URLite - Your own short URLs

URLite - Your own short URLs

Released 7 years ago , Last update 7 years ago

URLite v1.2 allows users to generate shorter URLs, based on their OWN domain names. If you are interested in personalizing everything, this tool is made for you.

URLite (pronounced You Are Lite) is a web-based interface for shortening URLs for easy sharing on social networks such as Facebook and Twitter and for the beautification of links.

This tool is very similar to TinyURL and Bitly, with the main difference being that it allows you to shorten URLs with your own domain names, allowing you to create personalized, branded links without a monthly cost.

Another benefit of URLite is that you can share a short URL which is authorized by you - giving a higher level of trust to the links your share and making it more likely that people will click them. The problem with common URL shortening websites is that they don't perform any security checks on the entered URLs and are used widely - creating a level of distrust since people don't know the exact destination's URLs.

Online demo: http://www.binpress.com/app/demo/app/375

With URLite, your shortened URLs will be trusted by the community around you.

URLite version 1.2 currently supports:

  • Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer
  • Quick and sweet URL shortening tool
  • Quick viewing statistics of your shortened URLs
  • Password protection to avoid outside use
  • 301 permanent redirecting (SEO friendly)
  • Database or file-based implementation

URLite v1.2 comes with 2 different packages - one is database based and the other file-based - for use depending on your environment and needs.


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Personal License

  • Perpetual license

  • 1 site, unlimited servers

  • No distribution (hosted use only)

  • Commercial use

URLite Tiny guide

What is the difference between the 2 packages provided?

  • Package 1: Database-based URLite. This package uses SQLite database to operate URL shortening. Everything, such as destination URL, shortened URL, etc will be recorded into this database. This package is a safe and easy-to-backup solution for the users to use. However, this package requires users to have SQLite installed on the server. You gain my recommendation to use this package if your server has SQLite installed and enabled.

  • Package 2: File-based URLite. This package uses folder-structure to operate URL shortening. So each time an URL is shortened, new directory will be created and people will go to that directory when they visit that shortened URL. This package is quick and easy to use as users don't need to install anything, just upload and run.

How to install and use URLite?

It is really easy to use URLite to produce a short URL. Here are 3 basic steps:

1) Choose a package: choose only 1 of the provided packages that suit you and uncompress it.

2) Installation:. go to the urlite.class.php file, edit the variable $baseURL by changing it into your domain name and the uploaded directory. After that, you only need to upload the whole package into a folder on your web server/hosting. Now here you go.

3) Shorten your first URL: enter a long URL into the first text box, then enter a secret token into the second text box (token is a password). Finally, press Transform and the short URL will appear in the third text box.3.

4) View total visits: just simply add "-hit" (without quotes) at the end of the directory name. For example: http://mydomain.com/abc/ is your shortened URL, to view the total of visits, go to: http://mydomain.com/abc-hit/

Little requirements

If you're using database-based package, then it requires:

  • PHP 5.0
  • SQLite installed and enabled on the server
  • Server supports mod rewrite

If you're using folder-based package, then it only requires:

  • PHP 5.0
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  • J Joel 6 years ago
    I want to make sure that I understand the 'folder' installation. So, for each shortened URL I create URlite creates a folder that contains the redirect information? And, that folder is used for redirection instructions only?
    • Tris Le Publisher 6 years ago
      Joel, you are correct. For those who don't have SQLite enabled on their server, this should be an option. Every time you shorten an URL, a new folder containing a redirecting file will be created. This might result in a number of folders in your directory which is not very recommended.