Yourls  # MatchURL : No. 1 Premium URL Shortener

Yourls # MatchURL : No. 1 Premium URL Shortener

07.Nov.2021

You’ve probably heard of popular URL shorteners, like Bitly and TinyURL, but what about your own URL shortener? Yourls is an open-source self-hosted tool that can be used for creating shorter links than some other tools mentioned above. 

 

Yourls stands for ‘your own URL shortener’ which means you’ll need to install it on your own server by following along with their installation instructions. You can learn more about some of this tool’s features below.

Creating new links

Using the matchurl plugin, users are able to create a list of shortened URLs linked to a particular page or site. For example, if you wanted a feature where JavaScript was required in order to view your link, then matchurl can be used for this use case.

You’re able to track all clicks for each of your links using Yourls. For example, you can see which users are clicking on the links the most or how many times a user has clicked within certain time periods, like one hour or one day. You can also easily see where the clicks are coming from geographically speaking both in general and specifically.

Adding custom headers

Another feature is custom headers so if you wanted to add any specific SEO headers like ‘noindex’ or ‘nofollow,’ then that could be created with Yourls (e.g., “Yourls Site Name - noindex,follow" in the appropriate box.)

Custom headers are important to consider when using Yourls because all of your links will include that header, like ‘nofollow’ which is used for discouraging search engine crawlers from following any unnecessary pages. Using this feature can help with your website’s SEO.

Accessing additional features by installing plugins

The Yourls site lists a few useful plugins that you might want to utilize depending on your needs, including matchurl mentioned above and another plugin called matchre. This allows users to match strings in URLs and replace them with something else (e.g., matchre("/page1","page?2") would turn

One of the most important features to mention about Yourls is that you’re able to create private links. You can set up a list of URLs that only specific users have access to view which could be useful for tracking down certain content or data that should not be seen by others. In fact, matchurl mentioned above takes advantage of this feature so it’s important to note if you want access to matchurl functionality.

To learn more about this open-source tool for creating your own custom URL shortener, visit their documentation website .

 

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Yourls, which stands for ‘your own URL shortener,’ is another open-source and self-hosted link shortener, much like Polr. That said, to use this tool, you’ll need to install and run it on your own server, making it much different than the other URL shorteners on this list. Yourls’ best features include: Create private and public links Statistics such as click reports, referrers, and geolocation Sequential or custom created links Additional features accessed via plugins [17]

 

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