What is a URL shortener?

What is a URL shortener?

13.Sep.2021

A URL shortener is a tool that creates a short, unique URL that will redirect to the specific website of your choosing.

Basically: they make a URL shorter and simpler.

Your new, shorter URL will typically include the shortener site's address, plus a combination of random letters. 

 

For example, if I punched in a URL like animalplanet.com/tv-shows/puppy-bowl/full-episodes/puppy-bowl-xvi into the Hootsuite Ow.ly link shortener, it would generate ow.ly/uK2f50AJDI6. This cuts the link down by 48 letters, but still gives you access to cute dogs doing a bad job of playing football.

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What is a URL shortener?

URL shorteners are tools that create a unique and shorter url than the original source and redirects towards your website or webpage of choice. These shortened links typically contain an address from a domain name used as part of the URL shortening process along with a random string of characters. For example, if you were to input the website link "EzTutorials" into the Ow.ly link shortener it would generate Ow.ly/YnJbHt8NDMW which is 36 letters shorter than before and still provides access to EzTutorials' website.

 

URL shorteners are tools that create a unique and shorter url than the original source and redirects towards your website or webpage of choice. These shortened links typically contain an address from a domain name used as part of the URL shortening process along with a random string of characters. For example, if you were to input the website link "zTutorials" into the Ow.ly link shortener it would generate Ow.ly/aSJbHt8NDMW which is 36 letters shorter than before and still provides access to zTutorials' website.

 

An example of the shortened link is shown below:

http://ow.ly/uK2f50AJDI6

This shortened URL was created by ow.ly, which is a url shortener site, and points to an oembed enabled webpage on animalplanet's website that I can share with my followers. This shortened link has saved me 48 characters versus inputting the original source into the post itself. The next time I want to reference this article or webpage all I have to do is simply paste in the shortened link and my followers will be directed to the correct page.

 

An example of the shortened link is shown below:

http://aSJbHt8NDMW This shortened URL was created by aSJbHt8NDMW, which is a url shortener site, and points to an oembed enabled webpage on zTutorial's website that I can share with my followers. This shortened link has saved me 48 characters versus inputting the original source into the post itself. The next time I want to reference this article or webpage all I have to do is simply paste in the shortened link and my followers will be directed to the correct page.

What are some examples? *There are many websites that provide url shortening services. Some of the most popular are Bitly, Tinyurl, and Ow.ly which are all free to use!

http://ow.ly/uK2f50AJDI6

 

http://aSJbHt8NDMW

What are some examples? *There are many websites that provide url shortening services. Some of the most popular are Bitly, Tinyurl, and Ow.ly which are all free to use!

An example of the shortened link is shown below:

http://ow.ly/uK2f50AJDI6

This shortened URL was created by ow.ly, which is a url shortener site, and points to an oembed enabled webpage on animalplanet's website that I can share with my followers. This shortened link has saved me 48 characters versus inputting the original source into the post itself. The next time I want to reference this article or webpage all I have to do is simply paste in the shortened link and my followers will be directed to the correct page.

What are some examples? *There are many websites that provide url shortening services. Some of the most popular are Bitly, Tinyurl, and Ow.ly which are all free to use!

http://ow.ly/uK2f50AJDI6

An example of the shortened link is shown below:

http://aSJbHt8NDMW This shortened URL was created by aSJbHt8NDMW, which is a url shortener site, and points to an oembed enabled webpage on zTutorial's website that I can share with

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