There was a time when we had to write whole sentences to express how we felt, but now we can just use the 100 emoji and you’d get the point. With extensive support and focus on emojis, it’s safe to say it’s the language for a new generation which lives on the screen almost 24×7.

So naturally, the next wave of domain names should also be ready for a makeover with some help from emojis. It may surprise you but emoji domains are now a thing and it’s ridiculously easy to get one for yourself.

Like unicorns? 🦄.ws could now be yours, just like ❤🍺.ws has been taken by Budweiser.

If you think we’re playing tricks on you, just simply copy-paste the emoji URL and see the magic for yourself.

The First Emoji Domain

Emoji domains have become attention grabbers because they are just as easy to buy as regular domains. While it’s already not easy to ignore a catchy URL (just think how many times you have clicked on a clever URL in your life), moving past an emoji URL is doubly hard – don’t tell us you didn’t click those links above.

You can’t really ignore an emoji domain as the curiosity gets the better of you, and someone saw this coming in 2001, and registered the world’s first emoji domains (three of them) at the beginning of the millienium.

The first emoji domains – ☮.com, ♨.com, ♨.net – were registered on April 19, 2001 when emoticons weren’t even a thing, and all touch-screen smartphones the stuff of dreams.

The emojis may have just been a conceptual art at the start of the 21st century, but some people were ahead of the curve in thinking that ASCII characters could one day be replaced with stylized figures that represent emotions.

How Do Emoji Domains Work?

Since every domain name can be represented using ASCII text, these can be easily read by the browser. Similarly, browsers use a technique called punycode to be able to understand and open emoji domains.

The punycode encoding process converts emoji into an alphanumeric string prefixed with xn—. For example: the punycode for the heart emoji “❤” is “xn--qei.”

Modern browsers have full support for emojis but the address bar won’t essentially show the emoji at all times and instead, replace the same with the punycode to make it simple for your browser to comprehend. This resulted in an explosion of emoji domains over the past few years.

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Where To Buy Emoji Domains?

While emoji domains are gain great traction, the biggest issue is that top level domains are legally prohibited from hosting them. Which is why you would see them commonly with .ws. for example.

Suspicious TLDs like .ws, .to and others make people uncomfortable and may be a reason why they haven’t hit mainstream yet.

If finding out about emoji domains has piqued your interest, you can head over to i❤.ws (https://xn--i-7iq.ws/) or Weird One Domain SuperStore which not only offer you a plethora of emoji domains but single character domains at reasonable prices as well.

So, which emoji best represents you and will you be buying a domain name to go with it? Also, what do you think of emojis taking over our world? Are you comfortable with that idea? There’s a lot to discuss, so tell us in the comments below.