URL Shortening at your finger tip. :)
I dunno about you guys, but I was getting weary of all the url shorteners that has grown like weeds around us.. Hence thought of using something that I could customize and use as I like. Hence did a Google search and found Yourls. The case is simple, this service gives your site a capability to shorten urls. All you need is a Domain. Let it be a Top-Level Domain or a free one.. Now *this* is what I call usability. :) As you already know, I maintain a TLD. So I thought of a URL shortener like bibhas.in/l/ .. So, I downloaded Yourls. According to its guide, installed it and just ran it. And Voila! It works flawlessly. :) Now, coming to the main points, what are the advantages of Yourls over Bit.ly Pro(another similar service)?
- Yours is totally customizable. Its open source. So you can modify it anyway you want. :)
- All the link data are saved in your own database. Whereas Bit.ly stores then in its own database.
- Yourls has a cool API that's fairly simple to use.
- Yourls provides two bookmarklets to share any link you want to share on the go. :)
http://bibhas.in/l/yourls-api.php?signature=f271546ece&action=shorturl&url=http://bibhas.in&format=xmlas simple as that. :) More details on the API can be found here - http://yourls.org/#API Here is a screenshot of the default Yourls Link Dashboard -
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