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