How to buy an emoji domain

Let me be the first to say that I’m not certain where emoji domains are headed.

It’s highly unlikely that they’ll become the .com darling or widely accepted and used as a primary web presence option for businesses and personal brands.

You have to admit that emojis spice domains up a bit although not a complete replacement. In fact, I believe emojis lend themselves well to being using in print ads as short links.

That’s one of the very reasons keyword domains exist today is because we humans can’t seem to remember IP addresses.

With a decent chunk of .com domains registered, emojis just might supplement the story plot a bit more. How you ask?

So much can be said with an emoji and much context can be lost too when not used or interpreted appropriately.

Nevertheless, many people want to register .com emoji domains but don’t realize it’s not an option due to Internationalized Domain Names in Applications 2008 (IDNA2008).

If not familiar with IDNA 2008, it states the following:

In the original version of the Internationalized Domain Names in Applications (IDNA) protocol, any Unicode code points taken from user input were mapped into a set of Unicode code points that “made sense”, and then encoded and passed to the domain name system (DNS). The IDNA2008 protocol (described in RFCs 5890, 5891, 5892, and 5893) presumes that the input to the protocol comes from a set of “permitted” code points, which it then encodes and passes to the DNS, but does not specify what to do with the result of user input. This document describes the actions that can be taken by an implementation between receiving user input and passing permitted code points to the new IDNA protocol.

Said in plain English, we’re trying to protect users of .com domains from being tricked into security breaches due to lack of uniformity and secure structure.

Although a few emoji domains were registered, IDNA2008 does not allow for .com and .net emoji domain registration.

Not being able to register .com emojis have stumped a good number of people and is likely acting as a barrier to limit emoji exposure long term.

Nevertheless, the good news is that there are extensions that allow emoji domain registration. You likely know that you can register .ws domains at GoDaddy and

But what you may not have known is that you can register emoji domains in the following seven (13) ccTLD extensions:

  • .ws (primary)
  • .to (
  • .fm
  • .cf
  • .ga
  • .gg
  • .gq
  • .je
  • .kz
  • .ml
  • .ai
  • .st
  • .tk
  • .wein

Look no further than to purchase your next non .ws emoji domain(s). Freenom offers both paid and non-paid domain registrations.

The one thing to note about the non-paid domain registrations is that Freenom does not allow speculative purchases.

So, if you think you’re going to mass register emoji domains using Freenom, then you better think again.

Even if you pay, Freenom wants to ensure that you are using the domain as an active fully developed website. That means no landing page or coming soon business, or you’ll lose the domain altogether.

You may think this is a bit unfair or fraudulent on Freenom’s part, but Freenom explicitly states this with their terms and conditions service agreement and policy. Read more here…

I personally think it’s a pretty fair request of Freenom. After all, no one is holding a gun to anyone’s head making them register any domain exclusively with Freenom. It’s your call.

Where can you buy, sell, or lease/rent emoji domains?

Now that you know where and what extensions are available when purchasing and registering emoji domains, then use one of the following links to spark your emoji domain imagination:

If you find any additional resources, please feel free to share in the comments below. I’ll review and add them should I deem the emoji resource applicable.

That’s all for now! Happy emoji domain mining!

Quick Summary of Contents

Yes, emoji domains are a real thing!

And what a week it’s been since finding out about how to register and use emoji domain names to promote business and personal brands.

If you’re like me then you are likely amazed with the emoji craze making it’s way into every aspect of lives.

From texting to emails to billboards to the web… are you of emojis yet?

Many companies are using emojis to position their brand in hopes of generating and converting more qualified sales.

If you’re thinking emoji domain names to be an option for your company or personal brand, please consider and keep the following in mind when registering emoji domain names:

Focus on .ws and .to extensions

Most of you will attempt to register a .com emoji name not realizing that .ws and .to extensions are the ones to use.

If you’re not familiar with .ws as an extension, this extension is a country code top level domain for Western Samoa.

As for .to extension, it is the country code top level domain for Tonga, yet it is often referenced by Toronto and Tokyo.

For now, both are the go-to extensions to use when registering emoji domains.

But as with everything in this life, that’ll likely change in the future with more tlds, domain extensions, supporting emoji domain names.

Get comfortable with punycode

To achieve domain name registration using emojis, you’re not actually registering the icon per se. You’re really registering an ordered special set of ASCII characters: Punycode.

Punycode is a special encoding must be used to convert Unicode characters into ASCII characters.

Okay, so what does all that mean in English? Don’t fret or flip out just yet.

