From a region or target perspective, a domain name with special characters can have more impact. For example, if you are in a country like China or Turkey, you may wish to give a name that most characterizes your product/service. Including characters from the local alphabet can be very helpful for this purpose. On the other hand, if you have a company and target customers from a particular area or country, the domain name you share with them can show some connection.

Where can I find a domain name with the characters you want?

Several domain name providers do not offer the possibility of having names with characters different from the English alphabet. Below are some providers offering domain names with special characters

GoDaddy

GoDaddy is one of the largest domain name providers. You can find your domain name with special characters on the site. See the example below.

OVH

OVH is a company specializing in the hosting and sale of domain names. It also offers the possibility of acquiring domain names with local characters.

Other suppliers

  • Rapidenet.ca
  • whc.ca
  • domains.google.com

How to use a domain name with special characters?

Unfortunately, many servers do not recognize domain names with characters other than the English alphabet. An example of this type of server is the cPanel. To make use of your name, you must convert it to puny code format (Punycode). Then you should use the converted version for your DNS records or online form instead.

Punycode is an alternative representation of Internationalized Domain Names by limited character sets (AZ, 0-9) compatible with the conventional domain name system.

To convert your domain name, you have access to several online tools. You can, for example, use the platform https://www.punycoder.com/.

Through this site, you have to

  • Enter your domain name and then,
  • Click on “Convert to Punycode”
  • The site will take care of generating a version of your domain name that you can use.

When making your DNS records, you can simply provide the site in the Punycode version. On the other hand, when filling out the online forms, you can use the punny code version if you have a valid name error message related to your domain name.

domain with special characters

Conclusion

Using an internationalized domain name can be pretty complicated. Indeed, the web world is still in the process of integrating this format. However, in some instances, it can be advantageous from a marketing standpoint.

Thank you for taking the time to read our article. If you have any questions, it would be a pleasure to hear from you. Leave us a message.

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