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What is an IDN variant?

An Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) variant is an alternative form of the domain name. The most common example is if you register a Chinese domain name. Chinese has two scripts for the same character, simplified and traditional. Someone may have already registered the simplifed version of a domain, preventing you from registering the traditional version.

Unfortunately, due to the current design of Verisign, the central registry for .COM, .NET, and .CC, we cannot check in advance if a variant of a domain name exists. We can only attempt to register the domain, and if a variant does exist, we receive an error message. Sometimes, you may encounter a variant error message in our search results if we recently encountered an error with that same domain name. In such cases, we automatically provide account credit for any domains that we were unable to register.

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