Simply put, use websites like and’s Punycode converter to determine what .ws domain you should register.

If you use Mac, you can simply access the emoji keyboard using Control+Command+Space. If you use Windows, then I recommend viewing these emoji keyboard guides.

Also, feel free to view, review, copy, and paste emojis from

Technical hits and misses with everyday emoji domain use

How to buy an emoji domainBe aware that you could likely run into technical issues when using emoji domains as your primary web address.

Inconveniences, such as sending and receiving email, domain forwarding, and website hosting, vary with each domain registrar and web hosting provider.

Early adopters need to really keep this in mind! I’m certain it’ll all work out in the end, but some time may need to pass before we’re all in the clear.

For instance, I had to enter into my Twitter profile’s website field instead of the link in the image.

You’ll likely experience this with a few browsers and devices until things are normalized in the emoji domain name world (likely soon).

Keep your thought and phrase short

Although it may seem like it, emoji domain name registration is not the time or place to play a complicated game of Pictionary or Charades.

When thinking of phrases to register, I recommend staying short and simple. Try your hardest and do your best to not include more than 3 distinct emojis when register emoji domain names (when and where it makes sense).

For instance, is it 🍆.ws or 🍳🌱.ws? Obviously the first one is eggplant, but could the second be too, or is it a stretch?

Think of trying to communicate that you’re an “Ears, Nose, and Throat Doctor”. That could be four (👂👃👅👱) different icons. See, it can truly get out of hand and go south, and real quick too!

It’s proven time and time again that the human mind doesn’t do well with decision making when given more than 3 options. I don’t know who quoted such a thing, but it sure fits this situation.

Aim for uniqueness

Of course, you could slap any emoji combination together and call it whatever you would like. I encourage you to not do this though. Keep your emoji domain names simple and within context of generalized views and understanding.

Also, aim to use unique emojis when brainstorming registrations for domain names.

For example, there are many times of smiley faces (😀, 😄,😃) that could end up being confused by the user if they don’t remember which was used in your emoji domain name.

For more ideas, review for which emojis are frequently used.

Stake your claim in multiplicity

Something to always keep in your forethought when considering registering emoji domain names is the fact that different emojis can mean the same thing.

Certainly register the most highly preferred emoji domain that best fits business or industry context, but don’t forget to also register those of lesser context.

Many businesses fail when it comes to defensive domain registrations in general, so don’t become an emoji domain victim by not defensively registering same-meaning options.

For instance, I registered 🍳🌮.ws (breakfast taco) and 🍳🌯.ws (breakfast burrito). But there is also a literal egg emoji too. Unfortunately, the same .ws emoji domains were already registered using the literal egg emoji. Nevertheless, when in doubt, register all emoji domain name similarities.

How to register an emoji domain name

Although emoji domain names are quite inexpensive to register via GoDaddy and a bit more expensive at, take your time and plan out your strategy.

Don’t blow it all on emoji domains, but do register what makes sense for you and your business.

If you need help, I’m inviting you to watch my quick video with how to register emoji domain names and read my latest post.

Example Emoji Domains

  • 😀.fm
  • 👁👄👁.fm
  • 📙.ws👓.ws
  • ❤️🍺.ws
  • i❤️
  • 🍆.ws
  • 🍕💩.ws
  • brad❤️
  • 🐮.ws
  • i❤️
  • 🤓 browse by category
  • 😀 browse .ws domains
  • 📻 browse .fm domains
  • 🖼️ emoji site gallery
  • 😜 weird random domains
  • 💰 emoji domain marketplace
  • 🆒 available emoji domains

As Seen In.

🗜️📰 Vice News!
🛸🛵 Gizmodo
🌵📈 PHX Business Journal
💰📰 Fortune
💸🕴 FastCompany
🏪⚔ LifeHacker
🔮💻 Quartz
🚀🔥 The Definitive Guide to Emoji Domains
🔎🤑 Digital Marketer’s Guide to Emoji Domains: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

Emoji Domains are 100% compatible with all browsers!

Most people have no idea they can just type emoji in their address bar and go to a domain.

. and yet, here you are.

Feels pretty good, doesn’t it?

You know. to be all cool and cutting edge and stuff.

How does it work?

Behind the scenes, all domains are ASCII text, even if you see the domain name displayed as an emoji.

The actual mechanics aren’t that important, but the key thing to know is that the browser uses a strategy called “punycoding” to convert “i❤️” to “xn--i-7iq” behind the scenes.

