๐Ÿ˜ Emoji Domains Poop Domains? ๐Ÿ’ฉ Going crazy with Punycode!

Ever considered a Emoji Domain? Maybe you already have one or two in your portfolio? Read on to learn everything about emoji domains, why they exist, why they are so rare and how you can get your own today!

Even thought Emoji domains are probably the most stupid things that could happen to something serious like internet domains. It appears they are here to stay ๐Ÿ˜‰

โœ”๏ธ  Pros

Funny, Trendy & Unique SEO Friendly Affordable & Available Short domains

โŒ  Cons

Harder to remember Uncommon TLDs Weird punycode in browsers

๐Ÿ‘‡  Popular Examples  ๐Ÿ‘‡

๐Ÿ˜ƒ TLDs with Emoji Support

Right now only these 12 TLDs support Emoji Domains officially (๐Ÿ“… August 2019). The last 5 TLDs in the list below (tk, ml, ga, cf, gq) belong to Freenom and can be ๐ŸŽ‰ registered for free!

.ws

๐Ÿ‡ผ๐Ÿ‡ธ Samoa

.fm

๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Micronesia

.to

๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ด Tonga

.kz

๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Kazakhstan

.gg

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Guernsey

.je

๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ช Jersey

.st

๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡น Sรฃo Tomรฉ

.tk

๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฐ Tokelau

.ml

๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Mali

.ga

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Gabun

.cf

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ซ Central Africa

.gq

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ถ Equatorial Guinea

๐Ÿ“š History & Tech behind Emoji Domains

๐Ÿค“ The far majority of the domains you'll see are ASCII, which means they only use a basic set of characters. However, other languages also come with other characters that they may want to express in their domains as well (Ex. รครถรผ ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช or รซรจรฉ ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท). And so Punycode was born as a Standard that translates Unicode to ASCII.

๐ŸŽ‰ The first "Emoji" Domain

Long before Emojis were called Emojis and they were essentially just a small subset of the Unicode standard someone had the idea to use this IDN (International Domain Name) standard to register the first emoji domain(s). Thanks to the research of Michael Cyger on DNAcademy we can be pretty sure to know what the first emoji or picogram domains were (The how is outlined in the Article).

On the 19. April 2001 these 4 domains were registered:

โ™จ๏ธ.com

xn--j6h.com

โ™จ๏ธ.net

xn--j6h.net

โ˜ฎ.com

xn--v4h.com

โ™‚๏ธ.com

xn--g5h.com

Today you'd think the internet exploded. However, back then nobody really cared. There are only very few Emoji/Pictogram Domains back from when it was still possible to register .net or .com (Ex. โ˜ƒ.net, โ˜บ๏ธ๏ธ.com)

Why dont we get ๐Ÿ’•.com or ๐Ÿคฎ.net today?

In 2007 ICANN (who governs the domain/tld space) decided that typographic and pictographic dingbats should not be part of domain names. ๐Ÿ˜ข Sadly this rule counts for all gTLDs (Generic Top Level Domain) and many ccTLDs (Country Code Top Level Domain) blindly included this standard as well. To be fair you could use symbols that look 1:1 identical to ascii symbols to spoof fake domains, also known as IDN Homograph Attack.

And you guessed right, all these fancy new TLDs (.space, .lol, .ninja) are as well gTLDs and are still following that ICANN rule. So Emoji Support on any of these TLDs will not come anytime soon.

Emoji Support: ๐Ÿ๏ธ Island & ๐ŸŒ Africa ccTLDs

But there are exceptions. Some TLDs do not implement the ICANN rules as closely as others. And in 2011 Cabel Sassor from Panic found a way to register a emoji domain with .la the TLD of Laos. ๐Ÿ’ฉ.la was born. proudly to the world as "The Worlds first Emoji Domain". However it did not take to long before Laos stopped allowing Emoji Domains, and nobody could register new .la Emoji Domains anymore.

You think that stopped Emoji Domains? ๐Ÿ”ฅ Hell no!

First especially .ws and FreeNom and their domain sortiment started to rule the emoji domain market. But also .to, .fm, .kz, .gg, .je & .st added emoji support to their TLD after a while and today the selection of available TLDs is just growing. All of them are Country Code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs) so they can set their own rules. They also all belong to small (and often unknown) countries or in some cases outside territories.

Domain Registrars that support Emoji โค๏ธ

For some reasons only a handful of major domain registrars support Emoji Domains. Even thought most of them support IDN Domains (as well as Unicode Domains). So if the above emoji specialized domain resellers (like dot.FM) dont fit your needs, or you want to have all your domains at a common place.
Check out the following big providers that support Emoji Domains (and a lot more)