Part 1 of this series of short articles on setting up your own URL shortener gives a brief overview of available subscriptions to services hosting your URL shortener. Indeed the most simple way to set up your own URL shortener is that you let a company like bit.ly host it for you. With such a subscription, it is even possible to set up a public interface.
ATTOW, bit.ly’s service is free for a single domain. So if you are interested in a quick and easy solution, you might want to have a look at our simple instructive example for bit.ly at zipth.at.
Other companies offering similar (albeit paid) services are
Drawbacks of a subscription however are
- the limited flexibility of a free service, or
- the price for a more advanced paid service, and
- lack of privacy since all your data is hosted on the servers of another company.