Emoji Domains

This turned out to be a bit of an expensive joke but I recently bought the domain 馃崐.tk,聽It’s a freaking emoji domain name?聽how cool it that? I wasn’t even aware it was possible but with a bit of research I manage to get it working.

How it works

You can’t just head over to Godaddy (other domain providers available) and buy ????.com. The problem is URL’s have a limited character set (A-Z, 0-9) but say you wanted to register pil茅.com you could use a punycode to generate the .

茅 =聽xn--9ca

So you register the domain including the punycode for the 茅 and browsers convert the character for you.

The same can be done with emojis, most extensions like .com and many of the new domain extension don’t allow for these punycodes but there are a few which do like .ws & .tk.

It’s a bit of a slog trying to find places that you can trust to buy these extension so I thought I was onto a winner when I found out Godaddy do sell聽.tk and didn’t seem to mind the weird http://xn--ki8h.tk聽domain name. That was until I bought it and I couldn’t do anything with it. I just wanted to forward it to neilorangepeel.com and send out a few tweets but there was no option to do this and I had to call their tech team who seem to struggle to understand why I couldn’t forward it. Turns out you can’t actually forward a .tk domain which effectively leaves my emoji domain useless. So I popped over to Freenom.com and picked up 馃煚.ml which worked with 5mins.

Coca-cola used emoji domains in a promotion a few years ago.

What to do now?

I’m not really sure. They are certainly fun but there are still a bunch of compatibility issues, many platforms like Facebook just don’t recognise聽them as URL’s so you can’t click on them. Hopefully this will change and we’ll see a bunch of 馃挬馃挬馃挬.com springing up.

Here’s a useful site to convert emojis into punycodes
https://www.punycoder.com/

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  1. Erwin avatar

    It certainly is a fun way of promoting your website! the emoji domain name:-
    http://www.????.ws
    Forwards to my landscape photography website!

    1. Neil Hainsworth avatar

      @Erwin: That’s a great one to have! Super tempted to stock up on them. If they become supported as links on all platforms they’ll be hugely popular!

  2. Jon Roig avatar

    Hey there… emoji domains ARE cool, if somewhat novel at this point. I built https://鉂も潳鉂.ws to make that process easier, but we’ve got a lot of work to do in terms of legitimizing them…

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