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italiano40
May 25, 2009, 01:05 AM
i want to know what the community thinks are good short service features

features i have

301 redirecting to site
you each site is saved to mysql database
ajax site only one pagenow tell me what you want???....



r.j.s
May 25, 2009, 01:06 AM
How about the ability to customize the short version.

maclover001
May 25, 2009, 01:09 AM
1) "Preview", like TinyURL

2) Option to cloak or not

3) No forced ads

italiano40
May 25, 2009, 01:40 AM
How about the ability to customize the short version.
what do you mean "customize" like what the id is...
1) "Preview", like TinyURL

2) Option to cloak or not

3) No forced ads
what do you mean cloak

and i will not have ads, it is still on my live stage server

r.j.s
May 25, 2009, 01:44 AM
what do you mean "customize" like what the id is...

Yes. e.g.

reallyreallyreallylongurl.com/mysite/folder/subfolder/images/vacation/index.htm

to

short.url/vacationpics

rather than

short.url/fj4jj5nw

italiano40
May 25, 2009, 01:55 AM
Yes. e.g.

reallyreallyreallylongurl.com/mysite/folder/subfolder/images/vacation/index.htmto

short.url/vacationpicsrather than

short.url/fj4jj5nw


ok thanks i just put that into my code

miles01110
May 25, 2009, 06:31 AM
Have a box with one-click highlighting so it's easy to copy.

maclover001
May 25, 2009, 08:14 AM
what do you mean cloak

and i will not have ads, it is still on my live stage server

If the user chooses to cloak the real URL, it means that the tiny url will still be shown in the URL bar as opposed to the one it redirects to.

I guess the usefulness of this depends on what your service is for.

Are you trying to be like TinyURL, or like .co.nr?

italiano40
May 25, 2009, 07:06 PM
Have a box with one-click highlighting so it's easy to copy.

it is highlighted in red and i think it is easy to copy

If the user chooses to cloak the real URL, it means that the tiny url will still be shown in the URL bar as opposed to the one it redirects to.

I guess the usefulness of this depends on what your service is for.

Are you trying to be like TinyURL, or like .co.nr?
i will think about the cloaking, but i have to check out SEO on that

i am trying to add in features that Tinyurl and other services don't have, that is why i am having community to give me some ideas, but i may also release this software as open source on google code so right now i use it for my self just a summer side project

italiano40
May 26, 2009, 03:25 AM
my site is working pretty good no big bugs so if you want to see the software in action check it out at http://engine.puffinhost.com/u/ this is not a PERMANENT HOST FOR IT JUST MY LIVE STAGING SERVER

italiano40
May 26, 2009, 02:43 PM
i had feedback from a different site that i had a big bug but now it is fixed and should work as it should now, http://engine.puffinhost.com/u/ so help me find bugs i am also looking for a logo so if you can make one i will plug you on the site next to the logo

SelfMadeCelo
May 26, 2009, 11:56 PM
TRACKING! Pretty much everything Budurl.com has.

italiano40
May 27, 2009, 11:38 AM
TRACKING! Pretty much everything Budurl.com has.

i will try to make a tracking feature but SEO rules and Google crawlers are going to make it hard to do it

SelfMadeCelo
May 27, 2009, 12:42 PM
i will try to make a tracking feature but SEO rules and Google crawlers are going to make it hard to do it

Have you tried BudURL? They support tracking, even track bots, and you can pick your redirect (307 or 301), customize your URL, and see referrers....

italiano40
May 27, 2009, 07:21 PM
Have you tried BudURL? They support tracking, even track bots, and you can pick your redirect (307 or 301), customize your URL, and see referrers....

the 301 is a "permanent move" which tells the SEO that url will be that new url and stop searching, the way BudURL works on that it uses SEO <meta> tags to track the url somethings which is done with other software and programs which i can have on my server because of bandwidth and other restricts on my VPS

maclover001
May 30, 2009, 03:46 PM
We all know that this (http://hugeurl.com/) is the best URL service out there anyway.