Top 5 URL Shortener Services

The full address of a (www.) World Wide Web page also called a URL (Uniform Resource Locator) can be just a domain i.e. ( or ( and in addition there may be several pages, subdirectories, or commands after your URL, i.e. (

URL shortening is a process and technique of converting a long Uniform Resource Locator (URL) to a shorter one. A shortened URL will be easier to remember and share with others, the short URL directs a web browser to the original long URL by a process called URL redirection.

When Google nixed their URL shortener service, I was left with only a few options. None of them was simple enough for my needs, so as a web developer, I decided to create one. My URL shortener service has shortened over 1300 URL in 76 days since its creation. That’s about 17 URLs per day. The keys features I wanted when developing were simple and easy to use (no login required), no unnecessary features.

There are hundreds of popular services to shorten URLs across the web, but the most popular are the following:

And my favorite (I’m biased)