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One Year On: Meet Teams

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Today is a big day for us: it’s been exactly one year since we announced our first publicly available beta version!

A lot has happened since: we sustained scammer attacks, added rule engine, password-protected links, social login, UTM parameters, and dropped the “Beta” label on July 1st.

You haven’t heard from us lately, and there’s a good reason for that it. Boy we’ve been busy!

Today, on our first anniversary, we’re proudly announcing the Teams functionality in once.to, making it fully suitable for business use.

It’s a major milestone in the evolution of once.to, which comes with a whole bunch of other improvements.

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On shepherding domains

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Photo by Jeen Jager/PxHere.

If you own a flock of shortener domains, it’s often the case you mark a special one out of them; you love it and use it for most of your short links.

Here’s a good news: today we announce the so-called default domain setting, which will allow you to express your feelings for your favourite!

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Make clones not war

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Image by Andrew Martin/Pixabay.

Have you already built your perfect short link, with a bunch of UTM parameters and a zillion of smart rules?

Creating and properly configuring a short link can require quite an effort and be time-consuming. And whenever you need to create another, a very similar one, you have to start over again. Annoying, innit? Error-prone, too.

But we hear you! Starting today, any link can be easily cloned, allowing you to modify just the bits you want and to keep the rest as it is.

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Side that bar: navigation unified

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Image by Mocho/Pixabay, with alterations.

As our world’s best link shortener once.to picks up in popularity, we’re observing an ever-increasing share of users accessing our web application using mobile devices: tablets and, mostly, mobile phones.

That’s why we invest heavily into improving overall experience for this vast user group — and today we announce a number of major enhancements to the application navigation.

Meet the new sidebar and responsive tables!

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Sharing is caring

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Photo by Dan Edge/Unsplash.

If you’re using a URL shortener, chances are you share your links a lot. The convenience of sharing is arguably the strongest motivation for shortening links.

Today we introduce an extended set of share buttons, available for everyone on once.to, which include Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, WhatsApp, Telegram, and others.

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Rules revisited

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Our smart link rule editor introduced a while ago, though powerful, may seem unwieldy and overwhelming at first because of all possible criteria displayed at once.

From now on, this will no longer be the case: we’ve refactored the rule editor component hiding away input fields until you actually get to need them.

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URL Explorer

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A brand new tool has landed in once.to: the URL Explorer, a unique combination of power and simplicity that allows anyone to unveil what’s hidden behind the scenes of browsing!

Even better, the tool is free and available for all registered users!

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Enhanced statistics is here

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Image by Clint Post/Pixabay

once.to is back in the new season, with lots of under-the-hood improvements and new exciting plans!

Stats by slug

One of the most wanted features is a new dimension in the link statistics called Domain/slug.

In this mode you get a pie chart that groups all your links by its slug (and domain, if any).

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Redirect unwrapping & Abuse reports

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Photo by Kira auf der Heide/Unsplash.

August is here, and we’re back with a couple of improvements to safeguard once.to’s users against scammers. This comes as a follow-up to our previous post, which highlighted the issue of malicious short links, mostly created by anonymous users.

Redirect unwrapping

The first thing to mention is the so-called link redirect unwrapping technique, which gets applied to all anonymously created links by default.

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