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Application: Shorty - Dec 26 2012
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Question:Hello.
Thank you for making this great app for ownCloud.

I notice that it's possible to use several different backends with Shorty.
Do you think that, eventually, would it be possible to add yourls (http://yourls.org) to that list?

Since the idea of ownCloud is to allow us total control of our personal cloud system, I would like to extend that to Shorty by using an open source url shortener that can also be installed on my own box.

Thank you!
Pedro Fardilha





Answer:Thanks for the suggestion.

That yourls.org solution looks like a fine thing, expecially since it is free software and appears to be very flexible.

However I think that supporting it as a additional backend option from within the Shorty app makes little sense:
Shorty itself already does url shortening. The only reason why the use of external backends is offered in that process is this: the most crucial aspect in the total length of the resulting shortened url is the length of the domain name the short url points to. Most users simply don't have control over a domain with such a short name. This is where external shortening services come in handy. That's all.
If however you consider to use the yourls.org solution then most likely you do have control over a domain with such a short name. Usage simply makes little sense without. but in that case: just use Shortys internal static backend option instead of an additional software suite. You just have to setup a short rewriting rule inside your http server and all is fine and ready. Shorty assists you in that configuration. And you need control over that web servers administration anyway if you plan to install the yourls.org solution.

So after all: additional support for that fine solution simply makes little sense...





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