IDN (Internationalized Domain Name) domains are domain names that contain non-ASCII characters, including the Irish fada . Here are some pros and cons of using an IDN domain for a website:
- IDN domains allow websites to use domain names in their native language, making it easier for users to remember and type the domain name.
- IDN domains can help increase the visibility of a website in non-English speaking countries by making the website more accessible to users who speak those languages.
- IDN domains can help establish a website's brand in non-English speaking countries.
- IDN domains can be difficult to type and remember for users who are not familiar with the non-ASCII characters used in the domain name.
- IDN domains can be difficult to read and interpret for users who are not familiar with the language or script used in the domain name.
- IDN domains may not be compatible with all web browsers or operating systems.
- IDN domains are not supported by some older DNS servers, registrars, and applications.
- IDN domains can be easily phished by hackers creating visually similar domains by using homoglyphs characters, this is a concern for security
It's important to keep in mind that when using IDN domain, you may need to provide clear and explicit instructions on how to correctly type the domain name, as well as to provide a way to access the website through a standard ASCII domain name.