Webopedia on Google+Webopedia on TwitterWebopedia on FacebookTech Bytes Blog
Main » Quick Reference »

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.


The Problem with Statistics

We look at a few of the more troubling aspects of statistics and how these may be used to advance an agenda or skew the facts to someone's... Read More »

29 Free Android Apps for Cash-Strapped Students

From wacky alarm clocks to lecture hall tools and after class entertainment, these Android apps are a good fit for a student's life and budget. Read More »

Sharing Threat Intelligence

A growing number of startups make the sharing of threat intelligence a key part of their solutions. Read More »

The 7 Layers of the OSI Model

The Open System Interconnection (OSI) model defines a networking framework to implement protocols in seven layers. Use this handy guide to compare... Read More »

Network Fundamentals Study Guide

Networking fundamentals teaches the building blocks of modern network design. Learn different types of networks, concepts, architecture and... Read More »

Computer Architecture Study Guide

This Webopedia  study guide describes the different parts of a computer system and their relations. Read More »