- Version: 0.9.3
- Try it: Simple URLs
Plugin Review Summary
Most affiliate link masking plugins use page based redirects that can cause permalink conflicts and performance issues. Simple URLs uses custom post types and 301 redirects so scalability and performance are priority. Highly recommended.
What is Simple URLs?
Simple URLs is a complete URL management plugin that takes advantage of custom post types and uses 301 redirects to achieve its goals. It allows you to track and shorten links; especially long, ugly affiliate links.
It simply adds a new custom post type to your WordPress Admin menu, where you can create, edit, delete, and manage URLs. It uses custom fields to store click counts so scalability is fantastic.
The URL structure that is created uses
/go/ (e.g. http://yourdomain.com/go/something)
How to use the Simple URLs plugin
Simply install the plugin and navigate to Settings > Permalinks and click Save Changes (you don’t need to change anything, just save).
You should now have a Simple URLs menu item below your Pages menu item in the WordPress Admin. From there you can create, manage and view clicks on as many URLs as you’d like to add.
Simple URLs plugin Support
If you’re getting a
404 Not Found error when trying to access your new URLs, chances are you forgot to navigate to Settings > Permalinks and click Save Changes (you don’t need to change anything, just save).
All other support questions can be directed towards the WordPress.org support forums.