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Web Content URL Creator

Published 11/16/2010 and rated Ratingstars3 3 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

For many years, designers have been searching for ways to simplify the creation of websites. These marketable tools help the average user, with little or no design experience, create a simple website. While this works, for some it’s still too involved to bother with. ShortText is arguably the simplest way to put something online. The user can enter text into ShortText then generate a URL. The URL can be shared so others can find it online and access the information. Simple options, such as user comments, are also available to enhance the functionality of this basic tool.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

ShortText was founded in March of 2006. It was created to give users another way to add something to the internet. A website is a great way to share information with others, however not everyone has the skill or desire to create a site. Others turn to social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace. While these are relatively easy to use, they may be too much commitment for someone just passing along a small bit of information. ShortText gives users a way to create a small website without the commitment of creating an account or monitoring a profile.

What are the differences to other apps?

ShortText is unique in its simplicity. It offers a very basic service that it seems many others have overlooked. Most sites require a registration which comes with a profile to manage. ShortText eliminates that by allowing user to visit the site, enter text and generate a URL in a matter of seconds. The process is quick and painless as well as effective. The user can share the URL with as many people as they like.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

ShortText is a simple website that offers a basic service. The look of the site sticks with that theme by keeping it easy. There is plenty of open space and the user is given all the basic tools needed to add text and get a URL. An advertisement stretches across the bottom of the browser, but this is very low key and does not intrude on the user’s experience.

How does the registration process work?

ShortText is dedicated to simplifying the process of putting something online for others to see. Even though the tool includes a private viewing option, there is no registration form. Anyone can stop by the site, add text and get a URL without creating an account. At this time, there is no account creation process offered for users. The free short URL will remain as long as at least one visitor checks it out within a year. The only exception to the no registration format is for users who wish to purchase their domain.

What does it cost to use the application?

ShortText offers a service that is free for all visitors. There is no registration process for free URL generation. Anyone can visit the site and get their URL. The site even shows past recent URLs for quick access, although no details are given as far as how far back the site will save history. The site is entirely free unless the user wishes to purchase their URL. The only cost associated with ShortText is the price of the domain. ShortText charges about $2 per URL, as long as the URL is available.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Users who have little time and no desire to mess around with a website creator or social networking profile can appreciate ShortText. The site is easy to use and free for casual visitors. Even when purchasing a URL, the price is extremely affordable.

  • Choose to allow user comments for more depth
  • Toggle privacy on and off
  • Set a key for private URLs
  • Purchase your URL (provided it is not already owned)
  • Share information or create a basic website in seconds

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ShortText pricing

FREE - Permanently free version