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hpr2904 :: DIY URL shortening

Quick tip on how to shorten an URL without a silly SaaS

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Hosted by klaatu on 2019-09-19 is flagged as Clean and is released under a CC-BY-SA license.
Tags: html, url shortner.
Listen in ogg, spx, or mp3 format. | Comments (1)

Make a directory to house your shortened URLs.


$ ssh example.com mkdir public_html/u

On demand, create a subdirectory for the shortened URL you want to create.


$ ssh example.com mkdir public_html/u/hpr

Create an HTTP redirect in an index.html file.


$ ssh example.com echo ""<html><title>Shortened URL</title><head><meta http-equiv='refresh' content='0; URL=http://hackerpublicradio.org/correspondents.php?hostid=78' /></head></html>"" > www/u/hpr/index.html

Your shortened URL is example.com/u/hpr


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Comment #1 posted on 2019-09-23T11:16:43Z by tuturto

clever

Really clever way of doing this. When I saw the headline, my mind started immediately working through all kinds of algorithms one could use shortening urls. Turns out, nothing complicated is needed.

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