Most browsers keep this process hidden. but even when it’s not, your Emoji Domain will work.

Can I have both an Emoji Domain and a “regular” Domain?

Yeah! Check out 😎🌐.ws, which displays as either 😎🌐.ws or, depending on browser support. With our drop in Emoji Domain Progressive Enhancement JavaScript, it only takes about 30 seconds to set up.

When I purchase a domain, why does it go to GoDaddy?

With i❤️, you’re not buying domains from some sketchy dude on a street corner.

Find a domain you love. Buy it through GoDaddy, with the confidence of high quality support and reliability from a multibillion dollar company with operations all over the world.

Domain Research Group, we made this site. We’re connecting the dots, showing you new possibilities.

Compatibility with GoDaddy services?

Yup! As a demo, Domain Research Group built i❤️, an example site we put together on GoCentral, GoDaddy’s excellent new website builder.

Forwarding, SSL, DNS. all the normal GoDaddy services, that all works. This site comes to you from a VM somewhere deep within a GoDaddy datacenter.

Email is a little sketchy — not because the services don’t work, but because some mail transports reject unicode domains.

Can I use my domain as a URL shortener?

Emoji + ASCII?

Emoji Search Results?

Is there an Emoji Domain API?

What about Emoji Domain Name Auctions?

The Emoji Domain Name Marketplace Report presents GoDaddy auctions listings in a clear and concise manner. All Emoji Domains, all the time.

Supported .TLDs

Not All .TLDs

Only a handful of Top Level Domains currently allow the registration of emoji domains. And within that bunch, we’ve partnered with the best: .ws, .fm and .to.

Started in 1995, .ws and .fm lead the pack in both reliability and innovation.

Also launched commercially in the late 90s, .to is known throughout the world for URL shorteners / travel sites.

i❤️.com: Don’t Hold Your Breath

Dotcom, dotnet, dotorg. as well as all those .ninja and .guru domain extensions — they’re gTLDs, bound by ICANN rules. That is to say, they won’t be allowed to register Emoji Domains until some international body yields to the march of progress.

While this might change in the future, for now, ICANN, the governing body of internet domain names, has banned the practice.

Apparently, while they allow all kinds of weird unicode characters in domain names, they don’t think emoji are a valid form of communication.

How Can .ws, .to and .fm Offer Emoji Domains?

It’s always been technically feasible. it’s just that no one ever really thought to do it.

If you’re interested, you can read a brief history of Emoji Domains, but the short story is that a ccTLD (country top level domain) like .ws, as the official designated registry partner of the government of Western Samoa, is, like, a sovereign entity.

As ccTLDs, they’re free to experiment, try new things, be pioneers. Not sure it’s a coincidence that they all originate in island nations.

Maybe you’re a ccTLD too? Hit us up! It might be easier than you think to get on board.

A Brief History of Emoji Domains

  • 2001: ☮️.com
    The stuff of controversy! The first Emoji Domain was registered on April 19, 2001. The Definitive Guide to Emoji Domains notes that three domains were registered that day: ☮️.com, ♨️.com, ♨️.net

That’s the hot springs symbol. It’s a Japanese thing.

Also that year: ☃️.com, registered by some guy named Gregg. It is not for sale. (I asked.) Maybe he saw something he liked in Unicode 1.1?

How to buy an emoji domain

Emoji are awesome, and even old people (like my 30-year old friends) are starting to realize it now. They add nuance to text messages that you can’t express with boring words. But emoji can do even more than that: now you can register emoji domains. I’ve bought www.🇨🇮.to. Click the link and you get taken to my Twitter page! Let’s look at how.

Find a Top Level Domain That Supports Emoji Domains

You used to be able to register any emoji domain you could think of, but since ICAAN (the group who manages domain names) changed the rules in 2010, there are only a few top level domains that support them. You can’t buy www.😈.com for example; although if you bought one before 2010, like someone did with www.♨.com, you’re still okay.

Most top level domains you’ve heard of, such as .com, .net, .org, and so on are out. But there are two that do support them: .to and .ws. They’re the top level domains for Tonga and Western Samoa, respectively.

As emoji get more popular, however, there’s a good chance more top level domains will allow emoji domains. Keep a look out, and you might be able to snap up an awesome single character emoji domain as they become available.

The Emoji Domain Workaround

Emoji domains work slightly different than regular ones. Most domains only use ASCII characters (the Latin alphabet without accents, numbers, and symbols). In fact, until 2010, they were the only characters domain names supported.

