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URL Shortener

This plugin allows you to generate shortlinks for post/pages using URL Shorteners (e.g. Bit.ly, Su.pr, YOURLS, Goo.gl and many others).

Notice: I've have since stopped development of this plugin as I feel that the state of URL Shortening services seems to have converged and there isn't much more progress I have in the pipeline for this plugin.

URL Shortener allows you to generate shortlinks for post/pages using URL Shorteners (e.g. Bit.ly, Su.pr and many others), with a few additional features.

Please check your settings when upgrading to Version 4.0 from previous versions prior to it.

What's New with 4.0

  • QR Code Support (using Google Chart API)
  • Additional Shorteners (Goo.gl, dlvr.it, yourls)
  • Nice ID links with QR Code (i.e. http://your_site/123.qr)
  • Version 4.0 features completely refactored code once again. Now includes classes which allows developers to easily extend the plugin.


  • Automatic generation of a Short URL/Shortlinks
  • Cached Shortlink - thus generated only once.
  • Choose to generate shortlinks using permalinks or the posts ID (e.g. http://your_site/index.php?p=123).
  • Relatively extensive shortlink support
  • Action Hooks available for other plugins to utilize generated shortlinks (From Ver 3.0 Onwards)
  • Nice ID links - http://your_site/123 instead of http://your_site/index.php?p=123
  • Shortcode support (Ver 3.1): Place [shortlink] in your article where you want to display the shortened url.
  • Append a link to short URL below your post content (Ver 3.1.1)

Refer to the documentation/wiki page at http://wiki.fusedthought.com/docs/url-shortener-wordpress-plugin for more information (eg. installation guide and known issues etc).

Services currently supported are:

  • goo.gl (beta)
  • bit.ly
  • tinyurl
  • is.gd
  • Su.pr
  • snipurl / Snurl / Snipr / Sn.im / Cl.lk
  • cl.gs
  • chilp.it
  • smsh (aka sm00sh)
  • urli.nl
  • unfake.it
  • awe.sm
  • Voizle
  • Interdose API
  • dlvr.it


  • Ping.fm (Will be suspended until they reopen their API)

Available Template Tags

On-demand shortening function:

<?php fts_shorturl('http://www.google.com', 'bitly'); ?>

To show the generated links::

<?php fts_show_shorturl($post); ?>

Or if WordPress 3.0:

<?php the_shortlink(); ?>


Available hooks and filters

  • fts_use_shortlink (Action Hook)
  • fts_filter_shortlink (Filter)

Future Versions and on:

  • More services/features can be added upon request (http://code.google.com/p/url-shortener-plugin/issues/list)
  • Do note that due to my increasing need to concentrate on my studies, and a lack of financial contribution from such plugin development, I cannot possibly accede to all requests.

Support via:

Requires: 2.7 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.1.4
Last Updated: 2 years ago
Active Installs: 1,000+


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