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Using the u.to URL shortner on your uCoz website
CodeResolution
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Message # 1 | 10:18 AM
In this thread I'm going to briefly mention why the URL shortening tool by uNet will be useful on your uCoz website.

Here is an example of an average link,
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http://www.google.co.uk/#sclient=psy&hl=en&site=&source=hp&q=uCoz&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=&pbx=1&fp=5041473e231b710e


As you can see; it's quite a long URL, no doubt. It’s about 100 characters long and unless it was presented to you in a form that was easy to click, or copy and paste, it might actually be quite difficult to communicate to somebody else: “um … double-u double-u double-u dot google dot co dot uk forward-slash hash key sclient equals psy and-sign hl…” etc. etc. etc. until one of you has had enough. Now compare that link, to what it looks like using the u.to tool; http://u.to/6JqU (quite a big difference)

My point is. Imagine if you was presenting a link like above, on your website. It's not very presentable and will also make your content look a mess. And although there are already plenty of URL shortening services, I fond uNet URL Shortoner the best (I'm not kidding either).

A lot of people reading this might think this has nothing to do with uCoz, but as a fact. It will make your life easier. Luckily, uCoz already has u.to integrated into the online tool already, but if you actually use u.to yourself too, it will make it much better when displaying links to your users. You can even use it to share links to your website on social networks.

So here's how it works:

1] Go to u.to and paste the long URL you wish to shorten into the input box at the top of the page. Click “Shorten now...” and below the box you’ll see a short u.to URL that can be copied and pasted anywhere you’d like to share it.

2] If you’d like to track the analytics of your shortened URL, you can sign in to your uNet account (uID) before shortening your URL. Your shortened URL will automatically be added to your u.to history, where you can track the number of clicks.

It is really as simple as that. One thing is clear. It is easier and more useful to copy a short URL from an e-mail or blog post than a URL that is hundreds of characters long. It’s easier to read out loud too, and easier to tell people about. Putting shortened URLs in your website can save on space and make your website load faster which means a better experience for your visitors.




Links for u.to service:

Kind regards,
Elliott.

"The best uCoz" critic since 2007.
Qualified website, branding, print & user interface designer.

I'm on Behance and Twitter.
Post edited by CreativeCollusions - Tuesday, 2012-02-07, 10:24 AM
Lemmi
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Message # 2 | 12:22 PM
hi there... is ist possible that u.to is out of service right now...??
Paradox
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Message # 3 | 1:11 AM
Lemmi, the u.to service is currently unavailable due to temporary maintenance. wink The team should hopefully have it up again soon - so from my knowledge within the next week.
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Lemmi
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Message # 4 | 11:07 AM
ok, good to know - many thanks for your quick response!
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