Emoji, however, are Unicode characters. Rather than a limited character set, Unicode includes everything from Cyrillic script to my beloved 🙃.

The problem was that important Unicode characters, like á or ë, couldn’t be used in domain names. This isn’t an issue if you’re American, but it is if you’re French or German. To overcome this, a system called Punycode was developed that allowed domain names to include Unicode characters.

Domain names were prepended with xn-- and then a string of ASCII characters inserted that corresponded to a specific Unicode character. www.Há is the same as The users’ browser would show the version with the Unicode character, while in the background, go to the Punycode version of the domain.

How to buy an emoji domain

Accents and important Unicode characters aren’t the only ones with corresponding Punycodes, however. All Unicode characters have them. My domain, www.🇨🇮.to, is actually; it’s just that your browser shows one thing while looking up another.

This means that you need two things to register an emoji domain: a top level domain that supports emoji, and the Punycode for it.

Work Out the Punycode

Let’s start with finding out the Punycode for the domain you want to register. We’re going to use

It’s super simple: just enter the domain you want in the left hand text box and click Covert to Punycode. If you’re not sure how to insert emoji, check out our guide on the subject.

How to buy an emoji domain

You can see in the screenshot above that www.🙃.to converts to

You aren’t limited to just single emoji domains. You can mix in regular ASCII characters as well. The .ws top level domain lets you use a few different emoji.

How to buy an emoji domain

Find Out If It’s Registered

Now that you’ve got the Punycode for the domain you want to register, it’s time to see if anyone else got their first with a WHOIS lookup. This just checks if a domain is registered and, if it is, who owns it.

Head to Domaintools’ WHOIS lookup, enter the Punycode version of your domain, and then hit Search.

How to buy an emoji domain

Good news! This domain is available.

How to buy an emoji domain

If it wasn’t, we’d have seen something like this instead:

How to buy an emoji domain

Register Your Domain

Once you’ve found an unregistered domain, it’s time to make it yours. For a .to domain, head to For a .ws domain, you can use most good domain registrars. My favorite is Hover, but pick any one you like.

How to buy an emoji domain

Enter the Punycode version of your domain, click Register and you’re on your way.

A Caveat: Emoji Domains Aren’t Always Supported

One warning. Don’t use an emoji domain for something super critical. While they work in all browsers, other apps may not like them. If you copy an emoji domain into another app for example, it often won’t see it as a real URL.

The other issue is that a lot of emoji are similar. 😁.ws and 😄.ws are two different URLs, but god only knows how you remember which one you own.

I love my emoji domain. I’ve no idea what I’m going to do with the Ivory Coast flag (or the flag of an Irish ship in distress!) but I like owning it.

This turned out to be a bit of an expensive joke but I recently bought the domain ?.ml, It’s a freaking emoji domain name ? 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 pilé.com you could use a punycode to generate the é.

So you register the domain including the punycode for the é 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 .tk and didn’t seem to mind the weird domain name. That was until I bought it and I couldn’t do anything with it. I just wanted to forward it to 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 and picked up ?.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 them as URL’s so you can’t click on them. Hopefully this will change and we’ll see a bunch of . com spring up.

How to buy an emoji domain

Marc Köhlbrugge

Aug 15, 2017 · 6 min read

How to buy an emoji domain

Today I’m announcing my newest product: 😁.to (← yes that’s a link!)

An overview of all the emoji domains that are still available to register.

As you might know a handful of domain extensions allow emoji to be used in the URL. The domain extension .to is one of them. It’s the official extension for the country of Tonga which is an island north of New Zealand.

This is what it looks like 😍

How to buy an emoji domain

Most .to domains tend t o be used as a domain hack though. where it can be part of a word ( or sentence ( This started all the way back in 20 years ago in 1997 by Boris VvZ from The Next Web with his redirect service using domains such as,,, etc.

It’s still a very popular extension today and with the support for emoji it might get even more popular.

Okay, so how did the idea for this site come about and how does it actually work? Well, I’m glad you asked!

About a week ago a nice guy by the name of Max Guerin sent me an email about how .to domains allow emoji to be used and he suggested I’d get one.

I manually checked a domain registrar’s site to see if my favorite emoji were still available to register. I quickly realised what I really wanted was just a list of every emoji domain that was still available. So I wrote a simple script which filled out the registar’s form with each emoji and saved the results. I now had a list with about 1,500 emoji domains of which 70% was still available.

How to buy an emoji domain

After checking with Max to make sure I wasn’t stepping on his turf, I decided it was a good idea to publicise the list. I figured it would save other people some time and figured I could potentially monetise it too.

