Jacob Mulquin

Simple PHP Redirector

Make your own short URL service

✍️ Jacob Mulquin
📅 05/12/2021

I've developed some Microsoft Forms for RLA over the past few days and find the URLs are ridiculous, even their shortened version.

Here's a super simple script I whipped up so we can offer clients an easy to remember link:


$routes = [
    '/' => 'https://mulquin.com',
    '/google' => 'https://google.com',
    '/bing' => 'https://bing.com'

$route = $_SERVER['REQUEST_URI'];
$redirect_to = $routes['/'];

if (in_array($route, array_keys($routes))) {
    $redirect_to = $routes[$route];

header('Location: ' . $redirect_to);

The code is quite self evident, if you navigate to /google it will redirect to https://google.com.

Obviously this script is not ideal long-term for a few reasons:

For this to work on an Apache server, you need to setup a simple .htaccess file:

RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule ^.*$ /index.php [L,QSA]

I hope this can be helpful for you.