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Emoji is a graphic language, where smiles are used instead of words. For the first time Emoji appeared in Japan, and now spread around the world. Now they’re available on every device and have become an easy way to add expression.

The last Emoji trend is to add smiles to the domain names. We learned about domains with Emoji thanks to the Coca-Cola advertising campaign in Puerto Rico. Coca-Сola registered several domains with emoji in the .WS zone, which means, "We smile."

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How do Emoji domains work?

Each Emoji character is a sequence of Unicode (an international coding standards that includes characters from all world languages). Symbols are decoded, and we see emoji. You can find the list of available emoji on the Unicode Consortium page.

To translate the Unicode characters to the URLs, use the Punycode method. Only letters, numbers and a hyphen are allowed in Punycode. It begins with the four characters "xn--". For example, the domain “smile.ws” in the Punycode format will look like “xn--80asgby.ws”.

Most TLDs you’ve heard of, such as .com, .net, .org, and so on are out of emoji. Domain extensions .to and .ws. support emoji. They’re the TLDs for Tonga and Western Samoa, respectively.

Where to register?

Once you’ve found an unregistered domain, it’s time to make it yours.

  • For a .to domain, head to Register.to.

  • For a .ws domain, you can use GoDaddy domain name registrar. Users can go to the site, enter emoji characters and check the availability of the domain name. The service also offers to find out if a random address with icons is available. The registrar sells emoji addresses for $ 4.99 per year.

Note: Now emoji are available not only on the mobile devices but also on PC.

If you use Mac, go to any text field and click Command ⌘ + Control + Space. That button combination opens an emoji panel.

If you use Windows, turn on Touch Keyboard, choose Show touch keyboard button, open keyboard, and select Emoji.

Emoji domains and Short.cm.

Now you can add emoji domains to Short.cm for shortening links. Emoji may describe your company name and bring emotions to the short links. Therefore, the links become more memorable and readable.

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The configuring process of activating an emoji domain on Short.cm is the same as a common domain. Point records and IP address, and your domain will be active.

One warning. Don’t use an emoji domain for something important. While they work in all browsers, other apps may not support them. If you add an emoji domain into another app, it may not work.

The other issue is that most of Emoji are similar. 😁.ws and 😄.ws are two different URLs, but it's difficult to remember which one you own.


The article is about:

  • Domainoji: Domain names with Emoji.
  • How to register an emoji domain.
  • You can use domain names with Emoji on Short.cm.
  • Emoji domain registration.

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