I reached out to to see if they had an affiliate program. They happened to be working on one which was about to launch. I could get a 10% comission on every sale. Since each domain is $45, that works out to $4.50 per sale. It won’t make me a millionaire, but it might get me a ticket to Tonga. Who knows!

I guess it‘s reasonable considering all I do is set up a page. I don’t have to worry about providing an actual service, on-going support, etc.

I did check a few other registars too, and seemed the most affordable so that worked out as well. They were also very responsive and implemented any feedback I had in a matter of days. 👏

An additional revenue model is selling premium domains. These are domains that are already registered and are now available for sale. Max has some great ones which I’m featuring on top of the page. I get a 5% commission on each sale. I also included some of my own:

  • 👏.to
  • 🙌.to
  • 🎵.to
  • 👋.to

If you’re wondering: do people buy these? Yes they do. Max sold ✉️.to the other day. (Not through me.)

Since it’s just a one-pager with limited interactivity I was able to build most of it in just the weekend. I initially considered just creating a static HTML page, but quickly decided it would be better if the list was kept up-to-date automatically. So I created a simple Rails project and loaded in all emoji using the emojilib rubygem. It contains different keywords for each emoji which later would make it easier to implement search.

The code of the site is quite messy. I main priority was to ship the product. Clean code wasn’t much of a priority since I’ll probably not spend a lot of time on it in the future anyway.

The plural of the word “emoji” may still be up for debate, but the popularity of these symbols no longer is. Google just spent eighteen months redesigning their emoji. Apple made emoji of their leadership team for World Emoji Day 2018 and also just released 70 new emoji, including new hair designs (you are officially recognized red heads).

How to buy an emoji domain

How does this relate to websites, you ask?

Let’s talk emoji domains. They’re here. And they’re gaining traction. Maybe. Probably. Only time will tell, but you need to be in the loop all the same.

First things first, what are emoji?

If you don’t know the word, you know them by sight. These small digital images and icons are ubiquitous in online conversations—whether they should be or not.

A 😀 can express happiness. A ❤ can express love. A 🤔 can capture the mood of the latest news that makes you stop and think, or there’s always the 😂, also known as “Face With Tears of Joy,” which Apple has noted is the most popular emoji on iphones in the U.S. by far.

Some consider them childish, and others call them “the first language born of the digital world.” The emoji of today were derived from the simple 🙂 and 8-D style expressions of early internet message boards. They first appeared on Japanese phones in the late 1990s, and their popularity has only spread from there.

The first three emoji domains (☮.com, ♨.com, ♨.net) were registered on April 19, 2001, but at this point, these were largely theoretical in application. The first emoji domain in action was 💩.la in 2011—no, we didn’t make that up—and also in 2011, Apple added an official emoji keyboard. “😂” was the Oxford English Dictionary’s “word” of the year for 2015, and “The Emoji Movie” was released in theaters in 2017. They are everywhere, and it seems like they will continue to be.

Not everyone speaks the same language. Not everyone can read or understand the jargon of a given industry, but everyone understands images.

Are people buying and using emoji domains?

Absolutely. In fact, since the 2015 hackathon when a GoDaddy developer developed i❤, the first emoji search engine, over 25,000 emoji domains have been registered.

Budweiser owns ❤🍺.ws, and Coca-Cola ran a powerful ad campaign with 😄.ws.

No single emoji domains appear to still be available, but with new emoji continually being released and old domains sometimes expiring, who knows what you can find.

Why are emoji domains using .ws and .fm instead of .com and .org?

While many are swooning (or should we say 😍) over emoji domains, ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers that governs top level domains (TLDs), is not. This isn’t to say that they never will support emoji domains for .com, .org, and other TLDs, but as of this writing, there is no sign of this changing.

What makes things interesting is that country code domains (ccTLDs) are ultimately decided by individual countries. Most countries are following ICANN’s recommendation, but a few are not. These include Western Samoa (.ws), which is considered the most established in this area, but also others including Anguilla (.ai), Laos (.la), and recently the Federated States of Micronesia (.fm).

A select number of emoji domains slipped through the cracks when they were purchased before ICANN made this ruling in 2010 (well played, Salesforce, with ☁.com), but if you’re looking to own your own, look into the available country codes for now.

Do they work in all web browsers?

Yes and no. All browsers will bring someone to the correct website, but some will not display the emoji domains in the address bar. Chrome, for example, translates an emoji domain into punycode, which is admittedly significantly less fun to look at.

