Monday, July 27, 2009

A Review of Noomle for Quick IDN development

Noomle has provided a great solution for IDN holders to develop their domains and begin to monetize them. Although the current thought in the domain world may be trending against minisites. I don't agree with this trend. Noomle provides the tools to get a quick website up in just a few minutes. Some of the benefits of using Noomle over traditional parking include;

Greater flexibility
Better Search Engine Rankings
Greater Visibility and Ownership Status
Choice of Advertisers
Language Support (German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, Chinese, Russian, Arabic, Japanese and Hindi)

I currently have about 200 Noomle minisites up for IDNs. I will go into the basics of setting up a Noomle IDN site in a future post, but here I will showcase a few of them:

Russian: док-станция.com
Polish: KartkiŚwią
Arabic: فيديو-كليب.com
Chinese: 海鲜.net
German: ImmobilienHä

Now as you can see, the templates vary, as well as the way the newsfeed and ads are displayed.
Your website can basically include anything you want, videos, gadgets, stores and lots of extras.

Here is a sample Japanese Website Video section: ゲーム

Here is a sample Swedish Website: trådlö note: you can see appropriate ads appear and there are 7 different articles. If we check out google to see how a search appears, we will find this Noomle IDN website on the first page here.

Noomle provides an easy to use control panel, and you can organize your websites into folders. I create a seperate folder for each language to help when working on them.

Contributors to Noomle get a much better choice of SEO friendly templates, and I highly recommend choosing to contribute instead of opting for the free Noomle services. But you may want to start out with the free service to check them out.
Simply sign up at

I will be continuing to write about the Noomle and Noomle development techniques for IDNs in future posts.

Monday, July 13, 2009

What is XN-- ? Before the DOT

What is xn-- ?

Simple answer: PUNYCODE! The opening qualifier of a non-english (non ascii) domain name.
All IDNs will have a punycode representation beneath the surface.

A sample of this would be, the xn-- is reserved for IDN domain names. converts to 糖果.net which in simplified chinese represents

Punycode was invented some time ago, and you can search then internet regarding it's beginnings. The beauty of the invention and use of punycode is; that it enables users to register domain names in a multiplicity of scripts. To see the punycode conversion tool from verisign, go to

Before the DOT:

IDN domain names are available for registration and use in many extensions, but IDNs can only be accepted before the dot. During the next several months, ICANN will launch IDNcctlds, for example .РФ will be used for Russian speakers signifying Russian Federation.

I'm going to keep this first post short, as I will be working on the layout etc.