I host a RapidWeaver Community page on Google+. As you may know, Google+ community urls are pretty much gibberish and impossible to remember. Check it out…
Pretty horrible, right? In order to give my community a nice URL that could be remembered, I used gplus.to to create an alias that would redirect to the community page: http:gplus.to/rapidweaver. That is so much nicer, right?
All was going great until gplus.to forgot to renew their domain on July 17th. Obviously my nice pretty url no longer worked! Most likely, gplus.to will fix their issues and make sure that it never happens again.
However, what if you wanted to take matters into your own hands? It’s insanely easy to set up your own pretty URL redirects to wherever you want using Apache’s .htaccess file!
Redirect 301 /gplus https://plus.google.com/+JoeWorkman Redirect 301 /twitter https://twitter.com/joeworkman Redirect 301 /facebook https://www.facebook.com/joeworkman Redirect 301 /vimeo https://vimeo.com/joeworkman Redirect 301 /rwplus https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/111498543804519819953
If you place the above code into your .htaccess file on your web server, you will now have nice pretty URLs to all of your social networks. My RapidWeaver community page can now be access via http://joeworkman.net/rwplus.
You never have to again rely on a service to create pretty urls for you!
Now there is nothing stopping you from using this for redirecting to any URL that you want. Maybe you have a not so easy to remember affiliate URL that you want to create a redirect for. This is a great use case for that as well.