Apple’s Safari, on the other hand, does recognize and retain emoji domains in the address bar. Of course, Apple’s been a leader when it comes to emoji from the start.

Are emoji domains really going to be a thing?

If Google and Apple are any indicator of the future of emojis, signs point to yes. Both companies, among many others, are spending a lot of time thinking about their emoji.

Whether you’re looking for a web guy (🕸👨.ws) or hoping to be inspired by opening a book (📖💡.ws), there’s an emoji domain out there that might meet your needs. And if there isn’t, maybe it’s time to purchase one of your own.

A fad or the future, we don’t yet know. But with the continuing conversation about the future of URLs in general, this is one possibility to keep an eye on.

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Как купить доменное имя?

Это очень просто. Вот что нужно сделать:

1. Выберите подходящее расширение. Это заключительная часть доменного имени, например .net, .biz, .org или .com.

2. Решите, что будет написано перед точкой. Самые очевидные варианты: название вашей компании или тип оказываемых услуг.

3. Введите выбранный домен в поле вверху страницы. Вы сразу узнаете, свободен ли он, а также увидите другие варианты, которые могут вам понравиться.

4. Выберите домен, добавьте его в корзину и перейдите к оформлению покупки. Вот и все: теперь у вас есть собственный домен! Пока он зарегистрирован на ваше имя, другие люди не могут его использовать.

Как выбрать хорошее доменное имя?

Конечно. Зарегистрировать доменное имя очень просто. А вот подобрать идеальный домен для своего бизнеса — задача посложнее. Для ее решения необходима четкая стратегия. Вот несколько советов:

Доменное имя должно быть запоминающимся. Именно поэтому многие компании регистрируют домены с собственным названием. Бывает и наоборот: люди покупают понравившийся домен и дают своему бизнесу одноименное название.

Не используйте чужие товарные знаки и торговые марки. Если выбранный домен уже занят другой компанией, вы можете его потерять и столкнуться с серьезными юридическими проблемами.

Чем короче домен, тем проще клиентам будет его запомнить, а вам — зарегистрировать одноименные аккаунты в Твиттере, Facebook и других социальных сетях.

У вас локальный бизнес? Укажите в доменном имени название города, региона или страны, чтобы сразу привлечь внимание целевой аудитории. Можно даже выбрать расширение для вашего региона, например .moscow, .berlin и т. п.

Старайтесь не использовать цифры и дефисы. Из-за этого могут возникнуть проблемы в случае, если вы будете кому-нибудь диктовать свой адрес. Ваши собеседники могут не понять, как писать числа — словами (odin) или цифрами (1). Если в официальном названии вашей компании есть числа, мы рекомендуем зарегистрировать обе версии доменного имени. А дефисы просто выглядят непрофессионально. Зачем создавать себе лишние проблемы?

Зарегистрируйте несколько доменных имен. Когда популярность вашего веб-сайта начнет расти, обязательно найдутся недобросовестные люди, которые зарегистрируют похожие домены в надежде увести у вас трафик. Чтобы уберечься от этой ситуации, стоит заранее приобрести похожие доменные имена.

Что такое доменное имя?

Доменное имя — это символьное имя вашего веб-сайта. Оно включает в себя домены верхнего (первого) и второго уровней. Домен верхнего уровня — это часть доменного имени, находящаяся справа от точки, например .com, .net или .org. Такие домены может зарегистрировать кто угодно. Домен второго уровня указывается перед точкой. Например, домен второго уровня в — coolexample.

Кроме того, каждому доменному имени присваивается уникальный IP-адрес, который необходим для связи через Интернет. Когда вы вводите доменное имя в адресной строке, система доменных имен (DNS) преобразует его в связанный с ним IP-адрес, по которому браузер и находит нужный веб-сайт. GoDaddy поможет вам подобрать лучшее доменное имя для вашей компании.

На какой срок регистрируется домен? Как продлить регистрацию домена?

Срок регистрации может быть самым разным. Многие регистраторы позволяют покупать домены на срок до 10 лет, но обычно клиенты выбирают вариант на 1–3 года.

С GoDaddy продлить срок регистрации домена не составит труда. Вы можете сделать это вручную или настроить автоматическое продление.

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EVERYONE’S got 50 bucks, right? Because that’s all it takes to potentially rake in millions if you get lucky in a new internet trend.

