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20 Ways to Shorten a URL

If you need to shorten a long URL try this list of 20 free online redirection services.

A URL shortener is a way to make a long Web address (URL - Uniform Resource Locator) shorter. URL shortening services are online tools and services that allow you to provide a long URL to a specific webpage and obtain a much shorter URL from the service provider.

How Does it Work?

A URL shortener works because of a Web server function called a “Redirect” (URL redirection). Basically the new URL (the short URL) will redirect users to the old URL (your long URL).

List of Free URL Shorten Services

If you need to shorten a long URL try this list of 20 free online redirection services.

Did You Know...

There are a number of phrases and words used to describe services that will create a short URL. The list of names include URL redirection, URL forward, URL generator, URL shortener, URL shortening, URL shrink and URL shrinker. Today, URL shortener and URL shrinker tend to be the most commonly used.


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