Why is my domain name spelled differently in the URL?

If you have purchased a domain name that contains non-Latin script or letters that are not from the English alphabet, you might see it reflect differently like it is presented in the screenshot below:




This happens because you have purchased something called Internationalized Domain Names or IDNs. 

To function as a proper domain, it needs to be kind of "translated" for the Internet to recognize it.

Since DNS requires letters to be ASCII-compatible, these enable people around the world to use domain names in local languages and scripts.

IDNs are formed using characters from different scripts, such as Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Devanagari, Hebrew, or the Latin alphabet-based characters with diacritics or ligatures, such as French or Spanish. 

If you enter the language characters, we convert it into an ASCII-Compatible Encoding (ACE) or Punycode and register the Punycode version with the registry.


Note: If you purchase a domain name with special characters you will not be able to create a Business Mailbox for it, since this is not something that is provided for IDNs.


For further information or to speak with one of our Support Agents, simply click on the link here and submit your message via the green Help button on the bottom right-hand corner.

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