For some reason I’ve wanted to create my own URL shortener just for my stuff for some time now. It’s finally here: the jbe.me URL shortener. Now, I’m the only one that can use the service; it’s only for my links, but when you see a jbe.me URL you at least know it will link to something I’ve done.
It was super simple to setup.
First of all, I had to buy the jbe.me domain name ( think J B dot ME ). Unfortunatly jb.me is not a valid domain, I’m sure someone much more important than I will grab it. Anyway, jbe.me was the next best thing.
One I had the domain I installed the YOURLS (You Own URL Shortener) script at that location. It’s a series of scripts that talks to a MySQL database with some pretty cool bookmarklets and an API. The API was key for the next step: the Twitter Tools extension. As many people know, I use twitter tools to post new blog entries to my twitter profile. Since I want to get as much of my URL-shortening as possible done through the jbe.me shortener now I needed to get twitter tools to use the new system. Twitter Tools has it’s own api that will let you create a shortener for any service that you could think of with some hooks that it install for WordPress. Then I threw a plugin together using the YOURLS API and now when I publish a post, Twitter Tools uses the jbe.me shortener to shorten the URLs. Pretty Cool.
The plugin isn’t public, only because I thought that there wouldn’t really be anyone else who would need something like this. YOURLS does have it’s own plugin, but I don’t think it integrates with Twitter Tools and that was a deal breaker for me. If there’s anyone else that would like this plugin just let me know and I’ll polish it up and put it in the plugin directory.
I’m sure there’s a better way to do this, but I’ve run some test and it seems to be performing decently.
The only drawback that I have seen on this whole process is the speed of my shared hosting account. I’m pretty sure it’s the actual bandwidth and not a MySQL issue. As always, I’ll keep trying to increase the performance of this.