I recently migrated my blog from Github pages to Netlify and so far it’s been an awesome experience! Netlify gives you so much for free it almost feels like stealing! If you’re hosting some static content on github pages or S3 or somewhere, I highly recommend you check them out especially if you have a static gen build process.
One of the cool features Netlify gives you is configuring
301 redirects using a simple
_redirects file in the root of your site. For example:
/home / /news /blog
It also supports external urls so can do things like:
Pair this with a short domain (Netlify supports custom domains for free!) and you can create your own shortened urls just by adding lines to this file.
For example, I have a netlify site configured with the domain
pugh.pw and connected to a github repo with this in my redirects file:
Now http://pugh.pw/vim will take me to my
.vimrc file so if I need to
ssh into a new linux machine I can easily fetch my
vimrc with a quick
When would you use this?
This is perfect if you want to make some short memorable urls that you control yourself. Services like Bitly are convenient for quick one-off links but you’re depending on a third party service and you don’t always have complete control over what the url will look like.
This probably isn’t for you if you need features like analytics or creating a large number of links, in which case you might want to look at some more full featured open source options for self hosting a url shortener.
But with such a simple setup and being able to quickly add links by editing the file through the github UI, this is great for creating some personally branded urls or convenient shortcut links.