I love using URL shorteners to easily share links without hitting character limits, but they loose their meaning. Services like bit.ly will save my links for me so that I can find them, but I would rather them to be easy to remember. https://bit.ly/2ruLwQz does not roll of the tongue so well.
I recently discovered a really cool feature of netlify that I have always looked past,
_redirects. It is so simple cool and powerful, every netlify site should do this!
simply add a
_redirects file to the root of your your published site with the following format. The trick I found with my gatsby site was that it needed to be in my static directory
/static/_redirects, not root. Next you just put space separated links on separate lines. #'s can be used for comments.
# netlify redirects # from_url to_url # Short-Blog /blog/scli /blog/simple-click/ /blog/cmdt /blog/cmd-exe-tips/ . . . # splats /b* /blog/:splat /n* /notes/:splat # External /twitter https://twitter.com/_WaylonWalker /github https://github.com/WaylonWalker /devto https://dev.to/waylonwalker/
Now with shorter links we have more space for our content without needing to use a service like bit.ly that makes our links unreadable.
![url shortener](https://images.waylonwalker.com/URL shortener.png)