You can brand your website better on social media by creating your own customized short URLs. Your own Short URLs simply means you would be able to create short URLs with your own domain name.
Step-1 Register a Domain at SANGKRIT.net
To start first Register a short domain with us. Bit.ly is a free short URL service so sign up a Bit.ly account then login and click on the ‘Settings‘ present on dropdown menu of your username. From the settings page, click the ‘Advanced‘ tab. Follow the instructions and add your new registered small domain name.
Step-2 Setup A Record
Now you will be needing to set A Record or say DNS Host for your domain to point to bit.ly’s IP address.
If you have registered Domain with us then you will find A record is located under the “Total DNS” tab, simply login and add DNS record and point it to the IP 126.96.36.199 (which is Bit.ly’s IP).
In-case if you are using a sub-domain name then in that case you will be needing to set a CNAME record and then point it to cname.bitly.com
Step-3: Website Verification
It takes from 2 to 24 to 48 hours for DNS changes to propagate. You will get know about successful DNS setup at the time you would be able to set your custom short domain as default domain in your bit.ly account settings. Once the process is finished, any URL shorten from your website will automatically use your new domain name. That’s all.
WordPress users may also give a try to WP Bit.ly plugin with which you can auto create short URLs for your posts, pages and other content types right from the admin area (on post edit screen). Assuming you have already configured your bit.ly account, install and activate WP Bit.ly plugin then navigate to Dashboard -> Settings -> WP Bit.ly page. Type in your Bit.ly Username, the API Key, select post types and save the changes. That’s it, you can check it by opening any post for edit and clicking ‘Get Shortlink‘ button.
Also read our tutorial on easily creating your own URL shortner webservice.