Whether you call it the "slug", "permalink" or "URL" the web address can get a bit messy and complicated, depending on your WordPress settings, so I've cleaned things up little for my personal website and blog. Traditionally, for various reasons, the URL web address would include a date element, such as the year and month of publication, and often a category element as well.
All that extra information in the address bar isn't necessary these days, so I've decided to keep it simple. Now all you will see when looking at a single post on this site is the blog title.
Having made the changes to my permalink slug settings, I need to look after any links to my site that use the old URL format, so I've installed a WordPress PlugIn called "Change Permalink Helper" which will automatically re-direct visitors to the new format address.
It seems I have a strange obsession with internet domain names, I now own 15 of them. It all started with our smjbk.com family domain in 2009, primarily for custom email addresses and then a family website. Over the next few years I added a couple more domains and blogs.
When the domain industry started to allow new domain extensions (in addition to traditional dot-com and dot-net) I started to think about clever domain names that would make great web sites and even registered vic.pics with the idea to make a website full of Victorian Pictures, and then pictures.melbourne for photos of the Victorian capital.
Somewhere along the line I also registered the domain you’re reading now (simonyeo.id.au) for my personal ramblings.
Recently I started paying attention to the short URLs companies where using to Tweet links without using too many characters. There’s tinyurl.com, bit.ly, wp.me, tnw.to, bombe.rs, awe.sm, ow.ly and many more. (I even laughed at ninemsn.com.au who use short.ninem.sn for their Twitter links – both URLs have 12 characters!) When I came across a programme called YOURLS – a free URL shortener available to be installed on my web host (Crazy Domains) – I got the idea to register my own short URL domain. I now also own sy.id.au
Here’s a couple of my own short URL links I’ve created that link to earlier blog posts;