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ETH Simple Shortlinks


WordPress 3.0 introduced a native shortlinks feature, which builds URLs using query strings. This plugin converts those URLs to ones using pretty permalinks, which makes for a nicer-looking URL and improves shortlinks’ ability to be cached.

Posts and pages are supported by default, while filters make it possible to support other post types.

For example, becomes


  1. Upload the plugin files to the /wp-content/plugins/eth-simple-shortlinks directory, or install the plugin through the WordPress plugins screen directly.
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ screen in WordPress.
  3. Flush your site’s rewrite rules by visiting Settings > Permalinks.


Can I customize a shortlink?

No, shortlinks use the posts’ IDs, so aren’t available for modification.

Why aren’t redirects validated?

Sites may use plugins that allow a post object’s permalink to be set to an external URL, and this plugin is designed to respect those plugins.

If you wish to validate the redirects issued by this plugin, you can use the eth_simple_shortlinks_redirect_url filter to apply wp_validate_redirect() to the destination URL.

After upgrading to 0.6, redirects stopped working

Beginning with release 0.6, before performing a redirect, the plugin checks that the post type and post status are supported. Previously, these checks were only applied when overriding an object’s shortlink.

If, after upgrading, redirects stop working, use the eth_simple_shortlinks_allowed_post_types and eth_simple_shortlinks_allowed_post_statuses filters to permit additional types and statuses, or use the eth_simple_shortlinks_verify_requested_post_support filter to disable the supports checks.


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Contributors & Developers

“ETH Simple Shortlinks” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.




  • Fix translation support.


  • Introduce filters in redirection handling.
  • Apply supported post-type and post-status checks before redirecting.
  • Conform to WordPress VIP’s Coding Standards.


  • Admin notices when permalinks won’t support the plugin
  • Disable plugin functionality when permalink structure is incompatible
  • Translation support


  • Initial release