The service TinyURL is a pretty widely used service. It has the redirection power for those long and nasty
url's. Lets say for example I had a post or page that I wanted to refer someone I didn’t know, or even a friend to “The Coolest Post Ever!” Which in this case doesn’t exist, so I will give it a fake but long
http://austin.passy.co/wordpress/how-to-get-traffic/ the-coolest-post-ever/?page=2. Yeah… I don’t think my friend Bob is going to remember that to type in his web browser.
What do I suggest, well I spent some time looking for a redirect service, and I wasn’t a fan of using an outside source. I don’t want to send people to another site just to shorten my links. So TinyURL was out of the question.
I did however come across a
PHP source code that worked off a
.htaccess file and
MySQL called Shorty. How ever that service was old, outdated and didn’t work well with WordPress installed. Once removed I went looking and came across a WordPress Plugin which I am now using!
GoCodes seems to have exactly what I was looking for. All of those long
URLs have been shortened to something like this:
http://austin.passy.co/go/AnyText. Installation was simple and the admin interface is easy to use! So if you would like a more personal URL redirector, check out this Plugin!