How to Buy an Emoji Domain

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Emoji are superior, and even outdated folks (like my 30-year outdated pals) are beginning to understand it now. They add nuance to textual content messages you could’t specific with boring phrases. However emoji can do much more than that: now you’ll be able to register emoji domains. I’ve purchased www.??.to. Click on the hyperlink and also you get taken to my Twitter web page! Let’s have a look at how.

Discover a Prime Degree Domain That Helps Emoji Domains

You used to give you the chance to register any emoji area you may consider, however since ICAAN (the group who manages domains) modified the principles in 2010, there are only some high degree domains that help them. You’ll be able to’t purchase www.?.com for instance; though if you happen to purchased one earlier than 2010, like somebody did with www.♨.com, you’re nonetheless okay.

Most high degree domains you’ve heard of, comparable to .com, .internet, .org, and so forth are out. However there are two that do help them: .to and .ws. They’re the highest degree domains for Tonga and Western Samoa, respectively.

As emoji get extra widespread, nevertheless, there’s a great probability extra high degree domains will enable emoji domains. Hold a glance out, and also you would possibly give you the chance to snap up an superior single character emoji area as they change into accessible.

The Emoji Domain Workaround

Emoji domains work barely totally different than common ones. Most domains solely use ASCII characters (the Latin alphabet with out accents, numbers, and symbols). The truth is, till 2010, they have been the one characters domains supported.

Emoji, nevertheless, are Unicode characters. Quite than a restricted character set, Unicode contains every thing from Cyrillic script to my beloved ?.

The issue was that vital Unicode characters, like á or ë, couldn’t be utilized in domains. This isn’t an problem if you happen to’re American, however it’s if you happen to’re French or German. To beat this, a system known as Punycode was developed that allowed domains to embrace Unicode characters.

Domain names have been prepended with xn-- after which a string of ASCII characters inserted that corresponded to a particular Unicode character. www.Hárry.com is identical as www.xn--hrry-5na.com/. The customers’ browser would present the model with the Unicode character, whereas within the background, go to the Punycode model of the area.

Accents and vital Unicode characters aren’t the one ones with corresponding Punycodes, nevertheless. All Unicode characters have them. My area, www.??.to, is definitely www.xn--g77hma.to; it’s simply that your browser exhibits one factor whereas trying up one other.

Which means that you want two issues to register an emoji area: a high degree area that helps emoji, and the Punycode for it.

Work Out the Punycode

Let’s begin with discovering out the Punycode for the area you need to register. We’re going to use Punycoder.com.

It’s tremendous easy: simply enter the area you need within the left hand textual content field and click on Covert to Punycode. When you’re unsure how to insert emoji, try our information on the topic.

You’ll be able to see within the screenshot above that www.?.to converts to www.xn--b48h.to.

You aren’t restricted to simply single emoji domains. You’ll be able to combine in common ASCII characters as effectively. The .ws high degree area permits you to use a number of totally different emoji.

www.I❤️??JustinPot.ws is the relatively difficult www.xn--ijustinpot-co3g08699bdba.ws in Punycode.

Discover Out If It’s Registered

Now that you simply’ve bought the Punycode for the area you need to register, it’s time to see if anybody else bought their first with a WHOIS lookup. This simply checks if a website is registered and, whether it is, who owns it.

Head to Domaintools’ WHOIS lookup, enter the Punycode model of your area, after which hit Search.

Excellent news! This area is out there.

If it wasn’t, we’d have seen one thing like this as a substitute:

Register Your Domain

When you’ve discovered an unregistered area, it’s time to make it yours. For a .to area, head to www.Register.to. For a .ws area, you should use most good area registrars. My favourite is Hover, however decide anyone you want.

Enter the Punycode model of your area, click on Register and also you’re in your method.

A Caveat: Emoji Domains Aren’t All the time Supported

One warning. Don’t use an emoji area for one thing tremendous vital. Whereas they work in all browsers, different apps could not like them. When you copy an emoji area into one other app for instance, it usually received’t see it as an actual URL.

The opposite problem is that plenty of emoji are related. ?.ws and ?.ws are two totally different URLs, however god solely is aware of the way you bear in mind which one you personal.


I really like my emoji area. I’ve no thought what I’m going to do with the Ivory Coast flag (or the flag of an Irish ship in misery!) however I like proudly owning it.

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