I recently released a new expired domains auction listing targeted at emoji domain auctions.
Since this newly released daily emoji domain auction list, I’ve received a few communications inquiring about why I’ve decided to include domains starting with “xn--“.
Although the jury is still out on whether I’ve lost all my marbles, let me be the first to introduce you to internationalized domain names, or IDNs as it’s commonly referred.
In short, IDNs enable people around the world to use domain in local languages and scripts using a wide variety of characters, including emoji. IDNs work by encoding the domain name using a system called Punycode.
And quickly, Punycode is essentially a way to represent Unicode within the limited character subset of ASCII to encode domain names (i.e., think characters A-Z and 0-9), and adding a “xn--“ in front it.
That’s the short and easy version to comprehend about how IDNs and Punycode work at a broad level.
The good news is a number of IDN Conversion Tools, also referred to as Punycoder or Punycode Tools, are FREELY made available for general public use.
So, about those funny looking emoji domain auction lists provided and containing “xn--“ .ws domains (or other emoji domain extensions).
Simply copy the full list into one of the IDN Conversion tools of your choice to view which emoji domains are expiring. My choice of IDN Conversion tools are listed below in order of preference:
Personally, I like the ease and use of PunyCoder.com.
Although, it recently encountered some SSL technical issues (see below).
When PunyCoder.com is not up and functioning, then I often defer to using Name.com’s Punycode Converter, as shown below.
Both tools are easy to understand and get acclimated with using in a short time.
One more thing to note pertaining to emoji domains. You’ll need to know how to access the emoji keyword to check the IDN availability of your desired emoji domains.
For Mac users, you can simply access the emoji keyboard using Control+Command+Space. If a Windows user, then I recommend viewing these emoji keyboard guides.