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Old 07-14-2011, 10:03 PM
Wes Wes is offline
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Question Best URL Shortener Script

Hello Everyone.

I am looking to set up a self-hosted URL shortner, and was wondering if anyone has any recommendations?

So far I have my eyes on these two:

1) http://code.google.com/p/phurl/

Looks really basic, but must be solid since it appears to be powering tinyurl.com

2) http://code.google.com/p/yourls/
Which looks pretty comprehensive and fully-featured, but some times the more features there are, the more stuff there is to break.

Anyone one else have experience with either of these two or any others?

Thanks!
 
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Old 07-17-2011, 02:53 AM
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I used to have my own link shortening site using http://www.scripteen.com/scripts/scr...ze-script.html

The only problem was that every spammer and porn site in the world was using it to shorten links

My web host shut down the server until I removed the links (but I could not remove them as the server was shut down)

They opened up the server and I removed the links, the next day the links were back (whilst I was at work)

I returned home and had been banned from the server again. I fell out with the web host and spent my $8000 per year elswehere

Make sure you keep an eye out for the spam links and porn links

People with .ru domain names seemed to be the worst offenders

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Old 07-18-2011, 08:24 AM
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Thanks for the link to the script and thanks for the caution as well. I've seen a lot of people having issues with SPAMMERs and it has definitely made me rethink my idea of a URL shortener. Plus I don't think there is really any money in it, so it would probably be a lot of hassle for nothing.
 
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Old 08-02-2011, 10:45 AM
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Yeah there definitely isn't really a lot of money in this type of biz unless you can incorporate some sort of analytics and cool little dashboard for users to log into so they can see where, and when their links were clicked.
 
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