Forwarding Emoji Domains

GoDaddy has a service which allows you to create your own URL forwarding service.

That is, for general purposes, you could have 👻👻👻.ws redirect to twitter, while 👻👻👻.ws/special can go to a different url, maybe a special signup for an ad campaign.

The service is free to GoDaddy customers.



How to create a URL forwarder

  1. Log into your Domain Control Panel. You will need your GoDaddy credentials.
  2. Select the domain you want to forward. In the case of this example, we're using 👻👻👻.ws
  3. Click "Manage DNS" at the bottom of the page.
  4. Edit your A record for the @host It should look like this:

    Click save.
  5. Add a TXT record with your customer ID. It should look like this:

    ... but with your real customer number.
  6. When you're done, you should have two records which look like this:

    ... with your actual customer number there, of course.
  7. Wait about fifteen minutes. DNS is cached -- that's what that TTL (Time to Live) number means.
  8. Go to shortener.godaddy.com. It will ask for your customer account.
  9. Click the "Your Domain + Our Shortening Service" link at the bottom of the page.

  10. Click "Add Domain"

  11. Add your domain. You'll need to enter your domain name and where you want it to redirect. In the example below, 👻👻👻.ws redirects to twitter. When you're done, click "Add domain."

    If at first, it doesn't succeed, be patient. Sometimes it can take up to an hour for the DNS to update.
  12. When you're done, it should look like this:

  13. Try out your domain! It should forward!