[thelist] help: automatic alias generation??

Ryan Mayberry Ryan at applicor.com
Wed Apr 4 13:37:48 CDT 2001

I don't know of any pre-made app, but you could accomplish this with a small
database such as access or mySQL. In the database store the directory path
for the pages in your site as well as a unique ID for each.

Then write an ASP or CF page which can accept the ID variable, open the
correct record from the database and then redirect using the full directory
path. Then in emails you just have to provide a link to your redirection ASP
or CF page, give it the ID you want and presto..

The link would look something like

In the database you would open up the record with the matching pathID to get
the proper full path.

This is how I would do it, but I am sure smarter people on the list can
suggest other ways.


-----Original Message-----
From: Pearson, John [mailto:JOHN.PEARSON at eia.doe.gov]
Sent: Wednesday, April 04, 2001 1:26 PM
To: 'thelist at lists.evolt.org'
Subject: [thelist] help: automatic alias generation??

We have gotten into the mode of having very long directory and file names on
of our site resulting in incredibly long URL's.  Stupid but it felt good in
beginning.  Now any self respecting e-mailer wraps the URLs sometimes into

Before we write it, is any one familiar with any asp or cfm based app that
autogenerate a short alias for use in e-mail and then serve as the back end
decode the alias for a redirect?

<tip>Never start out building a long name directory structure.  In the end
nothing will handle the URL's </tip>

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