URL shorteners work by creating a redirect to your long URL # matchurl

URL shorteners work by creating a redirect to your long URL # matchurl

10.Oct.2021

Now that you know what a URL shortener is, it's important to realize how they work.

URL shorteners actually create a new URL from an existing one. When someone clicks on the shortened link, their internet browser sends an HTTP request to the web server hosting your long URL and asks for a specific file (usually index.html or index.php). The web server then sends through the correct page and your internet browser renders it in front of you.

If you were to visit tinyurl.com/noezs instead of tinyurl tells your browser "hey go over there" and they redirect (send) you right along - pretty neat huh? This means tinyurl.com must have a server for you to send your HTTP request to.

URL shorteners work by creating a redirect to your long URL.

 

 

URL shorteners work by creating a redirect to your long URL. They know where to send you because they have a web server of their own and they keep track of the location (the long URL) associated with the shortened link that was created. If you wanted, you could create your own shortlinks by hosting your own server which tracks all of the locations for each of your short links. I use my blogging platform WordPress for this purpose; it's free and easy but not very scalable (meaning it would be hard to manage more than 30 or so links before things get complicated).

I hope this helps you understand how URL shorteners work! Keep on surfing with those helpful little links - just don't forget where they take you!

 

For more information on URL shorteners, check out these links:

How Many Times Has This Been Shared? http://tinyurl.com/7wbr8ma

5 Reasons Why You Need To Use A URL Shortener http://tinyurl.com/7sul2sy

A Beginner's Guide to TinyURL (and Other Short Links) http://tinyurl.com/3fk5jr8

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Title: 5 reasons why you should use a URL shortener like Bitly

 

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URL shorteners work by creating a redirect to your long URL. When someone clicks on the shortened link, their internet browser sends an HTTP request to the web server hosting your long URL and asks for a specific file (usually index.html or index.php). The web server then sends through the correct page and your internet browser renders it in front of you. If you were to visit tinyurl.com/noezs instead of then bitly tells your browser "hey go over there" and they redirect (send) you right along - pretty neat huh? This means bitly must have a server for you to send your HTTP request to.

URL shorteners work by creating a redirect to your long URL. They know where to send you

 

 

 

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