Emoji Domain Registration


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 cooldomain.ws, 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❤️tacos.ws, 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?

If you purchase your Emoji Domain through i❤️, you can take advantage of GoDaddy's sophisticated URL shortener.

Emoji + ASCII?

Yes! New in 2017! Need some inspiration? Maybe start with your name?

Emoji Search Results?

Emoji Domains are fully Google compatible. Also, Bing. Learn more at Emoji Domains and SEO

Is there an Emoji Domain API?

You betcha. It works like this: https://i❤️.ws/emojidomain/🌶⚽?format=json

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 and .fm.

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

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 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 (county top level domain) like .ws, as the official designated registry partner of the government of Western Samoa, is, like, a sovereign entity.

As a ccTLD, they're free to experiment, try new things, be pioneers.

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?

    Worth noting: there are two snowmen which look very similar: ☃️ and . Never trust a snowman you do not know.
  • 2004: ☺️️.com
    Now a URL shortener -- the primary usage of many early Emoji Domains -- this domain was registered before IDNA2008.
  • 2011: 💩.la
    "Poopla" The World’s First Emoji Domain.
  • 2015: 😀.ws
    Coke launched a South American advertising campaign aimed at mobile users. It is a huge success. The domain is now owned by Erwin Groen, a really cool Australian photographer. You should check out his work!
  • 2016: ❤️❤️❤️.ws
    Conceived in a sleepless fever dream shortly before the birth of his first child, Jon Roig brings Emoji Domains to the masses, demos the project during a GoDaddy Hackathon... and wins! Thanks everyone!
  • 2017: i❤️.ws
    Well rested and regrouped, Jon Roig returns as Domain Research Group with something legitimately new: emoji and text, together for the first time.
  • 2018: 🤑.fm, i😀.ws, and ツ.ws
    When The Lord hands you unicode, you make 🍋
    Diving deeper into the world of unicode and IDN domains, we return with three new sites... four if you count all the work we did on i❤️.ws.
    • 🤑.fm: Emoji Domain Search for .fm
    • i😀.ws: Emoji Domain Search for .ws
    • ツ.ws: The World's First Search Engine for Single Character Unicode / IDN domains

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