Yesterday I was looking at the billing for the domain (FoOlRulez.org costing the wonder of 9$ a year), so I noticed that there was a year discount for .us that will let you pay only THREE DOLLARS for the first year (and nine from the next). So why not get one cheap .us… and play with it.
So I bought a short url domain: http://foolz.us. Most likely it does not work yet.
Have you noticed websites like techcrunch having tcrn.ch as short url for personal purpose: I am trying to pull the same thing, not like I have any use for it, but just to experiment something new for the wonderful price of THREE DOLLARS. And what would you think about extra subdomains like cant.foolz.us… that as for now won’t work of course.
So I started testing a few piece of software (rather, scripts) yesterday. There are some that you can buy, but FoOls is cheap, so we work on open source. All of these need a LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP… the most standard web server).
The first one I tried is rather simple to use and really anyone would be able to use it. Shorty needs just the database and a folder on the website to work, no further setups. Too bad that this comes with a price: the features are really limited, and only the administrator can use it. This is the ideal for who wants a really simple and quite solid system on the own website, but it’s good for nothing for someone who needs to implement it around the website, and let it be used by the public. What’s more, the updates are dead since 2006.
So I declare this script DISCARDED.
The next one I checked is TightURL. Honestly, I dislike this kind of website from the beginning, and I never understand why so many open source websites have to be just HTML skeletons, as they make harder to find stuff. But over this, this script is surely better than Shorty, full of customization… via coding, making it good for use only to experienced developers. Now, I could work a bit and modify it so I could implement it, but how many headaches should I have over this? We’re bloggers (scanlators), so the most we want to retouch via coding is the style of our website!
Since I am kind of lazy (and scared) to go edit the code, I declare this script DISCARDED.
Another script I tried is Yourls. The webpage this time is that of a standard help for WordPress, which is nice, very human. This script seems to include what the two listed before have and more: it’s quite easy to use, the setup is nothing different than Shorty, yet, this time I can decide if I want a private short linker or a public one. The interface instead is still only text: it’s just an example over which one can style his own website, which is perfect, bloggers like to style the themes. The rest is taken care of through an admin panel, which gives pretty much all the control you need, unlike Shorty. But that’s not all: there’s an API that lets you implement the script anywhere from your website (think of having it automatic for twitter), and even a WordPress plugin able to give a short link to every post.
This is why I will use this last script, so, at least for now, it’s APPROVED.