February 28, 2018 7:58am

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Android Nougat’s new emojis. Source: Supplied. How to Use iPhone X … Told by Animojis Source:Supplied

OF ALL the get-rich-quick schemes, nothing seemed as easy as the windfall enjoyed by domain squatters in the early days of the internet.

Those who rushed out and hoovered up simple domain names in the hope of selling them to businesses for hugely inflated prices looked like geniuses if they pulled it off — and many did. The private sale of netted $7 million in 2003, sold for $38 million in 2012 and reportedly sold for a whopping $115 million.

But the internet is an overcrowded place these days and all the good land is taken, right?

Well, some people think we might have a second wave of domain squatting, or domain flipping, thanks to the rise of the emoji language — the little characters that have become increasingly popular in texting language.

As an investor, it’s probably not worth the punt, but at least one investor with experience in this area thinks it makes sense.

“To me, this is truly new,” domain name investor Page Howe told Gizmodo.

He calls emojis “the world language” and thinks there’s big potential in bagging some potentially popular emoji domains. And if anyone would know, it’s him.

Back in 2007 he famously sold for $2.3 million after buying it for $128,000. A few months later he sold for $1.28 million after only owning it for about a month.

“From a marketing perspective, there’s just so much more you can convey in feelings as opposed to,” he said.

How to buy an emoji domain

Page Howe of LA Domains photographed in Hollywood. Picture: Ringo Chiu/ZUMA Wire Source:Supplied

At least one company is working to make emoji domains a reality and it certainly practices what it preaches.

The website can be found at [grinning face with smiling eyes].to. That’s it. Just the well-known grinning emoji, or

The company’s website shows the price of all available emoji domain names grouped into categories such as food, activity, objects and places — and some are on offer for quite cheap.

While the “premium” emoji domains offered by the company will set you back about $3000, others can cost as little as $50.

How to buy an emoji domain

The emoji domain names end in ‘.to’ because top level domains don’t support the characters. Source:Supplied

The domains end in “.to” because few top level domains, or TLDs, which are at the highest level in the hierarchical Domain Name System of the internet, support the emoji language. That means you can’t buy an emoji domain with “.com” or “”.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) — the governing body for top level domains — does not support emoji characters in domain addresses.

For this reason, selling these [emoji].to domains for top dollar feels more like an opportunistic scam than anything else, but in the era of prolific cryptocurrencies, who is to say what makes for a wise investment.

The company’s website displays hundreds of emoji links which it claims are already taken but when you click on them, many take you to an empty page. However others click through to actual websites for things like a personal designer or a mechanic company in Illinois which has bought the spanner emoji.

There is likely to be support issues among browsers for some time to come, however. HTML5 supports emoji and so does Apple’s Safari browser — emoji URLs look like emoji — but Chrome and Firefox only display the punycode.

Even with smartphones it’s not always easy to have access to an emoji keyboard. However if you’re using a Mac you can hit Command-Control-Space to bring up the emoji selection box while on Windows 10, look for the Touch Keyboard icon in the bottom right of your screen.

There are other obstacles such as the fact there is not one universal set of emoji characters as Google, Apple and others have created their own. Having said that, if companies like Chevy are sending out a press release made up entirely of emoji and a London-based language translation company is offering a job in emoji translation, common domain names using the characters don’t seem that far-fetched.

It remains to be seen if the internet truly adopts emoji domain names, but if so there is still plenty of time to perhaps become the Page Howe of the emoji domain name gold rush.

How to buy an emoji domain

Buyer beware, of course. Source:Supplied

Emoji URLs seem to fit perfectly into this day and age: they are funky, striking, and stay in your mind. The younger generation has always managed to incorporate smileys into their everyday life, since they are all over message services and social networks. After the renowned Oxford dictionary chose the laughing with tears emoji to be the word of the year, it seems the funny images are more popular than ever.

So, are emojis a logical development in written communication? They are already vital for communication among youngsters. In the meantime, they’re even popping up in browser address-bars: as emoji URLs. How do you register an emoji domain? What benefits does it have? And where does this trend come from?

  1. From emoticons to emoji domains – the story of the digital smiley
  2. Emojis – the graphical development of emoticons
  3. Why were emojis developed in the first place?
  4. How are smiley URLs technically possible?
  5. Setting up an emoji URL– why not use .com?
  6. Setting up an emoji URL: how are smileys added?
  7. The benefits of smiley URLs
  8. Why emoji domain names can still be problematic

From emoticons to emoji domains – the story of the digital smiley

Emojis originate from the dark times before digital communication. In 1982, the characters ‘:-)’ were entered and that’s where everything began. The computer science professor Scott Fahlman used a bulletin board on the intranet of the University of Pittsburgh where he worked. This bulletin board could be described as the forerunner of today’s discussion forum. He created the smiley out of a series of characters and made the first ever emoticon – the basis for the emojis used today from pixels or vectors. These are visually more appealing than the plain emoticons from back then.

