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What Is an IDN

IDNs (Internationalized Domain Names) are domain names that are created in the local language of the internet user instead of Latin characters only. Any domain name that contains characters that are not found in the English-based alphanumeric system (English letters, and numbers such as 1, 2, or 3) is considered to be an IDN.

Two Major Types of IDNs

Latin-based CharactersPuny code encoding is used for ISO IDNs - domains containing Latin-based characters such as áéíäö, etc.
Non-Latin CharactersUTF-8 is a way of coding special characters and this type of coding allows for Asian and Arabic character domains.


While not all ccTLDs and gTLDs offer Internationalized Domain Names, if your native language is non-Latin alphabets such as Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Hindi, Russian, Serbian, Tamil, Thai, Ukrainian, Hebrew, Japanese, and Korean, then IDNs are perfect for you! 

Registering an IDN domain name helps you connect with your target audience in their local language and provide a more comfortable online experience with your company's website for users whose native language is not English. This enables your visitors to navigate your website and address emails to you in their local language. 

View our full list of Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs).

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