by Sufyan bin Uzayr . February 29th, 2012
URL shortening services have grown in importance with the expansion of the internet. Oftentimes we need to share URLs but the original address can be a bit too long. Furthermore, with Twitter fever gripping the cyber world, long URLs cannot suffice within the 160 words’ limit and thus, URL shorteners are important.
WordPress lets you shorten a URL to a post/page by using the ‘Get Shortlink’ feature just below the Post Title on the Add New Post page. However, in order to get really ‘short’ URLs, we can rely on URL shortener plugins as the default URL might still prove to be quite long!
In this article, we take a look at 20+ URL shortener plugins for WordPress.
Bob’s Dumpr URL Shortener Integration uses dumpr.info to shorten URLs and also provides an API for other plugins.
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Custom URL Shortener makes it easily to quickly add a short URL to your posts or pages.
This plugin uses Google’s Goo.gl service to shorten URLs.
Another plugin that uses Goo.gl to shorten URLs, but it comes with the added goodness of in-context URL shortening (shortens URLs within comments, posts and pages).
la petite URL offers personal and customized URL shortening for WordPress.
LNQ.me URL Shortener plugin uses the LNQ.me service to shorten URLs and replaces the default WP shortlinks structure.
Self Shortener plugin lets you shorten URLs on your WordPress site. It is available in both English and Japanese.
Short URL modifies WP’s get_short_link() function. It is different from other plugins in the fact that it does not essentially use a third party service to shorten URLs. Thus, instead of www.goo.gl/YouTheDesigner, your URL will become www.yourwebsite.com/YouTheDesigner
Jetpack by WordPress.com comes with a URL shortener in the form of WP.me Beyond that, it also features a plethora of other goodies!
Tinyit.cc automatically generates short URLs for posts and places them at the end of each post. It can also be made to automatically post the generated URLs to your Twitter account.
This plugin adds a ‘tweet’ button to your site which can be used along with the URL shortener of your choice — such as su.pr, bit.ly, digg, tinyurl or awe.sm.
This plugin uses the twi.im URL shortening service to shorten URLs.
unfake.it serves as a filter plugin that shortens URLs before posting them to Twitter.
This URL shortener plugin integrates many URL shortening services in the WP shortlinks mechanism.
This plugin uses bit.ly shortening service to generate short URLs.
This plugin generates short URLs using services such as YOURLS and/or bit.ly and then posts them to Twitter.
BuddyPress Tweet URLs add tweet buttons to your activity stream posts. It generates short URLs using the YOURLS shortener service.
GentleSource Short URL automatically shortens the blog post URL.
Short URL for Posts converts all links in <a href tags to shorter ones.
SosoBz Short URL is another plugin that can be used to shorten URLs using soso.bz shortening service.
Simple URL Shortener supports over 100 URL shortening services.
Which service do you use to shorten your URLs? Let us know in the comments!
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Sufyan bin Uzayr is a 21-year old freelance writer, graphic artist, programmer and photographer based in India. He writes for several print magazines as well as technology blogs. His prime areas of interest include open source, mobile development, web CMS and vector art. He is also the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of an e-journal named Brave New World.