The Glurl.co URL shortener is a service that reduces the size of long URL's so they can be accessed with fewer characters and thus be easily shared between friends in emails, tweets, Facebook and other social media. Below are some frequently asked questions that may help you better understand how the Glurl.co works.
There are several ways you shorten a URL with Glurl.co. The easiest way is go to http://glurl.co and paste the URL you want to shorten in the specific box. Click on "Shorten" and you'll see your Glurl.co short URL that can be copied and pasted where you want.
If you want to track statistics for your short URL, log in Glurl.co before shorten your URL. Your shortened URL will automatically be added to your URL's history.
People share a lot of links online. As some services, like Twitter, have character limits, status updates and other modes of short form publishing must be summed, and a short URL leaves more space to say what you think.
Moreover, with a short URL is easier to remember later an address you want to access and we can preserve a link to a specific web page even if the URL to that page changes in the future. Besides, with the storage and analysis of your URL's history, you can save your URL's online and track who accesses your links and that these people are interested in. A great way to monitor your online audience and understand where your promotional efforts are having the biggest impact!
We aim to always keep this free and public service, with the following benefits:
The Glurl.co short URL's are binary and generated according to a specific logic that does not allow duplicate values to the same destination, except in specific cases you suggest a code, called "alias", for a long URL (see below) or if you are connected to Glurl.co and want your short URL stored on your URL's history.
Moreover, the Glurl.co short URL's are:
The short URLs to long URLs mappings are publicly accessible. This means that anyone can use a short URL to access a destination page. However, in some cases, you may decide not to make completely public some information associated with a short URL. To do this, you need to connect to Glurl.co and uncheck the box "Make public the short URL" below the field where you must enter your long URL in Glurl.co Homepage or in http://glurl.co/home.html. If you choose to check this box, the short URL informations were visible to the public. You can still change the privacy mode of a URL using the button specific (like a padlock) in your URL's history.
If you choose not to "Make public the short URL", users can still access your short URL, however can not see the statistics by typing ".details" after the short URL. This information will be accessible only to the short URL owner. For security reasons, information such as the page title, the destination and page preview are still accessible. All these data are publicly available if you choose to check the box "Make public the short URL".
Yes. To do this you need to customize your short URL code providing an "alias" to your short URL or be connected to Glur.co. When connecting to Glurl.co, all URL's provided by you earn an exclusive short address so you be sure the stats we collect are specifically for your audience.
To customize a shortened URL, visit http://glurl.co/home.html after logging in, paste the long URL in specific box and enter an "*" at the end followed by the code (alias) of your choice. For example, if you put www.site.com*name, the short address http://glurl.co/name will direct to www.site.com. The codes can contain letters, numbers and symbols "-" and "_" and must be at most 10 characters. Glurl.co does not allow repeated "alias" so that if a chosen code has already been used, the site will ask you to use another.
If you are not connected to Glurl.co or not provide a custom URL, the system generates a random non-repeated short URL if the long URL was not shortened previously. If the long URL has already been provided by another user, the site returns the address corresponding to it. We do this for economy reasons and to avoid data redundancy. If you provide a custom URL or is connected to Glurl.co, the site generates a new short URL regardless your long URL has been previously provided. Moreover, Glurl.co provides different functionality based on whether or not you are connected:
All URL's that was shortened for you while connected to Glurl.co are stored in your URL's history and can be accessed by clicking on your name in the top right bar and then on "My URL's history". URL's History is the easiest way to organize and track information of your short links!
In your URL's history you can:
Your URL's history is not accessible to the public and requires proper authentication using an Glurl.co account.
Even not being connected or not having a history of URL's, you can:
Note: To learn about other functions that can be accessed in this way, please visit our blog.
The Glurl.co provides the following safeguards to address user privacy issues:
Yes. For example, email address are converted into short URL's and can be accessed normally. To learn how we handle email addresses read our blog.
Yes. By default, all image URL (ending in .jpg, .jpeg, .png or .gif) are automatically recognized. If you are connected to Glurl.co, you can also send images to our server and treat them in the same way as other URL.
We take the following measures to provide safety for your short URL's:
We know that such prevention practices can be fallible and do our best to improve them constantly.
You can help us maintain the quality and safety of our links reporting the abuse and malicious use of our services. To do so, use our form to report abuse.
Yes. This requires you to download a HTML file with your favorite links collected from your browser. After saving the file on your computer, simply send it to Glurl by using the link 'Import from your bookmarks' at your URLs directory's home (required to connect to Glurl).
Yes, you can automatically provide to your website's or blog's readers a short URL in order to share and monitor their content on social networks. To put a Glurl.co link on your website or blog, you must use our API . Learn how to use our API by visiting our blog.
Alternatively, you can use our browser extensions to shorten a URL directly from your Chrome, Firefox or Safari browsers, without the need to access our site. Each extension adds a button in your browser to quickly shorten the page URL you are viewing at that moment.
By checking "save a cached destination copy" option you will be enabling the storage of a destination page/image copy in the Glurl.co server. This is useful in cases where a page or image is no longer available at the original destination (due to server failure or 404 error) and prevents access to broken links. To view the cached version of a destination page or image, simply type ".cache" after the short URL. Example: glurl.co/abc.cache