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How to set up short and meaningfull alternative URLs

Wouldn't it be nice is URLs were shorter? Well - there are ways of making them shorter these days and you'll find them on networking sites like Twitter ... http://bit.ly/d7t8ID or http://bbc.in/XTQ8V . But where such URLs gain in brevity, they loose in comprehensibility.

But it's very easy to provide brief URLs that *are* meaningful too - and to do so on your own site if you have a short domain name (not www.whydidiregistersomethingthislong.co.uk) - we've done it, and let me show you how.

I wanted a quick link to our hotel booking page at https://lightning.he.net/~wellho/hotel/reservation.php - I wanted to go there from wellho.info/booking (yes, do try that link - it will work!).

Here's how I did it:

1. On the server for the domain that's got the short URL, I added the following to the .htaccess file in the DocumentRoot (the server's running Apache httpd with mod_rewrite and AllowOverrides On)

  RewriteEngine On
  RewriteRule ^([a-zA-Z0-9]+)$ http://www.wellho.net/short/$1 [L]


That redirects any URLs in the root directory that are just strings of letters and digits to a more structured directory at a longer URL within our main domain.

2. In the "short" directory on the main domain server, I've also got a rewrite line which sends the received name to a PHP script (requirements on this machine - httpd, mod_rewrite, Overrides allowed and PHP):

  RewriteRule ^([a-zA-Z0-9]+)$ divert.php?shrtfrm=$1&%{QUERY_STRING}

3. The PHP script looks up the code in $_REQUEST[shrtfrm] from a file or database, and sends out Location header telling the browser where to go:

  header("Location: $fn");

And it is nice! .... I have a whole lot of meaningful short links I can give to people, and I can use them as a switchboard too - so that if we come up with a new map there isn't a huge amount of extra work to do to tell people where it is.

Let's see if you can guess what you'll get if you follow the following links (which will open in a new window):

wellho.info/weather

wellho.info/map

wellho.info/course
wellho.info/coursebooking

wellho.info/hotel
wellho.info/hotelbooking

wellho.info/askus

wellho.info/coffeeshop
wellho.info/chamber
wellho.info/carnival


I'll confess to having done a bit more too .... If you put in a number, it will take you straight to that article number in "The Horse's Mouth", and if you put in a word that happens to be the name of a page on our wiki, it'll take you to a page there.

wellho.info/2202
wellho.info/2894
wellho.info/727

wellho.info/beanacre
wellho.info/coatewater
wellho.info/westwoods

wellho.info/phonein
wellho.info/walkin

And - yes - if you enter something that's not on our site you'll get an index of all the special links:

wellho.info/alpaca


The images used to illustrate this article all come from pages that are short-linked above. Can you find them?
(written 2010-10-02)

 
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  [917] Syntax checking in PHP - (2006-11-07)
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  [1667] Checking server performance for PHP generated pages - (2008-06-06)
  [1684] Two PHP include files to make easy web site indexing and navigation - (2008-06-21)
  [1958] PHP - Parse error: syntax error, unexpected $end ... - (2008-12-23)
  [1983] Keeping PHP code in database and running it - (2009-01-09)
  [2025] Injection Attack if register_globals in on - PHP - (2009-02-04)
  [2274] PHP preg functions - examples and comparision - (2009-07-08)
  [2478] How did I do THAT? - (2009-10-26)
  [4074] A comment on comments in PHP - (2013-04-28)
  [4310] Problem ... I want to print a series of numbered forms - (2014-10-05)
  [4319] PHP - some quick fixes if scripts have issues, and how to use our support - (2014-11-19)
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H305 - PHP - Web server configuration
  [1778] Pointing all the web pages in a directory at a database - (2008-08-30)
  [1938] Predictive Load Balancing - PHP and / or Java - (2008-12-13)
  [2773] Dynamically watching your web site via a PHP wrapper - (2010-05-21)
  [2774] PHP - Object Oriented Design in use - (2010-05-21)
  [3143] On time - (2011-01-23)

G902 - Well House Consultants - Web site techniques, utility and visibility
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  [32] Web design platoon - (2004-08-29)
  [98] No more 'Error 404' pages. Something better. - (2004-10-24)
  [109] URLs - a service and not a hurdle - (2004-11-04)
  [117] A case of case - (2004-11-14)
  [142] Colour for access - (2004-12-06)
  [165] Implementing an effective site search engine - (2005-01-01)
  [173] Data Mining - (2005-01-09)
  [179] The hunt for unique words - (2005-01-16)
  [182] Your personal Google ranking - (2005-01-19)
  [197] Allow for peak traffic on your web site - (2005-02-01)
  [202] Searching for numbers - (2005-02-04)
  [222] Who are all these visitors? - (2005-02-20)
  [259] Responding to spam - (2005-03-27)
  [261] Putting a form online - (2005-03-29)
  [268] Information request forms, cleaning up spam - (2005-04-05)
  [274] Our most popular resources - (2005-04-10)
  [276] An apology to Mr Boneparte - (2005-04-11)
  [278] Cover all the options - (2005-04-13)
  [284] The Iconish language - (2005-04-19)
  [288] Colour blindness for web developers - (2005-04-22)
  [311] Growth pains - (2005-05-14)
  [314] What language is this written in? - (2005-05-17)
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  [322] More maps - (2005-05-23)
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  [348] Graveyard pages - (2005-06-15)
  [369] CMS - the minefield of Choices - (2005-07-05)
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  [3426] Automed web site testing scripted in Ruby using watir-webdriver - (2011-09-09)
  [3491] Who is knocking at your web site door? Are you well set up to deal with allcomers? - (2011-10-21)
  [3532] Sharing the user experience - designing a form with the customer in mind - (2011-11-29)
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  [3744] Short Web Addresses for Melksham - (2012-05-30)
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  [4001] Helping search engines with appropriate 400 error codes - (2013-02-11)
  [4076] Web site - fully back! - (2013-04-29)
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