À, é, î or ù? Register your .ca domain name in French

January 14, 2013 - Tags: E-business Technology Marketing

Did you know that you are now able to register .ca domain names in both of Canada's official languages? The Canadian Internet Registration Authority now supports domain names that include French characters such as û, à, ç, ë, and œ. These new domain name possibilities can help you create a meaningful Web address that matches the name of your business, product, or slogan.

How does it work?
When you register a .ca domain name, every possible variant of the name will be grouped together in a bundle and reserved for you. For example, if you register the domain name canadabusiness.ca, variants such as cànàdàbusiness.ca and çanadabusîness.ca will be reserved for you. No one else will be able to use variants of your domain name.

Although all variants of your domain name will be reserved for your use, they will not be active until you have registered them individually with a CIRA-certified Registrar.

What characters can I use?
The following characters are now available for use in .ca domain names:

  • â, à, æ
  • ç
  • é, ë, ê, è
  • î, ï
  • ô, œ
  • ù, û, ü
  • ÿ

You can learn more about using French characters in your .ca domain name by visiting the Canadian Internet Registration Authority's Register a .CA in French page.

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