ow URL Shorteners Work

ow URL Shorteners Work

28.Sep.2021

URL Shortening is simultaneously very simple and very complex.

There are dozens of plugins, websites, and open-source code bases that allow you to shorten a link or use a 301 redirect to move users and traffic from one web address to another. This is a frequently solved problem.

 

But that is not what URL shorteners are about…

 

Also, despite the word "shortener" being in the name, URL shorteners are no longer necessarily about keeping links extremely short on character length. The most famous reason for shrinking links was, of course Twitter, who now treats all links as 23 characters regardl

 

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Current URL Shortener solutions are built around the idea of using a short domain name, so you can have something like yourdomain.com/h7kkg to get to an article review on your blog. But what if users don’t want that? What if they want to use another provider because it’s already in their browser bookmarks or they pay for referral traffic by linking out with affiliate codes? Not every link has to point back to your website, right? So why are we forced into arbitrary names for these services rather than letting developers create custom URLs per user preferences and capitalizing on the distributed network effects of running one’s own link shortener?

 

 

 

Title: [[Long URL Shortener]]URL Shortening is simultaneously very simple and very complex. There are dozens of plugins, websites, and open-source code bases that allow you to shorten a link or use a 301 redirect to move users and traffic from one web address to another. This is a frequently solved problem. But that is not what URL shorteners are about... Also, despite the word "shortener" being in the name, URL shorteners are no longer necessarily about keeping links extremely short on character length. The most famous reason for shrinking links was, of course Twitter, who now treats all links as 23 characters regardl

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Current URL Shortener solutions are built around the idea of using a short domain name, so you can have something like yourdomain.com/h7kkg to get to an article review on your blog. But what if users don't want that? What if they want to use another provider because it's already in their browser bookmarks or they pay for referral traffic by linking out with affiliate codes? Not every link has to point back to your website, right? So why are we forced into arbitrary names for these services rather than letting developers create custom URLs per user preferences and capitalizing on the distributed network effects of running one's own link shortener?

 

Anyone can shorten a URL by using a tool designed for that purpose. However, in order to create a URL Shortener copy-pasta style service where users can edit their own links without going through any sort of approval process requires a site design that incorporates an interface for editing the destination url. This would take more time to code and test, but it may be preferred in certain cases over a website that must approve every link before it goes live.

 

URL shorteners were originally created as tools to solve Twitter’s character limitations. When Twitter came out with its first redesign back in 2010, it limited each tweet to 140 characters. But users were encouraged to insert links in their tweets. Since hyperlinks quickly add up, no matter how short they are, Twitter’s new design was going to force people who wanted to send a complete message on the platform into a creative mode-and not just when it came down to the character count.

This posed a potentially huge problem for marketers that rely on Twitter as part of their social media marketing strategy because unlike Facebook and Google+, where you can post text updates without worrying too much about image limits or video upload limits, Tumblr’s blog structure is dependent upon posting images in order for your content to be seen in the stream. The only other option would have been to use Twitters’ official link shortener which would limit marketers to using Twitter owned tools exclusively

The solution? URL Shortening.

URL shorteners allow you to keep your original tweet intact by creating a shorter, more readable link that redirects people back to the web page you want them to see or where you want them to click on. How does this work? Are these sites magic? Kind of… but let's take it step by step. The first thing we need is an "unshortened" URL - also known as the "long link". This unshortened link can be anything that takes users away from your site-a review, blog post about something, promotion for a product launch etc.-it just has to go somewhere else on the web. The next thing we need is something to take that unshortened link and shrink it down to a shorter URL by creating an alias for it. This isn't hard-if you can remember your Twitters' username -www.twitter.com/username then you can create shorter URLs that go back to your Twitter account or website just like Twitter's own shortener does... well, almost like Twitter's own shortener does

 

A Shortener is a simple program running on one or more servers which takes URL input, stores the original URL in the database, and returns the Shorten URL to be used in social media posts or other types of messages. With this type of application all links are kept track of within the system rather than relying on users to copy and paste URLs.

 

URL shorteners are becoming less popular as other methods of shrinking link size become more widely used, such as viewing the full URL by hovering over the shortened version with a mouse. Their main use case now is redirecting links.

 

Social media site require their user to have an account in order to shorten/share links unlike URL Shortening websites which does not need an account or any form of identification apart from the referrer url before processing it's request. Social media sites can also track your clicks unlike url shortening websites which cant track you back since every time you click on a url it directs you to its default browser window instead of opening its homepage again.

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