St. Louis Website Design

Make Your Own Link Shortener Site

Short links today are a huge part of social communication and metrics.  Making short links is usually a simple task and is sometimes even automated to save character space.  For a while now services like bit.ly have been making it easy to create, track, and share links through their service.  Even Google has http://goo.gl to do this as well. Today we are going to talk about how to make your own link shortener site

Easily Make Your Own Link Shortener Site

The friendly folks at http://www.yourls.org have created a lightweight set of PHP scripts to help you easily set up one of these services on your own.

The process is simple – create a database, make some modifications to the config.php, upload the files, activate the admin area and you are ready to go.  You can make your service public or private (ours is private) and get detailed analytics on all of the links you create.  As a note, because of the rewrites necessary for the link shortening in the .htacess file, I decided to make the redirect at the root of mdg.me in plain HTML.

If you have an extra domain that is short in character length this is a quick easy way to create your own custom links! So get to work and make your own link shortener site today.