Custom URL Shortener URL that is Custom Short Domain can be easily created using bit.ly URL Shortener service. You can use your own domain’s name easily. Previously we wrote about the setup of Custom URL Shortener URL with Google in Setup own URL Shortener Service for Websites on Rackspace Cloud.
In this guide too, we will show how to Setup own Custom URL Shortener URL With bit.ly using Rackspace Cloud Sites, but the basic thing can be applied with any control panel or from shell.
Prerequisites for Custom URL Shortener URL With bit.ly
- Direct existing Rackspace Cloud users with the domain or subdomain which will be used to Setup Custom URL Shortener.
- Customers of our managed WordPress service just needs to request us.
- To Setup own Custom URL Shortener URL, actually a CNAME record is needed.
Steps to Setup Custom URL Shortener
Login to your bit.ly account, and go to settings :
Click “Add a Custom Short Domain” link on the page that opens up :
Add the name you wish to use as custom url shortener url, we have used a.ghosh.biz for this guide to setup Custom URL Shortener URL. So, from Rackspace Control Panel, we will add :
CNAME in your DNS record should point to cname.bitly.com for Custom URL Shortener setup. Now click verify from your bit.ly account to complete the process.
This is it. Its very easy to have Custom URL Shortener set up properly in this way.
More tips on Custom URL Shortener
In the same way, you can add a custom tracking domain. But unlike Custom URL Shortener, its not CNAME, but it will be a real subdomain like cloud.thecustomizewindows.com ; you have either to add a meta tag or need to upload a HTML file to verify.