Best URL Shorteners for Developers #matchurl

Best URL Shorteners for Developers #matchurl

24.Oct.2021

The days of having to hand out 10-character long links through SMS or other cumbersome methods are over. The rise of URL shorteners enables you to send incredibly short links that automatically redirect to a longer original link. For example, do you have a product for which you want an easy way to share the exact same link across different social networks? You could use Bitly and generate a unique custom hyperlink.

If your app is about sharing cool things with your friends, this blog post will teach you how to create auto-expiring Dynamic Links:  https://goo.gl/g5NvT1 .

The following best practices can help you trim down your Google Analytics tracking ids from UTM parameters so they are no more than 35 characters. This helps you avoid the common issue of GA tracking ids exceeding the 80 character limit:

1) Replace spaces with a + sign (e.g., example .com becomes example+com)

2) Remove unnecessary parameters from your URL string (e.g., do not include utmcampaign or other UTM/campaign variables)

3) Combine parameters using a delimiter such as a pipe | symbol (e.g., source=twitter|medium=cpc|campaign=summer-sale). You can then add this link to any traffic platform that accepts comma-separated UTM parameters, such as Bitly, Google Analytics, and HubSpot Marketing Automation

In order to use Dynamic Links, you need to create a Firebase project in the Firebase Console . Then you can follow these steps.

1) Click on Dynamic Links in the left menu under Project Overview.

2) Click on CREATE LINK TYPE . Give your app's new link type a name and define Custom URL Rules for how it should be constructed. For example, if your app is about sharing cool things with your friends, you could call this "sharecoolthing" and set up custom rules to generate links such as: sharecoolthing://friends?utmcampaign=summer-sale&utmmedium=cpc&source=twitter

3) The default expiry time of an auto-generated Dynamic Link is 1 hour. You can modify this by clicking the pencil icon in the expiry column. The maximum possible expiry time is 7 days.

4) Once you have added your Dynamic Link types, go to the Firebase console domain for your app and copy down the auto-generated .url file which contains all of your Dynamic Links. Include this link in your app so it can begin redirecting users who click on Dynamic Links sent from other apps or browsers back into your app experience without having to ask them for their credentials again (see below)

Your final step is to add code within one of your main activities that parses out each setDynamicUrlParameter() call, extracts any parameters that are necessary for requesting specific content (such as an auth token), then builds up a string with any Dynamic Link parameters that you want to put in the final URL, such as your affiliate link or a campaign tracking parameter.

With a solid understanding of how Dynamic Links work and some best practices in place for implementing them, go forth and build Dynamic Links into your apps! What are your favorite use cases?

----------- This article was written by Andreas Ødegård from TheFirebaseBlog . Comment below to let us know if this post was helpful or provide feedback on how we can make it even better. Check out more of our blogs here . Also, check out our apps on all platforms at getairdroid.com  and also download the ArID video call app from Google Play here . Follow Andreas on Twitter: @Andreas_Android . 

Article Background information [to use as knowledge, not to be copied verbatim]: Firebase is a comprehensive app development platform backed by Google Cloud. This guide walks you through creating Dynamic Links using either the Firebase console, using a REST API, iOS or Android Builder API, or by forming a URL by adding Dynamic Link parameters to a domain specific to your app.

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