Punycode? What-in-the-á?

I recently learned about Punycode when I was trying to forward an English character domain name to a Spanish character domain name and it failed in GoDaddy.


I wanted to forward SanchezHandyman.com to SánchezHandyman.com

” á “

But… every time I tried to forward to SánchezHandyman.com it would say “Invalid Characters”.

After a call to tech support, I learned how Punycode works. I haven’t had the honor to make websites for many foreign individuals so I haven’t come across this issue before. It turns out that foreign characters don’t make good domain names and must be converted to Punycode for the domain registrar to work.



(GoDaddy domain forwarder using Punycode)