After Goo.gl, there seems to be a hole to be filled for a good, free, and easy URL shortening service. Pretty Links WordPress plugin can be installed and URL shortened with a domain_name.com/pretty_link, however, it was not convenient and quick.
Then came along Rebrandly. Not only does it exceed the expectation for a simple and easy URL shortener service, but it offers more in terms of its offerings and capability.
Some advantages of Rebrandly URL shortening service:
- Public shortening service without signup
- Option to route a subdomain of your domain to Rebrandly to decrease your server load and look more professional
- Stats available for both public and subdomain-connected shortened links
- Browser extensions and apps
How to shorten a URL with Rebrandly?
There are at least 3 ways to accomplish this:
- RB.GY or access it from Rebrandly.com – free
- Rebrand.ly/custom-name – free with signup
- custom-name.example-domain.com/custom-name – free with signup and connected subdomain
How to connect a subdomain to Rebrandly?
Go to Rebrandly->Domains
Click New Domain
You may have to set your SSL to flexible at your hosting or Cloud e.g. Cloudflare. Otherwise, skip over to adding your DNS record.
Alternatively, just bookmark Rebrandly Dashboard to your Bookmark bar for frequent access.
How to use Rebrandly free URL shortener without signup?
How to see the stats for shortened links?
Just add + at the end of shortened URL for stats in the URL bar and enter.
But your subdomain links stats are protected from public eyes.
How to create and save Rebrandly links without connected subdomains?
Just sign up for a Rebrandly account and go to Rebrandly->Links->New Links.
What are some examples of Rebrandly links?
What about high volume and teams for short URLs?
Rebrandly has more pricing information here.
Why do I need a good URL shortener for my business or blog?
Long URLs simply do not look good. A short URL with your domain name will look more professional. For example, Instagram descriptions do not allow clickable hyperlinks, a human-friendly URL link can be helpful.
What is an alternative to Rebrandly?
bitly is a popular links management platform, however, their free accounts do not include branded links.
How to post to multiple social media networks for free?
Please read Post To Many Social Media At Once For Free.