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Base64 Shortlinks

Description

The default WordPress β€œshortlink” URLs look like this: http://www.example.com/blog/?p=123, where β€œ123” is actually a 7+ digit decimal number. This plugin shrinks your shortlinks by encoding that number into only 4 characters, and using the abbreviated URL prefix of your choice.

On my site, the default shortlinks are 35 bytes long, even though I have a very short domain name. This plugin shrinks them to 21 total bytes, which is comparable to most public URL-shortener services, and better than many.

E.g., this: http://www.jwz.org/blog/?p=13240780
becomes: http://jwz.org/b/ygnM

This doesn’t affect your (long) permalinks: those can still be in whatever format you like.

Installation

  1. Upload the base64-shortlinks directory to your /wp-content/plugins/ directory.
  2. Activate the plugin through the β€œPlugins” menu in WordPress.
  3. Select the β€œBase64 Shortlinks” menu under β€œSettings” and enter your Shortlink URL Prefix.

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Changelog

1.0

  • Created

1.1

  • Shortlinks that happened to have β€œ-” in them were failing. Fixed.

1.2

  • Fixed a bug that affected blogs installed in the root directory of their site.

1.3

  • Fixed a bug that caused shortlinks to be longer than necessary on 32-bit systems.

1.4

  • Fix for WordPress 4.0.

1.5

  • Eliminated some PHP warnings.

1.6

  • Don’t use PHP short-open tags.