Using a URL shortening service for a long URL makes it more manageable, eye-catching and appealing for potential visitors to a page; increasing the influx of visitors, which is vital for a website that generates its revenue with clicks or advertisements viewed. URL shorteners are a good way to earn extra cash, if you’d like to create a service for yourself and/or other people to shorten pages with a lengthy URL, you’ll need to follow these steps.
First, you’d need to design the mySQL database effectively with relevant information. If you’re wanting to provide a service, have one table with the URL mapping and another with the corresponding user that created the short URL request. URL mapping is only needed if you are the sole user of the software. The best language to use to allow the generating of a short URL from a long URL would be PHP and mySQL. You’d need to create a URL shortener class, you’ll have to use a PHP data object to link the database with the shortener class. Once the shortener class has been initialized, the code will have to pass the PHP data object, then prompt the user to input a long URL for conversion, then the code must specify the short URL prefix, then call the function you’ve already made in the shortener class to retrieve the short URL then save it to the database. Then the short URL just made should be retrieved in the database when the link is put in then the person should be redirected to the long URL. Short URLs are great for eye-catching links but pose few security risks, more so for the user, such as bypassing internet security software, or tricking someone into going on a phishing website.