Accents in domain names

For the past couple of years, it's been possible to use domain names in the .CA TLD that have accented characters. 

For example, I'm working on a site called SeniorsVoice.ca / VoixdesAînés.ca. 

To register this domain, the client purchased voixdesaines.ca.  Once it's registered, any accented variants of those letters can only be purchased by the owner of the basic spelling.  

There is some cost to this - the owner also has to pay the registrar for voixdesaînés.ca.  

What else have you got?

This site was made using Drupal 7 with a variety of modules and a Bootstrap theme. 

I like keeping my stuff in Canada, out of some level of patriotism and to pay in Canadian $

Domain names and DNS http://rebel.ca

Hosting http://canadianwebhosting.com (they don't have a .ca which bothers me a bit, but their support is excellent).  
They now offer Let's Encrypt certificates easily on a CPanel account, so no need to learn how to do it yourself or buy one.

 

 

Next steps

As of 5 p.m. today, I am considering what I say when people ask what I do after almost a decade of "I work for a union, doing IT and web stuff" and seven years of "I'm a consultant building networks" and the nineteen years before that where "I work for a national association doing anything computer related."  

It's really exciting to be starting again.  I have been so lucky to have mentors and employers that enabled my growth.

I expect a bit of a struggle to entirely self-manage my time and resources, but look forward to having space to learn and do interesting things.