How To Create Your Own URL Shortening Service

Only 100% control guarantees you 99% security. I mean, if you have your own URL shortening platform, you can be sure that your shortened URL will not disappear suddenly. And also, if you use paid URL shortener, then your own service will save you a lot of money. That’s why you need your very own URL shortener.

Setting up your own URL shortening platform is quite easy. There are three main things to do.

STEP ONE

Step one is to get your domain. If you already have one, then you have to start with step two and when done, simply change your domain’s nameserver record. I will show it to you a bit later. For now, let’s assume that you have to register a new domain.

Visit tyn.at and click the “Get Domain” button.

How To Create Your Own Url Shortening Service.

You will be headed to the HostMaria website. Click on “services” and then on “register a new domain.”

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Here search for your domain. If it is red and says “unavailable”… so, it’s unavailable. Someone else already registered that domain name. If it’s blue and says “Congratulations, it’s available!”, you can proceed with domain registration.

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Click on “add to cart” and then on “checkout.”

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To make it easier and to get your domain synchronized with your hosting automatically, simply click on the “No Hosting! Click to Add.” link and add the hosting to your cart. Choose the first one. You don’t need some dedicated server or something else, simple hosting for €2.25 is good enough. So, click on “order now,” then choose the option “use a domain already in my shopping cart” and click on the “use” button.

Click “Continue” then click on “checkout” and continue the same as you buy chewing gum in a regular online store.

STEP TWO

If you already bought hosting together with a new domain, simply skip this step. If you already have a domain and want to use it for your URL shortening platform, then you will need hosting.

So, on tyn.at click the “get hosting” button and you will be headed to the HostMaria website.

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Click on “services” and then on “SSD Cloud Hosting – UK Data Centre.”

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Choose “Business Plan – SSD Cloud (Self-Managed) – UK Data Centre” for €2.25 per month and click the “order now” button.

Next, choose the option “I will use my existing domain and update my nameservers,” enter the domain name you are going to use, and click on the “use” button.

Click “Continue” and here it is your new hosting. Click on “checkout” and continue like in a regular online store.

Don’t forget to update your domain nameserver records. Go to the company’s website your domain is registered with, and find out how to change the nameserver records.

The HostMaria nameservers you can find in two ways. The first option is in your dashboard click on the “WHOIS Info” button and there you will see the nameservers. Or, the second option is to click on the “log in to control panel” button, then on the “nameservers” button, and there they are.

STEP THREE

Now all you have to do is to buy a URL shortening script and upload it to your hosting.

How To Create Your Own Url Shortening Service And Buy A Short Url Platform Script.

Click the “get script” button and you will be headed to the CodeCanyon website. Click the “add to cart” button and continue like in a regular online store.

After purchase, your URL shortening script files will be available for download. Along with the website files, you will get an easy-to-follow installation and setup tutorial.

How To Create Your Own Url Shortener - Script Installation Tutorial.

There are a few things you have to know.

The first step in the tutorial is “Creating a new database.” In HostMaria go to your hosting dashboard, click on the “log in to control panel” button, then on the “manage hosting” button, then “MySQL Databases.” There you can create the database.

The second step in the tutorial is “Changing default directory for domain.” I’d suggest skipping this step. Usually, it is unnecessary, but if you are a webmaster who knows what you doing, go ahead.

The third step in the tutorial is “Uploading Files.” In HostMaria’s control panel click on “file manager,” then on “public_html” and this is a place where you upload the files that you purchased on the CodeCanyon website.

Next is “Installation Wizard.” Simply follow the steps and you will end up with your own URL shortening platform.

Url Shortener Installation Wizard.

Inside your URL shortening “admin area” go to “settings” and set up the platform regarding your needs. If you want, you can enable a paid service and sell it to other people. I’d suggest keeping the URL shortening platform for yourself only, but the decision is yours.

So, that’s it! If you will follow these three simple steps, you will have your very own URL shortening platform the same day!

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