Posted: 17 Sep 2009 03:48 AM PDT
We use shortening URL services like TinyURL, Bit.ly, su.pr, etc on daily basis. These services are great, but have you thought of creating something similar your own? Setting up such service on your own is fairly easy, and if you are using Wordpress it too comes with a plug-in that work seamlessly well.
YOURLS (Your Own URL Shortener) is what we’re talking about. It’s a free PHP script created by Lester Chan and Ozh Richard that allow you to create something similar to TinyURL and Bit.ly. We’ve installed and played around with it for a while, and here are our thoughts:
First and formost
Here are some things you'll need before the installation:
Read more about YOURLS requirements.
Download the latest version of YOURLS. Unzip it and fire up your favorite text editor. We are about to do some configurations.
Upload all files and folders in the exact same structure to the root folder of your web hosting account. Your root folder name might varies from public_html, www, html, etc.
We are almost done now. Fire up a browser, type in your domain name as url, follow by /admin/install.php. For example: http://yoursite.com/admin/install.php.
If everything is setup correctly, you’ll see these following messages with the link to your admin page at the end of the line.
Go on, login and start creating your very own short URL. Make sure you check out the Tools too, if you’d like to make a bookmarklet. Here’s a sample of how our YOURLS admin page looks like.
Hope it works for you, drop us a comment if you have any questions :-)
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