In the internet’s earlier years, emoticons were the only way to get a feeling across in comments, posts, or e-mails. The emoticon language quickly developed a life of its own and spread globally thanks to the emerging mobile SMS communication. Smileys were used even more frequently and became more complex in order to express more complicated emotions.

From a linguistic point of view, the emoticons’ non-verbal ‘language’ is particularly interesting, since it’s been possible to use faces, animals, plants, or entire image compositions to convey emotions for a long time. Since the 1990s, abstract ASCII characters have been used to create works of art, which have been spread over message boards and discussion forums. There are practically no limits when it comes to the Japanese emoticons of ASCII art e.g. Kaomoji. A prominent example of this type of art is the so-called table flip ノಠل͟ಠ༽ノ-︵-┻━┻, which symbolizes the angry turning over of a table.

Emojis – the graphical development of emoticons

The trend towards graphically appealing emoticons started in the late 1990s in Japan. The technical advancement of mobile phones and their displays made it possible to show the right smileys instead of the binary character strings that were originally used to express feelings or moods. Images started to be used to respond to short messages, because the Japanese mobile network was becoming overloaded with over 80 million manic writers. The images were therefore developed to relieve the network.

The word ’emoji’ is a neologism consisting of the Japanese words ‘picture’ (e) and ‘characters’ (moji). The inventor of the modern emoji was Shigetaka Kurita, who worked on the ambitious i-mode project in the late 1990s. This was the foundation of the first large mobile internet platform for daily newsfeeds, weather reports, entertainment, event reservations, and more. Due to the modest device hardware and the limited data transfer possibilities, some limitations had to be allowed. One example is that only adjectives could be used for the weather forecast. To get around this, images such as clouds and suns could be used, and this would reduce the transmission volume of the i-mode provider.

Why were emojis developed in the first place?

One of the reasons for creating and further developing the emojis comes down to the peculiarities of the Japanese language. Without being able to have a face-to-face conversation, some Japanese phrases can end up being misinterpreted. Without being able to see gestures and facial expressions, a casual sentence can be interpreted positively, negatively, or disinterestedly. Kurita decided to attempt the task of drawing human facial expressions in a small box consisting of 12 x 12 pixels and use 176 characters to turn human emotion into mobile electronic communication.

Since the technical capabilities weren’t very advanced, the results weren’t exactly visually appealing. Many emojis could only be identified if you used your imagination and even then, the meaning wasn’t 100% obvious. Scott Fahlman, the inventor of the emoticons, came to the conclusion that the creations were ‘rather ugly’. The success of i-mode, however, prompted other Japanese mobile providers to copy this emoji concept. This resulted in many different emoji systems that weren’t compatible with each other. It was only in 2012 that the different emoji systems in Japan were standardized to reduce errors when sending and receiving emojis using different providers.

Emojis have become more and more popular since they were implemented internationally on iPhone in iOS versions 5 in 2011. Afterwards, they were adapted to Android devices and other mobile operating systems. Android, however, limited itself to one emoji system. It’s difficult to imagine a time when these colorful little graphics weren’t all over Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and other social media platforms.

How are smiley URLs technically possible?

ICANN deemed it a technical possibility to create domain names with non-ASCII characters as early on as 2003 with its ‘Internationalizing Domain Names in Applications‘ system or ‘IDNA’ for short. This was long before the first emoji URL was registered in 2011.

IDNs (‘Internationalized Domain Names’) can be created using Unicode, the widespread, international coding standard with over 120,000 characters from dozens of scripts and symbol sets. Virtually all web browsers already support Unicode. IDNs enable most non-ASCII characters in the Unicode repertoire to be displayed as ASCII-compatible character strings. Since the latest Unicode standard also contains many emojis, the door for emoji domains is theoretically open.

DNS uses a limited amount of the already relatively limited ASCII character set. Punycode is used to translate a domain name that contains complex Unicode characters. A Punycode string consists exclusively of the letters A-Z, the digits 0-9 and the dash symbol. Because this translation takes place in the web browser and not in the DNS, the IDNs work without further changes. Practically every conceivable character can be converted into a URL after being converted into Punycode. Registering emoji URLs is now possible.