Why is it necessary to short URLs?

Why is it necessary to short URLs?


        Many people are trying to make their URLs short. But why is it necessary? What are the reasons to do that?

        The answer is very simple! These long links are hard to write, hard to remember and hard to send, especially via e-mail or messaging apps. It just makes everything complicated.

         Another reason is that many forums, messengers and social networks have restrictions on their total length. You can't use certain characters in them or you will be banned for spam. For example, Twitter won't allow you to put more than 140 symbols in a link which makes it impossible even if you shorten your URL beforehand.


______ So there are two needs: first one is shortening the links no matter what and the second one is making your links work. Both of these things are pretty simple to do with surl.li/xxx . What you should do is just paste your link into a box of a free generator, click "Shorten" and that's it!

          There is also a paid version of this URL shortener which allows you to generate pretty long URLs if necessary. It means that if some link exceeds the maximum length, then the second part will be generated automatically, which you can add or remove at any time.


______ In conclusion, we can say that short links are not only good looking but they also save space, time and effort for your readers since there aren't so many people who have unlimited space on their e-mail, blog or even mobile devices.


Sincerely, surl.li/xxx Link Generator Team


Articles can have references to other articles inside them as well as they can be referenced from other articles. It is a widely used method in academic writing and science to avoid unnecessary repetition of data publication. A new article link has two properties: 'id' (the article's unique identifier) and the 'href', the full URL of this specific article. The text after it shows where was the reference created from - for example, "AntWiki" means that the reference was made on AntWiki page (if you see '[1]' added after this, then there is more than one source which links to the same article).


Succinct example of how reference works: You are writing an article about ants and you want to refer (a link) to the cell structure page on AntWiki.net, but it's too long to put into your short URL generator.


You write your sentence with a full citation of 'AntWiki'. Then you have a choice - either shorten the url yourself by putting this text into surl.li/xxx or follow these steps:


1- Copy your full citation link so that you can paste it again later <- good habit

2- Find out what are its properties <- just copy & paste!

3- Mark & copy only the 'id' part which is 21018 <- remember, you are only cutting part of the full URL

4- Paste it into surl.li/xxx -> shorturl.link/2tjq

5- Delete the placeholder text 'id=21018' so that you have just 'AntWiki' left on your screen <- this is very important because if you accidentally leave it, then shorten url will put its own placeholder there!

6- Get rid of all unnecessary symbols & punctuation marks except dots or dashes <- for better distinction between words - good habit again

7- Add /?dt=Article Title at the end which stands for link destination title

8- Get a nice short link with NO spaces in the middle! <- good for sharing


It will look like this: surl.li/2tjq?dt=Cell Structure on AntWiki.net


Yes, you just cut the URL by half and it still works perfectly! You can also shorten any article's title instead of id so that you don't have to type anything in the 'id' part at all - just click "Shorten" and done! But be careful because if there are spaces in the original text, they will stay there too no matter how many times you try to delete them; therefore, avoid putting unnecessary symbols before or after your shortened link.

Remember that shortened links should not be used as citation, only as an alternative way to give your readers quick access to certain pages on the Internet. For all other purposes, try using URL shortening services!

Note: The text 'id=21018' is a placeholder for your article's id which can also be found right under the title - it looks like this '[1]' but without spaces before and after brackets.


If you are supposed to mention Wikipedia as a source, write "{Wikipeida}", for example "Wikipedia says that {Wikipeida}" or "According to wiki{pedia}, ants are eusocial insects". This way you automatically create a link with its full name inside shortened one. If there are more than one articles sharing same abbreviation, then only first part of it will be displayed in place of "{wikipeida}" part. For example, "According to wiki{pedia}, ants are eusocial insects" links to two articles: "Ants" and "Eusociality", while "According to wiki{pedia}, ants are eusocial insects" links only to the first one - "Ants".

Note: This way of writing should be used in academic writing or science papers instead of putting shortened URL directly into your text/sentence because it results in a more elegant look, therefore increasing your reputation.


To shorten an article title without any extra words at its beginning or end, use this pattern "{Article Title}". For example, with 'ant' as an input parameter for surl.li/xxx link shortener, the resulting link will be like this: "Ants are eusocial insects" -> surl.li/2tjq?dt=ants+are+eusocial+insects

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