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Change to simple slugs

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.

Traditional URL permalink slug showing blog category and date elements

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.

The new look simple slug permalink, showing just the post title after the domain name.

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.

Screenshot of the Change Permalink Helper WordPress PlugIn

My own short URL domain

It seems I have a strange obsession with internet domain names, I now own 15 of them.  It all started with our 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 with the idea to make a website full of Victorian Pictures, and then for photos of the Victorian capital.

Somewhere along the line I also registered the domain you’re reading now ( 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,,,,,, and many more.  (I even laughed at who use 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

I probably wont use my personal URL shortener too often, but it was an interesting (and geeky) project to set up.  You can read a little more at and

Here’s a couple of my own short URL links I’ve created that link to earlier blog posts;

Screenshot of my short URL domain in an IE address bar above the WordPress Dashboard

My personal short URL domain