How To Register An Internationalized Domain Name


Pondering about registering international domain names and wondering how its done? Don’t worry, it really is a simple procedure. Domain sellers have gone out of their way to make it simple. Why? They want your enterprise, of course! This isn’t rocket science and there is no point in pretending it is!

Before we discover how to register internationalized domain names (IDN), probably we must initial be particular we are on the exact same page as to what constitutes an IDN. 1 recent report on the net misrepresented them as being two-letter nation-code top level domain extensions like China’s dot-cn and Belize’s dot-bz. It is true that these extensions are controlled by the countries they represent, but they are no much more internationalized domain names than is the United States’ good old dot-us or Canada’s dot-ca. They are merely, as described above, country-code prime level domain extensions (CCTLD’s). Note that like the “generic” best level domain extensions dot-com and dot-net, the CCTLD’s are all in Latin script. That is a,b,c, etc., the Latin alphabet familiar to Westerners like me and almost certainly you (if this isn’t your mother alphabet then I most humbly beg your pardon).

Internationalized domain names, on the other hand are written in the different scripts that nations like China, India, Russia and Japan utilized when some of us in the west were still living in caves waiting to be enlightened at the point of a Roman sword. ?????????????.COM is a great example of an internationalized domain name. As is obvious, the name itself is not in a form familiar to most Westerners. In this case it is in Cyrillic script the alphabet of Russia and some of Eastern Europe. Note that the extension is dot-com but it could be any leading level domain extension at all including dot-net and dot-cn. It is the name itself that makes it internationalized, not the extension.

Now that we are on the very same page we can get on with learning how to register internationalized domain names. Very first of all, just as you would with the standard Latin range, decide on your name and your extension, dot-com or whatever. Second, make a decision on the script you want to use. Because most of us right here in the West don’t have keyboards capable of rendering the different scripts, you will almost certainly have to copy the script rather than sort it into the particular domain name search box. Exactly where to find the script? Google translate is a single possibility, but be cautious capable as it is, Google translate is not human and the translation sometimes makes no sense. Ask a native speaker if your name is on track.

Third, locate the specific Internationalized domain search box at your favourite domain seller. This should be simple. If for some cause they do not have 1, get one more domain seller. Copy the script into the search box. There is generally another box asking for the language, Russian, Chinese and so forth. In the case of the Cyrillic domain name above, it would be Russian. Hit enter and hope! As with any domain search you will be told if the name is available or not. The difference right here is that the domain name you pick will seem in an unexpected kind. The Cyrillic name we’ve been employing as an example appears as “” This is called puny code. With this code the domain name method is able to translate the Cyrillic script into anything it can deal with. Never be concerned, when any individual with a Cyrillic keyboard varieties your domain name, they will locate you. From this point on registering international domain names follows the exact same course as any domain name. On to the shopping cart!

There, now wasn’t that easy? I told you it would be. Get the name in the script you want. Uncover your domain seller’s Internationalized Domain Name Search Box, and that’s all there really is to it. No mystery about it. Very good Luck!