Creating redirects for hard-to-remember URLs is quite useful. You can use it to create URLs you can easily give to people outside your organization. “Just visit http://mycompany.com/meeting to schedule a meeting” is easier to tell people than giving them a long, complicated link to a meeting scheduling page. You can use public link-shortening services to create short links.
Public link-shortening services
- http://TinyUrl.com is the earliest, free link-shortening service.
- http://bit.ly is more recent and much better known.
Creating redirects on your own site
There are many ways to create your own redirects, depending on your level of comfort with technology and your specific website configuration.