This plugin hasn’t been tested with the latest 3 major releases of WordPress. It may no longer be maintained or supported and may have compatibility issues when used with more recent versions of WordPress.

Official Bitly for WordPress


With our new WordPress plug-in you can automatically create Bitly links for new posts and have those short links pushed to your pre-existing social sharing tools. Additionally, you can show a Bitly sidebar widget that displays your most popular or most recent bitmarks OR displays the top results from the bitly universe for a search term of your choosing.

This plugin uses the Bitly API ( all links are stored in WordPress and with Bitly.


  1. Install the plugin either via the plugin directory, or by uploading the files to your server.
  2. After activating the plugin, you will need to visit the plugin’s settings page to finish the setup for link shortening.
  3. If you want to use the sidebar widget, you should see a ‘Bitly Bitmarks’ under your Available Widgets (under your WP Appearance settings) which you can drag into the main sidebar
  4. That’s it. You’re ready to go!


What sharing tools does this work with?

We have tested it on the following sharing tools:
Wordpress Jetpack,
Facebook (official facebook plugin),
Really simple Facebook Twitter Share

We also tested it on the following themes:
Twenty Twelve,
Twenty Eleven,
Annotum Base,
Custom Community,

How does the plugin handle previously created posts?

Posts that were created prior to installing the plugin will only get a bitly short link when someone actually visits the old post. This will result in old posts showing up in your public bitly bitmark stream ( unless you have set your default bitmark privacy settings to “Private” at


Reliable plugin but not maintained, broken in 4.5.1

The latest version of WordPress with this plugin breaks writing new posts and pages. I’ve used this plugin since I started using WordPress and always depended on it, but now I have had to deactivate the plugin. Would like to use it again if the issue was fixed.

crashed official shorten url comflict with gplus and twiiter

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Contributors & Developers

“Official Bitly for WordPress” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.




  • Bug fixes, new check for cURL install and optional Bitly QuickCopy implementation.


  • Clarification for error messages.