Simple Short Links

Automatically advertise shortlinks on your blog's domain using WordPress native ID forwarding.

Author:Robert Chapin (miqrogroove) (profile at
WordPress version required:3.0
WordPress version tested:3.9
Plugin version:1.6.1
Added to WordPress repository:27-12-2009
Last updated:10-04-2014
Warning! This plugin has not been updated in over 2 years. It may no longer be maintained or supported and may have compatibility issues when used with more recent versions of WordPress.
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As of WordPress 3.0, most of this plugin's original features have been incorporated into WordPress itself. WordPress adds shortlinks to most pages by default. This plugin simply adds a settings page where you can easily make some minor adjustments.

WordPress shortlinks are useful for micro-blogging, by using your own domain instead of a 3rd-party short URL service.

The URLs are automatically added to the HTTP and HTML headers of each post, page, attachment, and category.

A template tag enables you to display a human-readable link in addition to the automatically generated headers. Use of human-readable links is highly encouraged, because Google is known to favor them and rank them higher than some longer URLs. This has the effect of boosting the rank of URLs that were deemed "too long" by Google's standards. Also, in many mobile web browsers, the easiest way for a visitor to find a short link is by seeing it somewhere on the page.

The template tag idea can be extended further with CSS code for print media, which could ensure that each article's short link URL is printed along with the article. This will make it much easier for the user to return to the article after reading a hard copy.