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Using Google URL Shortener tool

An OSTraining member asked how he could add a long external link to their site.

Generally you want to keep URLs short so you can share them and embed them into your page (long URLs can break on small screens).

I recommended the Google URL shortener tool. It's easy to use and can also provide analytics for you.

  • Go to https://goo.gl/ (notice the short URL?)
  • Enter your original URL and click "Shorten URL".
  • You can now copy the link and use it. If you select "Details" it will give you a break down of the users and number of times the link has been used.

About the author

Daniel is a web designer from UK, who's a friendly and helpful part of the training community.