It will often have happened to you that you have to send a link of an Internet site to a friend and find yourself having to deal with a web address with a kilometer length. Unfortunately this is the case: those who work as Webmasters or, more generally, in the “behind the scenes” for the creation of an Internet site do not always pay attention to this technical aspect.
Anyway, leaving aside the SEO talk of a website, I guess you are reading this tutorial because you would like to know how to shorten a web address . It’s so true? Well then know that you are in the right place! In fact, I am going to give you several suggestions that I am sure you will find very useful.
Shortening a web address is a rather simple procedure to carry out and there are various tools to do it: below you will find listed some of those that I think are among the best. So take a few minutes of free time, carefully read the information I am about to give you and choose the one that best suits your needs. I’m sure you will find everything you need to be able to reach your goal!
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How to shorten web address
If you want to share a website or web page whose URL is very long, you can choose to shorten the address in question to simplify the submission process. In this regard, you can use, both from PC and from smartphone / tablet, one of the services that I will show you in the next chapters, which all allow you to shorten the address of an Internet site in a few clicks, or taps.
I warn you that, although some of the services can be used for free, the subscription to a subscription may be necessary in case you want to access additional features, such as viewing statistics or customizing shortened URLs. Find all the information you need below.
One of the most well-known online services that allow you to shorten a Web address quickly is the one offered by the website . It is one of the most famous and used tools that allows you to customize a URL, shortening it with a custom wording.
This service is free paid planin its basic version and can also be used without registering, but in the latter case it only allows you to shorten links and not to customize the final part (the one after ” /”) or have the tracking of click on the link and detailed statistics for the same. There is one , from $ 29 / month, which allows you to customize up to 1,500 links by also changing the initial part (ie “ /”) and replacing it with your own brand.
So if you want to use it, the first thing I recommend you do is connect to its official website . After that, if you do not want to register because you only want to shorten a web address and you are not interested in personalizing it and / or looking at its statistics, you will only have to paste the link in the text field that you will see on the screen, at the bottom, in the Shorten your link box .
Then, to shorten the link entered, just press the Shorten button . Once this step is done, a small box will appear on the screen that will show you the URL of the shortened link. Then just click the Copy button to copy the link in a reduced format to the clipboard.
If, on the other hand, you have decided that you want to use this service in an advanced way, by customizing the shortened link, then you will have to proceed to register for free . To do this, simply click on the Sign up button that you can see located in the upper right corner of the home page. You can sign up with email or Google account .
After registration, to shorten a URL and customize it, you will need to click on the orange Create button which is located in the upper right corner. After that, in the Enter Long URL text field , you will have to paste the URL you want to shorten and, finally, you will have to press the Create button .
In the new section that you will see on the screen, you can then customize the final wording of the shortened link by referring to the Customize back-half section . When finished, then press the Save button to confirm the operation.
An online tool, equally valid, which can shorten the address of a Web site is T.ly . It is an extremely easy and immediate service that can be used for free (up to 3 URLs), including also public statistics. Alternatively, you can subscribe to a subscription plan (starting at $ 5 / month) which allows you to create more shortened links and private statistics.
To use T.ly for free and without registration, simply paste the URL to be shortened in the Past a link to shorten it box . Then press the Shorten button to generate the URL: using the Copy button on the side you can copy the new URL to the clipboard, while pressing the Stats item you will be redirected to the statistics.
To use, instead, the additional features of this service, you must first register an account (with a 4-day trial version, then you will have to pay the subscription), by pressing the Sign up button at the top and providing your name , the email address and password to be associated. In the dashboard, in the Links tab , paste the URL in the appropriate box and press the Shorten button . Through the gear icon , you can access advanced statistics, change the shortened URL, as well as generate a QR code
Among the services that allow you to type or copy the address of a website and get a shorter one, there is also the historical TinyURL , much appreciated and used by many users for years.
The first thing you need to do to use it is to connect to its official website . Then enter the address of the website you want to shorten in the Enter a long URL to make TinyURL text field and click the Make TinyURL button ! .
If you wish, first hit the Make TinyURL! you can customize the final wording of the URL to be shortened. Just type a few letters, numbers or dashes into the Alias text field .
After carrying out these operations, you will only have to wait for the upload to finish and, in the side section that is shown to you, you will be able to see the new web address shortened by TinyURL.
In case the custom wording you have set is not available, you will be presented with the shortened URL with a randomly generated wording. If not, you will be able to see the shortened URL, which will present the alias you set up at the end.
At this point, you can copy the shortened URL by pressing the Copy button . The link will be saved to your computer (or mobile device) clipboard, so you can share it wherever you want.
Urly is another noteworthy service, which stands out for its particularly simple and minimal user interface.
All you have to do to use it is to connect to its official website and type or paste the URL to be shortened in the text field you see on the screen. As you can see, the user interface of the service is presented in Italian, therefore, to shorten the URL typed or pasted, just press the Shorten button .
Once this is done, you will see the URL you typed in an abbreviated format. Unfortunately you will not be able to rename it with a custom wording, but you can easily share it using the Share button or by pressing the QR Code button , in order to obtain a QR code .
You can use this tool for free without registering, however you can press on the Login> Register items located at the top right and fill in the text fields you will see on the screen to proceed with the registration and thus take advantage of additional features, such as statistics.
If you have a website designed with WordPress , you should know that you can easily get the shortened URLs of the published articles, using the Jetpack plugin .. In fact, through the free version of this add-on (and without having to connect your website with), you can easily get the shortened version of any URL of your domain in format.
What you need to do is install Jetpack on your WordPress site: you can do this by accessing the Plugins> Add new panel and searching for the term “jetpack” through the appropriate search engine . After identifying the plugin in question, made by Automattic , press the Install now and Activate buttons . At this point, through the side menu, click on the Jetpack item and press the configuration button in the center of the page.
Now all you have to do is wait a few moments and skip the process of creating a login account completely . In the Shortlinks section Settings tab of the Jetpack Traffic , then move to ON the lever located under the heading and you’re done!
When you edit an article or create a new one, you will find in the area at the top the Get Shortlinks button through which you can get the shortened URL. In the block view of the editor, on the other hand, by pressing on the Jetpack logo located at the top right in the Shortlinks section, you will find the shortened URL to copy.