I am pleased to announce the initial release of ReRoute v0.0.1! I have been working on this application for a few weeks now, and it is at the point where I wanted to have its initial release.
ReRoute is an application that creates a URL on your own domain (such as pwlk.net) such that when someone directs their browser to the newly created URL, it reroutes them to a different URL, most likely not on your domain.
Let me give you an example:
No one wants to be sent a URL that looks like this:
So use ReRoute to create a URL that looks like this:
Make a little more sense now?
Two main uses for ReRoute is to create less visually-offensive URLs like in the example above where we converted a Google Maps URL to a very short and tidy Pwlk URL. Another use for ReRoute is to mask the targeted URL from users of your site when they mouse over a hyperlink. This could be very benefitial with regards to affiliate links.
I have a very simple install script that walks you through all the preferences of the application, and there is a great admin screen that will help you moderate all the URLs that are created with the application.
Please visit /apps/reroute for more information and instructions on how to download/install/use ReRoute.